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Understanding Property: A Guide to Canada's Property Law, 2nd Edition
By: Marjorie L. Benson, B.A., B.Ed., LL.B., S.J.D. (Harvard), Marie-Ann Bowden, Dwight Newman, B.A., LL.B., B.C.L., M.Phil, D.Phil
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This practical guide provides a succinct overview of the principles of the common law of property in Canada's common law provinces and territories and a guide to the history and fundamental principles of Aboriginal title. This 2nd edition incorporates new and leading cases in real and personal property in context with statutes from across Canada highlighting intervening changes in the law since the publication of the first edition. The guide features:
  • Expanded and updated analysis of Aboriginal title
  • Thorough analysis of the fundamental principles of personal property including the doctrine of possession, finding, gifts, bailment and choses in action
  • Clear breakdown of real property issues including a historical framework, the common law doctrines of tenures and estates, future interests, co-ownership, rights and obligations of the freehold estate holder and land conveyancing systems
Other features of this guide include a highly readable and readily understandable writing style, illustrations and flow charts to visually distil the basic doctrines, a bibliography of other resources for more in-depth research, a table of cases and a comprehensive key word index.
About the Author
Marjorie L. Benson, B.A., B.Ed., LL.B., S.J.D. Marj Benson received her B.A. from the University of Saskatchewan, B.Ed. from Queen’s, LL.B. from the U of S, and her doctorate in law from Harvard University in 1993. She has taught high school, held various administrative positions in the public service of Saskatchewan including Associate Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Executive Director, Transportation Agency, and was Director of Institutional Research at the University of Saskatchewan. She has been member of the faculty at the U of S College of Law since 1992. Marj currently teaches Alternative Dispute Resolution and Multiparty Negotiations.
Marie-Anne Bowden, B.A., LL.B., LL.M., is Associate Dean at the College of Law, University of Saskatchewan, where she teaches property and environmental law. Professor Bowden joined the faculty in 1981.She was the College's first Associate Dean in 1993. Her research interests include environmental law, public interest advocacy, water law and property law. She was Chairperson of the Saskatchewan Environmental Assessment Review Commission (1991-92), and was author of its Report. She is an editor of the Canadian Journal of Environmental Law & Policy, now located at the College of Law, and is a co-author of Carswell’s Understanding Property - A Guide to Canada's Property Law.
Dwight Newman, B.A., LL.B., B.C.L., M.Phil, D.Phil. is Associate Professor and Associate Dean Academic at the University of Saskatchewan College of Law. Professor Newman completed his graduate studies at Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar and, later, a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship holder and recipient of the William E. Taylor Fellowship as Canada’s top SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship student. He has published numerous articles in areas related to Aboriginal law, constitutional law, and international law. Prior to his graduate studies, Professor Newman served as a law clerk to Chief Justice Antonio Lamer and Justice Louis LeBel at the Supreme Court of Canada, and worked for human rights organizations in Hong Kong, China and Cape Town, South Africa, as well as the federal Justice department in Ottawa. He is a member of the Ontario bar.