ARCHIVED: Joint Study Institute to Explore Canadian Legal System

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April 25, 2002


Mark your calendar. This year's Joint Study Institute will cast the spotlight on the Canadian legal system May 22-25 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Centered on the theme of Canadian Focus: Global View, the institute will feature 10 sessions on Canada's laws, legal history and influence on other judicial systems around the world. Sessions include Fireside Chat: Canadian History is NOT Boring; Canada's Constitutional Framework; Common Law and Civil Law: Canada's Traditions and Methods; The Politics of Canada; and Canada's Metier: the Peacekeeping Role. These educational programs will take place at Royal Roads University at Hatley Castle, a 17th-century castle equipped with modern conference facilities.

The institute has also planned several social events, including a pub night, a Scottish dinner and a golf tournament. Co-sponsored by the Canadian Association of Law Libraries and the Joint Study Institute, the No Name/No Prizes Golf Tournament will take place May 25 at the Cordova Bay Golf Course. Teams of four will tee off in a game of "scramble." It is a casual game where each player in the group drives off the tee and the team decides which tee shot it likes the best. All members of the team then play their second shot from the position of the best drive. The team continues play from each subsequent best drive until the ball ends up in the hole!

Tournament registration must be submitted by May 15. For more information about the golf tournament, please contact the tournament organizers: Neil Campbell, chair of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries/Association Canadienne des Bibliotheques de Droit Conference Planning Committee, at neilcam@uvic.ca or Suzan Hebditch, institute convener, at shebditch@libraryco.ca.

For those who would like to extend their visit of Canada, the Canadian Association of Law Libraries/Association Canadienne des Bibliotheques de Droit Annual Conference Traditions for Tomorrow will be held May 26 - 29 in Victoria immediately following the institute. For more information about the CALL/ACBD Annual Conference, please go to http://call2002.law.uvic.ca/english/index.html.

Delegates from the United States, Britain, Ireland and Australia are expected to attend this year's Joint Study Institute.

The Joint Study Institute was conceived in the mid-1990s by the British and Irish Association of Law Libraries, the American Association of Law Libraries, and the Canadian Association of Law Libraries/Association Canadienne des Bibliotheques de Droit. The international event was designed to educate law librarians, legal professionals, scholars and historians about the host country's legal heritage and traditions. The two previous Joint Study Institutes took place in England in 1998 and Connecticut in 2000.

The 2002 Joint Study Institute is sponsored by Canadian Association of Law Libraries/Association Canadienne des Bibliotheques de Droit and the Carswell Institute, a provider of legal, finance and business information in Canada.