RECORDS, ARCHIVES, AND THE LAW
Previously ARST 575E (3) Archives and the Law
MAS and Dual Students: completion of the MAS core plus 12 credits of which 6 credits must be ARST courses
MLIS students: completion of the MLIS core courses, plus permission of the SLAIS Graduate Adviser
GOAL: Following the life cycle of the record, to provide an understanding of the relationship between archives and the law.
- To provide an understanding of role and responsibilities of archives in the Canadian legal system.
- To familiarize you with legislation and case law relevant to individual records and to archives.
- To enable you to apply the principles of evidence law to records throughout their life cycle.
- To enable you to recognize legal risks from contract, tort and criminal law affecting archives and how to manage these risks.
- To make you knowledgeable about the current trends in electronic discovery, including use of The Sedona Canada Principles Addressing Electronic Discovery.
- To develop your understanding of the relationship between archives and copyright and intellectual property law.
- Overview of the Canadian legal system
- Legislation and case law affecting archival institutions or programs
- Legislation and case law relevant to records
- Legal risks and liability in contract, tort and criminal law
- Managing legal risks and available legal defences
- Principles of evidence law applied to records
- Records retention and improper destruction (spoliation) of evidence
- Current trends in electronic discovery and The Sedona Canada Principles Addressing Electronic Discovery
- Copyright and intellectual property law