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Bradley Crawford, Q.C. and Professor William Tetley, C.M., Q.C., LL.L., awarded CBA’s 2009 Walter Owen Book Prize

Bradley Crawford, Q.C. and Professor William Tetley, C.M., Q.C., LL.L., awarded CBA’s 2009 Walter Owen Book Prize
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 21, 2009

OTTAWA – Bradley Crawford, Q.C., and Professor William Tetley, C.M., Q.C., LL.L., were named winners of the 2009 Walter Owen Book Prize in recognition of outstanding new contributions to Canadian legal literature.

Mr. Crawford is counsel to McCarthy Tétrault LLP’s financial services group in Toronto, with 35 years of experience in the area of banking law. He was honoured for The Law of Banking and Payment in Canada. The jury for the 2009 Prize called it the authoritative text on the topic of regulatory policies, key institutions, payments systems and judicial decisions related to banking law in Canada, and a worthy successor to two highly-respected titles: Crawford & Falconbridge on Banking and Bills of Exchange, 8th Edition and Payment, Clearing and Settlement in Canada.

Prof. William Tetley, a longtime lawyer, teacher of law and author, is Professor of Law at McGill University and counsel to Langlois Kronström Desjardins of Montreal and Quebec City. A member of the Order of Canada (C.M.), he served eight years in politics, from 1968-1976. Serving as a minister in the first cabinet of Quebec Premier Robert Bourassa from 1970-1976, he brought down the first Consumer Protection Act, and revised the Insurance Act, the Companies Act, the Trust Companies Act and over 50 other commercial and civil statutes and codes.

Prof. Tetley was awarded the Walter Owen Prize as the author of Marine Cargo Claims, 4th Edition, a remarkable two-volume text of more than 3,300 pages which has become known as the “bible” of international maritime carriage of goods law. His earlier editions of the text have been translated into Russian, Japanese and Chinese.

The Walter Owen Book Prize, awarded by the Foundation for Legal Research, is designed to recognize excellent legal writing and to reward outstanding new contributions to Canadian legal literature that enhance the quality of legal research in this country. The award takes the form of a $10,000 cash prize funded by the Foundation for Legal Research.

The Canadian Bar Association is dedicated to support for the rule of law, and improvement in the law and the administration of justice. Some 37,000 lawyers, law teachers, and law students from across Canada are members.

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