MEMBER PROFILE: Bruce Archibald
Name: Bruce Archibald
 Dalhousie Law School
Dalhousie Law School
NS B3H 4H9
Tel: (902) 494-1015
(902) 494-1316



Case Experience (Civil): Employment, Labour Relations, Human Rights/Discrimination, Non-Profit Organizations

Professor Archibald is a native of Nova Scotia who was educated at the University of Kingās College (B.A. Hons. Pol. Sci./Soc., 1970), Dalhousie University (M.A. Soc. 1971; LLB 1974), Columbia University (LL.M. 1975) and the Universit.. de Paris I (Panth..on-Sorbonne) (post graduate study, 1976). He was admitted to the Bar of the Province of Nova Scotia in 1977 and appointed Queenās Counsel in 2002.

Professor Archibald is also fluent in French, and is able to conduct arbitrations in this language.

Mr Archibald has been teaching at Dalhousie Law School since 1976 in a variety of subjects, including: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Comparative Law (Civil and Criminal) and Labour Law. He was a member of the executive of the Canadian Association of Law Teachers from 1978 to 1984, and served as the organizationās President in 1982-83. Aside from sabbatical leaves overseas, he also worked for the 1990-91year as a Crown Attorney (Appeals Branch) with the then new Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service.

Professor Archibald has served as a consultant to the Law Reform Commission of Canada, the Federal Department of Justice, the Nova Scotia Department of Justice, and the Royal Commission on the Donald Marshall Jr. Prosecution. He has regularly acted as a faculty member for the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute, as well as participated in conferences of the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice and the National Judicial Institute. He is currently a member of the Nova Scotia Justice Departmentās Restorative Justice Programme Management Committee.

Professor Archibald has acted as a labour arbitrator in the public and private sectors since 1984, and has been a part-time Vice-Chair of the Nova Scotia Labour Relations Board since 1992. In 2002 he chaired Nova Scotiaās Independent Tribunal for the Determination of Salary and Certain Benefits for Provincially Appointed Judges.

Professor Archibald has published law reform working papers and reports, as well as articles in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure, sentencing and evidence. He recently spent a sabbatical leave in various parts of the world doing research on restorative justice, truth commissions, prosecutorial discretion, democratic theory, and international human rights.

In his other life, Professor Archibald has been Chair of the Restoration Committee of St. Georgeās Round Church, is a tenor in the choir there, and is a bluegrass banjo player. He has also been seen, from time to time, sailing off the Nova Scotian coast.

Memberships & Affiliations:

  • Current Member of the Neutrality Project
  • Drafting Committee of the Association of Labour Relations Agency (ALRA)
  • Part-time chair of the Nova Scotia Correctional Facilities Employee Relations Board
  • Canada Public Service Staff Relations Board

  • Languages: English, French

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