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the state and indigenous legal cultures: law in search of legitimacy
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Conference “ La pratique du droit autochtone ” – March 22, 2019 – FTX135

Author: Canada Research Chair on Legal Diversity and Indigenous Nations
Published on:07 March at 09:56AM

Ghislain Otis, holder of the Canada Research Chair in Legal Diversity and Indigenous Peoples is pleased to welcome Me Charlotte Chicoine-Wilson who will present the conference “ La pratique du droit autochtone ”. After graduating with a degree in social sciences and a law degree from Ottawa University, she completed a Master of Law focusing on the judicial autonomy of indigenous peoples in Columbia under the guidance of Professor Otis.  In 2015, she joined the law firm Dionne Schulze based in Montreal. She focuses her work on the questions of indigenous law, environmental law and governance for clients primarily from indigenous communities and organizations.

International Conference “Conflict Resolution and Customary Law” at Babeş-Boylai University

Author: Canada Research Chair on Legal Diversity and Indigenous Nations
Published on:07 March at 09:28AM

Professor Sergiu Mişcoiu will host Ghislain Otis, holder of the Canada Research Chair in Legal Diversity and Indigenous Peoples, during the international conference “Conflict Resolution and Customary Law”. This conference will take place at Babeş-Boylai University, in Cluj-Napoca, Romania March 8 and 9, 2019. It is part of the Legitimus project: “The State and Indigenous Legal Cultures: Law in Search of Legitimacy” directed by Professor Otis and financed by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

 

Other collaborators of the Legitimus project will also take part in this conference such as Professor François Féral, Dr. Laura Herta and Dr. Clément Cadinot. It will end with a cultural visit to Alba-Iulia.

Forum on Atikamekw Governance and Law - 26th and 27th of October 2018

Author:Research Chair on Legal Diversity and Indigenous Peoples
Published on:03 October at 12:00PM

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Searchers and experts from the Legitimus project will be present during this event. Amongst the participants are Christiane Guay from the Université de Québec en Outaouais (UQO), Mylène Larivière from Makivik, Geneviève Motard from Laval University, Sylvie Poirier from Laval University, Pierrot Ross-Tremblay from Laurentienne University and Nadine Vollant from Uiuashitun and the director of the Legitimus project, Ghislain Otis, from the University of Ottawa.

The Forum was put in place to share results of research directed during the partnership between the Canada Research Chair in Legal Diversity and Indigenous Peoples and the Atikamekw Nation Council. The goal of this collaboration was to reinforce the Atikmekw nation's governance on matters of domestic violence and child protection.

To document the Atikamekw's knowledge and traditions, 118 interviews were conducted with participants and interveners of the three Atikamekw communities and the surrounding urban areas. These interviews are an essential key for searchers to understand and determine legal basis of the Atikamekw law.

Thus, the objective of this gathering is to share results and understandings on the matter and to situate the contribution of this research amongst the entirety of the research conducted on the judicial Atikamekw traditions in different areas of interest of the nation (family, child welfare, justice, territory).

 Click here to consult the full program of the event.

Conference of the Commission on Legal Pluralism – Citizenship, Legal Pluralism and Governance in the age of Globalization

Author: Research Chair on Legal Diversity and Indigenous Peoples
Published on:09 September at 01:00PM

The Canada Research Chair on Legal Diversity and Indigenous Nations and the Human Rights Research and Education Centre were pleased to partner with the Commission on Legal Pluralism and its partners in the organization of the conference that took place August 22-24, 2018 at the Faculty of Law of the University of Ottawa. The theme of the conference was ''Citizenship, Legal Pluralism and Governance in the Age of Globalization''.

Prior to the conference, the Commission organised an international course, covering theories, knowledge and methodologies of legal pluralism from August 17-20, 2018.

As the holder of the Canada Research Chair on Native Peoples and Legal Diversity, Mr. Ghislain Otis was an active participant at this event. On the first day of the conference, along with Janine Ubink, the President of the Commission on Legal pluralism, Céline Lévesques, Dean of the Civil Law faculty of the University of Ottawa and John Packer, director of the Human Rights Research and Education Centre, University of Ottawa, M. Otis opened the conference with a few words of welcome.

He was also the chair and discussant at the plenary panel 1: ''Indigenous Law and Legal Pluralism in Canada''. On the last day, during the panel 22: ''Indigenous Law and State Law in Canada: Is Cooperative Legal Pluralism Possible?'', Mr. Otis was the chair and also presented his talk  “The Relationship between Indigenous Law and State Law in Canada: Overview of Current Trends”.

Needless to say that this conference was an extremely successful one for all the participants. The Canada Research Chair on Native Peoples and Legal Diversity was proud and delighted to have the researchers and the experts at its Faculty of Law in Ottawa.

Dr. Teleiai Lalotoa Mulitalo Seumanutafa performs a traditional dance

Author: Research Chair on Legal Diversity and Indigenous Peoples
Published on:08 September at 08:25AM

Dr. Teleiai Lalotoa Mulitalo Seumanutafa undertook a short-term visiting fellowship at the University of Queensland funded mainly by the Legitimus Project. The purpose of the visit was to convert her PhD thesis: “The consequences of legal pluralism for law reform in the South Pacific” into a book, which was published in 2018. Dr. Mulitalo returned to the University of Queensland in 2017 to launch a related work: “Legislative Drafting in the Pacific Context.” At the launch, she performed a traditional dance in Samoan dress.

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