1 June 2018

What are the challenges of legal research in the 21st century? To answer this question, the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Law organized the first Autumn School on the Methodology of Research in Law. Three members of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation community contributed to the discussion. As a professor and vice-dean of research and communications at the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Law, 2004 Foundation scholar Margarida Garcia emphasized the significance of critical outlooks as well as scientific methods, while raising the controversial question of normativity. Professor and 2003 Foundation scholar Sophie Thériault spoke to the lack of reflexivity in the 21st century's hyperactive academic world. Finally, 2017 Foundation scholar Sophie de Saussure asserted how important the researcher’s role and place in society was, and how it should be included at the heart of contemporary legal research.

Watch the video-summary of the first Autumn School on the Methodology of Research in Law for an overview of the discussions that unfolded during the event.

Margarida Garcia

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa

2004 Scholars

Sophie de Saussure

Sophie de Saussure (law, University of Ottawa) is exploring how courts might better take the interest of offenders’ children into account when determining offenders’ sentences.

2017 Scholars

Sophie Thériault

Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa

2003 Scholars