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New co-directors of Legal Research & Writing Program announced

As of July 1, 2012, the college has added two tenured-track professors to the faculty complement.  Among their teaching duties, Robin Hansen and Felix Hoehn will be co-directors of the Legal Research & Writing program.  Through the program, our students gain practical skills in legal drafting as well as legal research.

Professor Hansen is excited to be involved in the program this year. In particular, she hopes to bring to the program her familiarity with research tools pertinent to international and comparative law, as well as her litigation drafting experience in the field of WTO dispute settlement.  Professor Hansen taught previously at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa, including in the area of international economic law.  Professor Hansen was the recipient of the 2009 Marc Lalonde Prize for Excellence in International Commercial and Investment Arbitration, presented by the Canadian Arbitration Congress.  Her current research focuses on the multinational enterprise and its legal characterization. Professor Hansen holds an MA in international affairs, specializing in global political economy, from the Norman Paterson School at Carleton University.  She completed her graduate studies in law at McGill University. Prior to joining the College of Law Professor Hansen worked in Ottawa at the legal branch of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.  She participated in the 2008 Private International Law Summer Programme at the Hague Academy of International Law.  Professor Hansen is a member of the bars of Ontario and Saskatchewan.

The addition of Professor Felix Hoehn will further the college’s and the University’s strategic strength in supporting aboriginal issues.  Professor Hoehn teaches Property Law, Municipal Law and Wills as well as Legal Issues in Urban Studies and Planning at the Department of Geography and Planning.  He recently completed an LL.M. relating to Aboriginal title and the jurisdiction of Aboriginal governments, and was the recipient of a College of Graduate Studies and Research Thesis Award.  His other teaching responsibilities have included the Program of Legal Studies for Native People at the Native Law Centre and as Course Director and Instructor for the National Advanced Certificate in Local Authority Administration (NACLAA) Program administered by the University of Alberta and Dalhousie University.  Later this year, the Native Law Centre of Canada will publish Professor Hoehn’s second book, Reconciling Sovereignties: Aboriginal Nations and Canada.  With that major project ending, he is looking forward to continuing research in Aboriginal law and to completing the second edition of his municipal law textbook.  He also enjoys some practical involvement in municipal law by acting as a part time member of the Assessment and Planning Appeals Committees of the Saskatchewan Municipal Board.