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Aboriginal Legal Services founder Rudin wins Walter Owen Book Prize

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 @ 10:46 AM | By John Chunn


The Canadian Foundation for Legal Research announced that Jonathan Rudin is the winner of the 2019 Walter Owen Book Prize for his publication, Indigenous People and the Criminal Justice System: A Practitioner’s Handbook (Toronto: Emond Publishing).

According to the foundation’s press release, the award honours its namesake, who was the first president of the foundation in 1959. In alternate years, the prize is awarded to English and French books to recognize excellent legal writing and outstanding new contributions to Canadian legal doctrine.

Founder and current program director of Aboriginal Legal Services in Toronto, Rudin was selected from among 35 nominees to receive a $15,000 cash prize for his contribution to Canadian law literature.

The foundation’s prize jury found Rudin’s treatment of the issues relating to Indigenous people in Canada’s criminal justice system to be  comprehensive, compassionate and articulate. The jury, comprised of current or retired justices, university faculty and practising lawyers, anticipates that Rudin’s book will become an essential primary reference for the subject.

The Canadian Foundation for Legal Research also recognizes the following finalists:

Robert J. Sharpe for Good Judgment: Making Judicial Decisions

Philip Girard, Jim Phillips and R. Blake Brown for A History of Law in Canada: Volume One – Beginnings to 1866

Marvin J. Huberban for A Practitioner’s Guide to Commercial Arbitration

Arthur Peltomaa for Understanding Unconstitutionality: How a Country Lost its Way – An Essay in Three Parts

Michelle C. Awad, chair of the foundation, said: “Book prize winners and finalists have produced works that are invaluable to the entire legal community in Canada. We offer our heartfelt congratulations to Mr. Rudin for developing a pivotal guide for practitioners who work with Canada’s Indigenous population.”

For more information about the Walter Owen Book Prize and the Canadian Foundation for Legal Research, go here.