At Western Law, we aim to produce research that has both scholarly and real-world impact. Our professors approach legal issues from a variety of doctrinal, theoretical and interdisciplinary perspectives, and make important contributions to legal, political, business and public policy debates in Canada and around the world.
To see how other faculty are making an impact, please visit our individual faculty profiles.
Western Law professor Michael Coyle (pictured left), along with Prof. John Borrows from the University of Minnesota, co-chaired a national colloquium on the legal implications of historical treaty making in Canada. The daylong colloquium held on October 8 was sponsored by a grant received by Coyle from the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council. Read more
Drug-impaired driving is a growing problem in Canada that remains dramatically under-enforced and, if enforced at all, is time-consuming, unwieldy and fails to identify the vast majority of drug-impaired drivers, according to a study released by Western Faculty of Law professors. Erika Chamberlain (left) along with fellow Western Law professor Robert Solomon, released Drug-Impaired Driving in Canada: Review and Recommendations for MADD Canada. The study calls for the Canadian government to work toward introducing roadside saliva screening to test for the most commonly-used drugs. Read More
Western Law's profile in the Ivy League was boosted with Professor Bradley Miller's recent sabbatical at Princeton University. While at Princeton, Miller arranged for Western Law's Public Law and Legal Philosophy Research Group to co-sponsor a faculty workshop on legislative intent with Princeton's James Madison Program. With visiting appointments in both the politics and philosophy departments, Miller’s work at Princeton reflected Western’s commitment to interdisciplinary and international research. Read More
Professor Jason Neyers has been doing extensive research in tort law in the area of public nuisance. The traditional understanding of public nuisance is that it is catch all tort, modelled on section 80 of the Criminal Code of Canada that protects the public from interferences with its safety, health, property or comfort. Neyers’ project reconceptualizes public nuisance as a more manageable, distinctive and focused tort that exists to protect everyone’s exercise of his or her public rights. Read More
The House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance has endorsed a tax reform proposal advocated by Western Law professor Adam Parachin, who appeared before the Standing Committee as an expert witness in January 2012. In his written and oral submissions, Parachin recommended that a simplified statutory definition of 'charitable donation' be adopted. Read More