Common Law Section

Common Law Section Faculty
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Fauteux Hall
57 Louis Pasteur St
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 6N5

General Information:
clawgen@uOttawa.ca
Tel.:
(613) 562-5794
Fax:
(613) 562-5124

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comlaw@uOttawa.ca
Tel.:

(613) 562-5800 ext.3270
Fax:
(613) 562-5124

Peter Oliver

Vice-Dean French Program; Full Professor

57 Louis Pasteur St., Room 375
Ottawa, Ontario
Canada
K1N 6N5

Peter.Oliver@uOttawa.ca
(613) 562-5800 ext. 3173
(613) 562-5124

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B.A . (Toronto) L.L.B., B.C.L.  (McGill), D. Phil. (Oxford), Full Professor.

Member of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

 

Peter Oliver's research is in the area of comparative constitutional law, history and theory, principally in relation to Canada, the Commonwealth and the European Union. He is particularly interested in shifting understandings of two central theoretical concepts: sovereignty and legal system. In 2005, he published The Constitution of Independence: The Development of Constitutional Theory in Australia, Canada and New Zealand (Oxford University Press) which was awarded one of the Peter Birks prizes for outstanding legal scholarship.   The bulk of his research has had two limbs: the first involves a re-examination of key assumptions relating to the doctrine of parliamentary sovereignty; and the second proposes a theoretical account of how new legal systems are created.  His present research relates more closely to issues in Canadian federalism.  In 2009, he was awarded a grant from the SSHRC to work on legal issues relating to the federal spending power. Peter Oliver has been a speaker at legal institutions around the world, including Oxford, London, Edinburgh, Melbourne, McGill, Queen's, Saskatchewan, Toronto, Toulouse and Max Planck, Heidelberg.

Before coming to the University of Ottawa in 2007, Peter Oliver held  a chair in law at the School of Law, King's College London, where he taught Public Law and Jurisprudence.  In 2005-6 he was Scholar in Residence in the Constitutional and Administrative Law Section of Justice Canada.  In 2006-7 he served as Special Advisor, Legal and Constitutional Affairs at the Intergovernmental Affairs Secretariat of the Privy Council Office.  He was a law clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada in 1990-1, Bolton Research Fellow at the Faculty of Law, McGill University in 1991 and Visiting Professor at the University of Toulouse from 1996-2001. He remains a Visiting Professor at King's College, University of London.


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