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About Steve Coughlan

Professor Coughlan's primary teaching area is Criminal Law and Procedure. For many years, he coached competitive moot teams. Professor Coughlan has taught Constitutional Law, Health Law, and Medical Ethics (in the Faculty of Medicine), as well as Introduction to Law (a course offered by the Law School to non-law students).

Professor Coughlan's research interests include criminal law and procedure, law and technology/privacy – particularly as it intersects with criminal law issues – and interdisciplinary work on treatment of the elderly/adult protection. He is actively involved in efforts to have the federal government update the Criminal Code. Professor Coughlan has published 25 books and roughly 100 articles and book chapters. He is co-editor of and writes regular case annotations for the Criminal Reports and is a co-author of the National Judicial Institute Criminal Law Essentials eletter. He is also co-editor of the IT.Can Newsletter on Canadian information technology law developments.


Present Professor of Law, Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law Law and Technology Institute

Curriculum Vitae


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Professional Service and Affiliations

1986 - Present Member, Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society
Present Member, Law and Technology Institute
1988 - 1992 Consultant, Law Reform Commission of Canada
1986 - 1988 Lawyer, Metro Community Law Clinic
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Honors and Awards

  • 2011: Culliton Lecturer, University of Saskatchewan
  • 2009: Hanna and Harold Barnett Award for Excellence in Teaching First Year Law
  • 2005: Association of Atlantic Universities Distinguished Teacher Award
  • 2004: Dalhousie Alumni Association Award of Excellence for Teaching
  • 2004: Hanna and Harold Barnett Award for Excellence in Teaching First Year Law
  • 2000: Dalhousie Law Students' Society and the Dalhousie Law Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Teaching Law


BA, University of Ottawa
MA, University of Toronto
LLB, Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law
PhD, University of Toronto

Contact Information

Schulich School of Law
Weldon Law Building
6061 University Avenue
PO Box 15000
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4R2


Books and Book Contributions (19)

Articles (38)