Faculty of Law Welcomes Visiting Fellow Bruce Campbell

Posted on Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Brcue Campbell

From January 2016 to December 2016, Bruce Campbell, Executive Director of Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, will be hosted at the Faculty of Law as part of a Community Leadership in Justice Fellowship awarded to him by the Law Foundation of Ontario. 

From January 2016 to December 2016, Bruce Campbell, Executive Director of Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, will be hosted at the Faculty of Law as part of a Community Leadership in Justice Fellowship awarded to him by the Law Foundation of Ontario.

Mr. Campbell is a leading policy expert in Canada. The focus of his Fellowship – which is hosted jointly by a partnership of the Common Law and Civil Law Sections, as well as the Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC) – will be public disasters and associated regulatory failure.  He is offering a directed readings course in the winter-spring and summer terms of 2016 entitled “Transporting Oil by Rail: Lessons from the Lac-Mégantic disaster”.  It is based on his research into the problems of transporting oil by rail brought to light by the regulatory failure and corporate negligence behind the 2013 Lac-Mégantic disaster. 

The course will explore the tensions and conflicts at play between public safety and profits, the economy and climate change, responsibility and liability, as well as options for reform of the transportation of dangerous goods regulatory regime. The course is open to second- and third-year students.  Attendance is limited. 

Mr. Campbell is open to lecturing more generally to students on issues related to his directed reading course as well as other topics including:

  • Evidenced-based policy-making:  the role of independent think tanks in the public policy.
  • The demise of evidence-based policy making under the Harper government: what is to be done?
  • Trust and transparency in our parliamentary institutions
  • The political economy of oil in Canada:  where we’ve come from and where we’re  headed.

He is also willing to organize panels, etc. related to the above, and other subjects including:

  • Analysis of the (February) Liberal budget,
  • Investor-state dispute settlement provisions in international trade treaties (NAFTA, TPP, etc.) with a view to exploring the conflicts between corporate power and democracy, impact on climate actions, etc. 

Mr. Campbell’s office is located at the Human Right Research and Education Centre (FTX 552).  He can be reached by email at brucec@policyalternatives.ca.

 

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