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Coxford Lecture: Indigenous Law & the More-than-Human World

Monday, March 11, 2024
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Josephine Spencer Niblett Law Building (LB)
Room: Room 38
John Borrows wearing a blue shirt standing in a forest surrounded by trees

Join Western Law for the 2024 Coxford Lecture featuring Professor John Borrows, Loveland Chair in Indigenous Law at the University of Toronto. Professor Borrows' lecture will focus on Indigenous Law and the More-than-Human World.

Indigenous law partially flows from the land, and it is a vital resource for strengthening the rule of law more generally in Canada. While humans are a proximate and immediate source of Anishinaabe law, there are also broader forces influencing our legal agency.

This talk considers how the air, water, first, rocks, plants, insects, fish, birds, animals, and other more-than-human forces are key participants in Anishinaabe law. This talk will first consider Anishinaabe law’s more-than-human sources by discussing treaties in the early 1760s. Second, it examines how Anishinaabe creation and clan stories place more-than-humans at the heart of Anishinaabe constitutionalism. Third, it discusses how Anishinaabe law can be learned and practiced in ways which build systems and frameworks which could draw us closer to the more-than-human world. A consideration of the relevance of Canadian constitutionalism will conclude Professor Borrows' discussion.

John Borrows B.A., M.A., J.D., LL.M. (Toronto), Ph.D. (Osgoode Hall Law School), LL.D. (Hons., Dalhousie, York, SFU, Queen’s & Law Society of Ontario), D.H.L, (Toronto), F.R.S.C., O.C., is the Loveland Chair in Indigenous Law at the University of Toronto Law School. His publications include, Recovering Canada; The Resurgence of Indigenous Law (Donald Smiley Award best book in Canadian Political Science, 2002), Canada's Indigenous Constitution (Canadian Law and Society Best Book Award 2011), Drawing Out Law: A Spirit's Guide (2010), Freedom and Indigenous Constitutionalism ((Donald Smiley Award best book in Canadian Political Science, 2016), The Right Relationship (with Michael Coyle, ed.), Resurgence and Reconciliation (with Michael Asch, Jim Tully, eds.), Law’s Indigenous Ethics (2020 Best subsequent Book Award from Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, 2020 W. Wes Pue Best book award from the Canadian Law and Society Association). He is the 2017 Killam Prize winner in Social Sciences and the 2019 Molson Prize Winner from the Canada Council for the Arts, the 2020 Governor General’s Innovation Award, and the 2021 Canadian Bar Association President’s Award winner.  He was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2020. John is a member of the Chippewa of the Nawash First Nation in Ontario, Canada.

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