ARCHIVED: Joint Study Institute Explores Canadian Legal System

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February 14, 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.

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