I am a Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria.  I teach criminal law, law-and-film, business associations and graduate methodology. I have an affection for scholarship in ‘law and society’. I frequently find myself drawn to the ways in which law intersects with other socio-political-cultural discourses. You can take a look at some of my research projects on the links above, or see my UVic webpage.

In general, I am interested in how law manifests itself in both concrete practice and popular culture. I have focused on film and television as venues for exploring what counts as a normal family, what places are thought to be proper for women and children, and economic structures: film as a location for studying difficult questions in popular and legal culture.

Another aspect of my scholarship focuses on concrete practises of judicial decision making. Working with my francophone colleague, Marie Claire Bellow, we seek to understand not only what decisions judges make, but the reasoning processes that animate those decisions. What interests us in particular are practises of disagreement and the complicated ways that both legal and social culture create spaces in which differences can be both articulated and theorized.

A third line in my scholarship concerns economic structures and the ways that questions of justice are often sidelined by questions of resource and provisioning. In particular, I am intrigued by structures of governance in business and their tendency to lean in hierarchical, rather than democratic directions. This has led me to an exploration of cooperative and social economy. Throughout my work is a lively interest in questions of theory and methodology.

Recent research focuses on the challenges of decolonizing legal education, as scholars acknowledge the place of Indigenous legal orders in Canadian society. In particular I am exploring strategies for teaching Inuit legal theory, and for engaging with Coast Salish art and practices of teaching law. I work in association with the Indigenous Legal Research Unit at the University of Victoria to develop courses and materials for a trans-systemic legal education.  Here are some recent videos by the ILRU:

  1. Indigenous Law: An Introduction
  2. Indigenous Law, Gender and Sexuality
  3. Indigenous Law: Tough Questions

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  1. Dear Ms. Johnson,

    My name is William Stimson and near the end of a long life I am disappointed at the ethical standards in American business. So I write a blog, http://www.williamstimson.com, about corporate governance as it should be from my point of view. This blog is a non-profit endeavor to atone for a life in which I have contributed precious little.

    Each page contains a digital image to suggest to the reader what that day’s blog is about. In recent pages I’ve been talking about the constraints placed upon business as a consequence of the pursuit of happiness. I’m now writing about inalienable rights and I would like to use the same image of Lady Justice that you use in your blog on the encounter of Lady Justice with Madam Justice.

    I have already downloaded this image from a web site, “images of Lady Justice,” which sent me to you as the source. Can you give me permission to use this image?

    Thank you for your consideration.

    William Stimson

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