Bruce Feldthusen

Bruce Feldthusen (B.A., LL.B., LL.M., S.J.D.) was Dean of the Common Law Section at the University of Ottawa from 2000 – 2013, and continues as a full-time professor of law at the university. He is well known for his publications, including Canadian Tort Law and Economic Negligence. His analysis of pure economic loss has been adopted by the Supreme Court of Canada and now provides the organizing framework for all negligence actions in that field. He has written in the areas of equality theory and human rights law, and was one of the first legal academics in the world to study and write about civil remedies for victims of sexual assault. His article "Civil Liability for Sexual Assault in Aboriginal Residential Schools: The Baker Did It" won the 2006-08 Canadian Journal of Law and Society Article Prize.

Bruce Feldthusen has practised law, and litigated a number of cases of public interest on a pro bono basis. He works frequently as a litigation consultant and has had a major role in the preparation of numerous Supreme Court of Canada factums and arguments during the past decade. In recent years, he has assisted counsel in the preparation of a number of high profile class actions in tort. Feldthusen is a member of the American Law Institute, and is a former President of the Canadian Law Deans. He was also the research director for the Ontario Law Reform Commission’s 1989 study on Exemplary Damages, which has been cited with approval and adopted in many common law jurisdictions in Canada and abroad.




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