Posts Tagged ‘Osgoode Hall Law School’

2014 Canadian International Law Students Conference

January 28, 2014


I am privileged to be the keynote speaker at the upcoming  2014 Canadian International Law Students Conference, jointly presented by the International Law Society of University of Toronto Faculty of Law and Osgoode Hall Law School on Saturday, 1 February 2014 from 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM (EST). Here are the event details:

Event Details

The CILSC provides a forum for law students, academics, practitioners, and leaders in the field to exchange ideas about Canada’s international and domestic performance in public and private international law. Speakers will also touch on how to begin exploring a career in this field. For speaker bios visit

The conference has a history of attracting prominent speakers involved in the practice and study of international law. This year we are featuring speakers across five panels:

Panel 1: Litigating Foreign Cases in Canadian Courts
Panel 2: International Intellectual Property Law
Panel 3: Careers in Public International Law
Panel 4: Careers in Private International Law
Panel 5: Law and the Syrian Crisis


9:30-9:45 Introductions
9:45-11:00: Substantive panel 1 (Public)
11:15-12:30: Substantive panel 2 (Private)
12:30-1:30: Lunch
1:30-2:30: Concurrent Career Panels
2:45-4:00 Substantive Panel (Syria)
4:00-5:30 Reception

Ticket Information:

Online Student Ticket: $12.00

In-person Student Ticket: $10.00

For in-person tickets, Osgoode students please contact; U of T students please contact or These tickets will be available at the door.

Professional Tickets: $75.00

Current members of the bar who attend the conference are eligible for up to 3.75 hours of CPD credits. We will provide holders of Professional Tickets materials to be submitted to the law society for CPD credits.

If you’re interested in a career in international law or want to hear about the latest international law developments from leading academics and practitioners , this is a must-attend program.

Twitter’s No Place For A Lawyer With An “Aggressive and Zealous Attitude”

April 23, 2013

Image via

Via the Toronto Star:

A Toronto criminal lawyer’s Twitter account has sparked outrage online after several offensive tweets were posted in the wake of the Boston bombing.

The tweets were sent last week from Twitter account @Dasilvalaw, which has since been deleted, though several retweets can still be found online.

“I pray for the suspects. May they slay the police army of satan. Death to all police!” reads one posting sent from @Dasilvalaw. Other tweets from that account contained vitriolic responses to offended Twitter users, including “am praying that u get violently raped. May cancer be upon u.!!!”

The lawyer, David Da Silva, 34, said in an emailed response sent Monday to the Star that he is “not the author of any such tweets.”

Asked in a follow-up email if his account had been hacked, the defence lawyer said he is “having this matter investigated at this time.”

Lawyer Nadia Liva, who sent an email to the Star saying she is acting as his counsel, said he is “very concerned” and “we are currently investigating the tweets, which were not authored by Mr. Da Silva.”

I don’t know Da Silva, either personally or professionally, but his website bio is generic: (more…)

Rest in Peace, Randy Bennett

January 7, 2013

Over the weekend, Dean Lorne Sossin of Osgoode Hall Law School shared on Twitter the sad news of the untimely passing of Randy Bennett:

Twitter   DeanSossin  Randy Bennett has passed away. ...

I had the privilege of meeting and collaborating with Randy in a long-running payday loan class action lawsuit, where we each acted for various franchisees. Randy was always well-prepared, collegial, quick-witted and congenial: the hallmarks of a true Trial Warrior.

Via the Toronto Star obituary

 Randy was born in Placentia, Newfoundland. Randy had many chapters in his life, including running a horse farm, working for a lumber company and most recently, practicing law. Randy received an LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1998. He clerked for the Chief Justice of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice from 1998-1999. Called to the Ontario Bar in 2000, Randy quickly became a well-respected lawyer in the areas of litigation and securities law: first with Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP as an associate and then as a founding partner of Rueter Scargall Bennett LLP in 2004. He was as dedicated to his clients as he was to his family and friends. A private visitation for family will take place at the Turner & Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W. (at Windermere, just east of the Jane subway), on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 from 1-3 p.m. A Celebration of Randy’s Life will be held at Woodbine Racetrack, 555 Rexdale Blvd., on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 from 7-9 p.m. All are welcome. Donations in Randy’s name can be made to the Law Society Foundation Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program at http://www. Online condolences may be made through

My sincere condolences to Randy Bennett’s family, friends and colleagues at Reuter Scargall Bennett LLP.

May you Rest in Peace, Randy.

Vaughan Black et al., “Current Jurisdictional and Recognitional Issues in the Conflict of Laws”

August 2, 2012

Vaughan Black (Dalhousie University – Law School), Joost Blom (University of Bristish Columbia – Faculty of Law) and Janet Walker (York University – Osgoode Hall Law School) have posted “Current Jurisdictional and Recognitional Issues in the Conflict of Laws” Canadian Business Law Journal, Vol. 50, p. 499, 2011. The abstract reads:

In honour of the 40th Consumer and Commercial Law Workshop and the 50th volume of the Canadian Business Law Journal we have been asked to provide a retrospective of developments in the conflict of laws that highlights emerging issues. We have chosen to present it in a conversational fashion in which each of us presents a perspective and the other two offer their comments.

Download a copy of the paper via SSRN here.




Dean Sossin on “Revisiting Class Actions Against the Crown: Balancing Public and Private Legal Accountability for Government Action”

November 2, 2011

Dean Lorne Sossin (York University – Osgoode Hall Law School) has posted “Revisiting Class Actions Against the Crown: Balancing Public and Private Legal Accountability for Government Action”, 2011 Supreme Court Law Review, forthcoming. The abstract reads:

Five years ago, I began to notice a trend toward more numerous and wide ranging class actions against the Crown, seeking redress for state action against those claiming they were especially harmed by that action. Some of these class actions – for example, seeking remedies for the Crown’s role in the SARS or Mad Cow outbreaks – sought billions of dollars of damages. Many of these class actions, in my view, involved the review of ministerial decision-making and could have been framed as judicial reviews in the conventional administrative law sense. Was the incentive for mass recovery and soaring contingency fees driving more lawyers to frame unfair or unreasonable government decisions as violating tort and contract standards? Was I witnessing another dimension of access to justice and progressive behaviour modification through class actions, or alternatively, did this trend represent a distortion of public accountability through private claims?

A copy of the paper is available for download at SSRN here.

%d bloggers like this: