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November 2017

Asper Centre Public Interest Litigation Conference: Call for Papers DUE DATE

November 30

The David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights is pleased to invite abstract submissions for our upcoming Public Interest Litigation Conference, which will be  held on March 2, 2018.  The Conference will be focused on legal strategies for successful public interest litigation in Canada, as a means to bring together relevant stakeholders to share their challenges, successes and strategies in this field. Please find below the call for papers.  We invite proposals for papers in 2 formats: a longer paper covering pertinent issues related…

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Constitutional Roundtable: Alistair Price

November 29 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Falconer Hall Solarium (room FA2), 84 Queen’s Park + Google Map

  Asper Centre Constitutional Roundtable presents ALISTAIR PRICE Associate Professor in Law, University of Cape Town "The Relationship between Constitutional and Tort Damages for State Failures to Protect in Canada, England, and South Africa"  Moderated by: Assistant Professor Richard Stacey University of Toronto Faculty of Law Wednesday, November 29, 2017 12:30 - 2:00 Solarium (Room FA2), Falconer Hall 84 Queen's Park Canada, England, and South Africa face a similar challenge arising from their shared Diceyan heritage in public law. On…

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Panel discussion on the Trinity Western University Appeals

November 23 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
J140 Jackman Law Building, 78 Queen's Park Cres
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C5 Canada
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On November 30th and December 1st 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada will hear two appeals involving Trinity Western University (TWU), a private Christian university in British Columbia wishing to open a new law school.  The appeals involve legal challenges to decisions by the law societies of British Columbia and Ontario and the impact of a policy that requires TWU students to sign a code of conduct forbidding sexual intimacy outside heterosexual marriage. Ontario decided to deny the accreditation of TWU law…

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October 2017

Constitutional Roundtable Series presents: Constitutional Law Symposium for Canada’s Sesquicentennial

October 20 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Jackman Law Building, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto 78 Queen’s Park, Room J140, 78 Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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View our Save the Date Poster  The 2017 Asper Centre Constitutional Roundtable Series presents a Constitutional Law Symposium for Canada’s Sesquicentennial The David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights’ Constitutional Roundtable Series are annual lunchtime discussion forums that provide an opportunity to consider developments in Canadian constitutional theory and practice as well as the emerging field of comparative constitutional law in relation to Canada. This year, to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, our Constitutional Roundtable series theme has focused on…

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Summer Fellowship Information Session

October 19 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
J250 Jackman Law Building

Introduction to Asper Centre and IHRP Summer Fellowship Opportunities For current JD students: please attend this information session to learn more about the Asper Centre Summer Fellowship opportunities. Date: October 19, 2017 Time: 12:30-2:00pm Location: J250

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Senator Kim Pate: “The Need to Correct Corrections: The Case for Judicial Oversight”

October 16 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

The David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights is hosting a lunchtime discussion with Senator Kim Pate. "The Need to Correct Corrections: The Case for Judicial Oversight"  Monday October 16th at 12:30pm in Jackman Law Building J140 Kim Pate was appointed to the Senate of Canada on November 10, 2016. First and foremost, the mother of Michael and Madison, she is also a nationally renowned advocate who has spent the last 35 years working in and around the legal and penal…

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September 2017

Constitutional Roundtable: Richard Albert

September 27 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

  CONSTITUTIONAL ROUNDTABLE presents  Richard Albert  Professor, Boston College Law School The Most Powerful Court in the World? Constitutional Amendment after the Senate Reform and Supreme Court Act References Discussant: Associate Professor Yasmin Dawood Canada Research Chair in Democracy, Constitutionalism & Electoral Law University of Toronto Wednesday, September 27, 2017 12:30 – 2:00PM Solarium (room FA2), Falconer Hall 84 Queen's Park The Supreme Court of Canada has grown since Confederation from supreme in name alone into the guardian of Canada’s constitutional identity,…

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Asper Centre & IHRP Student Working Group Information Session

September 19 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
J250 Jackman Law Building

JD students in all years can volunteer with one of the Asper Centre student working groups, that are led by upper year students. Working groups prepare policy briefs, organize workshops, and conduct research on emerging constitutional issues. This year, there are three Asper Centre student working groups: The Refugee and Immigration Law working group The Indigenous Rights working group Police Oversight working group Find out more about these working groups at the Asper Centre & IHRP (International Human Rights Program) Student…

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Application Deadline for Asper Centre Work-Study student

