UNB Law

Norman Siebrasse extensively cited by the Federal Court of Appeal

Ed Bowes

Posted: October 8, 2020 8:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Faculty



Professor Norman Siebrasse was extensively cited and quoted by the Federal Court of Appeal in an important decision setting out the proper approach to the remedy of an accounting of profits in Nova Chemicals Corporation v Dow Chemicals Company 2020 FCA 141. Nova v Dow is a patent infringement case involving the production and sale of plastic wrap. Nova was infringing upon Dow’s patent. The original decision saw Dow awarded almost $645,000,000, a record award in Canadian patent law. This...

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Professor Hilary Young reacts to SCC defamation decisions

Professor Hilary Young

Posted: September 16, 2020 3:00:00 PM ADT

Category: Faculty



On Thursday, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decisions in two companion cases—the first on Ontario's anti-SLAPP legislation, the Protection of Public Participation Act. 1704604 Ontario Ltd v Pointes Protection involved an alleged breach of contract and was notable for affirming the interpretation of statutory language such as "substantial merit" and "grounds to believe." The second case, Bent v Platnick, was more contentious. It involved a personal injury defence lawyer, Ms....

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Delivering an outstanding legal education during a global pandemic

Ed Bowes

Posted: August 31, 2020 4:00:00 PM ADT

Category: Students , Faculty



Program Support officer David Anderson (left) and Professor Basil Alexander (right) test new virtual classroom equipment in the Mary Louise Lynch. The UNB Faculty of Law is committed to ensuring a safe, positive, and academically challenging atmosphere for our students during the COVID-19 pandemic. The law school is following all health and safety directions provided by the Province of New Brunswick as well as the University of New Brunswick’s own COVID-19 safety plan. Our faculty and...

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Kerri Froc talks gender, diversity and federalism

Ed Bowes

Posted: August 4, 2020 2:00:00 PM ADT

Category: Faculty , Research


Professor Kerri Froc’s research into Canadian federalism was recently published in Vickers, Grace and Collier’s, Handbook on Gender, Diversity and Federalism. Professor Froc’s chapter, Reproducing the masculine, neoliberal state: Canadian federalism doctrine and the judicial deregulation of reproductive technologies, examines the gendered workings of Canadian federalism. According to Froc, there is a considerable lack of gender analysis in Canadian federalism jurisprudence....

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Professor Hilary Young Contributes to LCO Defamation Law Reform Project

Ed Bowes

Posted: March 23, 2020 11:45:00 AM ADT

Category: Faculty



The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) has published its final report titled Defamation Law in the Internet Age. The multi-disciplinary and multi-jurisdictional research project has been four years in the making and, according to the commission, examines “Ontario’s defamation laws and how they should be updated to account for ‘internet speech,’ including social media, blogs, internet platforms and digital media.” UNB Law’s Professor Hilary Young was involved...

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The Law for All! Exploring UN Sustainable Development Goals with Girl Guides Canada

Ed Bowes

Posted: March 12, 2020 1:45:00 PM ADT

Category: Faculty



Professor Maria Panezi recently met with a group of Fredericton Girl Guides to teach them about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to discuss advocacy for ourselves and others. Prof. Panezi’s presentation, The Law for All!, focused on SDGs Quality Education, Gender Equality, Clean Water and Sanitation, Climate Action, and Life Below Water. The group discussed these topics, questioning how they affect girls around the world and how they affect the individual. She...

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UNB Law colleagues present at CBA-NB’s Midwinter 2020 Conference

Ed Bowes

Posted: February 19, 2020 11:00:00 AM AST

Category: Faculty


Associate Dean Michael Marin and Professor Hilary Young recently spoke at CBA-NB’s Midwinter 2020 conference The Future is Now. The two-day event saw legal professionals from across the province come together to engage in networking opportunities, educational programming, and business meetings. Prof. Young, alongside fellow privacy expert David Fraser (McInnes Cooper Halifax), presented Going After Online Mischief: Legal and Practical Issues with Law Online. The presentation focused on...

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UNB Law’s Viscount Bennett lecturer talks crypto-currency regulation

Ed Bowes

Posted: February 12, 2020 9:00:00 AM AST

Category: Faculty , Students , Research


Dr. Allan C. Hutchinson, professor of law at York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School, delivered the forty-first edition of the Viscount Bennett Memorial Lecture on January 30. Nearly 100 were in attendance as Hutchinson explored the regulatory challenges of cryptocurrency in his talk, The New Crypto World: Governance on The Margins. What is cryptocurrency? Dr. Hutchinson describes cryptocurrency as a borderless, decentralized/distributed digital currency. It is self-regulating...

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Perils of Pipelines, Riddles of Resources: The UNB Law Journal releases its 70th volume

Ed Bowes

Posted: February 7, 2020 11:00:00 AM AST

Category: Research , Faculty , Alumni


The UNB Law Journal has released Volume 70, which explores the forum topic Perils of Pipelines, Riddles of Resources. The centrepiece of this edition is Elizabeth May’s 2019 Viscount Bennett Memorial lecture titled, 1.5 To Stay Alive: How we Find Hope and Honesty in Dangerous Times. May explores the potentially devastating realities of climate change and discusses the need to unify and act now if we are to continue as a species. “Come with me. We have got solar panels to put...

