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Horace E Read Memorial Lecture

The Read Lecture series was inaugurated in 1975 to honour the memory of the late Horace E Read, OC, QC, who was Dean of Dalhousie Law School from 1950 until 1964, in recognition of his contribution to legal education and legal scholarship.

Dr Read's areas of interest were broad: law reform, legislation and the legislative process, conflict of law, labour law and legal education, and this is well reflected in the diversity of the lectures.

 

Speakers in this series

2014

38th Annual Horace E Read Memorial Lecture

 

"The Obama Administration's Unfinished Human Rights Agenda"

Professor Harold Koh
Sterling Professor of International Law of the Yale Law School.

2014

37th Annual Horace E Read Memorial Lecture

"The Utility of 'Law and Literature' to Legal Education"

Professor Melanie Williams
University of Exeter School of Law

2013  

36th Annual Horace E Read Memorial Lecture

"Socio-Economic Rights in South Africa"

The Honourable Justice Yak Zacoob
Constitutional Court of South Africa

2012

35th Annual Horace E Read Memorial Lecture

"Beyond Analogies: Race, Feminism, and Law in the US Civil Rights Revolution"

Professor Serena Mayeri
University of Pennsylvania Law School

2011

34th Annual Horace E Read Memorial Lecture

 

"We Shall Not Cease From Exploration: Narratives from the Hyde Inquiry about Mental Health and Criminal Justice"

The Honourable Judge Anne Derrick
Nova Scotia Provincial Court

2010

33rd Annual Horace E Read Memorial Lecture

"Reconciliation: Will We Know It When We See It?"

The Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair
Chair, Truth & Reconciliation Commission

2009

32nd Annual Horace E Read Memorial Lecture

"Prison Walls: Who Do They Really Protect? The challenges in correcting Corrections with the Rule of Law does not penetrate prison walls"

Kim Pate
Executive Director, Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies

2008

31st Annual Horace E Read Memorial Lecture

"The International Criminal Court in Action"

William A Schabas, OC
Director, Irish Centre for Human Rights
National University of Ireland

2007

30th Annual Horace E Read Memorial Lecture

"Utility and Rights in Common Law Reasoning: Rebalancing Private Law"

Professor Hugh Collins
Fellow of the British Academy
Professor of English Law
Department of Law, London School of Economics

2006

29th Annual Horace E Read Memorial Lecture

"Will Gay Judges Make a Difference? Reflections on the Judiciary"

Justice David L Corbett
Ontario Superior Court

2005

28th Annual Horace E Read Memorial Lecture

"The Nature of Constitutional 'Protection': Indigenous Rights Under a Written and an Unwritten Constitution"

Professor Matthew Palmer
Pro Vice Chancellor (Law & Government) and Dean of Law
Victoria University of Wellington

2004

27th Annual Horace E Read Memorial Lecture

"Tribunals Imitating Courts: Foolish Flattery or Sound Policy?"

Professor David J Mullan
Faculty of Law
Queen's University

2003

26th Annual Horace E Read Memorial Lecture

Professor David Vaver
Reuters Professor of Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law
Director, Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre
St Peter's College, Oxford

2002 Cancelled due to strike
2001

25th Annual Horace E Read Memorial Lecture

"International Criminal Justice: Theory and Practice"

The Honourable Louise Arbour
Justice, Supreme Court of Canada

2000  -  
1999

24th Annual Horace E Read Memorial Lecture

"Can Politicians Deal with the Concept of Dying?"

The Honourable Sharon Carstairs
Senator for Manitoba
Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate

1998  -  
1997

23rd Annual Horace E Read Memorial Lecture

"Simplifying Canada's Byzantine Tax Legislation: Will Flatter Rates Help?"

