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Announcing the 2017 Harvey T. Strosberg Essay Prize Competition

Posted by irwinlaw on December 7, 2016 in awards and canadian class action review.

7 December 2016

Harvey T. Strosberg, Q.C., Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Class Action Review, and Irwin Law Inc. are pleased to announce the fourteenth annual Harvey T. Strosberg Essay Prize competition. The prize of $10,000 is awarded to an outstanding student paper on Canadian class actions.

The competition is open to all Canadian students enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or professional program. The deadline for submissions is April 3, 2017.

For more details, click here.

Tweet and win Lawyer's Guide to the Forensic Sciences!

Posted by irwinlaw on October 21, 2016 in criminal law, events, and evidence.

Irwin Law will be launching The Lawyer’s Guide to the Forensic Sciences at the 44th annual Criminal Lawyers’ Association conference in Toronto this weekend. To celebrate, we're sharing some fun Forensics Facts on Twitter throughout the week. We're also giving away a free copy of this comprehensive and important new resource!
 
Here’s how to enter:

  1. Follow us on Twitter
  2. Retweet our #forensicsfact tweets
  3. Tag a friend or colleague on our #forensicsfact tweets

Each follow, retweet, or tag counts as an entry. We’ll randomly select a winner at 4 pm EST on Friday, October 28. The winner will be announced and contacted via Twitter. Happy tweeting!

Update: This contest is now closed. Congratulations to @_RickFrank and thanks for playing, everyone!

Canadian Lawyer names Forcese and Roach 2016 Changemakers

Posted by irwinlaw on September 7, 2016 in authors, awards, and national security law.

Congratulations to Craig Forcese and Kent Roach, who have been named as two of the Top 25 Most Influential Changemakers of 2016 by Canadian Lawyer magazine! Here is what the magazine has to say about them:

"This duo more than anyone helped educate the Canadian public on the pitfalls and issues of the previous federal Conservative government’s proposed anti-terrorism laws. Forcese and Roach’s approach to influencing public policy development also changed the way academics contribute it. They ditched traditional models in order to engage in real time on bill C-51, launching a blog about it (antiterrorlaw.ca), publishing their work on the world’s largest open-access database — the Social Science Research Network — sending it to public policy-makers, writing op-eds, and appearing before parliamentary committees. Their book False Security: The Radicalization of Canadian Anti-terrorism, [was] published this fall."

2016 Harvey T. Strosberg Essay Prize Winner Announced

Posted by irwinlaw on September 6, 2016 in awards and canadian class action review.

Harvey T. Strosberg, Q.C. and Irwin Law Inc. are pleased to announce that the winner of the 2016 Harvey T. Strosberg Essay Prize for the best student essay on Class Actions in Canada is Yaroslavna Nosikova.

Ms. Nosikova graduated from law school at the University of Victoria in 2016. She is currently articling at a major Canadian law firm in Toronto. Yaroslavna also completed her bachelor of science in chemistry at the University of Toronto, and received a master of biomedical engineering at the University of Toronto.

Her prize-winning paper, “Is Class Action a Preferred Remedy for Independent Contractors?: A Case Study on the Proposed Canadian Hockey League Class Action,” will appear in an upcoming issue of the Canadian Class Action Review. She will also receive a prize of $10,000.

Cameron Hutchison contributes to Slaw.ca

Posted by irwinlaw on July 14, 2016 in authors, computer and internet law, and intellectual property law.

We're delighted that Cameron Hutchison, author of Digital Copyright Law, is the newest contributor to Slaw.ca! Read his first article, "5 Questions About Digital Copyright Law," here. Hutchison answers the following questions:

1. What is a digital lock?
2. How broadly will the bittorent infringement enabler provision be applied?
3. Will the “Youtube exception” provide adequate protection for non-commercial creators of content?
4. What does it mean to be an “author” in the digital age?
5. When will courts order telecoms to produce the names of infringers to copyright plaintiffs?

David Vaver awarded Order of Canada

Posted by irwinlaw on July 7, 2016 in authors, awards, and copyright law.

Congratulations to David Vaver, author of Copyright Law and Intellectual Property Law 2/e: Copyright, Patents, Trade-Marks and co-editor of Competition Policy and Intellectual Property, on his appointment to the Order of Canada!

York University celebrates Vaver's appointment in the announcement below:

"David Vaver was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada for his leadership in intellectual property law as a scholar and mentor. He is among Canada’s foremost leading authorities of Intellectual Property Law. His influence on the academy led to scholars from around the world to honour him with their own contributions in a festschrift in 2010, The Common Law of Intellectual Property: Essays in Honour of Professor David Vaver (an honour that has not been bestowed on many.

