Advisory Board

The Advisory Board of the Indigenous Law Journal is made up of preeminent judges, lawyers and academics working in the field of Indigenous Law. Advisory Board members serve 2 year terms. Currently, our Advisory Board members are:

Catherine Bell

CATHERINE BELL is a Professor of Law at the University of Alberta and has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Niigata Japan, University of Victoria, Program of Legal Studies for Native People (University of Saskatchewan) and the Akitsiraq Law School, Nunavut. She is also a lead faculty member for the Aboriginal Leadership and Self-Government Program offered by the Banff Center for Management. She currently teaches in the areas of Aboriginal law, property law, and dispute resolution. She has published extensively on First Nation and Metis legal issues. She is the author of Alberta's Metis Settlement Legislation and Contemporary Metis Justice: The Settlement Way. She is also co-editor (with Dr. D. Kahane) of Intercultural Dispute Resolution in Aboriginal Contexts: Canadian and International Perspectives (in press). She has published nationally and internationally on the issue of repatriation and Aboriginal rights to cultural property. She has acted as an advisor to First Nations and provincial governments on these and other issues. Current research projects include work with the U'Mista Cultural Society on reforms to Canadian laws concerning the export and import of Aboriginal cultural property. She is also the principal researcher on an interdisciplinary research project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and conducted by an international team of scholars in law and anthropology in partnership with First Nation communities in Alberta and British Columbia. This project is designed to disseminate information concerning Canadian laws affecting ownership, protection, repatriation and control of First Nations' cultural property; develop archival material on First Nation concepts of property and laws affecting cultural heritage; and to critically analyze domestic federal and provincial legislation affecting First Nations' cultural property in Canada.

The Honourable Mr. Justice Frank Iacobucci

THE HONOURABLE MR. JUSTICE FRANK IACOBUCCI was born in Vancouver, B.C., in 1937. He received his B.Com. from the University of British Columbia in 1961 and his LL.B. from the University of British Columbia in 1962. In 1964, Cambridge University awarded him the LL.M. and in 1966, the Diploma in International Law. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1970 and was awarded a Q.C. by the Federal Government in 1986. In 1987, he was awarded the Law Society Medal of the Law Society of Upper Canada. He has been awarded four honorary degrees: Honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from the University of British Columbia (1989), University of Toronto (1989), and the University of Victoria (1996); and a Doctor of the University degree from the University of Ottawa (1995). In 1993, the Italian Government conferred upon him the honour of Commendatore dell'Ordine Al Merito della Repubblica Italiana. In 1999 he was made an Honorary Fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge University, and of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has also received special awards from Italo-Canadian and multicultural communities in Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto, and has been made an honorary citizen of Mangone, Cosenza, Italy.

He joined Dewey, Ballantine, Bushby, Palmer & Wood of New York, New York in 1964, and specialized in corporate law and related fields until 1967. In 1967, he became Associate Professor of Law of the University of Toronto and was a Professor of Law at the University of Toronto from 1971 to 1985.

The Honourable Mr. Justice Iacobucci was appointed Associate Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto in 1973, Vice-President, Internal Affairs in 1975, Dean of Faculty of Law in 1979, and was Vice-President and Provost of the University of Toronto from November 1983 to September 1985, at which time he was appointed Deputy Minister of Justice and Deputy Attorney General of Canada. In September 1988 he was appointed Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Canada. He was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of Canada on January 7, 1991.

He was a member of the Canadian Association of Law Teachers, the Canadian Association of University Teachers and the Law Society of Upper Canada. He was Chairman of the Ontario Law Deans in 1983, Vice-President of the National Congress of Italian Canadians from 1980 to 1983 and Vice-President and Member of the Board of Governors of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Legal Studies from 1981 to 1985 and a Governor again from 1991 to 1998. He has also been a Director of the Multicultural History Society of Ontario. He is currently serving as a Governor of the National Judicial Institute and is a Member of the Board of Directors of the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy as well as of the University of Toronto Foundation. He also sits on the Advisory Committee of the Faculty of Law, McGill University, and the Advisory Board of the Institute of Canadian Studies at the University of Ottawa.

Mr. Justice Iacobucci acted in various consulting capacities for federal and provincial departments and offices and served as a special adviser. From 1982 to 1985, he served as a member of the Ontario Securities Commission. He has also written articles and texts in corporate law, taxation and related fields, as well as commentaries in other fields.

Mr. Justice Iacobucci is married to Nancy Elizabeth Eastham, B.A. (Mt. Holyoke), LL.B. (Harvard), Dip. Int. Law (Cambridge), and they have three children: Andrew, Edward and Catherine.

Andree Lajoie

ANDREE LAJOIE is research professor at the Centre de Recherche en Droit Public of Faculty of Law of the University of Montreal. Her research has focused first on constitutional law, and especially on constitutional theory, a subject on which she teaches a doctoral seminar. Her most recent work has focused on the integration of minorities' values in Canadian law and pluralism in the context of Aboriginal normativity in Canada. She is presently starting a new project on "Autochtonie et gouvernance."

She has been invited as a visiting professor at Laval, the University of Toronto and the University of Victoria, as well as in several European universities (Paris I, Athens, Padova, Trieste, and next year Montpellier). She has published several articles and numerous books, the most recent ones being: Quand les minorites font la loi (PUF 2002); Theories et emergence du droit: pluralisme, surdetermination et effectivite, (Themis/Bruylant, 1998); Jugements de valeurs, (PUF, 1997); et Le statut juridique des peuples autochtones au Quebec et le pluralisme, (Blais, 1996). She is also director of a series of books on theory of law: "Le droit aussi", at Liber/Blais, publishers.

Mary-Ellen Turpel-Lafond

Biography coming soon…

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