CALT Webinar Series

We are pleased to announce the following events for the CALT webinar series. Please click on each link for more details:

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Civil procedure and racism : a virtual coffee hour

CALT is honoured to host this event as part of its ongoing webinar series, on Monday, July 13, 2020, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., EDST, via Zoom:

This session will bring together individuals teaching civil procedure and related subjects to discuss how they might address issues of anti-black and other racism during the 2020-2021 school year. The session aims to enable self-reflection and collaborative thinking. The listed contributors will not try to offer definitive answers. Instead, they will prepare a list of questions to guide the discussion, will seek to elicit ideas from the participants, and will offer some of their own ideas for how they plan to address these subjects. The session aims to foster a community of civil procedure teachers across Canada who are committed to race-conscious teaching and learning and who will continue to learn from one another.


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Call for Submissions

The Canadian Legal Education Annual Review (CLEAR) is now open for submissions for Volume 9 until August 15, 2020.

Submissions are encouraged from professionals and researchers in the field of legal education, legal practitioners, and graduate students. For Volume 9, articles in either English or French addressing the issue of online education in Canadian law schools are particularly encouraged, but all articles that address the broader subject of legal education will also be considered.

Articles of should be no more than approximately 8000 words, though longer articles may be considered on a case-by-case basis, and book reviews should be no more than 2000 words. Articles will be selected based on their fit with Volume 9 and the overall theme of the Journal, and those selected that have received positive peer-reviews will proceed to the publication stage. The Journal will also consider publishing non-peer-reviewed pieces such as pedagogical essays, public lectures, and other items related to innovations in pedagogy.


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Call for Proposals: Webinars and Other Online Events

Due to the impossibility of holding an in-person conference, CALT pivoted in the spring of 2020 to organizing online events.[1] CALT is now soliciting proposals from Canadian law teachers for additional webinars or online events on topics related to legal education. These events will be part of a CALT webinar series, to run through the summer and fall of 2020 and possibly into the 2021 calendar year.

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CALT Awards: 2020 Winners


1) CALT Prize for Academic Excellence

This year’s winner is Prof. Janine Benedet (University of British Columbia).

Prof. Benedet’s career has demonstrated excellence in multiple ways. Her research has been prolific, courageous, feminist and rooted in her activism. She has shown a consistent willingness to engage in legal education with the judiciary, the public, and especially with her students. She brings her expertise to law reform, litigation and policy-making in multiple fora. With feminism as a consistent thread Prof. Benedet has demonstrated excellence across legal subdisciplines including criminal law, and labour and employment.


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Forum on Law Teaching and Learning in the COVID Context

The Canadian Association of Law Teachers held two online fora (in “roundtable” format) on law teaching and learning in the COVID context.

The COVID pandemic of 2020 has compelled law faculties to move to online teaching and prompted other major changes, such as modified evaluation schemes. What lessons can law teachers draw from these unprecedented shifts? What further needs are arising, and how should we be trying to meet those needs? What is likely to be the lasting impact? While we lament the circumstances, have we gained any valuable insights or perhaps discovered new approaches that are worth preserving?

The English version took place on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 from 1PM to 3PM EDST.


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The Canadian Association of Law Teachers regrets to announce that it has decided to cancel its conference, previously scheduled for June 1 to 3, 2020 at Western University. We have also decided that we will not participate in the proposed online version of the Congress 2020 meeting. For a variety of reasons, including solidarity with the position of the Black Canadian Studies Association, we do not think it is in the interests of CALT to proceed with an online version. 

For more information, please visit the conference page.


The current COVID-19 (coronavirus) epidemic has evidently made plans for CALT’s annual conference, scheduled for June 1 to 3, 2020 at Western University, highly uncertain. At the moment, no decision has been made with regard to the cancellation or rescheduling of the conference. We are closely monitoring the situation, in cooperation with the Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences, and we hope to have more details soon. (See the latest updates on Congress’s response to the outbreak.)

For any questions relating to the conference, please write to

Nominations for 2020 CALT Awards

CALT calls for nominations for its three annual awards (deadline January 21, 2020):

  • CALT Prize for Academic Excellence: honouring exceptional contributions to research and law teaching by a mid-career law professor at a Canadian university.
  • CALT Scholarly Paper Award: for a scholarly paper that makes a substantial contribution to the legal literature, by a law professor in his or her first seven years of an academic appointment at a Canadian university.
  • CALT Award for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: for a paper by a law professor at a Canadian university investigating questions related to teaching and learning.

For full details, please visit the awards page

Call for proposals 2020 CALT conference

Call for Proposals 

Canadian Association of Law Teachers Conference

Western University

London, ON

1-3 June, 2020

We are pleased to release this Call for Proposals for the 2020 annual conference of the Canadian Association of Law Teachers, which is being held as part of the 2020 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences and includes an overlap day with the conference of the Canadian Law and Society Association. The program for the overlap day will be co-ordinated to encourage integrated participation.

For more information, please view the Call for Proposals page.

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