Vaver’s coining of the phrase, “user rights” in his book Copyright Law (Irwin Law, 2000), has transformed the international language and perspective of balance in copyright, where users enjoy rights alongside copyright’s traditional stakeholders of owners and authors. In 2012, he was awarded the Pattishall medal for Teaching Excellence for Trademark and Trade Identity. He founded and served as editor-in-chief, for the Intellectual Property Journal (1984-98, 2010-15) and has regularly advised the Canadian government in various roles typically culminating in a road map for reform, or outright reform, in various areas of intellectual property."

Read the rest of the York announcement here.

Ron C.C. Cuming awarded Distinguished Professor title

Posted by irwinlaw on July 7, 2016 in authors and awards.

Irwin Law wishes to extend its congratulations to Ron C.C. Cuming, co-author of Personal Property Security Law 2/e, for achieving the title of Distinguished Professor by the University of Saskatchewan. The University of Saskatchewan states, "The title was awarded based on Professor Cuming’s many research accomplishments, and outstanding contributions to the University of Saskatchewan, particularly his work in the area of commercial law and secure financing and his many publications in high quality national and international journals." Read more about this honour here.

Forcese and Roach on Bill C-22 in The Lawyers Weekly

Posted by irwinlaw on July 5, 2016 in authors and national security law.

Almost one year after the publication of False Security: The Radicalization of Canadian Anti-terrorism, authors Craig Forcese and Kent Roach are weighing in on the government's proposed security review panel. They warn that review “is not a substitute for fixing bad and overbroad security laws.” Read what they have to say in The Lawyers Weekly.

Author David Kerzner on TIEA loopholes

Posted by irwinlaw on June 20, 2016 in authors and tax law.

The Panama Papers, and international tax evasion, continue to make news headlines around the world. In a recent investigation between the CBC and Toronto Star, author David Kerzner has pointed out the weaknesses of Canada's tax information exchange agreements (TIEAs), stating that "Ninety per cent of tax havens in the world lack these critical records. It’s too easy to take advantage of this system. (These) solutions are flawed and no one’s standing up and saying the TIEAs didn’t work.” Read his recent comments at the CBC and The Toronto Star.

Two awards for Craig Forcese and Kent Roach

Posted by irwinlaw on May 30, 2016 in authors, awards, criminal law, and national security law.

We are thrilled to announce that False Security authors Craig Forcese and Kent Roach have been recognized with two prestigious awards in the past week!

Forcese and Roach are the 2016 recipients of the BC Civil Liberties Association's Reg Robson Award, which honours a community member who has demonstrated a substantial and long-lasting contribution to the cause of civil liberties in B.C. and Canada. The BCCLA writes: "These two individuals have been critical to mounting a resistance to the infringement of civil liberties in the name of national security. The astounding turn in public support for bill C-51 was due to a public education effort that was virtually all premised on their real-time legal analysis. They have exemplified what it means to be engaged public intellectuals, and the civil liberties community owes them a great debt." They received a standing ovation at an awards ceremony on Thursday, May 26.

We are also delighted that False Security was awarded the Canadian Law and Society Association Book Prize at an awards ceremony in Calgary on Saturday, May 28. The CLSA Book Prize is awarded annually for the best book on law and society published in the previous year in English or in French. Irwin Law's President and Publisher, Jeffrey Miller, was at the ceremony to accept the award on behalf of the authors.

Well done, Craig and Kent!

False Security shortlisted for Canadian Law & Society Book Prize

Posted by irwinlaw on May 3, 2016 in awards and books.

Irwin Law is delighted that False Security: The Radicalization of Canadian Anti-terrorism has been shortlisted for the Canadian Law and Society Association Book Prize. The CLSA Book Prize is awarded annually for the best book on law and society published in the previous year in English or in French. Congratulations to its authors, Craig Forcese and Kent Roach!

Timely New Book on International Tax Evasion from Irwin Law

Posted by irwinlaw on April 8, 2016 in books, international law, and tax law.

The Panama Papers have shown us the prevalence and cost of international tax evasion. Tax evasion costs governments billions of dollars of lost revenues. The G-20 has identified combatting tax evasion as a priority, and governments are increasingly finding new ways to locate undeclared income and assets so they can levy taxes on them. International Tax Evasion in the Global Information Age provides the most comprehensive analysis of both Canada’s and the OECD’s war on offshore tax evasion, explains the policies behind the new laws governing exchange of taxpayer information, and provides key insight for the global financial community, policy-makers, and practitioners.

