Constance Backhouse, University of Ottawa

Law Professor Ottawa, Ontario backhous@uottawa.ca Office: (613) 562-5800 ext. 3307

Bio/Research

Professor Backhouse holds the positions of Distinguished University Professor and University Research Chair at the University of Ottawa. She teaches in the areas of criminal law, human rights, legal history, and women and the law.

Professor Backhouse has served for many years as a mediat...


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Bio/Research

Professor Backhouse holds the positions of Distinguished University Professor and University Research Chair at the University of Ottawa. She teaches in the areas of criminal law, human rights, legal history, and women and the law.

Professor Backhouse has served for many years as a mediator and adjudicator of human rights complaints. She served as an adjudicator for the compensation claims arising from the physical, sexual and psychological abuse of the former inmates of the Grandview Training School for Girls, and for the former students at Indian residential schools across Canada. She has served as an expert witness and consultant on various aspects of sexual abuse and violence against women and children. Since 1982, she has been a member of Board of Directors of the Women's Education and Research Foundation of Ontario, Inc. She will assume the Presidency of the American Society for Legal History in 2010, becoming the first non-US scholar to hold that position. In 2003, she was elected a Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada; she was re-elected to this position in 2007.

In 1981, she was awarded the Augusta Stowe-Gullen Affirmative Action Medal by the Southwestern Ontario Association for the Advancement of Learning Opportunities for Women. In 1998, she received the Law Society Medal. In 2001, she was awarded the President’s Award by the Women and the Law Association of Ontario. In 2006, the Canadian Bar Association awarded her the Ramon Hnatyshyn Award for Law. In 2004, she became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and in 2010, she was elected Secretary, Academy II, Division I of the Society. In 2008, she was a member of the delegation accompanying Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada, on her State Visit to Central Europe. On 1 July 2008, she was named to the Order of Canada.In January 2010, she was named to the Order of Ontario. In the spring of 2010, she was the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Manitoba.


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