Diana Ginn

Professor of Law


Related information

Email: d.ginn@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-2798
Mailing Address: 
Room 433, Weldon Law Building, 6061 University Avenue
PO Box 15000 Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Religion and the law
  • Property law
  • Administrative law
  • Constitutional law
  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Aboriginal law


  • BA (Mount Allison)
  • LLB (Queen's)
  • LLM (Osgoode)

Bar admissions

  • Nova Scotia, 1994
  • Northwest Territories, 1986
  • Ontario, 1984


Over the years, Professor Ginn's teaching areas have included: law and religion, property law, administrative law, alternative dispute resolution, public law, health law, and women and the law. With Professor David Blaikie, she has also developed and taught courses in law at Hue University, Hue City, Vietnam and the Atlantic School of Theology, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Professor Ginn has acted as a coach and examiner in the Negotiations and Conflict Management Programme at Dalhousie, and facilitated seminars on conflict resolution in a variety of settings. In 2016-17, while on sabbatical, Professor Ginn held the Simon Visiting Fellowship at the School of Law, University of Manchester, in the U.K.

Areas of supervision: Law and religion, administrative law, constitutional law, alternative dispute resolution, property law.

Research interests

Professor Ginn's research and writing interests cover a range of topics, including religion and the law, administrative law, aboriginal title, and property law, health care issues and gender issues.

Selected awards & honours

  • 2014 - Hanna and Harold Barnett Award in Law for Excellence in Teaching first-year law, presented by the Dalhousie Law Students' Society
  • 2012 - Hanna and Harold Barnett Award in Law for Excellence in Teaching first-year law, presented by the Dalhousie Law Students' Society
  • 2005 - Hanna and Harold Barnett Award in Law for Excellence in Teaching first-year law, presented by the Dalhousie Law Students' Society
  • 2005 - Recipient of the Class Ring from the graduating class
  • 1997 - Dalhousie Law Students' Society & Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Teaching

Selected publications

Accepted for publication:

  • “Some Initial Thoughts on Wilson and Capilano”, University of New Brunswick Law Journal
  • “Review of: Fighting Over GodFree to Believe: Rethinking Freedom of Conscience and Religion in Canada, and Freedom of Conscience and Religion”, Journal of Canadian Studies
  • Pluralism, Autonomy and Resistance:  A Canadian Perspective on Resolving Conflicts Between Freedom of Religion and LGBTQ Rights (co-authored with Kevin Kindred), Religion and Human Rights: An International Journal (Brill)
  • Dunsmuir and the Federal Courts” (co-authored with William Lahey), CJALP
  • “Review of: Social Equality of Law and Religion”, The Oxford Journal of Law and Religion

Selected publications

  • “Aboriginal Self-Government in Canada: the Changing Landscape” (co-authored with Nicholas Hooper), accepted by 46(4)  Advocates Q. 395
  • “The Scope of Protection Provided by Apology Legislation in Canada, with Emphasis on The Patient-Healthcare Provider Relationship” (co-authored with Rachel Boyle), 46(3) Advocates Q. 285
  • Regular updates to the Nova Scotia Real Property Manual (LexisNexis) 
  • Diana Ginn, "Canadian Freedom of Religion Case", Case Comment, (2015) JURIST Legal News & Research.
  • Diana Ginn, “Reading Hutterian Brethern v. Alberta in a larger constitutional law context” 43 Advocates' Q 306.
  • Diana Ginn, David Blaikie & Micah Goldstein, "Legislators and Religious-Based Reasoning" (2013) 21:2 Constitutional Forum 1.
  • Diana Ginn & David Blaikie, “Judges and Religious-Based Reasoning” (co-authored with David Blaikie) (2011) 19:2 Constitutional Forum 53.
  • Diana Ginn, “New Words for Old Problems: The Dunsmuir Era” (2010) 37:3 Advocates’ Q 317.
  • Diana Ginn & Malcolm Boyle, “Employment Law and Dentistry” in J. Downie et al, eds, Dental Law in Canada, 2nd ed (LexisNexis Canada Inc, 2010).
  • Diana Ginn, Book Review of Power Without Law: The Supreme Court of Canada, the Marshall Decision, and the Failure of Judicial Activism by Alex. M. Cameron (2010) 40 Ottawa L Rev.
  • Diana Ginn, Aboriginal Title and Aquaculture” in D. Vanderzwaag & Gloria Chao, eds, Aquaculture Law and Policy (Routledge, 2006).
  • Diana Ginn, “Aboriginal Title and Oceans Management” in Don Rothwell & David Vanderzwaag, eds, Toward Principled Oceans Governance (Routledge, 2006).
  • Diana Ginn & David Blaikie, The Legal Guide for Religious Institutions (New York: Continuum, 2010).
  • Diana Ginn, Halsbury's Laws of Canada - Religious Institutions (LexisNexis Canada Inc, 2009 and 2014).
  • Diana Ginn & David Blaikie, The Legal Guide for Canadian Churches (Novalis Publishing, 2006).  

Service & activity

  • Volunteer with Out of the Cold Emergency Homeless Shelter
  • Member, Brunswick Street Mission Board
  • Member of various committees within the United Church of Canada
  • 2004 - 2009: Nova Scotia Law Reform Commission
  • 2004 - 2007 and 2013: Bar Society of Nova Scotia's Qualifications and Bar Admissions Course Committee
  • Past Board Member of the Atlantic School of Theology