New Researcher Award - Fall 2011
The New Researcher Award recognizes a faculty member’s contribution to scholarship through the creation, expansion and critique of knowledge. Dwight Newman in the College of Law is the 2011 recipient.
Dr. Newman is quickly becoming known among his colleagues in Canada and internationally for his exceptional work in the area of collective rights, in particular as they pertain to Aboriginal communities.
One of Dr. Newman’s most notable achievements in the short time since earning his Doctor of.Philosophy from Oxford University in 2005 is the publication of his book The Duty to Consult: New Relationships with Aboriginal Peoples. The book provides several theories relating to the duty to consult concept and, importantly, reviews how this concept has been applied by the lower courts, governments, businesses and indigenous organizations. His work in this area has been cited in judgments handed down by the Supreme Court of Canada and is widely used as a reference for lawyers and judges adjudicating Aboriginal rights claims. Dr. Newman’s research program is currently focusing on how international law is applied to the inherent rights of Indigenous Peoples in the wake of the 2007 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Looking at examples from around the world, he hopes to determine what government action on issues such as the duty to consult imply for the content of international law. He will also probe how international law can more effectively respond to the rights of Indigenous Peoples as understood by Indigenous Peoples themselves.
Dr. Newman’s productivity as a scholar is exceptional. Over the past six years he has authored 25 peer-reviewed articles in well-respected national and international legal journals, 11 book chapters and authored or co-authored four books—most recentlyCommunity and Collective Rights: A Theoretical Framework for Rights Held by Groups, released in July 2011. He has been successfully funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) since 2007. Much of his success has been achieved while also taking on the role of associate dean academic for the College of Law from July 2006 to June 2009.
Dr. Newman received numerous accolades as a student and continues to be recognized by his peers now as a full professor and prolific researcher. Among his many honours, he was awarded the Law Society of Saskatchewan Gold Medal upon graduating with his LLB from the U of S in 1999. He was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship in 2001 and in 2004 was named the SSHRC William E. Taylor Fellow, given annually to the most outstanding SSRHC-funded doctoral student. Recently, his book Duty to Consult won a 2010 Saskatchewan Book Award. Dr. Newman joined the U of S College of Law in 2005.