Friday, June 17, 2016
Book cover of False Security

Prof. Kent Roach, LLB 1987, co-author of False Security with the University of Ottawa's Craig Forcese, has been recognized with two notable awards. Roach, the Prichard-Wilson Chair of Law and Public Policy, and Forcese, long-time scholarly collaborators, received the 2016 BC Civil Liberties Association's Reg Robson Award, which recognizes a community member who has demonstrated a substantial and long-lasting contribution to the cause of civil liberties in B.C. and Canada. At the May 26th awards ceremony the scholars received a standing ovation.  

In its release, the BCCLA said: "These two individuals have been critical to mounting a resistance to the infringement of civil liberties in the name of national security. The astounding turn in public support for bill C-51 was due to a public education effort that was virtually all premised on their real-time legal analysis. They have exemplified what it means to be engaged public intellectuals, and the civil liberties community owes them a great debt."

In addition, False Security was awarded the Canadian Law and Society Association Book Prize, May 28th in Calgary. The CLSA Book Prize is awarded annually for the best book on law and society, published in the previous year, in English or in French.