Bruce Elman was appointed Dean of Law at the University of Windsor in 2000. Previously, Professor Elman was Belzberg Professor of Constitutional Law and Chair of the Centre for Constitutional Studies at the Faculty of Law, University of Alberta. He joined Alberta in 1975 and attained the rank of Professor in 1985. In 1985-86, Professor Elman was Walter S. McCalla Research Professor at Alberta. From 1991-1994, he served as Associate Dean of Law.
Professor Elman has been Visiting Professor of Law and Canadian Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on two occasions, 1988 - 1989 and 1995 - 96. He continues to serve as a member of the Academic Advisory Committee for the Halbert Centre for Canadian Studies at Hebrew University. He has also been a Visiting Scholar at Stanford Law School (1981 - 82) and a Visiting Professor at Niigata University in Japan (1994). Professor Elman was the recipient of the Tevie H. Miller Award for Teaching Excellence (1999). He also received a teaching award from Hebrew University (1996). He has published numerous works on criminal law, evidence, constitutional law, freedom of expression, law and religion, and multiculturalism.
He serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of Legal Assistance of Windsor, Community Legal Aid, and the University of Windsor Mediation Service.
- Billingsley, Barbara and Bruce P. Elman, “The Supreme Court of Canada and the Alberta Court of Appeal: Do the Top Courts Have a Fundamental Philosophical Difference of Opinion on Public Law Issues?” (2001) 39 Alberta Law Review 703-737.
- Elman, “Honouring Memory, Doing Justice: Holocaust Denial, Hate Propaganda and Canadian Law” in Decoste and Schwartz, eds. The Holocaust’s Ghost: Writings on Art, Politics, Law and Education, University of Alberta Press: Edmonton, 2000.
- Elman, "The Constitutionalization of Multiculturalism" in Adelman and Simpson, Multiculturalism, Jews, and Identities in Canada, Magnes Press: Jerusalem, 1996.
- Elman, "Her Majesty The Queen v. James Keegstra: The Control of Racism in Canada - A Case Study" in Levitt and Greenspan, Under the Shadow of Weimar: Democracy, Law & Racial Incitement in Six Countries, Praeger Publishing, 1993.
- Elman, "Combatting Racist Speech: The Canadian Experience", (1994) 32 Alberta Law Review 623 - 666.
- Elman, "Altering the Judicial Mind and the Process of Constitution - Making in Canada", Constitutional Studies 1989, 521-534.
- McLellan and Elman, "Enforcement of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms: An Analysis of Section 24", (1983) 21 Alberta Law Review 205.
Recent Speeches and Unpublished Papers
B.Sc. (Honours), McGill University, 1971
LL.B., Dalhousie Law School, 1974
LL.M., Harvard Law School, 1975
Freedom of Expression
Law and Religion