Discover our Research

A video series highlighting some of the timely and relevant legal issues our College of Law faculty are exploring.

#1 - Community-Engaged Research ft. Associate Prof. Sarah Buhler

#2 - Natural Resource and Development Contracts ft. Associate Professor Ibironke Odumosu-Ayanu

#3 - Saskatchewan Mortgage Law Reform ft. Distinguished Professor Ron C.C. Cuming

#4 - Simple Framework for Risk Analysis ft. Profs Heather Heavin and Michaela Keet

Research news

In the press

Nov. 14, 2018, Dwight Newman, Dispute over pot shop on Sask. First Nation may hinge on jurisdiction, treaty rights (

Nov. 1, 2018, Patricia Farnese, Flooding of Quill Lakes concerning (CTV Yorkton)

Oct. 26, 2018, Jason MacLean,The problem with Canada’s gradual climate policy (IRPP/Policy Options)

Oct. 25, 2018, Jason MacLean, Kill Bill C-69 – it undermines efforts to tackle climate change (

Oct. 15, 2018, Dwight Newman, The Supreme Court’s duty to consult ruling will create immense uncertainty (The Globe and Mail)

Recent publications and presentations

Michaela Keet presented a seminar on Settlement Conferences to the Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench, on Dec. 3-4, 2018.

Mark Carter presented at the University of Saskatchewan’s Inaugural Senate Forum “Cannabis Conundrum: Insights and Perspectives” on Dec. 4, 2018.

Brea Lowenberger spoke at the International Journal of Clinical Legal Education Conference as part of the conference opening panel on the topic of the Dean's Forum on Access to Justice and Dispute Resolution course on November 28, 2018 and as part of a panel on Teaching and assessing reflective exercises: What are we assessing and giving feedback on? on November 29, 2018 at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

Glen Luther and Manfield Mela presented “Restorative Justice in a Therapeutic Context” at the National Restorative Justice Symposium on Nov. 20, 2018, in Saskatoon.

Jaime Lavallee was part of a panel on “Developing Tribal Policy and Legal Infrastructure to Protect Cultural Heritage” at the Association on American Indian Affairs’ 4th Annual Repatriation Conference on Nov. 14, 2018, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

Dwight Newman and PhD student Nnaemeka Ezeani co-presented a paper on “Negotiated Gaps and the Non-Definition of Indigenous Peoples in UNDRIP” at the American Society of International Law Midyear Research Forum held at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law in Los Angeles on Nov. 10, 2018. 

Dwight Newman presented a paper on “Communities and Religious Liberty” at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law Constitutional Law Colloquium in Chicago on Nov. 2, 2018.

Larry Chartrand, James (Sakej) Youngblood Henderson and Maria Campbell were presenters at the Annual Indigenous Bar Association Fall Conference in Saskatoon, Nov. 1-3.

Sarah Buhler presented “Reimagining the Code of Conduct for Access to Justice” with Chantell Johnson (CLASSIC) and Jillian Rogin (University of Windsor) during the Canadian Association for Legal Education (CALE) Conference at Osgoode Hall Law School from Oct. 25-27.

Larry Chartrand presented a paper called “Implementing UNDRIP in the Canadian Context:  Implications for Argentina” in Resistencia, Argentina on Oct. 25. 

Sarah Burningham was a panel member at the Saskatoon YWCA annual general meeting on the topic of sexual violence on Oct. 23.

Saskatchewan Access to Justice Week was organized by CREATE Justice and held Oct. 20-26, 2018. 

On October 19, 2018, Heather Heavin and Michaela Keet presented the Ketcheson Lecture to civil government lawyers in Regina, on the topic of Litigation Risk Assessment.  

Dwight Newman presented on “Charter Values and Purposive Interpretation” as part of a panel on “The Three Supreme Courts” before a group of UK Members of Parliament, lawyers, and others in an event held at the UK Parliament (Westminster), London, UK on Oct. 16, 2018.

Dwight Newmanparticipated along with a small invited delegation of Canadian law professors and judges in seminars with a number of Oxford academics on some issues in Canadian constitutional law held at St John’s College at Oxford University on October 17; he offered some opening remarks on “Proportionality Analysis and Rights Interpretation”.

Dwight Newman spoke on “Interpreting Freedom of Thought” at the Academic Symposium on Law, Religion, and Policy (for which he also served on the program committee) in Vancouver on September 27, 2018.

Dwight Newman spoke on “Christian Approaches to Indigenous Rights and Reconciliation” as an invited guest at the Christian Legal Fellowship annual meeting in Vancouver on September 28, 2018.

Ronald Cuming, Tentative Proposals for a Land Charges Act (Law Reform Commission website)

Robin Hansen, "Taking More than They Give: MNE Tax Privateering and Apple’s 'Ocean' Income"  (2019) German Law Journal, 19(4): 693-726 (2018)

Tamara Larre, “The Disability Tax Credit: Exploring Attitudes, Perceptions and Beliefs about Disability” (2018) 29 Journal of Law and Social Policy 92 

Dwight Newmanspoke on a panel on “Financing Reconciliation” on September 11, 2018 at the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) annual meeting in Whistler, BC.  Reported on here:

Felix Hoehn, “Local Governments and the Crown’s Duty to Consult” (2018) 55(4) Alberta Law Review 971-1008.

Robin Hansen,“The Political Life of a Human Rights Impact Assessment: Canadian Mining in the Philippines” (2018) Canadian Journal of Human Rights, 7(1):  97 (with P. Sanz)

Dwight Newman presented on “The Uncertain Shape of Legally Recognised Property Rights” at the Center for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR) at Australian National University (ANU) on August 22, 2018.

Dwight Newman participated in meetings of the International Law Association (ILA) Committee on the Implementation of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Sydney, Australia from August 20-23, 2018.

Lucinda Vandervort, “The Prejudicial Effects of ‘Reasonable Steps’ in Analysis of Mens Rea and Sexual Consent: Two Solutions” (2018) 55(4) Alberta Law Review 933-970.

Grants and awards

Sarah Burningham is the recipient of a Faculty Research Grant in the amount of $8,420.00 from the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science & Justice Studies. Her project is entitled: “Abortion in Saskatchewan: A History of the Freedom of Informed Choice Bill”.  

Amanda Doucette was the recipient of the 2018 Provost's College Award for Outstanding Teaching from the University of Saskatchewan.

Members of the Nunavut JD Program (Martin Phillipson, Doug Surtees, Heather Heavin, Tracey Wray, Bonnie Hughes, Stephen Mansell, Ben Ralston, Wendy Parkes, Aaju Peter and Serena Ableson)were the recipients of the 2018 Provost's Project Grant for Innovative Practice in Collaborative Teaching and Learning from the University of Saskatchewan.

Sarah Burningham was named the recipient of the 2017 Provost’s College Award for Outstanding Teaching. The Provost’s College Awards for Outstanding Teaching annually recognize an outstanding teacher in each college at the University of Saskatchewan.

Clayton Bangsund was named the recipient of the Law Foundation of Saskatchewan Faculty Research Fellowship for 2017-2018.