Full Professor (on leave)
57, Louis Pasteur St., Room BRS 427
613-562-5800 Ext. 2685
B.A. (Hons.) (Queen's), LL.B. (Western Ontario) LL.M. (Michigan), S.J.D. (Michigan), of the Bar of Ontario, Professor, Dean
Bruce Feldthusen originally joined the University as Dean of the Common Law Section in January 2000. In addition to his role as dean, he also taught Torts, Administrative Law, Remedies, and Human Rights. He was renewed for a second term as dean in 2005. In September 2007 Feldthusen was appointed Vice-President, University Relations pro tempore at the University of Ottawa, and he returned full time to Common Law as dean in July 2008. He stepped down as dean at the end of his term on June 30, 2013. He continues as an active full-time professor.
Feldthusen is best known for his book, Economic Negligence, a sixth edition of which was published in the spring of 2011. His analysis of pure economic loss has been adopted by the Supreme Court of Canada and now provides the organizing framework for all negligence actions in that field. He is also an author of the leading text Canadian Tort Law, which he co-authors with Justice Linden and the case book, Canadian Tort Law, which he co-authors with Justice Linden and Lewis Klar. He was one of the first legal academics in the world to study and write about civil remedies for victims of sexual assault. This multidisciplinary research includes extensive interviewing and publication of how survivors themselves experience the legal compensation processes.
Feldthusen was the research director for the Ontario Law Reform Commission’s 1989 study on Exemplary Damages which has been cited with approval and adopted in many common law jurisdictions in Canada and abroad. He has also written in the area of equality theory, and human rights law. His article "Civil Liability for Sexual Assault in Aboriginal Residential Schools: The Baker Did It" won the 2006-08 Canadian Journal of Law and Society Article Prize.
Bruce Feldthusen has also practised law, and litigated a number of cases of public interest on a pro bono basis. He works frequently as a litigation consultant and has had a major role in the preparation of numerous Supreme Court of Canada factums and arguments during the past decade. In recent years, Feldthusen has assisted counsel in the preparation of a number of high profile class actions in tort. Feldthusen is a member of the American Law Institute, and is a past-President of the Canadian Law Deans.