About the Authors
David Kerzner, HBA, LL.B., LL.M., LL.M., Ph.D., has been advising clients on cross border tax matters for over 20 years. He is the editor-in-chief and principal co-author of a two-volume loose-leaf service on the Canada-U.S. Tax Treaty, and is also the co-author of a book on global tax management, soon to be released in its second edition. David Kerzner is a member of the bars of the Province of Ontario, the State of New York, the U.S. Tax Court and the Roll of Solicitors of England and Wales.

David W. Chodikoff, B.A (Spec. Hons.), M.A., LL.B., specializes in Tax Litigation (Civil and Criminal). He is the National Tax Litigation Lead and partner of Miller Thomson LLP. David was a former counsel and a Crown Prosecutor at the Department of Justice (Canada). David has over 100 reported decisions. In 2013, David was selected as one of the leading tax controversy advisors in the world and included in the International Tax Review’s “Tax Controversy Leaders Guide of 2013”. David is the editor of five tax publications including Tax Litigation, a multi-jurisdictional comparison of the subject in 29 countries.

"David Kerzner and David Chodikoff have made a key contribution in a complex field of expertise that demands new ways of thinking, new attitudes, modes of behaviour and skills among citizens, taxpayers and professionals."
- Christian Chéruy, partner at Loyens & Loeff, Brussels.

Richard Schneider and Hy Bloom receive Bruno Cormier Award

Posted by irwinlaw on March 23, 2016 in authors and awards.

Congratulations to the Honorable Richard D. Schneider and Dr Hy Bloom, co-editors of Law and Mental Disorder: A Comprehensive and Practical Approach (2013), who have been awarded the Bruno Cormier Award by the Canadian Academy of Psychiatry and the Law for their significant contributions to forensic psychiatry in Canada. The award was presented at CAPL’s annual conference in Vancouver earlier this month.

Richard D. Schneider, BSc, MA, PhD, LLB, LLM, CPsych, is Chairman of the Ontario Review Board and a Justice of the Ontario Court of Justice. Hy Bloom, BA, LLB, MD, FRCPC, is CEO of workplace.calm, inc., a workplace conflict, problem behaviour, and violence prevention and management group of multidisciplinary consultants, and a founding member of the Psilex Group, Consultants in Behavioural Sciences and the Law. Together, they have authored/edited Mental Disorder and the Law: A Primer for Legal and Mental Health Professionals (2006), Mental Health Courts: Decriminalizing the Mentally Ill (2007, with Mark Heerema), and Law and Mental Disorder: A Comprehensive and Practical Approach (2013). Richard D. Schneider is also the author of The Annotated Ontario Mental Health Statutes 4/e (2007) and The Lunatic and the Lords (2009).

Kent Roach appointed to Order of Canada

Posted by irwinlaw on January 4, 2016 in authors and awards.

Irwin Law wishes to congratulate author Kent Roach for his appointment to the Order of Canada. The Order of Canada was established in 1967 to recognize outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Kent Roach has been named Member of the Order of Canada for “his steadfast defence of the rights of Canadians, both as a scholar and as a litigator.”

Kent Roach is the author and co-author of numerous books on criminal law and constitutional law, including:

Inaugural Holt Prize joint winners announced

Posted by irwinlaw on December 15, 2015 in awards and federation press.

On November 25, 2015, Australian legal publisher Federation Press hosted its inaugural Holt Prize. Named after Chris Holt, the late co-founder of Federation Press, the Holt Prize is a biennial award of $12,000 and a publishing contract for a first-time author who is an Australian resident. This year, joint winners Giovanni Di Lieto and Scott Stephenson were each awarded with $6,000 and a publishing contract. Finalists James Watson and Yee-Fui Ng were also awarded publishing contracts. Congratulations!

Read Dr A J Brown's, professor of public policy & law at Griffity University, reflections on the Holt Prize here.

Submissions guidelines for the Holt Prize can be found here. Details for the next Holt Prize will be posted in late 2017.

Irwin Law is proud to represent The Federation Press in North America.

Announcing the 2016 Harvey T. Strosberg Essay Prize Competition

Posted by irwinlaw on December 14, 2015 in canadian class action review.

December 14, 2015

Harvey T. Strosberg, Q.C., Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Class Action Review, and Irwin Law Inc. are pleased to announce the thirteenth annual Harvey T. Strosberg Essay Prize competition. The prize of $10,000 is awarded to an outstanding student paper on Canadian class actions.

The competition is open to all Canadian students enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or professional program. The deadline for submissions is April 4, 2016.