September 13

The Asper Centre is looking for a student to provide research and technical support for the Centre’s website and social media (Facebook and Twitter). The position involves some research and drafting for content to be uploaded to the Centre's website related to Canadian constitutional law and the activities of the Centre (primarily case summaries). Training will be provided in respect to website; therefore, in-depth knowledge of website development, maintenance and design, although helpful, is not required.  Apply by September 13th 2017…

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August 2017

Deadline for Submission of Proposal for Asper Centre 2017-2018 Student Working Group

August 15

U of T law students can become involved in the Centre’s work through volunteering with one of our Working Groups. For information on how to apply to lead a Working Group read the Proposal Requirements below. If you would like to apply but need some ideas, contact Cheryl Milne or Tal Schreier by email. This year, in addition to Working Group ideas developed by students, the Asper Centre invites and welcomes proposals from students who would be interested in leading…

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June 2017

Clinical Course Application Deadline

June 30

Deadline for U of T Upper Year Law students to apply for the Asper Centre clinical courses for 2017. For more information, see the course list on the Faculty of Law website HERE.

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March 2017

Constitutional Roundtable – Jamie Cameron

March 22 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Section 7 and the Idea of the Charter

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Asper Centre Presents: Careers in Constitutional Law

March 2 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

The Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights presents a lunchtime seminar on Careers in Constitutional Law Are you a JD Candidate with a passion for promoting Charter rights? Do you want to learn about the numerous career paths that exist for students wishing to practice Constitutional Law? MEET and get ADVICE from four lawyers (3 are UTLaw graduates) who are currently working in their field of passion: Joseph Cheng—Department of Justice Nader Hasan—Stockwoods Barristers Dan Rohde—Income Security Advocacy Centre Cara Zwibel—Canadian Civil…

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Constitutional Roundtable – Richard Haigh

March 1 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

The Alberta Press Case

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February 2017

Dr. Anver Emon Special Lecture

February 28 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

What’s the fuss about “Islam” and “Muslims” ?  Thinking in an Age of Information Overload Special Lecture by Dr. Anver Emon Professor and Canada Research Chair in Religion, Pluralism, and the Rule of Law University of Toronto Faculty of Law Moderated by Cheryl Milne, Executive Director Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights From the Brexit referendum in the UK, the election of Donald Trump in the US, and the most recent tragedy at a mosque in Quebec City, it is hard…

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Constitutional Roundtable – Hugo Cyr

February 9 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Hugo Cyr Dean and Professor of Public Law and Legal Theory Université du Québec à Montréal Normalizing the Exception in Canada Thursday, February 9, 2017 12:30 – 2:00 Room J-140, Jackman Law Building 78 Queen's Park Extraordinary measures may sometimes be justified as being necessary to deal with exceptional events. Those measures may become normalized when the taboo against taking them is broken and their initial justifications are detached from their repeated uses. In this article, I want to highlight…

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January 2017

Morris A. Gross Lecture – the Honourable George R. Strathy, Chief Justice of Ontario

January 19 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Judicial Courage and Restraint in Canadian Constitutional History The Morris A. Gross Memorial Lecture was established in memory of the late Morris A. Gross by the law firm Minden Gross LLP and by members of his family, friends and professional associates. The intention of the lectureship is to, every two years, bring to the Faculty of Law a distinguished scholar or a member of the practicing bar or bench for discussion with the student body and Faculty, and to deliver…

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November 2016

Constitutional Roundtable – Claudia Geiringer

November 16, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Falconer Hall Solarium (room FA2), 84 Queen’s Park + Google Map

CONSTITUTIONAL ROUNDTABLE presents Claudia Geiringer (Victoria University of Wellington School of Law, New Zealand) moderated by Professor Kent Roach Wednesday November 16, 2016 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM Falconer Hall Solarium (room FA2) 84 Queen’s Park  Topic: The Strange Antipodean Afterlife of John Hart Ely’s Democracy and Distrust  This paper tells the strange, and little known, story of how John Hart Ely’s process-perfecting theory of constitutional interpretation (of the United States Constitution) became a blueprint for the design of the…

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Asper Centre and Aboriginal Law Program Presentation: Dr. Sarah Marie Wiebe

November 14, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Indigenous Mobilization and Environmental Justice in Canada In Aamjiwnaang First Nation (near Sarnia, Ontario) the female to male birthrate is 2:1. Community members experience abnormal incidences of miscarriage, asthma, cancer, cardiovascular and respiratory illnesses. This workshop will explore if law has thus far failed this community and what Canadian and Indigenous governments are doing now to protect the land. Monday, November 14, 2016 12:30pm – 2:00pm Jackman Law Building J125 University of Toronto Faculty of Law 78 Queens Park, Toronto…

