Bradford Morse


BA (Rutgers), LLB (UBC), LLM (Osgoode)

Professor Morse was Dean of Law at the Faculty of Law, Thompson Rivers University, from 2015-2019, 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.

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).

Professor Morse has been a consultant to various royal commissions, government departments and Indigenous peoples' organizations in Canada, Australia and New Zealand (including the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, the Australian Law Reform Commission and the Waitangi Tribunal) and as a Chief Federal Negotiator on several land claims and treaty issues in Canada. Brad has been a visiting scholar to a number of law schools over his career, including the Universities of New South Wales, Auckland, 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.

  1. "Comparative law teaching through video conferencing" (2014) 5 IUCNAEL EJournal 1-18.
  2. "Tŝilhqot'in Canadian Aboriginal Title Landmark Decision – A Game Changer?" Live encounters, September 2014, 1-22
  3. "Tŝilhqot'in Nation v British Columbia: Is It A Game Changer in Canadian Aboriginal Title Law and Crown-Indigenous Relations?" in (2017) 2 Lakehead Law Journal, No. 2 at 64-88.
 Book Chapters
  1. "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.
  2. "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).
  3. "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.
  4. "Aboriginal Rights Today - Canada's 150th: Have Recent Efforts to Enliven Aboriginal and Treaty Rights Given a Reason to Celebrate?" in Errol Mendes, ed., Canada's Constitutional Democracy: The 150th Anniversary Celebration (Lexis Nexis: Toronto, 2017) at 167-191.
  5. "The Rule of Law and Canada's 150th Birthday: A Cause for Celebration for Many Canadians but a Reminder of Terrible Wrongs for Indigenous Peoples" in Janine Lespérance, et al., eds., Canada and the Rule of Law: 150 Years After Confederation (International Commission of Jurists: Ottawa, 2017) at 27-33.
  1. 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).
  2. 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).
  3. 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).
  4. Panel Chair, 12th IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Colloquium, Rovira i Virgili University, Tarragona, Spain (July 2014).
  5. 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).
  6. 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).
  7. Invited Panel Chair, Law, Ethics and Responsibility Symposium, Waikato Tainui College for Research and Development, Hopuhopu, NZ (November 2014).
  8. Invited Panel Chair, 3rd International India NZ Business Forum 2014, University of Waikato, Hamilton, NZ (December 2014).
  9. Invited Speaker, "Looking at Indigenous Rights in other Common Law Countries", XXVIII Annual Sovereignty Symposium of the Oklahoma Supreme Court, Oklahoma City (June 2015).
  10. 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).
  11. 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).
  12. Panel Chair, Founding Conference of the International Inter-Tribal Trade and Investment Organization, University of Oklahoma, Norman Oklahoma (April 2016).
  13. 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).
  14. Invited Speaker, "Daniels Symposium", Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, Ottawa [video linked with Edmonton, Winnipeg, Montreal, and Corner Brook) March 21-22, 2017.
  15. "How Settler Constitutions Can Seek to Affect/Regulate Indigenous Identity: Canada after 150 and Australia after 116 Years" at the Association of Canadian Studies in Australia and New Zealand Conference, University of Wollongong {New South Wales, Australia). During the conference, I also convened the keynote roundtable panel on "Aspects of Reconciliation: Canada and Australia" (July 13-14, 2017).
  16. "Consultation with Indigenous peoples where Development and Indigenous Property Rights Collide" Co-presenter with Prof Margaret Stephenson, Edith Cowan University; at the 9th Annual Conference of the Association of Law, Property and Society, Maastricht University, Netherlands (May 31 - June 2, 2018).
  17. Panel Chair, International Inter-Tribal Trade and Investment Organization Conference, University of Oklahoma, Norman Oklahoma (June 5-6, 2018).
  18. Teacher in 2018 International Course on Legal Pluralism organized by the Commission on Legal Pluralism, hosted by the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law in conjunction with the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University (August 17-24, 2018).
  19. Speaker, "The Challenge of Respecting Indigenous Customary Law within the Canadian Human Rights Act", at the Citizenship, Legal Pluralism and Governance in the Age of Globalization Conference of the Commission on Legal Pluralism, hosted by the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, (August 26-28, 2018).
  20. Co-organizer, Host and Panel Chair, International Inter-Tribal Trade and Investment Organization Conference, Vancouver (Global Affairs Canada) and Kamloops (Thompson Rivers University), September 21-23, 2018.
 External Organization Responsibilities
  1. Member of the Visiting Professors Committee of the International Association of Law Schools (2013 - ).
  2. Director, Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia (2015- )
  3. Director, British Columbia International and Commercial Arbitration Centre (2015- ).
  4. Member of the Garuwanga Project Research Roundtable, hosted by the University of Technology Sydney, Australia (2016 - ).
  5. Member, Federation of Law Societies of Canada, National Committee on Accreditation Appeal Committee (2017 - ).
 Curriculum Vitae

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Bradford Morse

OM 4763

  • Comparative and International Indigenous Rights
    (LAW 3780)