Professor Neil Brooks
Osgoode Hall Law School
York University

1996

22nd Annual Horace E Read Memorial Lecture

"The Language Question in a Rainbow Nation: South African Experience"

Justice Albie L Sachs
Constitutional Court of South Africa

1995

21st Annual Horace E Read Memorial Lecture

"Future Directions in International Environmental Law: Precaution, Integration and Non-State Actors"

Dr James Cameron
Director, Foundation for International Environmental Law & Development

1994

20th Annual Horace E Read Memorial Lecture

"Losing the Struggle for Another Voice?: The Case of Family Law"

Professor Carol Smart
Department of Sociology
University of Leeds

1993

19th Annual Horace E Read Memorial Lecture

"Running Hard to Stand Still: The Paradox of Family Law Reform"

Professor Mary Jane Mossman
Osgoode Hall Law School
York University

1992

18th Annual Horace E Read Memorial Lecture

"Investigating Cases of Child Abuse and Avoiding British Mistakes"

Professor Alistair Bissett-Johnson
Professor of Private Law
University of Dundee

1991

17th Annual Horace E Read Memorial Lecture

"Madame Justice Wilson: Trailblazer for Justice"

The Right Honourable Brian Dickson
Former Chief Justice of Canada

1990

16th Annual Horace E Read Memorial Lecture

"Beyond 'Thinking Like a Lawyer': Directions in Legal Education"

Professor C Lynn Smith
Faculty of Law
University of British Columbia

1989

15th Annual Horace E Read Memorial Lecture

"Research in a Changing World of Law and Technology"

Professor Morris L Cohen
Law Librarian
Yale Law School

1988

14th Annual Horace E Read Memorial Lecture

"The Spycatcher Controversy"

Professor David GT Williams
President
Wolfson College, Cambridge

1987

13th Annual Horace E Read Memorial Lecture

"The Corporate Social Responsibility Movement, a Last Ditch Effort to Save Capitalism's Reputation"

Professor Harry J Glasbeek
Osgoode Hall Law School
York University

1986

12th Annual Horace E Read Memorial Lecture

"Recent Reform in Family Law: Progress or Backlash?"

Professor Brenda Hoggett
Commissioner, The English Law Commission
Manchester University

1985

11th Annual Horace E Read Memorial Lecture

"Québec Legal Education Since 1945: Cultural Paradoxes and Traditional Ambiguities"

Professor John EC Brierley
Sir William Macdonald Professor of Law
McGill University

1984

10th Annual Horace E Read Memorial Lecture

"The Ascendancy of Legislation: Legal Problem Solving in Our Time"

Professor Frank P Grad
Chamberlain Professor of Legislation
Director, Legislative Drafting Research Fund
Columbia University

1983

9th Annual Horace E Read Memorial Lecture

"Federal State Clauses in The Hague Conventions on Private International Law"

Dr H Allan Leal, QC
Vice-Chairman, Ontario Law Reform Commission

1982

8th Annual Horace E Read Memorial Lecture

"Legal Education and Professional Responsibility"

Professor F Murray Fraser, QC
University of Victoria

1981

7th Annual Horace E Read Memorial Lecture

"Revision and Codification of Penal Law in the United States"

Professor Herbert Wechsler
Director of the American Law Institute, New York

1980

6th Annual Horace E Read Memorial Lecture

"Hague Conventions and the Reform of English Conflict Laws"

Dr Peter M North
Fellow of Keble College, Oxford
Law Commissioner for England and Wales

1979

5th Annual Horace E Read Memorial Lecture

"Law Schools and Other Reformatories"

Dr Norval Morris
Julius Kreeger Professor of Law and Criminology
University of Chicago
Special Assistant to the Attorney General of the United States

1978

4th Annual Horace E Read Memorial Lecture

"Legislation and Its Limits"

Professor AE Anton, FBA
Professor Jurisprudence, Glasgow University
Commissioner, Scottish Law Commission

1977

3rd Annual Horace E Read Memorial Lecture

"Limitation on the Extraterritorial Application of Law"

Professor Willis LM Reese
Charles Evans Hughes Professor of Law
Columbia University

1976

2nd Annual Horace E Read Memorial Lecture

"Paradoxes of Canadian Legal Education"

Professor HW Arthurs
Osgoode Hall Law School
York University

1975

1st Annual Horace E Read Memorial Lecture

"Statutory Interpretation: An Outline of Method"

Professor John M Kernochan
Columbia University