Persons and Property in Private Law, 2e
Canadian Legal Studies Series

Brettel Dawson    (Ed.)

Captus Press, ISBN 978-1-55322-286-6 (2013)
456 pages, 1070 g, 8.5 X 11, $56.75 (US$45.50)

Persons and Property in Private Law, 2e is an edited collection of cases and writings that presents the fundamental building blocks of private law: Who can be a legal person (capable of autonomous legal action and ownership)? What is legal property (as a bundle of rights and obligations)? This book brings together materials from the classic - Blackstone's Commentaries, showing the roots of private law in the organization of the common law; to the contemporary - Christopher Stone's pieces on tree's rights and Maude Barlow's plea for national water policy, illustrating the conflicts between human and nature over rights and obligations.

Private Law covers a broad range of topics, affecting individuals, corporations, and greater society. The concepts of private property and legal personality change over time; Persons and Property in Private Law offers historical background that informs and provides context to contemporary issues, stimulating discussion and engagement.

A class-tested, well-thought selection of materials, Persons and Property in Private Law is a stimulating learning resource, perfect as a primary text for courses on private law in legal studies and law and society programs, and an excellent secondary resource for university private law courses.

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Brettel Dawson is the Academic Director of the National Judicial Institute of Canada which is based in Ottawa, Canada, undertaking a leadership role in areas of curriculum and pedagogy design and ongoing integration of social context (equality and diversity) in the work and programming of NJI.

An Associate Professor of Law at Carleton University in Ottawa, she had been Chair of the Department of Law, a member of the University Senate, and a member of the Boards of Inquiry (Ontario Human Rights Code) involving mediations, inquiry and decision on human rights complaints. Her teaching subjects include gender, human rights, judicial process, private law and socio-legal research methodology.

Professor Dawson has written in the areas of social context judicial education, women and legal process, human rights, and legal research methodology. She is completing work on the Guides to Judicial Education (Canada) and a book on social context as an element of judging and judicial education.

A past English Language Co-Editor of the Canadian Journal of Women and the Law and a past member of the External Committee of the Independent Policy Research Fund of Status of Women Canada, she is currently Chair of the Board of Directors of CANADEM, Canada’s resource database for human rights and democratic development.

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