New Books in the Library – September 2018

October 11, 2018

Here is a sample of books the library collected in September. For a full list of our new acquisitions, check our the September Acquisitions list.

K1704.8 .G36 2018
Title: Game changers in labour law : shaping the future of work / editors, Frank Hendrickx, Valerio De Stefano ; contributors, Mariya Aleksynska [and 17 others].
Publication info: Alphen aan den Rijn : Wolters Kluwer, [2018]
Subject: Labor laws and legislation–Congresses.
Series: Bulletin of comparative labour relations ; 100.
KE7709 .W56 2018
Title: Essentials of Canadian aboriginal law / Kerry Wilkins.
Publication info: Toronto : Thomson Reuters Canada, 2018.
Subject: Indigenous peoples–Legal status, laws, etc.–Canada.
Subject: Indigenous peoples–Legal status, laws, etc.
Subject: Indians of North America–Canada–Constitutional law.
Location: Reserves
KF300 .W67 2016
Title: Learning from practice : a text for experiential legal education / edited by Leah Wortham, Alexander Scherr, Nancy Maurer, Susan L. Brooks.
Edition: Third edition.
Publication info: St. Paul, MN : West Academic Publishing, [2016]
Subject: Practice of law–United States.
Subject: Lawyers–United States–Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Location: Reserves
KZ3410 .R63 2012
Title: Between peril and promise : the politics of international law / J. Martin Rochester.
Edition: 2nd edition.
Publication info: Thousand Oaks, Calif. : CQ Press, 2012.
Subject: International law.
Subject: International relations.
KZ6443 .I57 v.53
Title: Drones and other unmanned weapons systems under international law / by Stuart Casey-Maslen, Maziar Homayounnejad, Hilary Stauffer, and Nathalie Weizmann.
Publication info: Boston ; Leiden : Brill, 2018.
Subject: Uninhabited combat aerial vehicles (International law)
Series: International humanitarian law series ; v. 53. 

Recent Tables of Contents – September 2018

October 9, 2018

Celebrating Bora Laskin on the Anniversary of his Birth

October 4, 2018

Bust or Bora Laskin

October 5th is the birthdate of Bora Laskin (1912-1984), former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada in whose honour the Bora Laskin Law Library is named. In addition to his distinguished career on the bench (appointed to the Ontario Court of Appeal in 1965, to the Supreme Court of Canada in 1970 and becoming Chief Justice of Canada in 1973) Chief Justice Laskin played a significant role in the life of the University of Toronto Law School as one of its founding faculty members and more prominent scholars.

To find out more about Bora Laskin’s life and scholarship take a look at some of these resources available at the Bora Laskin Law Library

Biographies of Bora Laskin

  • Bora Laskin, Chief Justice of Canada, 1973-1984: The Legacy (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1986).
    KE8248 .L37 B66 1986
    Reprinted from 35:4 UTLJ 321 (available on Heinonline).
  • Neil Finkelstein & Constance Backhouse, The Laskin Legacy: Essays in Commemoration of Chief Justice Bora Laskin (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2007).
    KE8248 .L38 L38 2007
  • Phillip Girard, Bora Laskin: Bringing Law to Life (Toronto: Published for the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History by University of Toronto Press, 2005.)
    KE8248 .L37 G57 2005

Historical Resources

Selected Publications by Bora Laskin


  • _____ The British tradition in Canadian law (London: Published under the auspices of the Hamlyn Trust [by] Stevens 1969)
  • _____ Canadian constitutional law; cases and text on distribution of legislative power, (Toronto: Carswell Co., 1951) and 4 more editions.
    KF4482 .L35
  • _____ The Ontario Municipal Board, Thesis submitted to Professor Frankfurter, (Harvard Law School, 1937).
    Course Reserves KEO872 .L37 1937a

Journal Articles

Recent Tables of Contents – August 2018

September 28, 2018

New Books in the Library – August 2018

September 26, 2018

Here is a sample of the wide range of subjects the library collected in August. For a full list of our new acquisitions, check our the August Acquisitions list.

