New Additions to the Indigenous Perspectives Collection

June 8, 2018



By law or in justice : the Indian Specific Claims Commission and the struggle for indigenous justice /
Jane Dickson
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Indigenous tourism movements / edited by Alexis C. Bunten and Nelson H.H. Graburn.
G156.5 .H47 I53 2018
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Roots of entanglement : essays in the history of native-newcomer relations / edited by Myra Rutherdale, Kerry Abel, and P. Whitney
E78 .C2 R66 2018
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Transforming Indigeneity : urbanization and language revitalization in the Brazilian Amazon /
Sarah Shulist.
P40.5 .L3572 S48 2018
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Featured Title – Full Disclosure: A Novel

June 4, 2018

You may not know this but the Law Library has a small section of law-related fiction ranging from John Mortimer’s Rumpole books to our newest acquisition, Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Beverley McLachlin’s new novel Full Disclosure.

This novel features Jilly Truitt, a criminal defense lawyer. Truitt is an interesting character with a successful law practice and a complex personal history who is hired to defend a wealthy Vancouverite accused of killing his wife.

Completely separate from the author’s legal credentials, this book is a good example of the genre: a mystery/courtroom drama with all the elements you would expect. It does rely a bit too much on coincidence and the surprise ending might be considered to be a bit predictable but nevertheless it is a good read.  The kind of book that you want to get back to when you have to put it down. I found myself mulling over the mystery while sitting a a dull meeting.

For more information check out this interview with former Chief Justice McLachlin and an excerpt from the book.


Recent Tables of Contents – May 2018

June 1, 2018

Recent Tables of Contents – April 2018

May 14, 2018

New Books in the Library – April 2018

May 9, 2018

As usual we have added books from a wide range of topics to the library collection this month.  Below are a few highlights and for a full list, check our the April Acquisitions list.

  BL65 .H78 M43 2018
Title: Litigating religions : an essay on human rights, courts, and beliefs / by Christopher McCrudden, FBA.
Edition: First edition.
Publication info: Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2018.
Subject: Human rights–Religious aspects.
K487 .C8 B78 2018
Title: Law, art and the commons / Merima Bruncevic.
Publication info: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2018.
Subject: Culture and law.
Subject: Law and art.
Subject: Intellectual property.
Series: Space, materiality and the normative.
KIB422 .F74 2018
Title: The wetiko legal principles : Cree and Anishinabek responses to violence and victimization / Hadley Louise Friedland.

Publication info: Toronto : University of Toronto Press, 2018.
Subject: Indigenous children–Abuse of–Canada.
Subject: Legal literature–Canada.
Subject: Indigenous peoples–Canada–Folklore.

Summer Research Instructional Program Schedule

April 30, 2018

Throughout the summer, we are pleased to offer a series of instructional sessions for Faculty of law RAs and Graduate Students. The sessions will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, between 11:00am-12:00pm in the Library training room P363 (exceptions are in red below). These sessions will each cover a different research topic:


Date Session Time Location
Thursday May 3 Orientation, Copyright, Open Access 11:00 am J125
Tuesday May 8 Zotero 11:00 am TBD
Thursday May 10 Lexis Advance Quicklaw Noon P363
Tuesday May 15 Journals 11:00 am P363
Thursday May 17 Books 11:00 am P363
Tuesday May 22 WestlawNext Canada Noon P363
Thursday May 24 Cases 11:00 am P363
Tuesday May 29 Legislation 11:00 am P363
Thursday May 31 Historical Databases 11:00 am P363
Tuesday June 5 International Law 11:00 am P363
Thursday, June 7 JustisOne 10:00 am P363

Featured Title – Viner’s Abridgment

April 23, 2018

For World Book Day we are featuring what is one on the oldest books in the Law Library’s Collection.  A General Abridgment of Law and Equity, Alphabetically Digested Under Proper Titles; with Notes and References to the Whole by Charles Viner.

Charles Viner spent 50 years summarizing cases from previously published case law reporters.  The case digests (in 23 volumes) are organized alphabetically by subject  covering all aspects of the law as it was at the time of publication. Although its accuracy and utility have been questioned, (see e.g. J. G. Marvin’s summary of comments on the Abridgment in Legal Bibliography, Or a Thesaurus of American, English, Irish, and Scotch Law Booksnevertheless it is still a very useful starting point for legal historians.

The library has a complete set on reserve and although the binding is fragile, despite its age (the imprint date on the first volume is 1741), the paper is sturdy and the text is readable.

Viner’s legacy also lives on in the Vinerian Professorship of English Law at Oxford University which he endowed on his death in 1755.  The first Vinerian Professor was Sir William Blackstone.

Electronic versions of this abridgment can be found on Google Books.



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