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Laverne Jacobs, PhD
Associate Professor 




Commissioned Research


Articles and Book Chapters

Selected Conference Papers

  •  "Building on the Ombudsman: Polyjuralism and the Impact of Dispute Resolution in the Canadian Access to Information Context" -- Presented at the 7th International Conference of Information Commissioners, Ottawa, October, 2011 (invited)
  • "Independence, Autonomy & Impartiality : Normative Understandings and the Use of Discretion by Adjudicators on the Ground" -- Presented at the conference: Effective Judicial Review: A Cornerstone of Good Governance , hosted by the University of Cambridge, Centre for Public Law & the Chinese University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong, December 11, 2008).
  • "Reconciling Tribunal Independence and Expertise -- Empirical Observations" --Presented at The Future of Administrative Justice, Symposium held by the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law (Toronto, January 18, 2008) (invited). Paper available online:
  • “Integrated Alignment: Mastering the Conceptual Challenges of Governance in Daily Tribunal Operation” — Prepared for the opening plenary session of the Canadian Council of Administrative Tribunals 22nd Annual Conference: The Integrated Tribunal- From Concept to Reality (Ottawa, June 11, 2006)(invited). Paper available online:
  • “ The Place of the Administrative Tribunal in Canada: Linking our Past to Future Prospects”—Presented at the closing plenary session of the Canadian Council of Administrative Tribunals 19th Annual Conference: Investing in Knowledge (Ottawa, June 4, 2003) (invited). Paper available online:

Notable Cases

Ontario (Energy Board) v. Ontario Power Generation Inc., 2015 SCC 44

Smith v. Alliance Pipeline Ltd., 2011 SCC 7

Canada (Attorney General) v. Quadrini, 2010 FCA 246 (CanLII)

Halifax (Regional Municipality) v. Nova Scotia (Human Rights Commission) [2008] NSCA 21

Graham v. Workers Compensation Board of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut 2007 NWTSC 54

Stephens v. Lynx Industries Inc., 2006 HRTO 31

Alberta Liquor Store Association v. Alberta (Gaming and Liquor Commission), 2006 ABQB 904 (CanLII)

Ontario (Children’s Lawyer) v. Ontario (Information and Privacy Commissioner) (2005) 196 O.A.C. 350, 2005 CanLII 11786 (ON C.A.)

Ontario (Children’s Lawyer) v. Ontario (Information and Privacy Commissioner) (2003), 66 O.R. (3d) 692 (Div. Ct).

Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, Local 707 v. Alberta (Labour Relations Board) (2004), 11 Admin. L.R.(4th) 107 (AB. Q.B.)

Imperial Oil Ltd. v. Alberta Minister of Environment, 2003 ABQB 388 , [2003] A.J. No. 721 (AB Q.B.)

Williams v. Arthur, [2002] R.R.A. 1060; Q.J. No. 4573 (Q.C.A)