Professors Paul Daly & Matthew Harrington Receive SSHRC Grant to Support Conference on Supreme Courts and the Common Law

Professors Paul Daly and Matthew Harrington have received a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada to support the upcoming conference on Supreme Courts and the Common Law.  The conference will be held on May 27, 2016, from 8.30 am until 5.00 pm in the Cyberjustice Laboratory at the Université de Montréal.

The conference will explore the influence of supreme courts on the development of the common law. In particular, how the institutional position of supreme courts causes them to shape the common law; and conversely how the traditions of the common law shape the way supreme courts conceive of their role.

The keynote address will be given by Chief Justice McLachlin, who coming up to her retirement will be in a good position to look back at the relationship between the Supreme Court of Canada and the common law in recent decades.


• Peter Cane, Australian National University;
• Brice Dickson, Queen’s University, Belfast;
• William B. Ewald, University of Pennsylvania;
• Steve Hedley, University College Cork;
• James Lee, King’s College London;
• Audrey Macklin, Université de Toronto;
• Carissima Mathen, Université d’Ottawa;
• La très hon. Beverley McLachlin, juge en chef de la Cour suprême du Canada;
• Sandy Steel, University of Oxford;
• Angela Swan, Aird & Berlis s.r.l.;
• Jason Varuhas, University of Melbourne;
• Robert Williams, Rutgers University;
• Han-Ru Zhou, Université de Montréal;
• Bruce Ziff, Université de l’Alberta.

The Barreau du Québec has approved the conference for 6.45 hours of continuing legal education credit.

Admissin is Free – Registration Required

For more information visit the conference website at:

This content has been updated on 26 April 2016 at 13 h 32 min.