Criminal Law: Canadian Law, Indigenous Laws & Critical Perspectives – OER Casebook for LAW 221

Project TitleCriminal Law: Canadian Law, Indigenous Laws & Critical Perspectives – OER Casebook for LAW 221
Principal InvestigatorBenjamin Perrin
Funding Year2022
Project SummaryCriminal Law & Procedure is a mandatory first year course in the Juris Doctor degree required for training of future lawyers and legal scholars. Law professors typically teach this course from a hardcover textbook ($170 including taxes and delivery fees) or from their own materials, which can be cumbersome to update from year-to-year and do not always benefit from the collaboration of other instructors.

This open education resource is believed to be the first open access casebook for Criminal Law & Procedure in Canada. It will be submitted for publication the Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII) to be freely available to law students from across Canada. It will be immediately used in two sections of LAW 221 in Fall 2022 (100 students), at a cost savings of $17,000 to students this year alone. CanLII is already a proven platform for such an initiative, having published an open access Torts casebook recently by my colleague Prof. Samuel Beswick (with a grant supported by you as well).

This open access casebook is also innovative for another several reasons. It will adopt a transsystemic approach to teaching Criminal Law, teaching Canadian Law alongside Indigenous laws. In this first edition, Cree Law will be included. Professor David Milward from the University of Victoria, Faculty of Law is a member of the Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation in Saskatchewan, and will be participating as a co- author, bringing the Cree Law perspective. We will create the open access casebook so that other Indigenous laws can be added in future editions.
Grant type OER Rapid Innovation
Funded Amount $1,904