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October 2016

Asper Centre / IHRP 2017 Summer Fellowship Information Session

October 24, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Information about how to apply for an Asper Centre summer fellowship to work in an organization within Canada that focuses on constitutional / human rights advocacy.   (October 2016)

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September 2016

Asper Centre Information Session

September 15, 2016 @ 12:30 pm

Learn how to apply for an Asper Centre summer fellowship to work in an organization within Canada that focuses on constitutional / human rights advocacy.     (2016)

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Asper Centre at Law Clubs week

September 13, 2016

Visit the Asper Centre's information booth to learn more about our work.     (2016)

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August 2016

Call for Asper Centre students 2016/2017

August 26, 2016

The deadline for applications for the is August 26, 2016. Call for Asper Centre students 2016-2017

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Working Group Call for Proposals

August 15, 2016

2016-2017 WORKING GROUPS University of Toronto, Faculty of Law students wishing to propose a 2016/2017 Working Group must email a proposal to Cheryl Milne, cheryl.milne@utoronto.ca by 5 p.m. on August 15, 2016. Applications should include the following: a) The name/title of the Working Group b) The issue the group will be working on, and why the issue is important c) Name(s) of the student leader(s) and brief background information d) Name and description of partnership organization, and letter of support…

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July 2016

Clinical Legal Education Conference

July 10, 2016 @ 8:00 am - July 13, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

THE RISKS AND REWARDS OF CLINICAL LEGAL EDUCATION PROGRAMMES The Asper Centre is collaborating with the Association for Canadian Clinical Education and the International Journal of Clinical Legal Education in the organization and hosting of the 2016 Clinical Legal Education Conference at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law. Dates: July 10- 13, 2016 Registration open here on the Eventbrite page. Early Bird Registration closes on April 30 (regular price applies after that date). Read the Conference Brochure

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April 2016

Work for the Asper Centre

April 18, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

PROGRAM COORDINATOR POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Program Coordinator will support the educational mission of the David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights by organizing educational events such as conferences, roundtables and symposia; coordinating publications which promote the Centre and provide educational content to students, academics, the practising bar and the general public; and supporting the work of volunteer students in working groups focused on particular issues in constitutional law in Canada. QUALIFICATIONS: (Minimum) Education: Bachelor’s Degree or an acceptable equivalent combination of…

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March 2016

Clinic Information Session

March 30, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

This information session for University of Toronto, Faculty of Law students, provides information on how to enroll in the for credit clinical programs at the Faculty including the Asper Centre Constitutional Rights Advocacy Clinic. Representatives from Downtown Legal Services, the International Human Rights Program and the various externship programs will be on hand to answer your questions. This is a bring-your-own-lunch event. Room location is yet to be confirmed.   (2016)

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Constitutional Roundtable – Richard Albert

March 15, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Richard Albert Associate Professor of Law and Dean’s Research Scholar at Boston College 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, 2016 Solarium, Falconer Hall The Conventions of Constitutional Amendment in Canada Commentators have suggested that the unsuccessful national referendum to ratify the 1992 Charlottetown Accord has created an expectation of popular participation requiring national referendal consultation in major reforms to the Constitution of Canada. In this Article, I inquire whether federal political actors are bound by a constitutional convention of…

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February 2016

Constitutional Roundtable – Susan Williams

February 29, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Constitutional Roundtable presents Susan Williams Walter W. Foskett Professor of Law and Director, Center for Constitutional Democracy Maurer School of Law Indiana University 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 24, 2016 Solarium, Falconer Hall Topic Legal Pluralism, Gender Equality and Parity of Participation: Constitutional Issues Concerning Customary Law in Liberia Susan Williams is the author of Truth, Autonomy, and Speech: Feminist Theory and the First Amendment (NYU Press 2004). Her current book project, Constituting Equality: Comparative Constitutional Law and Gender…

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The State of Canada’s Constitutional Democracy

February 26, 2016 @ 8:00 am - February 27, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

  SYMPOSIUM February 26 - 27, 2016 Faculty of Law, University of Toronto (Room: Solarium, FA2) The David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights, University of Toronto and the Centre for Constitutional Studies, University of Alberta, are co-organizing this symposium examining the state of Canada’s constitutional democracy. Dramatic changes have taken place in recent years at the national level in respect to the day to day functioning of our constitutional democracy. These changes impinge on the separation of powers, the rule…

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Constitutional Roundtable – Raj Anand

