Peter A Allard School of Law

75th Anniversary Lectures & Conferences

Celebrating our 75th anniversary

During our anniversary year, we will be celebrating 75 years of leading-edge scholarship through various academic initiatives and events that will be open to all alumni. Please note that due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, some of these events have been postponed. Updates will be posted below as they are available.

Past lectures are available online (see links below) and are eligible for one hour of Continuing Professional Development credit.  

75th Anniversary Lectures in 2020:

Walter S. Owen Lecture – January 27th

The Walter S. Owen Chair in Law, the first endowed chair at the law school, was established in honour of The Hon. Walter S. Owen, OC, QC, LLD, one of Vancouver's most prominent lawyers, businessmen and philanthropists.  The Honourable Malcolm Rowe, Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, was our anniversary lecturer.  His lecture topic was the Virtue of Judicial Restraint.

A recording of the lecture is available online. 

Marlee Kline Lecture in Social Justice – January 28th

This lecture honours the memory of Marlee Gayle Kline, a member of the Faculty from 1989.  Professor Kline passed away in 2001 after a lengthy and determined struggle with leukemia.  Her work on feminist legal theory and critical race theory, child welfare law and policy, law's continued colonialism, and restructuring of the social welfare state is internationally acclaimed.  The Honourable Lynn Smith, QC, alumna of the law school, was our anniversary lecturer. Her lecture topic was Real Hate in a Virtual World: Misogyny in Cyberspace.

A recording of the lecture is available online. 

Douglas McK. Brown Lecture – March 10th  

The Douglas McK. Brown Chair in Law was established in 1986 in honour of one of British Columbia's most distinguished counsel and eminent citizens.  Professor and alumna Sundhya Pahuja, Director of the Institute for International Law and the Humanities with Melbourne Law School, was our anniversary lecturer. Her lecture topic was Invisible Leviathans: Global Corporations and International Law.

A recording of the lecture is available online

UBC Connects "Justice: A View from South Africa" with Justice Edwin Cameron - November 3rd

Justice Edwin Cameron is a former judge of South Africa’s highest court, the Constitutional Court. During apartheid, he was a human rights lawyer and in 2000 he was awarded the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights. Cameron has fought for LGBTI equality and was a fierce critic of former South African president Thabo Mbeki’s AIDS denialist policies.

Cameron has written two memoirs: Witness to AIDS and Justice: A Personal Account. Since retiring from the bench in 2019, he was elected chancellor of Stellenbosch University and appointed judicial inspector of correctional services. He holds honorary degrees from six universities.

J. Donald Mawhinney Lecture in Professional Ethics – December 3rd

The J. Donald Mawhinney Lecture in Professional Ethics was established in honour of J. Donald Mawhinney to recognize his outstanding contributions to British Columbia's legal community, his commitment to legal education and his dedication to practicing with the very highest standard of ethics. This year the law school is hosting Chief Judge Gillespie, Cheryl D’Sa and Vicki Law as the panelists discussing Ethical Lawyering in a Pandemic.

Learn more about the event and how to register

75th Anniversary Conferences in 2020:

Alumni Scholars Conference – May 7th & 8th (Postponed)

Alumni who have pursued academic careers are invited to join in our celebrations by sharing their research with us over a two day period.  The conference will involve short panel discussions.  The conference will be shaped around themes, research clusters or methodologies that are of interest to attendees. 

Sparrow's Flight: Revisiting the Supreme Court of Canada's Decision after 30 Years – October 23rd & 24th (Postponed)

Co-hosted by the Musqueam Indian Band and the Allard School of Law, “Sparrow’s Flight” takes the 30th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s first statement on the constitutional entrenchment of Aboriginal and treaty rights in R v Sparrow as an opportunity to revisit the case, to reconsider its history, to understand its impact, and to explore its possibility. Please see a statement regarding the postponement here.

Legacies of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games – November 13th & 14th (Postponed)

This conference will assess what the Games organizers, government supporters and sponsors set out to accomplish and what was achieved for the host communities.  The conference panels will include those who were involved in the planning, organization, and operation of the Winter Games and will feature graduates of the law school who played key roles in the Games.  The conference panels will also include key personnel responsible for ensuring the Games sustainability performance achieved the highest standards of financial integrity, environmental impacts and social inclusion.

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