For more details, click here.

Next Steps for Anti-terror Law: Ottawa panel discussion

Posted by irwinlaw on October 29, 2015 in events.

If you're in Ottawa, please join us on Tuesday, November 10 for a lively and interactive panel discussion on the next steps for anti-terror law. The event is free to attend and all are welcome! Details are below:

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Doors open 6 p.m.
Panel begins shortly thereafter
Free to attend!

Fauteux Hall
University of Ottawa
57 Louis Pasteur St.
Gowlings Moot Courtoom, Room 147

Panelists:
Tonda MacCharles
Toronto Star (Facilitator)

Wesley Wark
University of Ottawa

Kent Roach
University of Toronto; Co-author of False Security

Craig Forcese
University of Ottawa; Co-author of False Security

Download a PDF copy of our invitation here.

False Security: Toronto book launch and panel discussion

Posted by irwinlaw on October 2, 2015 in events.

Irwin Law and The Walrus are proud to co-sponsor the Toronto book launch and panel discussion for False Security by Craig Forcese and Kent Roach. Please join us on Thursday, October 8 from 6 to 8 pm at the Victoria College Building, University of Toronto. The event is free to attend and all are welcome! Reserve your ticket today.

Panelists:
Ron Atkey
P.C., Q.C., first Chair of the Security Intelligence Review Committee

Joe Fogarty
Former UK government security liaison to Canada

Sukanya Pillay
General Counsel, Canadian Civil Liberties Association

Craig Forcese
Author and Associate Professor of Law, University of Ottawa

Kent Roach
Author and Professor of Law, University of Toronto

Moderator:
Jonathan Kay
The Walrus

Download a PDF copy of our invitation here.

Announcing False Security: The Radicalization of Canadian Anti-terrorism

Posted by irwinlaw on August 31, 2015 in anti-terrorism, books, craig forcese, government, kent roach, national security, and privacy.

Irwin Law is proud to publish False Security: The Radicalization of Canadian Anti-terrorism this September. The book provides a detailed account of the failings of Bill C-51 and explains how the laws miss the mark in striking the delicate balance between privacy and security. Bill C-51 tackles anti-terrorism with a hard-line approach: the laws give CSIS more powers and allow the government to crack down on the promotion of terrorism. But these major changes ignore recommendations on how to avoid future threats, as well as the difficult lessons Canada has learned about terrorism throughout history.

Authors Craig Forcese and Kent Roach look at the issue of terrorism through many lenses. While providing context through a detailed history of Canada’s responses to terrorism, the book also touches on the sociological and legal implications, presenting a cohesive and thorough look at today’s terrorism threat.

Click to read the full news release, or preview chapters from False Security below:

Preview chapters from False Security
False Security - Preface
False Security - Chapter One

2015 Harvey T. Strosberg Essay Prize Winner Announced

Posted by irwinlaw on July 23, 2015 in awards and canadian class action review.

Harvey T. Strosberg, Q.C. and Irwin Law Inc. are pleased to announce that the winner of the 2015 Harvey T. Strosberg Essay Prize for the best student essay on class actions in Canada is Lauren Pearce.

Lauren Pearce is a recent graduate of the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto. While at law school, she worked in refugee and immigration law at Downtown Legal Services, a legal aid clinic. She is currently an articling student at Paliare Roland, working in the area of litigation.

Her prize-winning paper, “Catch and Release: Class Actions and Solvent Third Parties under the CCAA,” will appear in Volume 11, Issue 2 of the Canadian Class Action Review. She will also receive a prize of $10,000.

Nicole LaViolette

Posted by jeff Miller on May 25, 2015

Irwin Law Inc mourns the death of Nicole LaViolette on 22 May 2015. Nicole was, in the words of Nathalie DesRosiers, dean of law at the University of Ottawa, "a visionary professor." In February 2015 she received the 2015 Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Conference (SOGIC) Hero Award from the Canadian Bar Association for her outstanding work in defending and promoting the rights of sexual minorities in Canada and around the world. She published extensively in the areas of international human rights, international humanitarian law, and the rights of refugees.

Talk Rights with Canadian Civil Liberties Association

Posted by irwinlaw on May 8, 2015 in constitutional law and events.

Irwin Law is proud to support Talk Rights with CCLA: Our Website. Our Books. Our Work., an evening to celebrate the work and accomplishments of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association!

Join us Tuesday, May 19 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto. More info about the event and reserving your free tickets can be found here.

The CCLA will launch its Talk Rights website and new book, Acting for Freedom. Come say hello and grab your copy of At the Barricades too!