February 3, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Constitutional Roundtable presents Raj Anand Constitutional Litigator in Residence with the Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 03, 2016 Victoria College, Room 206 Topic: Subsection 15(2) of the Charter and its Disconnection with Substantive Equality Raj Anand is a partner and an arbitrator and mediator with WeirFoulds LLP. His practice includes the areas of administrative, human rights, constitutional and employment law, civil litigation, professional negligence and regulation. In his third term as an elected Bencher…

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December 2015

Deadline: Call for Papers – December 14, 2015

December 14, 2015

The State of Canada’s Constitutional Democracy Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, St. George Campus – February 27, 2016 The David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights invites papers for its upcoming conference examining the state of Canada’s constitutional democracy. Dramatic changes have taken place in recent years at the national level in respect to the day to day functioning of our constitutional democracy. These changes impinge on the separation of powers, the rule of law and the supremacy of the…

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October 2015

Constitutional Roundtable – Zaid Al-Ali

October 30, 2015 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Constitutional Roundtable presents Zaid Al-Ali, Law and Public Affairs Fellow at Princeton University 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. Friday, October 30, 2015 Solarium, Falconer Hall   The Absence of Social Solidarity Amongst Arab Elites: Causes and Consequences of the Failure of post-2011 Constitutional Reform Post-colonial constitutions in the Arab region were all based on the promise that they would correct the inequities of colonial rule with a new form of social justice. Virtually all included references to political accountability, independence of…

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Constitutional Roundtable – Cristina Rodriguez

October 14, 2015 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Constitutional Roundtable presents Cristina Rodriguez, Leighton Homer Surbeck Professor of Law at 
Yale Law School 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 14, 2015 Location: Victoria College, Room VC 115 The Power to Enforce the Law: Presidential Power and American Immigration Policy In November 2014, President Obama announced his intention to dramatically reshape immigration law through administrative channels. Together with relief policies announced in 2012, his initiatives would shield over half the population of unauthorized immigrants from removal and enable them…

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Book Launch – False Security by Prof Kent Roach and Craig Forcese

October 8, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

All are welcome to attend the book launch for False Security: The Radicalization of Canadian Anti-Terrorism , the latest book by Professor Kent Roach from the University of Toronto - Faculty of Law and co-author Professor Craig Forcese, from the University of Ottawa - Faculty of Law. The book launch will be followed by a panel discussion with other esteemed panelists. Panelists include: Ron Atkey P.C., Q.C., first Chair of the Security Intelligence Review Committee Joe Fogarty, former UK government…

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September 2015

Constitutional Roundtable – Tarunabh Khaitan

September 29, 2015 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Constitutional Roundtable presents Tarunabh Khaitan Associate Professor and the Hackney Fellow in Law at Wadham College University of Oxford 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 29, 2015 Solarium, Falconer Hall Topic: A Theory of Discrimination Law Tarun Khaitan is an Associate Professor and the Hackney Fellow in Law at Wadham College. He is also an Associate Director of the Oxford Human Rights Hub. He completed his undergraduate studies (BA LLB Hons) at the National Law School (Bangalore) between 1999-2004. He…

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Constitutional Roundtable – Richard Moon

September 16, 2015 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Constitutional Roundtable presents Richard Moon Law Faculty University of Windsor 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 16, 2015 Solarium, Falconer Hall Topic: The Myth of Balancing In Constitutional Rights Cases Richard Moon teaches at the Law Faculty, University of Windsor. He is the author of The Constitutional Protection of Freedom of Expression (U of T Press, 2000) and Freedom of Conscience and Religion (Irwin Law, 2014), editor of Law and Religious Pluralism in Canada (UBC Press, 2008), co-editor of Religion…

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July 2015

Clinic Applications Deadline 2015

July 10, 2015

CLINICAL LEGAL EDUCATION: DAVID ASPER CENTRE FOR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS (LAW391H1F) FALL 2015 CLINICAL LEGAL EDUCATION: HALF TERM CLINIC - WINTER 2016 University of Toronto, Faculty of Law students wishing to apply for these courses must email a 1-2 page statement of interest to Cheryl Milne, cheryl.milne@utoronto.ca by noon on July 10, 2015. Please indicate the following: (a) previous upper-year courses in constitutional law or human rights law or experience that you consider to be equivalent (note pre/co-requisite for half-term clinic);…

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February 2015

Life, Liberty and Equality – Canadian-Style: The Interplay Between Sections 7 and 15 of the Charter

February 27, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

This half-day conference examined in detail the interplay between sections 7 and 15 of the Charter. Papers were presented that stimulated and developed an ongoing exploration of the relationship between sections 7 and 15. Issues addressed include: • Is equality a principle of fundamental justice under section 7? • How have the courts treated the two separate grounds for challenging government action? • Are their strategic advantages to pleading both grounds or only one? • Protecting marginalized groups. • How…

