Dr. Patrick Ryan

CYS 2212F/G Childhood & the Law

Winter 2023 - Monday and Wednesdays 1-2:30 PM

CYS Program Advisor: Taylor Bigham
Tel: 519.433.3491 / 1.800-265.4406, ext. 4503
Dr. Patrick Ryan
E-mail:  pryan2@uwo.ca
Ph:   519-518-0370
Office: DL 127
Hours: M-W; 2:30-3:30


An introduction to the study of childhood and law in Canada. By examining specific cases, statutes, treaties, and practices, students will have an opportunity to increase their understanding of the most relevant doctrines, principles, and debates about childhood in Canadian legal and political culture.

Antirequisite(s): The former CSI 2250F/G, the former CSI 2256F/G, and the former CSI 2253F/G. 


READINGS: all readings are provided free of charge through the course schedule.

11 appellate court opinions between 25-50 pages

Approximately 16-20 additional documents, scholarly articles, and news reports to contextualize the case reports. 


Moot Court Preparation

10% (weekly)

Moot Court Participation
25% (weekly)

Case Analysis Paper
(5 pages)

35% (Feb. 17)

Final Exam

30% (TBA)


Mondays will be devoted to lecture; Wednesdays devoted to mooting. A moot allows students to practice with legal language, concepts, doctrines, dillemas through role play. Often a moot is a fabricated case on appeal. Our moots will roleplay with the actual leading case law in Canada. 

Attending lecture, reading the documents, submitting your brief to OWL will prepare you to play your role in the moot. Submitting the preparation on OWL is worth 10% of your mark, and the quality of your performance and your willingness to be seen or heard in the moot will constitute another 25%.

This weekly practice will pave the way for success on the paper as it starts your studying for the final exam at the outset of the course. The final exam is mostly a written test of the case law we will have mooted.

Minimum Attendance Requirement:  Students must participate a minimum of 6 of 10 mooting sessions; failure to do so will result in a 10% penalty in the course. We expect that students will schedule all appointments and other responsibilities to avoid conflicts with the course, but please talk to us if you have a scheduling conflict or ordinary one-time event (illness, etc) which interferes with attendance or meeting due dates.  In general, our approach will be to relieve students of any penalties without documentation if they communicate their needs in a timely fashion. If serious health issues or life events demand a prolonged absence, we may refer you to the Dean's Office - but this is rare.

The Case Analysis Paper: It will constitute 35% of your mark. I hope to avoid assigning penalties for late papers. They may be avoided if extensions are requested in advance. Otherwise, a two-mark deduction will be taken for each of the first three days late, and a 5-mark deduction for each day thereafter. Two-weeks after the due date or at the conclusion of the term (which ever is first) a zero will be assigned for the paper. 


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