Robert Martin is a founding member and was the first chairman of The Canadian Justice Review Board 2003
Professor Martin's publications include: Personal Freedom and the Law in Tanzania (1974), Controls and the Canadian Media (1978), Critical Perspectives on the Constitution, (1984), A Sourcebook of Canadian Media Law (1989), 2nd ed. (1994), Media Law (1997), Access to Information in Developing Countries (1998), Speaking Freely: Expression and the Law in the Commonwealth (1999). From 1985 to 2000, he was Secretary-Treasurer of the Commonwealth Association for Education in Journalism and Communication. In 1997 and 1999 he was elected a Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada
Professor Robert Martin graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada in 1961, and was commissioned in the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery. After leaving the military, he earned an LLB in 1967. Professor Martin has become one of the foremost scholars of African law and constitutionalism. He has published extensively, including ten books.
Professor Martin has always possessed the capacity for independent thought, along with sufficient integrity to be willing to publicly express that thought. In the 1980's he was a member of the Board of the London and District Labour Council’s Unemployment Help Centre and in 1985 he was part of a group which started a legal aid clinic, known as ‘Neighbourhood Legal Services (London and Middlesex)’. He served on the clinic's board for several years and was Chair from 1986 to 1988. He also wrote for The Lawyers' Weekly (1985-1995) and continues to write for The Law Times (1995-present).
In the 1980's he became interested in the Commonwealth, which he found to be an admirable international organization. He participated in forming an organization., The Commonwealth Association for Education in Journalism and Communication (C.A.E.J.C.), of which he was Secretary-Treasurer from 1985 to 2000. The C.A.E.J.C. had 700 members in 35 different countries. It published a newsletter and a journal and organized conferences in Arus.
Since joining the faculty at theUniversity of Western Ontario he has taken four sabbaticals: 1979-80 at the University of Dar esSalaam; 1988-89 at the University of Mauritius and the National University of Lesotho; 1996-97 at Trinity College, Dublin; and 2003 at Western, writing a book on legal education in Canada
"The only political idea I have ever had, developed when I was seven, and has remained with me - I hate bullies and liars". Professor Martin speaks English, French and Swahili
Faculty and Administration Special Events
An Evening in Honour of Professor Robert Martin
The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada (Princess Louise's), an Army Reserve unit located in Hamilton, hosted a special presentation of medals on Wednesday, April 20, 2005 at 8 p.m. in the Argylls Officers' Mess, at the John Foote Armoury, 200 James St North, in Hamilton.
Left to Right:
Professor Emeritus Ian Hunter, Dean Ian Holloway, Professor Robert Martin.
.Professor Robert Martin retired from the University of Western Ontario's Faculty of Law in 2005. As a token of the esteem they have for Professor Martin, the faculty borrowed the medals of Robert's father, Acting/Maj. Ivan Martin from Robert, and had them professionally mounted on the tartan colours of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. The cherished medals were awarded to Maj. Martin who was killed-in-action in 1944 while playing a key role in one of the most significant battles of the war, the battle of the Falaise gap at St. Lambert-sur-Dives. He earned the American DistinguishedService Cross for his actions in that battle.
The newly mounted medals were presented back to Professor Martin in a befitting venue - the officer's mess of Maj. Martin's military unit. Honoured guests at the presentation were Professor Ian Holloway, Dean of Law at University of Western Ontario; J.L. Granatstein, Professor Emeritus at York University; and Ian Hunter, Professor Emeritus at University of Western Ontario.
Maj. Ivan Martin, Officer-Commanding B-Company with the 1st Battalion (A & S H of C (PL), died on 20 August 1944, at St. Lambert-sur-Dives during an intense enemy counter-attack. He was killed by an enemy shell while negotiating with a German medical officer on how to remove wounded German troops from Allied lines. Fellow officers remembered Maj. Martin as an inspirational leader who "distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism."
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