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Constitutional Roundtable- Richard Stacey

February 5, 2015 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

  Constitutional Roundtable presents Richard Stacey, Faculty of Law University of Toronto 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. Thursday, February 5, 2015 Room 101, Victoria College Constitutional Law in the Absence of Constitution: Power in the Revolutionary Interregnum In early February 2011, the Egyptian armed forces assumed executive control of Egypt and suspended the 1971 Constitution. A group of academics was mandated to propose amendments to the Constitution which, once approved by referendum on 19 March, became Egypt’s ‘interim’ Constitution. A process…

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January 2015

Autonomy, Subsidiarity and Solidarity: The Foundations of Cooperative Federalism

January 13, 2015 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

CONSTITUTIONAL ROUNDTABLE presents Hugo Cyr, Université du Québec à Montréal Tuesday, January 13, 2015 Solarium (room FA2), Falconer Hall 84 Queen’s Park What does the constitutional principle of federalism entail? Instead of a detailed set of specific rules, the principle of federalism relies on a series of principles that distinguish federations from other political forms. I propose that three such principles stand out from within our constitutional instruments and jurisprudence: autonomy, subsidiarity and federal solidarity. The combination of these three…

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November 2014

Wishful Thinking: The Supreme Court of Canada Looks at Canadian Democracy in the Charter Era

November 18, 2014 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Mary Eberts Constitutional Litigator-in-Residence David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights University of Toronto Moderator: Yasmin Dawood University of Toronto Faculty of Law NOTE DATE CHANGE: Tuesday, November 18th 2014 12:30 - 2:00 Solarium (room FA2), Falconer Hall 84 Queen's Park MARY EBERTS received her legal education at Western and the Harvard Law School, and is a member of the Bar of Ontario. She joined a Bay St. law firm after several years of teaching at the Faculty of Law, University…

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October 2014

R v Kokopenace: The Panel

October 15, 2014 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

The Aboriginal Law Program Speaker Series and the Constitutional Roundtable present: “R v Kokopenace: The Panel” Heard before the Supreme Court on October 6, 2014, R v Kokopenace is a case concerning the representativeness of jury panels in Ontario, particularly with respect to First Nations people living on-reserve and the role of s. 6(8) of the Juries Act. Issues in this case involve the constitutional right to an impartial jury, the meaning of representativeness, reasonable efforts required by the Crown…

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Deadline: Call for Papers October 15, 2014

October 15, 2014

The Interplay between Sections 7 and 15 of the Charter Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, St. George Campus – February 27, 2015 The David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights invites papers for its upcoming conference examining in detail the interplay between sections 7 and 15 of the Charter. The Centre invites papers that stimulate and develop an ongoing exploration of the relationship between sections 7 and 15. Issues that can be addressed include: • Is equality a principle of…

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The Case Against 8 – Special Screening

October 14, 2014 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Battles Are Won Because They Are Fought! The Case Against 8 is a behind-the-scenes look inside the historic case to overturn California's ban on same-sex marriage. The high-profile trial first makes headlines with the unlikely pairing of Ted Olson and David Boies, political foes who last faced off as opposing attorneys in Bush v Gore. The film also follows the plaintiffs, two gay couples who find their families at the centre of the same-sex marriage controversy. Five years in the…

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September 2014

Foreign Relations Law

September 12, 2014 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Campbell McLachlan, Q.C. Victoria University of Wellington Foreign Relations Law Reviewer/Discussant: Stephen Toope Friday, September 12, 2014 12:30 – 2:00 Solarium (room FA2), Falconer Hall 84 Queen’s Park What legal principles govern the external exercise of the public power of states within common law legal systems? Foreign Relations Law tackles three fundamental issues: the distribution of the foreign relations power between the or¬gans of government; the impact of the foreign relations power on individual rights; and the treatment of the…

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July 2014

Clinic Applications Deadline

July 7, 2014

CLINICAL LEGAL EDUCATION: DAVID ASPER CENTRE FOR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS (LAW391H1F) FALL 2013 CLINICAL LEGAL EDUCATION: HALF TERM CLINIC - WINTER 2014 University of Toronto, Faculty of Law students wishing to apply for these courses must email a 1-2 page statement of interest to Cheryl Milne, cheryl.milne@utoronto.ca by July 7, 2014. Please indicate the following: (a) previous upper-year courses in constitutional law or human rights law or experience that you consider to be equivalent (note pre/co-requisite for half-term clinic); (b) indicators…

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March 2014

Privacy at Risk?