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2019 Ivan C. Rand Memorial Lecture discusses environmental protection and the law

Ed Bowes

Posted: December 6, 2019 3:00:00 PM AST

Category: Students , Faculty , Alumni



The Mary Louise Lynch Room was at capacity as Professor Bruce Ziff of the University of Alberta Faculty of Law presented the twenty-fifth installment of the Ivan C. Rand Memorial Lecture Series. Professor Ziff’s lecture, Environmental Protection and the Abject Failures of the Common Law, focused on the state of legal protections for the environment prior to the extensive legislative reforms that emerged in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Environmental Protection and the Abject Failures...

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Norman Siebrasse shares expertise in Seoul

Faculty of Law

Posted: December 14, 2018 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Faculty


Professor Norman Siebrasse recently traveled to Seoul, South Korea at the invitation of the Seoul National University, Asia-Pacific Law Institute & Center for Law and Technology, where he delivered the lead paper in a seminar - “The Impact of the FRAND Declaration on Patent Remedies.” Standards, such as the Wi-Fi standard for wireless internet, or the MPEG standard for playing videos, are ubiquitous in modern technologies. Many patented technologies are essential to implementing...

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Professor Jula Hughes Awarded SSHRC Partnership Development Grant

UNB Law

Posted: December 4, 2017 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Faculty , Research



UNB Law professor Jula Hughes was awarded a Partnership Development Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada as principal investigator. The grant was awarded as part of the SSHRC’s November 2016 Competition Awards. Grants provided through the Partnership Program help support research partnerships in social sciences and humanities. Responding to the crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Professor Hughes is partnering with the New...

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UNB Hosts Jessup Moot Qualifying Rounds

Matt Poirier

Posted: November 20, 2017 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Faculty , Students



In the fictional Odasarra Region, on the sparkling shores of the Kumatqesh Ocean, an international catastrophe is looming. The People’s Democratic Republic of Anduchenca has captured a Rukarukan autonomous submarine within their territorial waters. While the international community attempts to deal with this conflict, a news report reveals that Anduchenca, run by a military dictatorship since a 1967 coup d’état, has developed a nuclear submarine. Acting under authorization by...

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John Kleefeld named dean of law at University of New Brunswick

UNB Law

Posted: April 20, 2017 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Faculty


John Kleefeld will soon be joining the University of New Brunswick as professor and dean of law. Professor Kleefeld comes to UNB from the University of Saskatchewan where he served as associate law professor with experience in teaching tort law, civil procedure, dispute resolution, legal research, and judgment writing. He has an LLM from York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School, an LLB from the University of British Columbia, and a BA from the University of Waterloo. He is a member of...

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Law professor emerges triumphant in first UNB teach-off

UNB Law

Posted: April 11, 2017 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Faculty


For a short time on March 21 at the University of New Brunswick’s Fredericton campus, an ordinary lecture hall became a pedagogical crucible. Five professors threw down their best five-minute lessons to see who would emerge the winner of the first-ever UNB Teach-Off, organized by UNB’s Centre for Enhanced Teaching and Learning. The five professors, Ben Newling (Physics), Cheyenne Joseph (Nursing), Andrew McAllister (Computer Science) and Jon Sensinger (Electrical & Computer Engineering),...

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Professor Hilary Young presented at the Canadian Media Lawyer s conference

UNB Law

Posted: November 16, 2016 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: Faculty


UNB Law Professor Hilary Young recently presented her paper on "Canadian Defamation Actions: An Empirical Study" at the Canadian Media Lawyer’s Conference in Halifax on Nov. 4. Professor Young’s paper was a quantitative study of Canadian defamation cases between 1973-1983 and 2003-2013.  Professor Young’s findings concluded: Damages have more than doubled, when adjusted for inflation, between these two periods Corporate defamation claims make up about a third of the total in...

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Prof Olabisi D Akinkugbe receives SSHRC Insight Development Grant

UNB Law

Posted: October 28, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Faculty


Congratulations Prof. Olabisi D. Akinkugbe for being awarded an Insight Development Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Thanks to the generous support of SSHRC, the ambitious research project entitled “Regional and National Courts and Africa’s Economic Integration: A Study of the East African Community” will be funded up to $66,000. SSHRC Insight Grants support research excellence in the social sciences and humanities. The East African Court of Justice...

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Professor Young Awarded Support for Defamation Law Research

UNB Law

Posted: October 27, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Faculty


Prof. Young Awarded Support for Defamation Law Research Thanks to the gracious support of the Harrison McCain Foundation and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), UNB Law Prof. Hilary Young will now have access to increased research support for her continued study of defamation law in Canada. Hilary was awarded The Harrison McCain Young Scholars Award, which provided up to $25,000  to support new or recently hired faculty who have received their highest degree within...

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Dean John R Williamson eight alumni named to Queen s Counsel

UNB Law

Posted: October 25, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Faculty


Congratulations to dean John R. Williamson for being sworn in as Queen’s Counsel along with eight other UNB law alumni. A member of UNB’s faculty of law for more than 40 years, Dean Williamson began his career at UNB in 1974 after receiving his master of laws from Harvard Law School. Dean  Williamson has undertaken law reform projects in Atlantic Canada relating to the enforcement of money judgments, including proposed draft legislation for the implementation of recommended reforms. Draft...

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