Tuesday, March 21, 2023

CanLII Publishes New Open Access E-Book on Canadian and Indigenous Perspectives on Criminal Law

The Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII) has published a new open access e-book entitled Canadian Law, Indigenous Laws & Critical Perspectives:

"This is the first Canadian open access criminal law casebook, incorporating a wide range of traditional and audio/visual materials such as podcasts and documentary films. It is also notable for being the first to present Indigenous laws alongside Canadian criminal law. Cree law is featured throughout and the editors hope to include more Indigenous laws in future editions."

"Considered by many to be an emerging core competency for lawyers and other legal professionals, a trauma-informed approach is taken in this eBook. This is reflected in the selection of materials, use of content notes, inclusion of mental health and counselling resources, and substantive materials on trauma-informed lawyering, cultural humility, vicarious trauma, and resilience."

"Critical perspectives are also included on topics such as criminal law as colonial violence, anti-Black racism, intersectionality, social determinants of justice, victims of crime, wrongful convictions, policing, restorative justice, incarceration and prison abolition, and the criminalization of people who use substances and/or experience homelessness, poverty and mental health issues."

 The publication is the latest in a series of collective open access books by CanLII.

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