March 12, 2014 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights and Centre for Innovation Law and Policy, Faculty of Law present Privacy at Risk? The NSA and CSEC, its Canadian Surveillance Partner Wednesday, March 12, 2014 4:00 – 5:30 Emmanuel College, 75 Queen’s Park Crescent Room EM 001 Revelations by former NSA analyst Edward Snowden have drawn much needed attention to the involvement of governments, including the government of Canada, in internet spying. Recent focus has been place on the role that the Communications…

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February 2014

Deepening Democratic Transformation in South Africa Through Participatory Constitutional Remedies

February 28, 2014 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

CONSTITUTIONAL ROUNDTABLE presents Sandra Liebenberg H.F. Oppenheimer Chair in Human Rights Law University of Stellenbosch Law Faculty Deepening democratic transformation in South Africa through participatory constitutional remedies Prepared for Conference, Constitutional Remedies: Are they Effective and Meaningful? David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights, University of Toronto There is an intimate association between the exercise of court’s remedial powers to address violations of constitutional rights and the particular animating purposes and ideals of the particular Constitution understood in its unique social…

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Constitutional Remedies: Are They Effective and Meaningful?

February 28, 2014 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED LINK TO LIVE WEBCAST Keynote Address For more information contact Kara Norrington at kara.norrington@utoronto.ca The David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights is hosting a conference examining in detail the remedies available in constitutional litigation. Papers and panel discussions will stimulate and develop an ongoing dialogue on the effectiveness of remedies. The goal is to examine the available remedies pursuant to s.24 and s.52 of the Charter as well as remedies for the violation of Aboriginal and treaty…

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January 2014

Religious Diversity, Education, and the “Crisis” in State Neutrality

January 29, 2014 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

CONSTITUTIONAL ROUNDTABLE presents  Benjamin Berger Osgoode Hall Law School Religious Diversity, Education, and the “Crisis” in State Neutrality Education – and particularly public education – has become a crucible for the relationship between state and religious diversity, a principal site for contemporary debates about the meaning of secularism and the management of religious difference. This is so across a variety of national traditions, and despite wide differences in the historical and “emotional inheritances” surrounding the configuration of law, politics, and…

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“Generous” to a Fault? The Supreme Court of Canada’s Approach to Section 6(1) of the Charter

January 15, 2014 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

CONSTITUTIONAL ROUNDTABLE SERIES presents John Norris Constitutional Litigator in Residence David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights "Generous" to a Fault?  The Supreme Court of Canada's Approach to Section 6(1) of the Charter John Norris maintains a trial and appellate practice in criminal, constitutional and national security law. He is a Special Advocate for security certificate proceedings, and acts regularly for public interest groups on appeals before the Supreme Court of Canada. John is an adjunct member of the Faculty of…

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November 2013

Ethical Basis for Excluding Unauthorized Immigrants from the Affordable Care Act

November 21, 2013 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Health Law, Ethics & Policy Workshop Series David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights & International Human Rights Program present SPEAKER:  Norman Daniels, Harvard School of Public Health Ethical Basis for Excluding Unauthorized Immigrants from the Affordable Care Act COMMENTATOR:  Audrey Macklin, University of Toronto Faculty of Law The Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) is intended to close the insurance gap in the US but the single largest group it excludes from coverage is the group of unauthorized (“undocumented” or “illegal”) immigrants,…

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Asper Centre’s Fifth Anniversary Symposium

November 8, 2013 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Event date: Friday, November 08, 2013, from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM Location: Victoria Chapel, Victoria College, University of Toronto The Asper Centre will celebrate 5 years of accomplishments with 2 panel discussions that explore the significance of the cases in which the Centre has intervened, followed by a reception. PROGRAM 1:00 - 1:15 p.m. Why We Do the Things We Do Executive Director, Cheryl Milne will discuss how and why the Centre has chosen the cases it has. 1:15-…

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The Indigenous as Alien

November 1, 2013 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Constitutional Roundtable Harney Program in Ethnic, Immigration and Pluralism Studies & Canada Research Chair in Citizenship and Multiculturalism  present Leti Volpp UC Berkeley School of Law The Indigenous as Alien Immigration law, as it is taught, studied, and researched in the United States, imagines away the fact of preexisting indigenous populations.  To show how this takes place, this Essay examines the way immigration law narrates space, time, and membership.  But despite this disappearance from the field, Indians have figured in…

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September 2013

Deadline: Call for Papers – September 30, 2013

September 30, 2013

Constitutional Remedies: Are They Effective and Meaningful? Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, St. George Campus – February 28, 2014 The David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights invites papers for its upcoming conference examining in detail the remedies available in constitutional litigation. The Centre invites papers that stimulate and develop an ongoing dialogue on the effectiveness of remedies. The goal is to thoroughly examine the available remedies pursuant to s.24 and s.52 of the Charter as well as remedies for…

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July 2013

Deadline: Working Group Proposals

July 31, 2013

UofT law students who wish to submit proposals to lead voluntary Working Groups for the 2013-2014 year, must complete the proposals and submit them by 5:00 p.m. on July 31, 2013.  

