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Bench Press 39-4: Spoiled Sperm

The British Columbia Court of Appeal recently upheld a trial judge’s decision that human sperm is property. The case involved a B.C. man who was a representative for a class action of 400 plaintiffs who had stored their sperm with a laboratory at the University of British Columbia prior to undergoing treatment for cancer. The […]


Teresa Mitchell
Teresa Mitchell
Teresa Mitchell is the former Editor and Legal Writer for LawNow at the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta.

The Engagement Ring: Whose Property is it?

As William Shakespeare once wrote “The course of true love never did run smooth.” What happens when relationships turn sour and questions arise about property that a couple may have acquired together prior to marriage or given as gifts to one another? If diamonds are forever, does the bride-to-be get to keep the engagement ring […]


Juliana Ho
Juliana Ho is a 2nd year student at the University of Alberta Law School and is a volunteer with Pro Bono Students Canada. (2014)

Finders Keepers? A Historical Survey of Lost and Abandoned Property and the Law

Introduction You are walking along a busy downtown street when a small object on the ground catches the corner of your eye. Intrigued, you bend down to find a small pouch which upon further examination contains a gold bracelet. There is neither attached identification nor any sign of the owner. To whom does this bracelet […]


Marjun Parcasio
Marjun Parcasio is an associate practicing in international arbitration and business and human rights at Hogan Lovells International LLP in London, England.

All Is Not Lost: The Law of Lost and Found

“Property and law were born and die together” – Jeremy Bentham, English philosopher, The Theory of Legislation (1931) Introduction We all know the feeling when we lose something.  Cell phone?  Car keys?  Most of us also know what it feels like to find something, such as a wallet.  Losing a thing is a sad occasion […]


Peter Bowal
Peter Bowal
Peter Bowal is a Professor of Law at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta.

Dušan Kuzma
Dušan Kuzma obtained his MBA at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary, in Calgary, Alberta.

No Trespassers Allowed

The act of “trespassing” is often conceptualized as one person setting foot on another person’s land without their consent. “Get off my property, you’re TRESPASSING!” is a common phrase landowners employ when faced with uninvited guests. At law, the term “trespass” encompasses much more than individuals creeping onto their neighbour’s property without permission. In fact, […]


Samina Thind
Samina Thind is an associate with the firm of Miller Thomson LLP in Edmonton, Alberta.

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