Reflecting on the Legacy of Chief Justice McLachlin

Date: April 10-11, 2018
Price per person: $250 (Judges)
Location: University of Ottawa, Tabaret Hall (TBT), 550 Cumberland St (Room: Hughette Labelle)

Participation of 35 judges covered under s. 41(1) of the Judges Act.

The University of Ottawa is organizing a conference in collaboration with CIAJ to mark the retirement of the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada. This joint Common Law / Civil Law event will provide a unique opportunity for participants, and for judges especially, to engage with Chief Justice McLachlin’s extensive jurisprudence and contributions by presenting and discussing research inspired by her work.


Chief Justice McLachlin is one of the most influential jurists of the past 30 years in Canada. It is impossible to summarize the depth and breadth of her jurisprudence. This two-day conference will provide a great opportunity to the Canadian legal community to come together to reflect on her contributions and how she has imprinted the Canadian legal landscape. Participants from all horizons will speak to various aspects of Chief Justice McLachlin work. Conference panels will be structured so as to generate discussion and debate about the impact of the Chief Justice’s judicial opinions, leadership style, and approach to the administration of justice.

The keynote address by Lady Hale, the first female President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, will focus on Chief Justice’s legacy as the first female Chief Justice in Canada and will examine her influence internationally. The address will examine Chief Justice McLachlin’s leadership role and her participation in numerous judicial exchanges and promotion of institution and capacity building for judicial education.

Special Guests

  • The Right Honorable Justice Beverly McLachlin
  • Lady Brenda Hale, President, UK Supreme Court


  • Prof. Vanessa Gruden, University of Ottawa
  • Prof. Vanessa MacDonnell, University of Ottawa

Judges must register using the special form « Registration Form for Judges » on top of this page. Other participants may register on the University of Ottawa website.

Resolution (#170)
CIAJ – Reflecting on the Legacy of Chief Justice McLachlin

BE IT RESOLVED THAT, for the purposes of s.41(1) of the Judges Act, the Council authorizes the attendance of up to 35 federally appointed judges, including speakers and organizers at a two-day conference entitled Reflecting on the Legacy of Chief Justice McLachlin, to be organized by the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice (CIAJ) in conjunction with the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law to be held in Ottawa in April 10-11, 2018.

For further information
Please contact the Program Coordinator, Mary Plagakis
Tel.: 514-343-6157
Fax: 514-343-6296