THE CANADIAN LAW OF OBLIGATIONS: Innovations, Innovators, and the Next 20 Years

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 08:15 to Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 17:30


The Canadian Law of Obligations Conference organizers are delighted to announce that registration is now open (click here).

The Conference marks the retirement of the distinguished professor and legalscholar Joost Blom, in recognition of Prof. Blom’s contributions to the Canadian law of Obligations as both a scholar and a teacher. This Conference will be a prized moment in the Canadian scholarship of the law of Obligations. It brings together many of the most prized legal minds in the field, including Justice Russell Brown, Justice Linden (retired) and many other great thinkers, scholars, and practitioners to share their research, and engage with a diverse audience.

Practitioners, are, in particular, encouraged to register. With 13.5 CPD credits available, and insights and progress to the past, present, and future of the law of Obligations, this conference is sure to be a vital conduit for insights, understanding, and progress. Attendee costs are $260.

Please see attached conference programme 

Continuing Professional Development Opportunity: this conference has been approved by the Law Society of BC for 13.5 credits. 

List of Presenters:

Keynote Presenters for the Conference are:

  • Justice Russell Brown (Supreme Court of Canada)
  • Justice Allen Linden, Retired (Federal Court of Appeal)
  • Professor Bruce Feldthusen (University of Ottawa)
  • Professor Joost Blom (Peter A. Allard School of Law)
  • Professor Lewis Klar, Emeritus (University of Alberta)

Papers will be presented from the following Law of Obligations experts:

  • Professor Daniele Bertolini (Ryerson University)
  • Mr. David Cheifetz (Oxon, Mst Legal Research Candidate)
  • Professor Mayo Moran (University of Toronto)
  • Professor Erika Chamberlain (University of Western Ontario)
  • Professor Bruce Pardy (Queen’s University)
  • Professor Jason Neyers (University of Western Ontario)
  • Professor Alistair Price (University of Cape Town)
  • Professor Jojo YC Mo (City University of Hong Kong)
  • Professoer David Mangan (City University of London)
  • Professor Richard Lewis (Cardiff University)
  • Professor Pablo Lerner (Ramat Gan School of Law)
  • Professor Ying Khai Liew (University College London)
  • Professor Efrat Arbel (Peter A. Allard School of Law)
  • Professor Margaret I. Hall (Thompson Rivers University)
  • Professor Hilary Young (University of New Brunswick)
  • Professor Zoe Sinel (University of Western Ontario)
  • Professor Chris Hunt (Thompson Rivers University)
  • Professor Emily Laidlaw (University of Calgary)
  • Professor Elizabeth Adjin-Tetty (University of Victoria Faculty of Law)
  • Mr. Samuel Beswick (Harvard, SJD Candidate)
  • Mr. Krish Maharaj (Peter A. Allard School of Law, PhD Candidate)
  • Ms. Aliya Chouinard (Thompson Rivers University, JD Candidate)
  • Mr. John Enman-Beech (University of Toronto, SJD Candidate)
  • Mr. Lachlan Caunt (Peter A. Allard School of Law, PhD Candidate)

Presenters and attendees, please have your registration completed by the 27th of April 2017.


The Conference is hosted in separate buildings on the 5th & 6th of May.

May 5

  • Lew Theatre, on the main floor of the Peter A. Allard School of Law, UBC.
  • 8:15am light breakfast and coffee will be served and session will commence at 8:45 and continue until 5:30pm. The conference will break for a light lunch
  • A catered reception will b held at the Faculty Terrace at Allard Hall

May 6

  • Jack Poole Hall, on the second floor of the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, UBC.
  • 8:15am light breakfast and coffee will be served and session will commence at 8:45 and continue until 5:30pm. The conference will break for a light lunch.

The two venues both located on East Mall in the UBC Campus, a short walk from each other. Volunteers will be available to provide directions.

Paper submission details

Presenters: presentations may be works in progress or based on completed papers. Please submit your materials to an by April 28, 2017


Please direct any questions to Professor Margaret Hall ( or Lachlan Caunt ( .

Organizer Bios:

Professor Isabel Hall

Margaret Isabel Hall is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, Thompson Rivers University where she teaches Torts and Advanced Torts, Family Law, and Wills an Estates. Margaret is also an adjunct professor in the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University.  Margaret has published extensively in the areas of tort law, with a focus on systemic and institutional theories of tort liability.  Margaret is also a co-author of The Law of Nuisance in Canada (1st and 2nd editions). In addition to tort law, Margaret has published extensively in the emerging area of law and aging, with a focus on mental capacity, vulnerability, and dementia.  Margaret’s publications may be accessed through her SSRN author page and at Research Gate:




Lachlan Caunt

Lachlan Caunt is a PhD student at the Peter A. Allard School of Law, UBC. After graduating from the Australian National University, Lachlan now works and studies in British Columbia. He writes on torts, conflicts of laws, restitution; with a particular interest on sufficiency of proof and causation. Read some of Lachlan's work.