From: Jason Neyers <>
Date: 04/03/2009 21:16:41 UTC
Subject: ODG: New Tort law book

Dear Colleagues:

Some of you might find the following collection of essays interesting:

Critical Torts 

Editors: Sanda Rodgers, B.A., B.C.L., LL.B., LL.M., Rakhi Ruparelia, B.Sc., B.S.W., LL.B., M.S.W., LL.M. & Louise Bélanger-Hardy, B.A., B.Sc. Soc., LL.B., LL.M.

Publisher: LexisNexis Canada
Country: Canada
Number of Pages: Approx. 400 Pages
ISBN: 9780433457053
Price: $80.00

A Unique Collection of Essays Offering Critical Perspectives on Canadian Tort Law

This collection of essays brings a critical appraisal to Canadian tort law. The authors each consider the role of tort law in encouraging, supporting and fostering social justice and in achieving change.

Each chapter engages with an issue in Canadian tort law from a critical perspective. The authors review the context in which an injury arises and situate their analysis within the gender, race, class, disability, age, language and other situations of marginalization which the issue raises. Each chapter critically examines tort law's implication in social, political and economic inequalities, and its potential and limitations as an instrument of redistributive and egalitarian social, economic and political change. The collection provides a snapshot of the potential and limitations of tort law as a progressive force for social change.

The chapters include assessments of the tort law response to institutional abuse, the treatment of welfare benefits in damages calculations, tort law remedies for environmental degradation to aboriginal lands, racial discrimination and racist defamation, wrongful birth actions and the impact of disability discrimination, mental distress as tort damage, the use of tort law in claims of torture and responses to sexual violence.

Jason Neyers
Associate Professor of Law & 
Cassels Brock LLP Faculty Fellow in Contract Law
Faculty of Law
University of Western Ontario
N6A 3K7
(519) 661-2111 x. 88435