Author Archives: Alice Woolley

About Alice Woolley

LL.M. (Yale), LL.B. (Toronto), B.A. (Toronto). Professor. Member of the Alberta Bar. Please click here for more information.

Judgmental Judges

By: Alice Woolley PDF Version: Judgmental Judges Case Commented On: Abdulaali v Salih, 2017 ONSC 1609 (CanLII) Introduction Judges exercise considerable power, and discharge a crucial public function. They identify, interpret and even create the rules that govern us. They decide … Continue reading

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Defending Rapists

By: Alice Woolley PDF Version: Defending Rapists Lawyers who defend people accused of sexual assault tend to be subject to one of two narratives in popular conversations, particularly on social media: The critical narrative: Sexual assault is a violent and under … Continue reading

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Empathy in the Law: Does the Robin Camp Inquiry Committee Recommendation Encourage a “Postempathy era”?

By: Alice Woolley PDF Version: Empathy in the Law: Does the Robin Camp Inquiry Committee Recommendation Encourage a “Postempathy era”? Matter Commented On: Canadian Judicial Council Inquiry Committee Report Regarding Justice Robin Camp What role should empathy have in a system … Continue reading

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The Dangers of Inconsistency (and Consistency) in Supreme Court Jurisprudence

By: Alice Woolley PDF Version: The Dangers of Inconsistency (and Consistency) in Supreme Court Jurisprudence Case Commented On: Alberta (Information and Privacy Commissioner) v. University of Calgary, 2016 SCC 53 (CanLII) I can’t decide whether I am more excited that the … Continue reading

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The Problem of Judicial Arrogance

By: Alice Woolley PDF Version: The Problem of Judicial Arrogance In her remarkable new book Life Sentence (Doubleday Canada, 2016), Christie Blatchford describes the Canadian judiciary as “unelected, unaccountable, entitled, expensive to maintain and remarkably smug” (at pp. 33-34). She argues … Continue reading

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