British Association for Canadian Studies Legal Studies Group
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The British Association for Canadian Studies Legal Studies Group (BACS/LSG) is a non-profit academic group which aims to promote education, learning and research, and the general dissemination of knowledge in the field of legal studies with a particular focus on Anglo-Canadian issues. In order to achieve these aims, part of our work involves organising regular scholarly international conferences with a comparative legal theme. We are one of a number of specialist groups belonging to the British Association of Canadian Studies, whose web page can be found at http://www.canadian-studies.net/ and have a representative on their Executive Council to maintain our wider academic and interdisciplinary links. For those looking for specific Canadian legal information, legal websites (including statutes and case reports) can be found through the Access Canada Web Portal, whose web page can be found at http://www.canadian-studies.net/accesscanada/
Previous conferences have included themes such as Human Rights, Gender and sexuality, and also Intellectual Property. These conferences have attracted much interest, and we have been honoured to have had prominent members of the Academy and Judiciary, both English and Canadian, in attendance. Past keynote speakers have included Madam Justice Rosalie Abella (of the Court of Appeal of Ontario), Chief Justice McLachlin, Professor Brenda Cossman and Professor Basil Markesinis. For reviews of recent conferences, please go to the publications page.
For details of forthcoming conferences, please go to our 'Forthcoming Conferences' page.
If you are new to giving conference papers, this guide to giving conference papers may be of interest.
The Executive Committee is made up of a small number of elected British and Canadian academics with an interest and expertise in British-Canadian law. The committee is the steering group for the legal studies organisation, and responsible for organising conferences, and ensuring the continuation of the group's aims. The current membership of the Committee for 2008-9 is outlined below.
Dr Bela Chatterjee
Dr Bela Chatterjee is a lecturer in Law at Lancaster University Law School. Her research interests include aspects of obscenity law, pornography and new technology, feminist legal studies/sexuality and the law. She is the current chair and webmistress of the group
Ms Catharine MacMillan
Catharine MacMillan practised law in the province of British Columbia before joining the Department of Law at Queen Mary, University of London. Her main research interests are in contract and commercial law, with an emphasis on the historical development of contract law.
Mr Guy MacCrindle
Mr Guy MacCrindle is a Lecturer in Law, with teaching and research interests in Evidence, Torts and Human Rights.
Dr Paula Giliker
Dr Paula Giliker is a Reader in Comparative Law at the University of Bristol. She specialises in the Comparative Law of Obligations and the relationship between common law and civil law systems. She organised the 2006 BACS conference on Contract and Unjust Enrichment law. Her publications include:
Paula Giliker (2005) 25 Legal Studies 49-71: “Revisiting pure economic loss: Lessons to be learnt from the Supreme Court of Canada?”
Paula Giliker (2003) 52 International and Comparative Law Quarterly 969-994: “A role for tort in pre-contractual negotiations? An examination of English, French and Canadian law.”
Dr Charlotte Smith
Charlotte Smith is a lecturer in law at the University of Reading. She teaches modules in English legal history and constitutional law. Her research interests include nineteenth century legal history, ecclesiastical law and law and religion. She is currently working on a project which explores the readjustment of relations between Church and State in nineteenth century England and the redefinition of the body spiritual.
Dr Keith Syrett
Keith Syrett studied law at the University of Oxford and also holds an MA in International Relations from Yale University. After qualification as a Solicitor with Clifford Chance, he completed a PhD at the London School of Economics in 1997.
He joined Bristol University Law School in 2002 and currently teaches Public Law and Administrative Law. He was previously a Lecturer at the University of East Anglia, Norwich from 1994. He has also taught at Yale and LSE and has been a visiting academic at the Universities of Gothenburg and Ankara.
His research interest is Public Law, especially the relationship between law and policy in the National Health Service.
Professor Jane Wright
Jane practiced as a solicitor before her appointment as Lecturer in Law at the University of Essex in 1991. She teaches on the Common Law II - Tort, Criminal Law and Medicine and the Law undergraduate courses, and the Comparative Public Law and Human Rights option for the LLM in Public Law and the LLM in International Human Rights.
Her Research Interests include Common Law,
International Human Rights
Professor Jonathan Black-Branch
Professor Black-Branch is a Barrister who has taught at the University of Oxford where he was a Research Fellow at Wolfson College and remains a Fellow of Greyfriars Hall. He was Director of the LLM in International Law at Oxford Brookes University and has taught a variety of courses at both Canadian and American universities. He teaches in the area of international law focussing on both public and economic aspects, having published wildly in these areas.