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David Vaver and Kent Roach invested into the Order of Canada

Posted by irwinlaw on May 12, 2017 in authors and awards.

Our sincere congratulations to David Vaver and Kent Roach, who were both invested into the Order of Canada today.

From the Governor General of Canada Order of Canada Investiture Ceremony press release:

"Kent Roach has made outstanding contributions to protecting our civil liberties. A long-time professor at the University of Toronto, he is also a skilled litigator who has participated in some of the most significant Charter rights cases of the last few decades. His far-reaching involvement in social justice has spanned forums as diverse as the Ipperwash, Arar and Air India inquiries, as well as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. In recent years, he has also emerged as a leading figure in counterterrorism studies whose voice is among the most influential in contemporary debates on the limits of security."

"David Vaver is Canada’s preeminent scholar of intellectual property law. A professor at Osgoode Hall, professor emeritus at Oxford University, and the former director of the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre, he has improved society’s ability to contend with the legal implications of technological change. He is relied on by the courts for the balance that his work strikes between the rights of intellectual property holders and users, and he has served as an advisor to governments around the world seeking to modernize their intellectual property regimes."

Honourable David M. Paciocco appointed a judge of the Court of Appeal for Ontario

Posted by irwinlaw on April 7, 2017 in authors.

Irwin Law would like to congratulate the Honourable David M. Paciocco, co-author of The Law of Evidence 7/e and Jury Selection in Criminal Trials: Skills, Science, and the Law and author of Getting Away With Murder: The Canadian Criminal Justice System upon his elevation to the Court of Appeal for Ontario.

"The Honourable David M. Paciocco, a judge of the Ontario Court of Justice in Ottawa, is appointed a judge of the Court of Appeal for Ontario. He replaces Mr. Justice J.I. Laskin, who elected supernumerary status effective September 1, 2016.

Prior to Mr. Justice David M. Paciocco's elevation to the Court of Appeal, he sat as a judge of the Ontario Court of Justice in Ottawa. Considered one of Canada's pre-eminent legal minds in the law of evidence and criminal procedure, his appointment to the Ontario Court of Justice was widely applauded. Throughout his career as an academic and judge, his work has been widely cited by the Supreme Court of Canada, Canadian courts of all levels, the Privy Council, and courts in New Zealand and Australia.

Born in Sault Ste. Marie, in a family with Italian roots, and with a maternal grandmother with status in an American Chippewa band, Justice Paciocco earned his law degree from the University of Western Ontario and then pursued graduate studies at the University of Oxford, where he received a B.C.L. During the entire tenure of his academic career as a professor at the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Law, he concurrently worked as an Assistant Crown Attorney and then as a criminal defence lawyer at Edelson Clifford d'Angelo LLP. These dual roles informed his work, both as Commission Counsel to the Taman Inquiry into the Investigation and Prosecution of Derek Harvey-Zenk and his prolific academic writing. He has authored or co-authored five books, including the treatise The Law of Evidence, and more than 150 academic chapters and articles. Justice Paciocco has received numerous awards for his contribution to the law, including the Mundell Medal (2002) and a honourary doctorate from Laurentian University (2005).

Excerpts from Mr. Justice Paciocco's judicial application can be accessed at the following link."

Read the entire news release here.

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."

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.

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