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    Dale Gibson was a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, he died on January 29, 2022.


Regretfully, we share that Distinguished Professor Emeritus Dale Gibson passed away January 22, 2022 in Edmonton. His obituary is in the Winnipeg Free Press.

Dale Gibson was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and his scholarly work caused him to be designated “Distinguished Professor” and “Distinguished Professor Emeritus” by the University of Manitoba.

He was a Professor of Law at the Manitoba Law School and University of Manitoba from 1959 to 1991, and later also at the University of Alberta in the capacity of Belzberg Professor of Constitutional Studies, (1988-1991), Bowker Professor of Law (1991-1993) and Belzberg Fellow of Constitutional Studies, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta (1993-2001). He practiced law in Manitoba from 1959 to 1991 and in Alberta from 1991 to 2008. Until his death, he was an independent legal scholar and writer.

In 2016, he was the subject of an interview on “The Metamorphosis of Legal Education in Manitoba: An Eyewitness Account” conducted by Dr. Bryan P. Schwartz and Cameron Harvey, published in The Manitoba Law Journal’s Special Edition volume 39, number 1, The Great Transition in Legal Education.

Research Areas

Professor Gibson has focused his work in the areas of Constitutional Law and Legal History.

Selected Publications


Gibson, Dale. Law, Life and Government at Red River, Volume 2: General Quarterly Court of Assiniboia, Annotated Records, 1844-1872. McGill University Press (2015).

Gibson, Dale. Law, Life and Government at Red River, Volume 1: Settlement and Governance 1812 – 1872. Forward by Jim Phillips. McGill University Press (2015).

Gibson, Dale. The Law of the Charter: General Principles. Carswell, Toronto (1986).

Gibson, Dale. Impact of Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms on Manitoba statutes. Legal Research Institute, University of Manitoba (1982).

Gibson, Dale and Gibson, Lee. Substantial justice; law and lawyers in Manitoba 1670-1970. Peguis (1972).


  • University of Manitoba Rh Award  – 1975