New Publication from Professor Katherine Lippel

Posted on Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Professor Katherine Lippel has published a new book in collaboration with two colleagues from the University of Ottawa, Professor Gabrielle St-Hilaire of the Common Law Section, and Professor Steven Bittle, the Department of Criminology at the Faculty of Social Sciences. The book, published in French, is entitled La responsabilité criminelle des entreprises en matière de santé et sécurité du travail.

The book represents an adaptation and update of research originally presented in October 2012 at the Westray + 20 Conference. The proceedings of the conference were published in 2013 in English in a special issue of the journal Policy and Practice in Health and Safety. A grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) made possible both the symposium and the publication of the first conference proceedings.

In all, nine researchers have contributed to the book, which addresses a variety of concerns related to the use of criminal law when injuries or illnesses occur at work because of an organization’s actions or omissions. The texts aim to explain the reasons for the apparent ineffectiveness of legislation in this area, while comparing the Canadian situation with those of other countries that have undergone similar legal developments, including Australia, the United Kingdom, France and Italy.

This is the sixth publication of Professor Lippel’s to be realeased in 2016.  Chair holder of the Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Safety, Professor Lippel has been a professor at the Civil Law Section since 2006. She is also a member of CINBIOSE, le Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire sur le bien-être, la santé, la société et l’environnement (the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on welfare , health, society and the environment), a centre that collaborates with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

Gabrielle St-Hilaire is an Associate Professor and a former Vice-Dean at the Common Law Section where she has taught tax law and corporate law courses since 1992. She is a member of the Health Provisions Appeal and Review Board and the Health Services Appeal and Review Board, two independent administrative tribunals based in Ontario. Her research interests include interconnections between legal areas, particularly the analysis of how tax law and policies impact other areas of law.

Steven Bittle is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Ottawa. His research focuses on corporate crime, corporate criminal liability, the sociology of law and control, and criminological theory.

For more information about the book or to obtain a copy, please visit the official website of Éditions Yvon Blais.

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