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Legal Dualism and Bilingual Bisystemism: Principles and Applications
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Supplements that will be published online include:

  • an index of translational equivalents (ex: bien / property, propriété / property);

  • a second series of etymological analyses;

  • a second part for the supplement on the interpretive dilemma within private law in federal judicial texts.

The bisystemic and bilingual Legal Dictionary of Property in Canada offers over 300 articles describing the vocabulary of property relative to Canada's civil and common law systems. [more]

Authors: Anne Des Ormeaux and Jean-Marie Lessard

The LDPC corpus is available online for consultation. This textual database includes all the decisions from which excerpts were drawn and cited in the Legal Dictionary of Property in Canada. The time period of these decisions ranges from 1842 to 2008. However, it is important to note that over 40% were rendered between 2000 and 2008 and less than 10% were rendered prior to 1980.

December 10, 2013

Have a look at the new "Frequently Asked Questions" (FAQ) page.

January 11, 2013
Etymological studies: Part one -- The first 21 studies, exclusively published online, describe the etymology of words commonly used in Canadian property law. The translational equivalent patrimoine / patrimony, for example, was analyzed and is an LDPC entry.

August 10, 2012
Warm regards and many thanks on behalf of the presenters Anne Des Ormeaux and Jean-Marie Lessard, as well as the Legal Dualism Team, to all those who attended the conference on legal dualism that was held at the Université de Sherbrooke on August 6th, 2012. We hope to see you again soon!

October 20, 2011
The LDPC corpus is available online for consultation. This textual database includes all the decisions from which excerpts were drawn and cited in the Legal Dictionary of Property in Canada. The time period of these decisions ranges from 1842 to 2008, though it is important to note that over 40% of these were rendered between 2000 and 2008, and that less than 10% were rendered prior to 1980.


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First Part: Interpretive Dilemma of Private Law in Federal Law within Judicial Texts and Legal Dualism

The coexistence of civil law and common law systems in Canadian private law adds to the complexity of the constitutional division of legislative powers and gives rise to an interpretive dilemma generally referred to in federal law as complementarity-dissociation. This dilemma consists of determining, on a case-by-case basis, the need to refer to the private law of the province where the dispute arises to complement applicable federal law. To assess the state of interpretive practice of Canadian courts in this area, the Legal Dualism Team has catalogued nearly 200 relevant court decisions.

We encourage you to browse this corpus using one of the various indexes available. An introductory text describing our approach is also available.

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