The uOttawa Public Law Centre is Canada’s leading centre for public law research, debate and engagement.
The Centre is home to the largest number of public law experts in the country and is located in Canada’s capital, close to key public law institutions such as the Parliament of Canada, the Supreme Court of Canada, the Department of Justice and numerous boards, tribunals and agencies.
The Faculty of Law’s Civil Law and Common Law sections are known nationally and internationally for their expertise in public law, including in constitutional law, Indigenous legal traditions, administrative law, the law of democracy, immigration and refugee law, criminal law, human rights, comparative public law, critical public law and public law theory.
The Centre is bilingual, multijural and interdisciplinary. It brings together experts from inside the Faculty of Law and the University with domestic and international collaborators, visiting scholars, fellows and affiliated graduate students to create new opportunities for research and engagement across the spectrum of public law and public policy subjects.
The Centre supports and carries out innovative and interdisciplinary research, which it disseminates to diverse audiences in Canada and globally. It leverages its convening power to bring together government representatives and civil society organizations for high-level discussions on public policy issues. And it organizes conferences, seminars and invited lectures that both intervene in current debates and seek to advance those debates.
The Centre, like the University, is situated on the traditional, unceded land of the Algonquin Nation. The Centre will conduct its activities in acknowledgement of that fact and with a commitment to helping the Faculty of the Law and the University of Ottawa respond to the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Co-Directors: Vanessa Macdonnell and Terry Skolnik
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