Dwight Newman

Professor of Law, University of Saskatchewan

Dwight Newman, B.A., J.D., B.C.L., M.Phil., D.Phil., is a Professor of Law and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Rights in Constitutional and International Law at the University of Saskatchewan. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute. He previously served a three-year term as the University of Saskatchewan's Associate Dean of Law. Prior to entering a faculty role, he clerked for Chief Justice Lamer and Justice LeBel at the Supreme Court of Canada, worked for NGOs in South Africa and Hong Kong and for the Canadian Department of Justice, and completed his graduate studies at Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar and taught in the latter years of his doctoral studies. He has also taught courses as a visitor at the law faculties at the University of Alberta and University of McGill. He was recently a 2015 Lone Mountain Fellow at the Property and Environmental Research Center (PERC) and during the 2015/16 academic year is a Visiting Fellow in the James Madison Program at Princeton University. He is a member of the Ontario and Saskatchewan bars and carries on some practice work, principally providing advice on constitutional dimensions of resource development. Prof. Newman has published numerous academic articles and half a dozen books, most recently, Revisiting the Duty to Consult Aboriginal Peoples (Purich Publishing, 2014) and Natural Resource Jurisdiction in Canada (LexisNexis Canada, 2013). His writing has been cited by all levels of Canadian courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada.

Recent Research by Dwight Newman

— Oct 5, 2017
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The Top Ten Uncertainties of Aboriginal Title after Tsilhqot’in

The Top Ten Uncertainties of Aboriginal Title after Tsilhqot’in finds that the Supreme Court of Canada’s 2014 ruling in the Tsilhqot’in Nation case has made it unclear how First Nations can use and develop their own land, threatening the potential for economic prosperity.

— Sep 24, 2015
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Mining and Aboriginal Rights in Yukon

Mining and Aboriginal Rights in Yukon: How Certainty Affects Investor Confidence finds that the legal certainty established by modern land claim agreements in Yukon — once seen as an advantage in attracting new investment — is now being undermined by Canadian courts. Specifically, the courts have forced unforeseen obligations upon governments and third-parties, beyond the requirements already spelled out in modern treaties, thus leading to a decline in investor confidence. The study warns that Yukon’s experience could be a harbinger of uncertainty right across the country and particularly British Columbia.