Camille Cameron

Dean of Law; Weldon Professor of Law


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Phone: 902-494-2114
Mailing Address: 
Room 206, Weldon Law Building, 6061 University Avenue
PO Box 15000 Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Administration of civil justice
  • Access to civil justice
  • Dispute resolution
  • Class actions
  • Regulatory role of civil litigation
  • Tobacco litigation
  • Comparative civil procedure
  • Court reform in transitional legal systems



  • BA (St Mary's)
  • LLB (New Brunswick)
  • LLM (Cambridge)

Bar admissions

  • Nova Scotia

Cross-appointments & affiliations

  • International Academy of Comparative Law
  • Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Essex Law Association
  • Canadian Council of Law Deans
  • Law and Society Association


Dean Cameron began her career in private practice in a commercial law firm in Halifax, Nova Scotia where she specialized in civil litigation. While in practice she was a frequent presenter at continuing legal education seminars and bar admissions courses, and taught Civil Trial Practice and Civil Procedure as a sessional lecturer. After ten years of law practice, she obtained an LLM degree at the University of Cambridge and then took up an academic appointment in Hong Kong. Prior to joining the Schulich School of Law, she held academic posts as the Dean of Windsor Law at the University of Windsor, and as a Professor at the University of Melbourne, Australia where she served a term as Associate Dean and as Director of the Civil Justice Research Group.

Her interests in comparative law and legal institutions in post-conflict societies led her to Cambodia in 1996 where she worked with a human rights group training lay criminal defenders and judges. She has worked as a consultant on similar international development projects in various countries, including Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Mongolia, China, Thailand, and Indonesia.

Dean Cameron’s current research focuses on class actions, litigation funding and the administration of civil justice. She is a member of an international research collaborative group that is presently working on a book on comparative class actions. She has presented on these and related topics at national and international conferences. With her colleague Professor Jasminka Kalajdzic she organised and hosted a conference in July 2013 on litigation funding, and is presently working on an edited collection of papers presented at that conference. Recent publications include Aid-Effectiveness and Donor Coordination from Paris to Busan: A Cambodian Case Study (with Sally Low), Law and Development Review, 5(2), 167-193, 2012, and The Price of Access to the Civil Courts in Australia: Old Problems and New Solutions - A Commercial Litigation Funding Case Study (in Cost and Fee Allocation in Civil Procedure, Springer, 2011).

Dean Cameron has served on numerous committees dealing with academic and senior administrative appointments and promotion, research integrity, reviews of academic departments and faculties, teaching quality and university governance. In Windsor she has been the Chair and a member of the Board of Governors of Legal Aid Windsor, and she is presently the Chair of the Advisory Board of Community Legal Aid and a member of the Board of Directors of Hiatus House. She is a Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Australia and has been a Visiting Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of Oxford.


My teaching philosophy: One of the things that makes law such a rewarding career choice is the wide scope of the knowledge, skills and attributes that lawyers are called on to master during their professional lives. It is impossible for law students to learn in law school everything they will need to know as professionals. For that reason, I think the purpose of law school is to help students 'learn how to learn'. With that in mind, I think that inquiry, problem-solving and challenging conventional wisdom should be at the heart of the law school learning experience. 

Teaching interests: As a practitioner I specialized in civil litigation for ten years. That experience has shaped my teaching and research. I am interested in how the civil justice system works, and how (and why) it does not work. These interests have led me to teach Civil Procedure, Civil Trial Practice, Dispute Resolution, Class Actions, Negotiation Theory and Practice, and Comparative Civil Justice Reform. 

Some favourite teaching approaches:

  • I like active learning and learning by doing.
  • I like to do research-led teaching by bringing my research into the classroom and sharing it with students. 
  • I incorporate teamwork into the learning experience, because it is such an important life skill.
  • Students can learn a lot from each other, and I try to structure classroom and other learning experiences to make this possible.
  • We can learn a lot about our own legal systems by learning about other legal systems. I incorporate these kinds of comparisons into the subjects I teach.