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Clinic Application Deadline

July 3, 2013

CLINICAL LEGAL EDUCATION: DAVID ASPER CENTRE FOR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS (LAW391H1F) FALL 2013 CLINICAL LEGAL EDUCATION: HALF TERM CLINIC - WINTER 2014 University of Toronto, Faculty of Law students wishing to apply for these courses must email a 1-2 page statement of interest to Cheryl Milne, cheryl.milne@utoronto.ca by July 3, 2013. Please indicate the following:   (a) previous upper-year courses in constitutional law or human rights law or experience that you consider to be equivalent (note pre/co-requisite for half-term clinic); (b)…

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March 2013

Exit, Voice, and Disloyalty

March 14, 2013 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Constitutional Roundtable Professor Heather Gerkin Yale Law School Abstract: Much of constitutional theory is preoccupied with a single question: what does a democracy owe its minorities? And most of the answers to this question fit naturally into the two categories Hirschman made famous: voice and exit. On both the rights side and structural side of constitutional theory, scholars worry about providing minorities with an adequate level of influence. And the solutions they propose almost inevitably offer minorities a chance at…

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Respecting Democratic Constitutional Change

March 4, 2013 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Craig Scott Member of Parliament for Toronto-Danforth This lecture will discuss the structure and philosophy of the Supreme Court of Canada's approach to the dynamics of constitutional change, including the stages necessary to move from the democratic expression of a desire for change to lawful amendment of the Constitution. Scott will discuss his legislative proposal, An Act Respecting Democratic Constitutional Change recently tabled as a bill in the House of Commons. Craig Scott is MP for Toronto-Danforth (NDP), having been…

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February 2013

2013 Morris A Gross Memorial Lecture

February 27, 2013 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

The Honourable Lynn Smith The Quest for a Charter Equality Test: Has the Longest Way Round Been the Shortest Way Home? Watch the webcast here. Event date: Wednesday, February 27, 2013, from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM Location: Rowell Room, Flavelle House, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto Lynn Smith, B.A. (University of Calgary), LL.B. (University of British Columbia), LL.D. (Hon.) (Simon Fraser University) was appointed to the Supreme Court of British Columbia in 1998. She served as a Justice…

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Social and Economic Rights – A South African Perspective

February 14, 2013 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Zak Yacoob Former Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa Event date: Thursday, February 14, 2013, from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM Location: Room B, Flavelle House, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto Judge Yacoob has been a judge of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. He is married to Anu. The couple have two children. He has been blind for almost all his life. Judge Yacoob became a judge of the Constitutional Court of South Africa in February…

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January 2013

R v Morgentaler: Reflections After 25 Years

January 29, 2013 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Panel Discussion On January 28, 1988, 25 years ago, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down Canada’s abortion law using the still new Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The legal battle was long, dramatic and groundbreaking – including a police raid on a clinic, novel constitutional evidence and arguments, an extraordinary criminal jury trial, and an acquittal overturned by the Court of Appeal, followed by a week-long hearing and divided decision at the Supreme Court level. Today, the case…

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Common Good, Public Reason and Constitutional Law

January 24, 2013 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Wojciech Sadurski, University of Sydney The most feasible conception of the common good is one that refers to the legitimate motives for proposing and enacting collective authoritative decisions, which can be applied to, and complied with by, those who do not necessarily agree with the substantive merits of those decisions. Concretization of such a conception is found in the idea of public reason, elaborated upon with some sophistication by political liberals, most influentially by John Rawls. When properly modified in…

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Judging Social Rights

January 10, 2013 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

CONSTITUTIONAL ROUNDTABLE and the International Human Rights Program present Jeff King, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University College, London Thursday, January 10, 2013 12:30 – 2:00 Room FLC, Flavelle House, Faculty of Law 78 Queen’s Park Jeff King is a distinguished visitor this year at the Faculty of Law, teaching an intensive course on social rights. His discussion will focus on some of the central themes of his book, Judging Social Rights (Cambridge Studies in Constitutional Law). His book offers…