       K3254 .C65 2018
Title: Robotica : speech rights and artificial intelligence / Ronald K.L. Collins, David M. Skover.
Publication info: Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 2018.
Subject: Freedom of speech–Philosophy.
Subject: Technology and law.
Subject: Artificial intelligence–Law and legislation
K3601 .B556 2018
Title: Bioethics in action / edited by Françoise Baylis, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia; Alice Dreger.
Publication info: Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2018.
Subject: Bioethics.
Subject: Medical laws and legislation.
Subject: Human experimentation in medicine–Law and legislation.
Series: Cambridge bioethics and law.
KD7562 .G66 2018
Title: How judges decide cases : reading, writing and analysing judgments / Andrew Goodman ; foreword by Lord Faulks QC.
Edition: Second edition.
Publication info: London : Wildy, Simmonds & Hill Publishing, 2018.
Subject: Judgments–Great Britain.
Subject: Judicial process–Great Britain.
Subject: Legal composition.
KE8615 .S557 2018
Title: In search of resolution : complex issues in mediation advocacy / Martha E. Simmons.
Publication info: Toronto, Ontario : Thomson Reuters Canada, [2018]
Subject: Mediation–Canada.
Subject: Dispute resolution (Law)–Canada.
Subject: Attorney and client–Canada.
KF4783 .R44 2018
Title: The rhetoric of religious freedom in the United States / edited by Eric C. Miller.
Publication info: Lanham : Lexington Books, [2018]
Subject: Freedom of religion–United States.
Subject: Rhetoric–Religious aspects.
Subject: Persuasion (Rhetoric)

Celebrating the library’s 500,000 visitor

September 18, 2018

Since the new Bora Laskin Law Library opened in February 2016 we have had many visitors, not only from the Faculty of Law community, but the U of T, other Canadian universities and from international visitors as well.  It has been an eventful 2 and a half years.  The library staff have answered countless reference questions, conducted hundreds of research sessions, participated in the first year LRW program, kept the print and electronic collections up-to-date and relevant, explained the mysteries of the McGill Guide and much more.

Today the library reaches a milestone, our 500,000 visitor will be crossing the threshold. Here is to 500,000 more!!!!


Building Begins

Starting to take shape

Torys Hall under construction

Moving in

First day back at the new library. Welcome to all.

Welcome to the Bora Laskin Law Library.

August 30, 2018

The librarians and staff of the Law Library look forward to working with you as you complete your legal studies. Our library occupies three levels of the Pavilion wing in the Jackman Law Building. Here you will have access to quiet study space, our extensive law collection, the Information Commons, and the expertise of our librarians and staff.

The entrance to the Library is located just off the Atrium on level 02. As you enter the Library you will find the Library Services desk, where you can borrow materials, including Reserve books, get reference advice and also find the Law School’s IT support.  Behind the desk is our Short Term/Course Reserve area, containing the most recent key treatises and required course materials.  Across from the desk is the Information Commons, which features 30 desktop computers for your use. In the alcove by the elevator you will find a state of the art book scanner and a new public printer/photocopier.

Torys Hall, the Library’s magnificent reading room on level 02 (the main floor) provides an impressive space for quiet study.  Next to the Reading Room in a small alcove on the other side of the grand staircase are our printing and copying facilities.

On the lower level (level 01) of the Library you will find most of our books and print reporters.  Our legislative materials are on level 2, and our print collection of law journals sits on level 3.

The library has 11 bookable group study rooms available for collaborative study. Three group study rooms are on level 02 adjacent to the reading room. An additional 8 group study rooms are on the top floor. The rooms are reserved for use by current students of the Faculty of Law, and can be booked online for groups of 4 or more.

For more information about the library’s resources and policies please visit our website at

The Library’s strongest asset is its staff.  We will advise you on research strategy, find the most relevant materials to assist with your course work, show you how to get the best out of our electronic resources, solve any tricky citation problems that you can throw at us and sometimes just provide a sympathetic ear when you need one.  For a full list of the Library staff please check out Who We Are. We are also available online: come visit us on Facebook, Twitter and our award winning Blog.

During your time here the Law Library will become a trusted resource, a resting stop between classes and a home away from home. Welcome and best of luck with your law school career!

Accessing Your Courses in Quercus

Quercus is the new learning management system that has replaced Blackboard.

To Access Courses 

Until the add/drop course date, students in the Faculty of Law must first log into e.Legal to access courses. Once that date has passed, enrollment information will be updated via ACORN for Quercus.

To access courses on Quercus prior to the add/drop date (once your professor has made the course available):

1) Go to

2) Log into into e.Legal with your e.Legal username and password. You will arrive at the ‘Links to Quercus Courses’ page listing Law Faculty courses

3) Click on the link for your course

4) Sign into Quercus using your UTORid

* After the add/drop date, go to and login with your UTORid.  You will then see a dashboard containing your courses.


Library Hours of Operation:

Regular hours begin September 4:

Monday – Thursday        8:45 am – 11:00 pm

Friday                                    8:45 am – 8:00 pm

Weekends                          10:00 am – 8:00 pm

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