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This web site contains various pages, all with different information about our organisation. Follow the links to find out more about us, our conferences, our publications and how to contact us . (A general web search facility is at the bottom of the page)

The pages will be updated periodically with recent news items and announcements.

If you have any problems, or experience any broken links, please contact the webmistress, Dr Bela Chatterjee, at


Forthcoming Conference - Joint 2009 Oxford University Conference with BACS. St Anne’s College, University of Oxford 28–30 March 2009


LSG Conference Day Monday 30th March 2009

Keynote from The Honorable Madam Justice Rosalie Abella


Conference Theme = ‘Being, Becoming and Belonging: Multiculturalism, Diversity and Social Inclusion in Modern Canada’

The British Association for Canadian Studies (BACS) in association with the BACS Legal Studies Group is pleased to announce that the 2009 annual conference will take place on 28–30 March 2009. The Monday will be devoted to a special focus on Anglo-Canadian legal issues, encompassing questions of Human Rights, Religion, Civil Society and Democratisation in relation the key themes of Multiculturalism, Diversity and Social Inclusion. The legal conference themes are to be construed broadly, and papers may relate to any or all of the following themes: Peace and Security; Democracy, Rule of Law, Human Rights; managing Diversity. Papers are welcomed in French or English from any disciplinary/interdisciplinary approach addressing these key issues. A Call for Papers will be issued soon, please send preliminary expressions of interest to

Previous Health Law and Policy Conference

Our 2008 conference on Health Law and Policy was a great success, with a great synergy between panels.The Keynote was from Professor Martha Jackman, University of Ottawa. Professor Jackman publishes primarily in the areas of social and economic rights, equality and the Charter. She appears regularly before law reform bodies, lawyers, judges and parliamentary committees.  She has acted as legal counsel in a number of important Charter cases, most recently before the Supreme Court of Canada in the Chaoulli case. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Journal of Law and Equality; the National Steering Committee of the National Association of Women and the Law; and a former member of Equality Rights Panel of the Court Challenges Program of Canada and of the Board of Directors of the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund.  She is the Academic director of the Social Rights Accountability Project, a five-year million dollar research project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. The conference programme can be found on the Previous Conferences Programme page. Five full panels of contributors from Canada and the UK provided a lively and contextualised debate on many key issues including Genetics, Virology, Stem Cell Research, Assisted Reproductive Technologies, Social Citizenship and Ethics.

Legal Studies Group and wider BACS scholarship

The recent publication of 'Canadian Studies In Britain,  1970-2010' (ed. Rooth, T. BACS, 2007) gives a valuable overview of the history and future of Canadian Studies in Britain, as part of the Sustained Studies project. Chapter 2 in particular notes the specific roles in Canadian studies of the specialist groups, and there is a dedicated section on the Legal Studies group, which can be read from the following link:

Dr Bela Chatterjee is quoted several times in relation to the group's activities, and it is clear from the text that the Legal Studies group is one of the most active in the field, and demonstrates that the group is at the heart of the wider Canadian Studies project.


Edited Collection on Re-Examining Contract and Unjust Enrichment now published

Following our Conference on Unjust Enrichment, the BACS Legal Studies Group is delighted to announce that an Edited Collection from the conference has now been published. "Re-Examining Contract and Unjust Enrichment: Anglo-Canadian Perspectives" edited by Paula Giliker is now available from Martinus Nijhoff Publishers. This collection of essays addresses some of the fundamental questions facing the law of contract and of unjust enrichment in the twenty-first century from a comparative perspective, and provices insightful, contemporary and provocative examination of this fast-developing area of law. Please see our Publications page for further details.

New Venture: The Research Interchange

Are you researching Anglo-Canadian Law? Do you have a project in this area and are seeking collaborators or information? Want publicity to raise the profile of your project? The Research Interchange is the place to go as a first call. In this new venture, the BACS Legal Studies groups aims to bring together researchers and build a database of projects, links and literature. Go to the Research Interchange page for more details.

We have endeavoured to provide all key documents in accessible formats but you are invited to contact the webmistress Bela Chatterjee if you are unable to find the document you want in a format that suits you and she will endeavour to assist.

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