Owen Rees, BCL alum and former stipendiary lecturer in law at LMH, appointed to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Canada

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Oxford Law alumnus, Owen Rees, has been appointed to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Canada. The Hon Justice Rees (Somerville 2004) obtained his BCL in 2005 before teaching as a stipendiary lecturer in law at Lady Margaret Hall (2005-06).

Reflecting on his time at Oxford, Owen said:

My time at Oxford was a formative experience. We engaged deeply with the law, in a rigorous and creative way. I was surrounded by students with a wealth of perspectives and experiences from around the world. The access to the distinguished faculty was unparalleled. The BCL prepared me well for a career at the Bar. Following the BCL, I was torn between pursuing an academic career and a career at the Bar. I spent a simulating year teaching contract, tort, and administrative law at LMH. I was grateful to LMH Tutor and Fellow Ann Kennedy for taking me under her wing. In the end, I combined both interests, practicing at the Bar in Canada and teaching administrative law for many years. I’ve remained in touch with many of my friends from my Oxford years.

Before his judicial appointment, Owen served as Acting Assistant Deputy Attorney General of Canada. In addition, he is a recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal from the Governor General of Canada for improving access to justice by co-founding the Supreme Court Advocacy Institute with Professor Grégoire Webber (DPhil 2008).