Dean of Law
BA (Rutgers), LLB (UBC), LLM (Osgoode)
Dean Morse is Dean of Law at the Faculty of Law, Thompson Rivers University, after serving as Dean and Professor of Law from September 2009 until December 2014 at the University of Waikato, New Zealand.
He remains as a Professor of Law at Te Piringa - Faculty of Law, University of Waikato, New Zealand, on a part-time basis, and is an Adjunct Professor of Beijing Jiaotong University.
Dean Morse is Professor Emeritus and was previously Professor of Law, at the University of Ottawa where he served in the past as Vice-Dean and Director of Graduate Studies, among a variety of other administrative duties since joining the Faculty in 1976. He has taught a wide variety of courses concerning Canadian and comparative Indigenous law issues, as well as labour law, trusts, property and civil liberties among others. His career includes appointments as Executive Director of the Native Legal Task Force of British Columbia (1974-75); Research Director of the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry of Manitoba (1988-91); and Chief of Staff to the Hon. Ronald A. Irwin, Canadian Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (1993-1996).
He has served as legal advisor to many First Nations in Canada as well as national and regional Aboriginal organizations since 1974 in a broad range of constitutional, land claim, governance, economic and treaty issues. He was General Counsel to the Native Council of Canada from 1984-93 during which time he was directly involved in the First Ministers Constitutional Conference Process (1984-87), Meech Lake Accord Constitutional proposals (1987-90) and Charlottetown Constitutional Accord proposals (1990-92). He was previously advising the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians during the development of the Canadian Constitution, Act 1982 (1979-82).
Dean Morse has been a consultant to various royal commissions, government departments and Indigenous peoples' organisations in Canada, Australia and New Zealand (including the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, the Australian Law Reform Commission and Waitangi Tribunal) and as a Chief Federal Negotiator on several land claims and treaty issues in Canada. Dean Morse has been a visiting scholar to a number of law schools over his career including the Universities of New South Wales, Melbourne, Queensland, Monash, Hong Kong, and Victoria University of Wellington as well as Senior Fulbright Scholar at the Native American Legal Research Center at Oklahoma City University. He has authored over 100 articles, books, book chapters and commission reports.
- “Comparative law teaching through video conferencing” (2014) 5 IUCNAEL EJournal 1-18.
- “Tsilhqot’in Canadian Aboriginal Title Landmark Decision – A Game Changer?” Live encounters, September 2014, 1-22
- “Aboriginal and Treaty Rights in Canada” in Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms/Charte canadienne des droits et libertés, edited by Errol Mendes and Stéphane Beaulac, 5th ed. (Markham, ON: Lexis Nexis Butterworths, 2013), 1219-1323.
- “Regulatory Reform in New Zealand. The Move from Direct Government Services to Crown Entities” (with Joshua Pietras) in Parlament jako instytucjonalny uczestnik sektorow sieciowych [The role of national Parliaments in the regulation of network industries], edited by Marek Szydlo and Wojciech Szydlo (Wroclaw, Poland: Oficyna Prawnicza, 2014), pp. 11-69 (in Polish) and 214-269 (in English).
- “The uphill struggle to protect Indigenous traditional knowledge in settler states that value short-term private ownership: how is Canada doing?” in Natalie P. Stoianoff, ed., Indigenous Knowledge Forum – Comparative Systems for Recognising and Protecting Indigenous Knowledge and Culture, (LexisNexis Butterworths Australia, 2016), pp. 403-440.
- Invited Keynote Speaker, “Regulatory Reform in New Zealand: The Move from Direct Government Services to Crown Entities”, European Union and Regulatory Reform Conference, University of Wroclaw, Wroclaw, Poland (March 2014).
- Speaker, “Indigenous Peoples and their Right to Water,” Global Ecological Integrity Group Annual Conference, Aegean Institute of the Law of the Sea and Maritime Law, Rhodes, Greece (June 2014).
- Speaker, “Hydroelectricity and Control of Water: Where Property, Indigenous and Environmental Rights Collide,” 12th IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Colloquium, Rovira i Virgili University, Tarragona, Spain (July 2014).
- Panel Chair, 12th IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Colloquium, Rovira i Virgili University, Tarragona, Spain (July 2014).
- Invited Speaker, “The Uphill Struggle to Protect Indigenous Traditional Knowledge in Settler States that Value Short-term Private Ownership: How is Canada Doing?”, The Second Indigenous Knowledge Forum (IKF2), Comparative Systems for Recognising and Protecting Indigenous Knowledge and Culture, University of Technology, Sydney (October 2014).
- Keynote Speaker, “Ensuring Indigenous Cultural Survival by Protecting Traditional Knowledge in Settler States”, University of Malaya Symposium on Indigenous Traditional Knowledge, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (November 2014).
- Invited Panel Chair, Law, Ethics and Responsibility Symposium, Waikato Tainui College for Research and Development, Hopuhopu, NZ (November 2014).
- Invited Panel Chair, 3rd International India NZ Business Forum 2014, University of Waikato, Hamilton, NZ (December 2014).
- Invited Speaker, “Looking at Indigenous Rights in other Common Law Countries”, XXVIII Annual Sovereignty Symposium of the Oklahoma Supreme Court, Oklahoma City (June 2015).
- Speaker, “Contested Indigenous Property Rights: Proving Aboriginal/Native Title in Australia and Canada.” Contested Property Claims Conference, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark (December 10‐11, 2015).
- Invited Speaker, “Daniels v The Queen: What Real Difference Would a Win in the Supreme Court of Canada Mean in Law for Metis and Non-Status Indians?” Delivered at the Founding Conference of the Indigenous Peoples Alliance of Manitoba, Winnipeg (March 5-6, 2016).
- Panel Chair, Founding Conference of the International Inter-Tribal Trade and Investment Organization, University of Oklahoma, Norman Oklahoma (April 2016).
- Keynote Presentation, “Protecting ITK through ITK Owners Direct Involvement in its Governance and Use: The Canadian Experience” at Indigenous Knowledge Forum – Governance Systems for Data Management and Benefit Sharing Symposium, University of Technology Sydney, Australia (December 14, 2016).
- Invited Speaker, “Daniels Symposium”, Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, Ottawa [video linked with Edmonton, Winnipeg, Montreal, and Corner Brook) March 21-22, 2017 .
External Organization Responsibilities
- Member of the Visiting Professors Committee of the International Association of Law Schools (2013 - ).
- Director, Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia (2015- )
- Director, British Columbia International and Commercial Arbitration Centre (2015- ).
- Member of the Garuwanga Project Research Roundtable, hosted by the University of Technology Sydney, Australia (2016 - ).
- Member, Federation of Law Societies of Canada, National Committee on Accreditation Appeal Committee (2017 - ).
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- Comparative and International Indigenous Rights