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Law professor honoured with U of S New Researcher Award

University of Saskatchewan law professor Dwight Newman
October 14, 2011

University of Saskatchewan law professor Dwight Newman is the recipient of the 2011 New Researcher Award to be presented at the October 22 convocation ceremony. Newman has been a faculty member in the College of Law since 2005.

“Dwight has made truly significant research contributions in the area of collective rights, particularly as they relate to Aboriginal communities,” said Vice-President Research Karen Chad. “His colleagues across the country and internationally consider his growing expertise in this area of research to be outstanding and the U of S is pleased to honour his achievements in this way.”

Newman’s research, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) since 2007, focuses on the rights of indigenous peoples. His book The Duty to Consult: New Relationships with Aboriginal Peoples reviews how lower courts, businesses, governments and indigenous organizations apply the duty to consult concept. His work in this area is widely consulted by lawyers and courts adjudicating Aboriginal rights claims and has been cited in judgments handed down by the Supreme Court of Canada.

Newman was recently awarded a SSHRC grant to examine how—and whether—international law is applied to the inherent rights of indigenous peoples in the wake of the 2007 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Newman will look at examples from around the world to see if governments actually “walk the talk” with regard to issues such as the duty to consult for resource development and land use, and how law can more effectively respond to the rights of indigenous peoples, as understood by the people themselves.

Newman earned his LLB from the University of Saskatchewan in 1999 and went on to attend Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. In 2004 he was named the SSHRC William E. Taylor Fellow, given annually to the most outstanding SSHRC-funded doctoral student. After earning his DPhil from Oxford in 2005, Newman returned to the U of S. His book The Duty to Consult won a Saskatchewan Book Award in 2010.

More information about the New Researcher Award and past recipients is available at:

For more information, contact:

Michael Robin
U of S Research Communications
(306) 966-1425

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