First MacCormick Fellow Professor Michael Coyle Awarded SSHRC Research Grant

Professor Michael Coyle, a MacCormick Fellow at Edinburgh Law School and Professor of Law at the University of Western Ontario, has been awarded a grant by the SHHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council) of $87, 082 for research into the availability of civil remedies for breach of the obligations incurred in the treaties negotiated between the Crown and First Nations in Canada.

Professor Michael Coyle, a MacCormick Fellow at Edinburgh Law School and Professor of Law at the University of Western Ontario, has been awarded a grant by the SHHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council) of $87, 082 for research into the availability of civil remedies for breach of the obligations incurred in the treaties negotiated between the Crown and First Nations in Canada.

Professor Coyle stated, 'It's a relatively undeveloped area of Canadian law.  While most Canadians have benefited from living on treaty land, the question of what remedies might be available to First Nations to enforce their treaty rights has yet to be explored.  When Canadians sign contracts there is a clear legal framework to enforce those agreements. My hope is to shed light on how we might develop a similarly fair framework for addressing treaty disputes.  Any such framework must take into account the values and reasonable expectations of both treaty partners.'

Professor Coyle was the first person to be awarded a MacCormick Fellowship at Edinburgh Law School.  The Fellowship fund, named in honour of the late Professor Sir Neil MacCormick, was first launched in 2009.  Each year the School of Law offers five MacCormick Fellowships to academics from across a wide spectrum of legal research areas.

Read more about the MacCormick Fellowships and find out how to apply.

 

Information obtained from the website of the University of Western Ontario.