Introduction to Legal Studies, V.1, 1e
Foundations and Rights Protection
Canadian Legal Studies Series

Tasson, Bromwich, Dickson, Kazmierski, Appel Kuzmarov, Malette, and Ozsu  (Eds.)

Captus Press, ISBN 978-1-55322-375-7 (2018)
264 pages, 600 g, 8.5 X 11, $33.00 (US$26.40)

The new edition of Introduction to Legal Studies, now in two volumes, continues to provide an interdisciplinary approach to the study of law and legal institutions for students enrolled in undergraduate university and college programs in legal studies.

Volume 1, Introduction to Legal Studies: Foundations and Rights Protection, focuses on the conceptual and relational foundations of law and legal studies. It critically examines a wide range of topics: Canadian legal culture and institutions, the roles and impacts of Indigenous laws in Canada, theories of law and legal studies as an academic discipline, law-making processes, the ambiguous role of law in promoting citizenship and social belonging, and the relationship between rights protection and social change.

Volume 2, Introduction to Legal Studies: Processes and Power, delves into the processes of law, including the processes of dispute resolution, problems of access to justice, and the personnel of Canada's legal system. It also considers the way in which law reflects, creates, and distributes power within society through the lens of various interrelated concepts: crime, social order, and the criminal justice system; law, economy, and society; and the relationship between law, justice, and social transformation.

Organized into focused and more manageable topics, readers will find the material less intimidating and be able to learn more effectively. The two volumes can be used as companions to one another for a full-year introductory course or as standalone resources for two one-semester introductory courses.

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A Note for Student Readers

I. Law in Context

Overview of Part I

  1. Social Context: Law in Social Life
  2. Cultural Context: Legal Cultures in Canada
  3. Constitutional Context: Law, the State, and the Constitution
  4. Global Context: The Transnational Influence of Law

II. Looking at Law: Different Lenses for Law and Legal Studies

Overview of Part II

  1. Law, Morality, and Justice
  2. Law, Liberalism, and Its Critics
  3. Connecting Law and Society

III. Making Law: Judicial Decisions and Legislation

Overview of Part III

  1. Judicial Decisions and the Common Law
  2. Interpreting Legislation

IV. Law, the State, and Citizens

Overview of Part IV

  1. Citizenship: Who Belongs? Who Is Protected?
  2. Protecting Rights: Inside and Outside the Constitution
  3. Law, Rights Protection and Social Change

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Stephen Tasson has taught at Carleton University in both the Department of Law and Legal Studies and Centre for Initiatives in Education since 2002. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at York University, where his research focuses on contemporary theories of responsibility and cosmopolitan citizenship.

Rebecca Bromwich is a lawyer, mediator, and feminist legal academic with a passion for diversity and inclusion. The first graduate of Carleton University's Ph.D. program in the Department of Law and Legal Studies, she now serves as an adjunct professor in the department. She was recently appointed as a research fellow with the Restorative Justice for All International Institute in London, UK.

Jane Dickson is a Professor of Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University where she teaches and researches in the area of Indigenous people, criminal justice, sentencing and Gladue. Dr. Dickson has a long and distinguished history of research and grassroots capacity building with Indigenous communities on justice-related issues. She served as an Indian Claims Commissioner with the Indian Specific Claims Commission from 2002–2009 and has appeared as an expert before the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal and the Federal Court of Canada; she is the recipient of numerous academic awards, including a Governor General’s Gold Medal, a Leverhulme Visiting Professorship, and others.

Vincent Kazmierski is Associate Professor in the Department of Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University. Prior to arriving at Carleton, he served as a law clerk to Justice Beverley McLachlin of the Supreme Court of Canada and also worked as an associate at a national law firm. His current research examines three areas of law and legal studies: the operation of unwritten constitutional principles in Canadian constitutional law; the role of law in promoting democratic accountability; and the effectiveness of access to government information laws. He has won a number of teaching awards, including the Carleton University Teaching Achievement Award and the Provost’s Fellowship in Teaching. He is also a co-author of Looking at Law: Canada's Legal System (7th ed.) published by Lexis-Nexis Canada.

Betina Appel Kuzmarov is Assistant Professor in the Department of Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University. Her research interests include law and religion, interdisciplinary approaches to cultural property law, transnational aspects of cultural property law, interdisciplinary approaches to public international law, and international law theory. Her book, Unilateral Acts: A History of Legal Doctrine, traces the history of the doctrine of unilateral acts in international law, their treatment in the international sphere from consent-based acts, to obligations erga omnes, to acts of estoppel.

Sebastien Malette is Associate Professor in the Department of Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University. A scholar of Métis and French-Canadian heritage, Dr. Malette is an expert in Aboriginal law with a focus on access to justice, Indigenous legal traditions, relational politics and worldviews. His work includes a special focus on newly crafted exclusionary narratives, policing of Indigenous identities, and the problem of lateral violence.

Umut Özsu is Associate Professor in the Department of Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University. A scholar of public international law and the history and theory of international law, with a particular focus on questions of economic development and international human rights, he is currently working on several books, two of them are to be published in 2020: Completing Humanity: The International Law of Decolonization, 1960–82 by Cambridge University and Research Handbook on Law and Marxism by Edward Elgar.