Professor Ghislain Otis has obtained a renewal of the Canada Research Chair in Legal Diversity and Aboriginal Nations he holds from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SCHRC). Professor Otis teaches rights and freedoms (DRC2509) at the Civil Law Section and is a specialist in aboriginal law, constitutional law and human rights. As the chairholder, Professor Otis studies the existing links between aboriginal and non-aboriginal legal systems as well as ways to coordinate these systems to ensure social and economic governance that not only is effective but also respects the legal identities of indigenous people.
Ultimately, the research will serve to find ways to overcome the current tensions and conflicts through dialogue between legal cultures, to better understand the profound changes occurring in law and to measure the impact of these transformations on the legal security of individuals and groups in Canada. More specifically, Professor Otis’s team is working in the following areas: determining how Canada’s Western and Aboriginal legal cultures interact; analyzing and interpreting these interaction processes in terms of their capacity for fostering legal diversity; and proposing practical approaches that governments and Aboriginal peoples can adopt to support the creation of legal diversity that is viable—in other words, that is compatible with Canada’s legal, political, economic and social stability.
Professor Otis is also known for his work with the Center for North American Studiesat the American University in Washington as a senior fellow and holder of a Fulbright research chair. Research by the chair focused on non-territorial aboriginal governance and legal pluralism (Non-Territorial Indigenous Governance and Legal Pluralism in Canada and the United States).
The Civil Law Section wishes to congratulate Professor Otis for his excellent work!