Download the invite

CDN Perspectives on Animals and the Law: Symposium and Book Launch

Posted by irwinlaw on April 7, 2015 in animals and events.

If you're in the Toronto area on April 30, please join us for two important events to launch Canadian Perspectives on Animals and the Law:

Symposium with Lesli Bisgould, Angela Fernandez, Peter Sankoff, and Katie Sykes
2 pm to 4 pm
Solarium, Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park Crescent
Download invite

Book launch with keynote speaker Hon. Justice Louis LeBel, Retired Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada
5:30 pm
Rowell Room, Flavelle House
78 Queen's Park Crescent
Download invite

Announcing antiterrorlaw.ca

Posted by irwinlaw on February 4, 2015 in authors and national security law.

Irwin Law is proud to launch an exciting new project with authors Craig Forcese and Kent Roach. Canada's Proposed Antiterrorism Act: An Assessment will be an ongoing archive of materials collected and prepared by Forcese and Roach in response to different aspects of Bill C-51. The project is ambitious in scope, seeking to crowdsource feedback, critiques, suggestions and observations from other lawyers and legal scholars. Join the discussion at antiterrorlaw.ca.

Cyclist's Guide book launch and panel

Posted by irwinlaw on January 20, 2015 in authors, cycling, and transportation law.

To promote a better understanding of the law in relation to cycling, Nicole LaViolette and Craig Forcese are hosting a panel presentation on January 29 at the University of Ottawa, focusing on the “Kanata Five Crash”.

Thursday, January 29, 2015, 6:00 p.m.
Gowlings Moot Court, FTX 147
University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, 57 Louis-Pasteur Street

Cyclist's Guide interview with Canadian Cycling Magazine

Posted by irwinlaw on December 18, 2014 in authors, cycling, interviews, and transportation law.
"every cyclist's guide to canadian law" "canadian cycling magazine" "craig forcese" "nicole laviolette" "bike" "cycling" "bicycle"

At the Toronto International Book Fair last month, authors Craig Forcese and Nicole LaViolette met with Matthew Pioro, editor of Canadian Cycling Magazine, to discuss Every Cyclist's Guide to Canadian Law. Watch the video -- and commiserate on the "jerkiness" of bike theft -- here.

Announcing the 2015 Harvey T. Strosberg Essay Prize Competition

Posted by irwinlaw on November 26, 2014 in canadian class action review.

November 26, 2014

Harvey T. Strosberg, Q.C., Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Class Action Review, and Irwin Law Inc. are pleased to announce the twelfth annual Harvey T. Strosberg Essay Prize competition. The prize of $10,000 is awarded to an outstanding student paper on Canadian class actions.

The competition is open to all Canadian students enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or professional program. The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2015.

For more details, click here.

Book signings at Toronto International Book Fair next month!

Posted by irwinlaw on October 31, 2014 in authors and events.
irwin law book signings at tibf

Irwin Law is proud to participate at INSPIRE!: Toronto International Book Fair. Please join us at the Indie Publishers Pavilion for two great book signings:

- Every Cyclist's Guide to Canadian Law with Craig Forcese and Nicole LaViolette on Friday, November 14 from 11:30 to 1 pm
- At the Barricades: A Memoir with A. Alan Borovoy on Saturday, November 15 from 2:30 to 3 pm

Learn more about TIBF at www.torontobookfair.ca.

Questions and Answers from Irwin Law’s Experts After the Ottawa Shootings

Posted by irwinlaw on October 24, 2014 in authors, criminal law, and national security law.

After the shootings in Ottawa’s downtown core, Craig Forcese, uOttawa and author of National Security Law, and Kent Roach, University of Toronto, and author of Criminal Law, responded to questions posed by Irwin Law on terrorism law issues.

Canadian Forensic Psychiatry Review Course: registration now open

Posted by irwinlaw on June 12, 2014 in criminal law, events, and mental health.

Irwin Law is proud to be a co-sponsor of the second annual Canadian Forensic Psychiatry Review Course, an intensive program designed to review core areas of criminal and civil forensic psychiatry, as well as assist forensic psychiatric trainees and practitioners in preparing for the Royal College Sub-Speciality designation in Forensic Psychiatry.

Citation of The Law of Partnerships and Corporations, 3/e

Posted by irwinlaw on June 3, 2014 in citations, corporate law, and irwin law books.

J. Anthony VanDuzer's The Law of Partnerships and Corporations, third edition, has recently been cited by the Supreme Court of Canada in McCormick v Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, 2014 SCC 39. Click here to read more about the case and click here to learn more about the book.