Areas of supervision: Civil justice reform, class actions, dispute resolution, evidence, juries, litigation funding, regulatory theory

Research interests

Administration of and access to civil justice, dispute resolution, class actions, the regulatory role of civil litigation, tobacco litigation, comparative civil procedure, court reform in transitional legal systems


  • Commercial Litigation Funding Conference (July 2-3, 2013), Law Foundation of Ontario ($15,000), jointly with Professor Jasminka Kalajdzic, awarded in December 2012
  • Evaluating the Effectiveness of Federal Court of Australia Case Management Programmes, University of Melbourne Research Grant ($5000), 2010
  • The Role of Institutional Litigation Funders in Australia, Melbourne Law School Research Grant ($3500), November 2008
  • Testing Court Reform Projects in Cambodia and Vietnam, Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Grant ($275,000), awarded in September 2007 (with Professor Pip Nicholson)  
  • Litigation and Liability as Regulation to Reduce Tobacco-Related Harm: ‘Making the Polluter Pay’ for the Harm Tobacco Causes, ARC Australian Postgraduate Award Industry Linkage Grant Application ($80,000), awarded in November 2005 (with Industry Partner Cancer Council of Victoria)
  • Governments and Corporations as Model Litigants, Melbourne University Faculty of Law Research Grant ($5,000), awarded in October 2005 (with Michelle Taylor-Sands)
  • Investigation and Analysis of Issue Raised by Self-Representation in Civil Cases in the High Court of Hong Kong, Strategic Research Grant ($35,000), awarded in April 2004 (with Associate Professor Elsa Kelly and Dr. Eric Chui)
    • All successful applications were automatically considered for CERG (Competitive Earmarked Research Grants) funding. This involved international peer refereeing of all applications. Our application was successful in the CERG competition, which increased our funding from $35,000 to $70,000.
  • Litigants in Person in Civil Cases: Survey and Interviews of Hong Kong Solicitors, Small-Scale Research Grant, Hong Kong ($20,000), awarded in November 2002 (with Associate Professor Elsa Kelly).
  • Legal Skills Integration Project, 2006, University of Melbourne - $100,000 (jointly with other colleagues). The purpose of this project was to provide law students with the information and assistance they need to take charge of and to monitor their acquisition and development of professional skills during their LLB/JD studies.
  • Litigation in Action, Multimedia Grant, applied for in March 2003 jointly with colleagues Jacqui Horan and Peter Jones, Melbourne Law School - $45,000. Grant used to develop video and related material for use in Civil Litigation, Advocacy and Dispute Resolution subjects.
  • Learning Legal Ethics in Context, Melbourne-Monash Multimedia Grant, December 2001 - $50,000 (jointly with Professor Adrian Evans and Peter Jones). The purpose of the project was to develop online learning exercises that integrate the teaching and learning of legal ethics into core law subjects. The online programmes developed were used in Civil Litigation and Corporations subjects at the Melbourne and Monash Law Schools.

Selected publications

  • Camille Cameron, "Litigation as ‘Core Business’: Analysing the Access to Justice and Regulatory Dimensions of Commercially Funded Class Actions in Australia" in Deborah R. Hensler, Christopher Hodges & Ianika Tzankova, eds, Class Actions in Context: How Economics, Politics and Culture Shape Collective Litigation (Cheltenham: Elgar Publishing, 2016) 189.
  • Camille Cameron, Jasminka Kalajdzic & Alon Klement, "Economic Enablers" in Deborah R. Hensler, Christopher Hodges & Ianika Tzankova, eds, Class Actions in Context: How Economics, Politics and Culture Shape Collective Litigation (Cheltenham: Elgar Publishing, 2016) 137.
  • Camille Cameron & J. Kalajdzic, "Commercial Litigation Funding: Ethical, Regulatory and Comparative Perspectives" (2014) 55(1) Can Bus LJ 1.
  • Beth Thornburg et al, "A Community of Procedure Scholars: Teaching Procedure and the Legal Academy" (2013) 51(1) Osgoode Hall LJ 93.
  • Camille Cameron, "Commentator’s Response to J. Goodwin 'Norms of Advocacy'" (Virtues of Argumentation, delivered at the Ontario Society for the Study of Argumentation Conference, University of Windsor, 22 May 2013).
  • Camille Cameron & Sally Low, "Aid-Effectiveness and Donor Coordination from Paris to Busan: A Cambodian Case Study" (2012) 5(2) Law and Development Review 167.
  • Evaluating Fast Track and Tax Case Management in the Federal Court of Australia: Interim Report (Sydney: Federal Court of Australia, 2011).
  • Camille Cameron, "The Price of Access to the Civil Courts in Australia: Old Problems and New Solutions - A Commercial Litigation Funding Case Study" in Mathias Reimann, ed, Cost and Fee Allocation in Civil Procedure (Springer Netherlands, 2011) 59.  

