Canada's Chief Justice Antonio Lamer, and one of Canada's leading economists, Richard Lipsey, will receive honorary degrees from the university at Fall Congregation Nov. 25.
Lamer's appointment to the Supreme Court of Canada in 1980 coincided with the introduction of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and he is recognized as a leader in the development of charter law.
He was appointed chief justice in 1990. Under his leadership the Supreme Court has given judgements on issues that lie at the heart of Canadian law and nationhood, including the Delga-muukw decision on aboriginal title and the Quebec Secession Reference.
He served for many years as a lecturer at the Université de Montréal and continues to promote excellence in university legal education.
Lipsey is a UBC alumnus known internationally for his contributions to the areas of micro-economic theory, public economics, international trade and industrial organization.
An active participant in public policy debates, he has written numerous articles in support of free trade and a widely used economic textbook. He is currently a professor of Economics at Simon Fraser University.
Lamer and Lipsey receive their degrees at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts today at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., respectively.