Foreword To the First Edition

AuthorEileen E. Gillese
ProfessionCourt of Appeal for Ontario Toronto, Ontario
To the First Edition
Pension law is fascinat ing. At a human level, its impact on a rapidly
aging population cannot be overestimated. At a legal level, the chal-
lenge posed by issues in the f‌ield of pension law is unparalleled. Two
factors contribute to this cha llenge.
First, as a newly emerging area of law, its structure is not fully
established. Until th at occurs, the predictability one needs and expect s
from the legal system cannot be had. The task of putting structure into
this area is made more dicult by the fact that pen sion law is the inter-
section of a number of areas of law including contracts, trusts, labour
and employment, f‌iduciaries, and the Charter, all made more compli-
cated by an overlay of statutory regulat ion.
Second, pension law requires a per son to analyze any given issue
from two very dierent perspectives. On the one hand, pension law
issues must be understood from a broad theoretic al perspective. On the
other hand, no understanding will be complete or accurate without a
descent into a morass of complicated, often-conf‌licting, detail.
Even a brief consideration of these factors expla ins the burning
need for a single text on pension law to which one can tur n for educa-
tion and assista nce. Until now, there has been no such text. A ri Kaplan’s
Pension Law f‌ills the void.
Ari Kaplan ha s written a book that provides a framework within
which to understand pension law. It is balanced and comprehensive
in its treatment of the is sues. But, in addition, the book explain s and
explores the detailed considerat ions that underlie each issue. An

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