Service & activity

  • 2015 - present: Member, Law Foundation of Ontario Access to Justice Advisory Group
  • 2014 - present: Vice Chair, Legal Aid Windsor Board of Directors
  • 2012 - present: Chair, Community Legal Aid Advisory Board
  • 2013 - present: Member, Board of Directors, Hiatus House Shelter for Women & Children
  • 2015: Member, Selection Committee, Law Society of Upper Canada Awards
  • 2014 - 2015: Board Member, Law Commission of Ontario 
  • 2014 - 2015: Chair, Ontario Law Deans
  • 2014 - 2015: Member, Executive Committee, Canadian Council of Law Deans
  • 2014 - 2015: Member, Selection Committee, Law Commission of Ontario Executive Director
  • 2014 - 2015: External Reviewer, University of Manitoba Faculty of Law
  • 2013 - 2015: Member, Advisory Board, National Self-Represented Litigants Project
  • 2012 - 2013: Chair, Legal Aid Windsor Board of Directors
  • 1978 - 1979: Labourer-Teacher, Frontier College, Haida Gwaii, teaching English as a Second Language and working as a labourer in a mine

Videos & presentations

  • Presenter, DePaul University College of Law, Rule of Law Initiatives: The Promise and Limits of Lawyers and Donors as Agents of Change, November 7 2014
  • Presenter, Ontario Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Ethics and Access to Justice Features of Commercial Litigation Funding, 21 October 2014
  • Presenter, International Legal Ethics Conference, London, England, July 2014, Procedural Rules as Rules of Ethics and Professional Conduct
  • Invited participant, Technical Advisory Group, Access to Justice, Law Society of Upper Canada, October 2013 and June 2014
  • Panelist, Law and Legal Education in the Americas: Comparative Perspectives, University of Detroit (Mercy), Detroit, June 2013 (by invitation)
  • Commentator on Jean Goodwin’s Norms of Advocacy, Ontario Society for Studies in Argumentation (OSSA) Conference, Windsor, May 2013 (by invitation)
  • Participant, The Hague Institute of International and Comparative Law, Management of Mass Disputes, The Hague, The Netherlands, December 2012 (by invitation)
  • Panelist, Osgoode Hall Law School Conference, Articling and Transitional Training, May 2012 (by invitation)
  • Presenter, Globalisation of Class Actions conference, The Hague, Netherlands, December 2011 (by invitation)
  • Presenter, Joint Federal Court of Australia/Law Council of Australia Conference, Report on the Results of Research (Interviews of Federal Court Judges and Lawyers Concerning Case Management Practices), August 2011 (by invitation)
  • Presenter, Law and Society Conference, San Francisco, Securities Class Actions in Australia, June 2011
  • Presenter, Judicial College of Victoria Civil Procedure Workshops for Supreme Court Judges, October and November 2010 (by invitation)
  • Participant, Teaching Civil Procedure Project Workshop, Sussex, England, June 2010
  • Presenter, Monash University Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Early Neutral Evaluation in Commercial Cases, Melbourne, May 2010 (by invitation)
  • Presenter, International Conference on Litigation Funding and Costs, University of Oxford, July 2009 (by invitation)
  • Presentation on Early Neutral Evaluation for Supreme Court of Victoria Judges, June 2009 (by invitation)
  • National Reporter (Australia), International Comparative Law Association: (1) Class Actions and (2) Litigation Funding, 2009-2010
  • Presenter, Third International Legal Ethics Conference, Australia, July 2008
  • Organiser and convener of conference for Australian and overseas academics, practitioners, regulators and students, Class Actions, August, 2007
  • Organiser and convener (with colleagues) of the Civil Justice Conference, September 2006 in Melbourne for academics researching and teaching in the areas of civil procedure and the administration of civil justice
  • World Conference on Tobacco or Health, Washington, July 2006, Panelist:
    • Litigation as a Tobacco Regulation Tool
    • New Strategies in Tobacco Litigation: British Columbia’s Tobacco and Health Care Costs Recovery Act
  • Melbourne Law School Research Seminars, Using Litigation as a Tobacco Control Strategy: Imperial Tobacco v. British Columbia, 2006; Procedural and Tort Responses to Destruction of Evidence in Civil Cases, 2004
  • National Conference of Archivists, Canberra, Australia, September 2004: Duties to Preserve Documents in Anticipation of Litigation (by invitation)
  • International Obligations Conference, July 2004: Does Australia Need a New Tort of Spoliation? (by invitation)
  • Law Institute of Victoria Seminars, Destruction and Retention of Documents; Teaching Ethics to Law Students and Lawyers: August 2003; October 2003; May 2004 (by invitation)
  • Canadian Law and Society Conference, Self-Representation in Civil Proceedings: June 2003
  • Commonwealth Law Conference, Self-Represented Litigants: April 2003 (by invitation).
  • Participant, Justice Vision Workshop, Victoria, Australia: 2001 (by invitation)
  • Lawasia Conference, Challenges of Training Lawyers in Countries in Transition, Bangkok: 1999