Common Law Section

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

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(613) 562-5794
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(613) 562-5800 ext.3270
(613) 562-5124

Research Centres


Human Rights Research and Education Centre

The Human Rights Research and Education Centre was established at the Faculty of Law in 1981. The University of Ottawa was an ideal location for the Centre as there are both civil law and common law faculties operating in this fully bilingual university. The Ottawa location also provides regular contact with federal and provincial governments, other academic institutions and non-governmental organizations involved in human rights.

The Centre has three goals: research, education, and the promotion of human rights. In Canada the Centre focuses on social justice and equality issues, including discrimination, employment equity, and corporate codes of conduct. Internationally, the emphasis is on strengthening the work of human rights institutions, good governance, democratic development and human rights, including women's rights. The Centre has carried out projects in China, Thailand, Indonesia, Brazil, El Salvador, Sri Lanka and India.

The Centre has a human rights documentation centre, housing some 16,000 books and documents on Canadian and international human rights issues, including a comprehensive collection on the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and constitutional law, and materials on social justice, equality and international development issues. The documentation centre is fully computerized and is open to students daily for on-site research and consultations.

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Centre for Law, Technology and Society

The goal the Centre for Law, Technology and Society is to research, analyze and shed light on the complex and interdependent relationships between law, technology and society. A joint initiative of the Common Law and Civil Law Sections of University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law, this centre for research, student training and knowledge dissemination brings together independent scholars and professors interested in its strategic areas of research, which include a wide variety of subjects relating to law and technology in its broadest sense and from multiple perspectives, such as information technology; intellectual property; biotechnology; bioethics; science, technology and society; human rights; governance and public policy; enabling technologies and e-transactions; digital media and communications; safety and security; privacy and access to information; and traditional knowledge.

The Centre encourages multidisciplinarity as allowing for different – sometimes complementary and sometimes discordant – perspectives on the same topic to inform analysis and debate on an issue, thereby providing the richest and most comprehensive approach to research and policy-making. It seeks to develop a national and international network of associated researchers and institutions, both in law and in many other domains, and serve as a nexus for partnership building and collaborative scholarship.

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Centre for Trade Policy and Law

The Centre for Trade Policy and Law (CTPL), established in 1989, is jointly sponsored by The Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University and the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa. CTPL was established to promote greater public understanding of trade policy issues, to foster independent analysis and research of trade policy issues, and to encourage the development of trade policy professionals. The core of the Centre's program includes a range of interrelated activies:

Teaching: Starting with increased resources dedicated to teaching graduate and professional students at the two sponsoring universities and programs for government staff and business and labour organizations, CTPL will act as a catalyst to the development of teaching programs at other Canadian universities by working with faculty in sponsoring the preparation of teaching materials, encouraging faculty interchanges and holding periodic seminars on the teaching of trade policy in Canada.

Seminars and Conferences aimed at wider audiences where academics, government officials and private sector specialists can explore a range of trade policy issues and stimulate greater public discussion of trade policy issues.

Research and Publications. CTPL encourages both applied and theoretical research in the area of trade policy by helping qualified scholars obtain the necessary funds to carry out their research. Research will also be promoted through the publication of refereed monographs and conference proceedings as well as the development of a resource centre to act as a central repository for material on trade policy. CTPL will promote its national mandate by inviting scholars from across Canada to participate in seminars, special lectureships, conferences and research projects and stimulate a flow of human resources between academic, government, business and labour organizations.

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CGA Tax Research Centre

The CGA Tax Research Centre promotes research in Canadian federal and provincial taxation and in international tax law. The Centre sponsors the publication of research and tax law and policy, provides a forum for national and international conferences on tax law, and contributes to the development of tax policy and related areas of administration. It participates in academic and professional forums on the domestic and international tax scene and acts as a conduit for communication with various governmental agencies.


EDGE - Emerging Dynamic Global Economies Network

One of the biggest challenges facing Canada in the 21st century is to position itself to be productive and competitive in the face of massive transformation of the global economic landscape. The large emerging economies—China, India, and Brazil—are rapidly transforming the world, as we know it. The rapid growth of these new economic powerhouses poses major challenges and opportunities to Canadian businesses and governments at a variety of levels: economic, social, and legal.

The goal of the Emerging Dynamic Global Economies (EDGE) Network is to ensure that the Canadian economy remains competitive and productive while, at the same time, preserving the social fabric of our communities, protecting our environment, and ensuring energy and resource security for future generations.

The Network's mandate is to:

  • produce multidisciplinary, relevant analysis leading to practical and effective public policy proposals;
  • encourage extensive, informed public discussion and debate; and
  • provide targeted training and exchange programs.

The EDGE Network brings together major research institutions from across Canada and internationally, including the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa, the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, the York Centre for International and Security Studies, the Canadian Foundation for the Americas (FOCAL), the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, the Institute for Asian Research at UBC, the China Institute at the University of Alberta, le Centre d'Études de l'Asie de l'Est à l'Université de Montréal, together with federal and provincial government departments, such as International Trade Canada, Export Development Canada and the Government of British Columbia. The Network also involves key business associations, including the Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters, the Canada-Brazil Chamber of Commerce, the Canada Eurasia Russia Business Council, as well as leading Canadian companies.

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Last updated: 2009.12.15