Brendan Van Niejenhuis and Owen Rees to teach Courts and Jurisdiction

Stockwoods’ partner Brendan Van Niejenhuis and associate Owen M. Rees will co-teach a new upper-year seminar at the Faculty of Law at Queen’s University in 2007-08. The seminar, entitled “Courts and Jurisdiction”, will focus on legal conflicts between the roles of legislatures and executive agencies, on the one hand, and of the courts on the other. This set of legal problems has come into sharp focus in recent cases dealing with the health care system, national security, “political questions”, and other matters that do not fit neatly within the traditional rubric of administrative law. Despite the currency of the topics, the law has long had tools to cope with conflicts between the political and judicial systems, which the seminar will explore.

The seminar focus flows out of Stockwoods’ traditional expertise in managing both public and private law aspects of clients’ litigation, and follows on Brendan and Owen’s service as adjunct faculty in Administrative Law in 2006-07, as well as Owen’s previous experience as a lecturer in Oxford University. To learn more about the course, please visit the on-line course calendar at Queen’s Learn more about Brendan Van Niejenhuisor Owen Rees.