LAWS 2302 V - Criminal Law

The legal and social dimensions of criminal liability and responsibility in Canada, including issues and problems surrounding mens rea, actus reus, and the attachment of liability. Excuses and justifications, the Canadian Criminal Code and the role of the Charter in the criminal legal system. Precludes additional credit for LAWS 2004 [1.0] (no longer offered). Prerequisite(s): LAWS 1000.

This course will be a venue for introduction to, critical analysis and exploration of, the current
Canadian Criminal Legal System, including its institutions, processes, rules, and actors.
The goal is to situate the criminal law within its general social setting and to examine the interrelationship between the aspirations and practices of Canadian society and its formal legal discourses of criminal law.
A strong emphasis is placed on practical aspects of the law and how the players within the legal system achieve justice. In the latter part of the course, the focus will be on the criminal law in its more traditional formulations as found in The Criminal Code of Canada and in the cases, along with specific current issues in Canada.

CRN for section V: 13266

CRN for section VOD (optional Video On Demand service): 13267

In-class lecture time & location:
Wednesdays, 6:05pm to 8:55pm, 624 SA

Instructor: Rebecca Bromwich

Rebecca Bromwich

About the instructor: Rebecca Jaremko Bromwich received her Ph.D. in 2015 from the Carleton University Department of Law and Legal Studies, and was the first ever graduate of that program. She was awarded a Carleton Senate Medal as well as the 2015 CLSA Graduate Student Essay Prize for her graduate work.
A book entitled Looking for Ashley: What Re-Reading What the Smith Case Reveals About Governance of Girls, Mothers and Families in Canada, developed from her Ph.D. thesis, was released in Fall 2015.
Rebecca has an LL.M. and LL.B., received from Queen’s University in 2002 and 2001 respectively, and also holds a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Cincinnati.
In addition to her several years teaching at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law, Rebecca has taught at the University of Western Ontario’s Faculty of Law, and at the University of Cincinnati. She has also been a columnist for the Lawyers Weekly and has authored and co-authored several legal textbooks for students and legal system practitioners, including lawyers, paralegals and police.
Rebecca also worked for six years as Staff Lawyer, Law Reform and Equality, to the Canadian Bar Association. She has recently accepted a new position as Policy Counsel with the Federation of Law Societies of Canada.

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