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Welcome to Professors Trask and Murchison as RC Editors

The Editorial Team grows here at Robson Crim with two new exciting additions. Robson Crim is housed in Robson Hall, one of Canada's oldest law schools. Robson Crim has transformed into a Canada wide research hub in criminal law, with blog contributions from coast to coast, and from outside of this nation's borders. With nearly 40 academic peer collaborators at Canada's top law schools, Robson Crim is bringing leading criminal law research and writing to the reader. We also annually publish a special edition criminal law volume of the Manitoba Law Journal, providing a chance for authors to enter the peer reviewed fray. The Journal has ranked in the top 0.1 percent on and is widely used.

Meet our Newest Editors: Dr. Brandon Trask is an assistant professor of law at the University of Manitoba and an adjunct fellow at St. John’s College. He holds a JD from the University of Manitoba and an LLM from the University of Toronto, where he is completing his SJD. Professor Trask’s research focuses primarily on the areas of criminal law and evidence, constitutional law (with an emphasis on the Charter), and environmental law and policy, as well as areas related to progressive law and economics. Professor Trask previously worked as a Crown prosecutor in Nova Scotia (most recently with the Appeals and Special Prosecutions Section of the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service) and in Newfoundland and Labrador. He also previously taught through Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Law and Society Program. Dr. Melanie Murchison in an Instructor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Manitoba and holds a PhD in Law from Queen's University Belfast, a MA in Legal Studies from Carleton University and a BA(Hons) from the University of Winnipeg in Criminal Justice. Prior to joining the U of M, she was a faculty member in the Center for Law, Society and Justice and the Sociology Department at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, teaching courses of her own design in addition to foundational courses, including Gender, Crime and Justice, Comparative Constitutional Law and Law and Popular Culture. Dr. Murchison has published several peer-reviewed articles on empiricism in law, judicial behaviour, police powers, jury nullification, and judicial activism. Her current research includes jury decision-making, judicial behaviour, rape myths, sexual assault law, and legal pedagogy.


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