Dr. John Borrows to receive honorary LLD for leadership in Indigenous Law

Posted: 06/15/2017

Dr. John BorrowsThe Law Society of Upper Canada will confer the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa upon Dr. John Borrows at the 9:30 a.m. Call to the Bar Ceremony in Toronto on June 27, 2017.

Dr. Borrows is an internationally recognized scholar in the field of Indigenous Legal Traditions and Aboriginal Rights. He is Anishinabe and a member of the Chippewas of the Nawash First Nation on Georgian Bay.

He has dedicated his career to advancing the understanding of Indigenous laws and customs through his teaching, research and writing, and with the development of the joint program in Canadian Common Law and Indigenous Legal Orders at the University of Victoria.

As an educator and an advocate, he has focussed on the racial and social barriers imbedded in our legal and social framework, as well as the injustices, inequalities, and conditions of Indigenous people.

Dr. Borrows’ work has shaped the recommendations of both the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. His research and writing has also been cited by the Supreme Court of Canada.

Each year, the Law Society recognizes outstanding achievement by distinguished members of the profession and the public by awarding Doctor of Laws degrees, honoris causa (LLD) at the Call to the Bar ceremonies in Ottawa, Toronto and London.