In the fall of 2018, the Common Law Section at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law convened the second annual Autumn School on the Methodology of Research in Law, a two-day workshop that brought together graduate students and seasoned researchers under the theme of “Talking About Research”.
“One of the ideas behind this was to get back in touch with some of [the] big ideas and big issues that we care about but don't often get the chance to talk to our colleagues about” said Peter Oliver, Vice-Dean of Research at the Common Law Section, and one of the lead organizers of the event, along with Cintia Quiroga, Assistant Dean of Research for the Faculty of Law. “It was about ideas, of course,” he said, “but it was also talking about the sort of intellectual community that helps us to generate those ideas.”
Researchers gathered to share stories of the challenges they face, the approaches they take, and the successes they have in their experience as law researchers. They raised important questions about the role of dialogue in research, their methods for experimenting with ideas, and how the community of researchers can come together to develop and sustain a true culture of research. The discussions that took place between established researchers and emerging doctoral students helped to forge a sense of kinship and shared experience as researchers.
“These are opportunities to experiment with our ideas,” said Cintia Quiroga, “to test our ideas with others, with our mentors. […] I think it's in these moments of exchange where we stop, where we take the time to think about research, about the issues that have preoccupied us for a long time, that we really create a research culture.”
The following video celebrates the second Autumn School on the Methodology of Research in Law and offers a glimpse into the important discussions going on at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law.
The second annual Autumn School on the Methodology of Research in Law was organized this year by the Common Law Section in collaboration with the Civil Law Section. We would like to thank Professor Teresa Scassa, Canada Research Chair in Information Law and Policy, and Professor Katherine Lippel, Canada Research Chair in Occupational Health and Safety Law, for their support in the organization of the second Autumn School. Their support also enabled us to create this video.
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