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Law faculty members share knowledge in plain sight – and plain language

April 14, 2021 — 
This year, Faculty of Law professors have been engaging prolifically in national conversations about COVID-19, Indigenous rights, Civil Liberties and Charter Rights among other important topics. Here is a compilation of some of their writings published in and for such public arenas as newspapers and made available to Canadians beyond academia.


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In Conversation With Law Faculty and Students

April 6, 2021 — 
Acting Dean of Law, David Asper, Q.C., is very interested in people, so when he started to get to know the professors and students who make up the Faculty of Law community housed at Robson Hall, he decided to make a 'podcast' series for the Faculty's Youtube Channel. At the end of his own series, he was invited to interview one of Robson Hall’s illustrious alumni, International Criminal Court Judge Kimberly Prost [LLB/81], who fondly remembered her days as a student at Robson Hall.

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Manitoba’s Gale Cup Team places third after decade-long shutout

April 2, 2021 — 
The University of Manitoba's Faculty of Law team of Janelle Gobin and Anna Siemens, Jessica Humphries and Madison Parker had an extraordinary year, placing third overall. Significantly, this is the first time in over 10 years that the team from Robson Hall has placed in the top four teams of the Gale Cup, which took place virtually, February 26 – 27, 2021.

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Mooting Matters

April 1, 2021 — 
Law school moot competitions are invaluable experiences for many upper-year law students. They traditionally require students to travel across the country to debate each other face-to-face in moot courtrooms. Problems are designed to hone negotiation, advocacy or appellate skills. Students network, share stories and socialize, exploring other cities and locales together. This year? Everything online and no one travelled anywhere. But at least mooting still happened, and University of Manitoba law students brought all they had to Robson Hall and performed their very best despite the pandemic.

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Toronto Star – The Saturday Debate: Is there a role for vaccine passports in Canada?

March 31, 2021 — 
Law professor Colleen M. Flood argues vaccine passports will be forced up on society and governments must regulate their use. “But wholesale opposition to vaccine passports will merely permit a Wild West to emerge with differing standards that don’t sufficiently protect against discrimination or attend to privacy and fraudulent use concerns,” Flood writes. Law professor Brandon Trask says such passports have no place in Canada. “One of the costs of living in a democracy is that our fellow citizens may do things other than we wish they would. In the end, this is a small price to pay for all the benefits that flow from having meaningful rights,” Trask writes.

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Moot News: Team Manitoba takes 3rd place in national 2021 Sopinka Cup

March 27, 2021 — 
Congratulations to the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Law Team of Amber Harms and Kyla Kavanagh who took third place in the Sopinka Cup March 19 – 20. The national advocacy competition faces off the top two teams from each of the four regional competitions from east to west. Robson Hall students are no strangers to visiting Ottawa for the Sopinka and to competing amongst the top eight advocacy teams in Canada. Even though this year had to be virtual, they still made it “there”.

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Globe and Mail Op-Ed – Brandon Trask: COVID-19 vaccine passports would discriminate against Canadians if used here at home

March 23, 2021 — 
With governments working to roll out COVID-19 vaccines more broadly, some Canadian jurisdictions are considering “vaccine passports,” which would be proof that the holder has been vaccinated. These documents would be intended to facilitate international travel. But we must be vigilant against any efforts to deploy them domestically that would discriminate against people who have not been inoculated.


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Law Faculty shines light on black women negotiators

March 16, 2021 — 
One week after International Women’s Day and a month after Black History Month, the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Law would like to shine a light on two black, female law students who have achieved success in an area that is a key component of all legal practice — negotiation. 

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Against all odds, annual Law Banquet connects mentors and students virtually

March 12, 2021 — 
The Eighth Annual Robson Hall Law Banquet took place this past week on Monday, March 8, 2021. The Law Banquet Co-Coordinators, law students Taylor Antonchuk and Jordan Sinder, were very pleased to welcome 150 attendees this year, including a majority of the 1L class and lawyers from each of Manitoba’s five biggest law firms.

Cover of UNDRIP Handbook by Law Professor Brenda Gunn.

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Ottawa Citizen Op-Ed: Gunn and Neve: Canada mustn’t wait any longer to implement the UN declaration on Indigenous rights

March 11, 2021 — 
Bringing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to life in Canada has been a long time coming. Close to four decades in fact, a staggeringly long time for such a crucial human rights concern.

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