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RDV: Regulating Judges in a Modern Democracy: Insights from Canada

June 6 @ 14:15 - 15:30

In this RDW-seminar, professor Richard Devlin and associate professor Sheila Wildeman, both from the Schulich School of Law from the Dalhousie University, Canada, will present their co-authored paper that outlines eight general principles for democratically defensible complaints and discipline for judges. The paper also provides a critical analysis of the new 2023 legislative reforms to the judicial discipline process in Canada, using the theoretical framework established in the books “Regulating Judges” and “Disciplining Judges”. The arguments in these books are relevant to any democratic society, while the case study in the co-authored paper applies the theory to a particular jurisdiction. The seminar will be of interest to anyone interested in the intersection of law, democracy, and judicial accountability.

About the speakers

Richard Devlin is a renowned Canadian law professor at Dalhousie University. An esteemed figure in the fields of legal theory, equality, legal ethics, and the regulation of the legal profession, Devlin became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2015. His scholarly pursuits include critiquing legal structures that impact equality, particularly regarding access to justice, economic factors affecting legal service delivery, and various forms of legal inequality related to race, gender, and disability. Devlin has taught law for nearly three decades and served as the Acting Dean of the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University during 2020.

Sheila Wildeman is a Canadian legal scholar and associate professor at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Victoria, a Bachelor of Laws degree from Dalhousie University, and a Master of Laws degree from the University of British Columbia. Wildeman’s research focuses on issues related to health law, disability rights, and social justice. She has published extensively on topics such as the legal regulation of assisted reproduction, the rights of persons with disabilities, and the intersection of law and health policy. In addition to her academic work, Wildeman has also served as a consultant to various government agencies and non-profit organizations on issues related to health law and policy. She is a highly respected scholar in her field and has received numerous awards and honors for her contributions to legal scholarship.


How to participate:  At Jekteviksbakken 31 or via Zoom (link will be updated).

If the Zoom application is new to you, we recommend that you press the link well before the events to download the program. You may leave and rejoin the meeting at any time.

The webinar is part of the RDV-webinar series – a collaboration between DIPA (UiB) and LawTransform (UiB).


June 6
14:15 - 15:30
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Centre for Research on Discretion and Paternalism
Centre on Law and Social Transformation
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