Common Law Section

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

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(613) 562-5794
(613) 562-5124


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

Joseph E. Roach

Emeritus Professor

57, rue Louis Pasteur, Pièce 389
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 6N5
(613) 562-5800 ext. 3330
(613) 562-5124


Joseph E. Roach, B.A. (S.C.), B.Ed. (N.B.), LL.B., is Emeritus Professor of Law and a graduate of the Faculty of Law, Common Law Section of the University of Ottawa, where he has been teaching property law, landlord and tenant law, and mortgage law for more than 40 years. He was the first Director of the French Common Law Program created at the University of Ottawa in 1977, and has played a key role in its development ever since, especially with respect to the French property law terminology. In light of his involvement in the Franco-Ontarian community he was awarded a life time membership with the Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario.  He is also a member of the School of Graduate Studies at the University of Ottawa.

He has published books in both French and English on mortgage law please see references below. He has also collaborated in the development of French Common Law terminology with the Centre of translation and legal terminology at the University of Ottawa as well as the Comity of Standardisation (PAJLO).

Having rendered over 400 awards, in French and English, he has acted as a labour arbitrator since 1974. For many years he acted as part-time Chairman of the Board of Referees for the Ontario Regional Decision and, in particular, for the District of Ottawa within the Unemployment Insurance Commission.  He was also a member of the Commission of Inquiry on Forty Catholic Church-Related Colleges and Universities in Canada.

Publications by the author:

Les hypothèques immobilières en common law, Cowansville, Québec, Yvon Blais, 1991, 655 pages.

The Canadian Law of Mortgages of Land, Toronto, Butterworths, 1993, 541 pages.

Le droit des propriétaires et locataires en common law, Cowansville, Québec, Yvon Blais, 2008,  998 pages.

The Canadian Law of Mortgages, 2e édition révisée, Toronto, LexisNexis, 2010, 801 pages.

Halsbury Laws of Canada, 1ère édition, LexisNexis Canada Inc., 2011, 593 pages. Rédaction de la section de jurisprudence sur les hypothèques immobilières de l’ouvrage préparé sous la direction de David Keeshan, rédacteur en chef.

Travaux en cours :

Les hypothèques immobilières en common law, 2e édition révisée, Cowansville, Québec, Yvon Blais, (date prévue de publication : 2013).

Version anglaise de l’ouvrage Le droit des propriétaires et locataires en common law (date prévue de publication : 2014).

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