2005 Annual Legal Dimensions Initiative

The Canadian Association of Law Teachers (CALT), the Canadian Law and Society Association (CLSA), the Canadian Council of Law Deans (CCLD), and the Law Commission of Canada are pleased to announce that the 2005 Annual Legal Dimensions Initiative has been posted.

The theme for the 2005 Legal Dimensions Initiative is “Indigenous legal traditions“.  Indigenous communities around the world continue to uphold traditions about law and relationships among people, in particular, governance of community, of the environment and of punishment for wrong-doing. Such traditions – often transmitted orally – provide the basis for good community practices and sound decision-making.  A dynamic law reform agenda should work within a framework that recognizes legal pluralism in its fullest form. What are some of the sources of Indigenous legal traditions in Canada? What are some of the ways for creating greater space and recognition for Indigenous traditions (legal and otherwise) in this country? How can different legal traditions co-exist effectively?

The co-sponsors will select up to six proposals.  The award will consist, first, of an honorarium of $ 3000 to produce the paper.  In addition, the award comprises expenses incurred in traveling to the Annual Meeting of the CALT and/or the CLSA in British Columbia to present the paper as a work in progress (specific location of presentation to be determined); registration fees for the Annual Meeting; two nights hotel accommodation at the meeting site; airfare and ground transportation, as required.

The deadline for submitting applications is Monday, January 31, 2005.

The Annual Legal Dimensions Initiative is a joint project of the Canadian Association of Law Teachers (CALT), the Canadian Law and Society Association (CLSA), the Canadian Council of Law Deans (CCLD), and the Law Commission of Canada.  For more details about the Legal Dimensions 2005 Competition, or for additional information about the scope of the proposals, please consult the program description .

For further information, please visit the Law Commission website at www.lcc.gc.ca