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November 2012

“Riffing on the Federalist”

November 28, 2012 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Sanford Levinson W. St. John Garwood and W. St. John Garwood, Jr. Centennial Chair Professor of Government, School of Law University of Texas at Austin Event date: Wednesday, November 28, 2012, from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM Location: Rowell Room, Flavelle House, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto Abstract: The Federalist is, without a doubt, the best-known, most widely-read and –analyzed extended work of American political thought. (The adjective is important in order to dispose of any claims made in…

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Social Science Evidence in Charter Litigation

November 9, 2012 @ 8:30 am - November 12, 2012 @ 5:00 pm

Developments in Thirty Years of Fact Finding What have we learned? What could we do better? Event date: Friday, November 09, 2012, from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Location: Flavelle House, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto Opening Plenary Panel: The Challenges for Judges Justice Robert Sharpe (Ontario Court of Appeal); Justice Susan Himel (Ontario Superior Court of Justice - Bedford v Canada); Justice Lynn Smith (Supreme Court of British Columbia - Carter v Canada) Workshop topics include: a theory…

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October 2012

Of Irregular Votes and Robocalls: Resolving Disputed Elections in Canada and New Zealand

October 24, 2012 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Andrew Geddis, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Otago Abstract: This paper begins with the broader question of how a constitutional order based upon a liberal-democratic commitment to letting the people choose their lawmakers ought to respond to allegations of flaws in its election process. After all, any large-scale human undertaking is bound to fall short of perfect implementation, so why do such claims matter so much? And if such claims do matter so much, what are the various issues…

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The Disallegiant Heart: Constitutional Citizenship and the History of Marital Denaturalization

October 15, 2012 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Helen Irving, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Sydney Abstract: In this paper, I invite a reconceptualization of constitutional (as distinct from political) citizenship, by examining the legal practice, virtually universal between the mid-nineteenth and mid-twentieth centuries, of the denaturalization of citizen women who married alien men. This practice, which emerged as a by-product of the post-revolutionary constitutional state and the ‘new Westphalian’ international order, reveals two core paradigms: allegiance and protection. Our modern idea of citizenship, I argue, is…

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September 2012

Counsel and expert witness reflect on Carter v Canada

September 25, 2012 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Prof. Wayne Sumner (Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, University of Toronto, expert witness on ethics in the Carter case) and Joseph Arvay, Q.C. (counsel for the plaintiffs in Carter and leading constitutional litigator) will reflect on the landmark British Columbia Supreme Court decision, Carter v Canada 2012 BCSC 886. Joseph J. Arvay, QC holds law degrees from the University of Western Ontario Law School and Harvard Law School. He is called to the Bars of both British Columbia and the Yukon.…

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The Rule of Law as a Constitutional Essential

September 19, 2012 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Dr. Pavlos Eleftheriadis (University Lecturer & Fellow in Law, University of Oxford) Abstract: The United Kingdom constitution endorses both parliamentary sovereignty and the rule of law as constitutional principles of the highest rank. The relations between the two have been a source of great puzzles, legal and philosophical. In this paper Professor Eleftheriadis attempts to clarify some aspects of their relationship. He will argue that the rule of law is the more fundamental principle. This is because of its particular…

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August 2012

Working Group Call for Proposals

August 2, 2012

The Asper Centre working groups aim to provide U of T students with an opportunity to conduct legal research and assist in advocacy on Canadian constitutional rights issues (often in partnership with an external organization). The Asper Centre requires all potential working groups (including existing working groups) to submit a written proposal for consideration by the Asper Centre Working Groups Selection Committee (“the Committee”). The Committee will select the most competitive proposals to form the Asper Centre Working Groups for…

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January 2012

The Omnibus Crime Bill: Bill C-10

January 23, 2012 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

On September 20th, 2011, federal justice minister Rob Nicholson tabled Bill C-10, the Safe Streets and Communities Act. Forty five sitting days later, on December 5th, the bill passed in the House of Commons. The bill includes several reforms in our criminal justice system, including new mandatory minimum sentences and the elimination of conditional sentences for a range of offences, and a stricter approach to the youth criminal justice system. The reforms received severe criticism from civil liberties groups and…

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U of T Law Faculty Members Comment on the Polygamy Reference

January 17, 2012 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

The British Columbia Supreme Court released its decision in the Ref. Re. S.293 of the Criminal Code of Canada (Polygamy Reference) on November 23rd. With a length of over 280 pages, the case provides the most comprehensive judical record on the subject of polygamy ever produced. Legal arguments were presented by the Attorney General of British Columbia, the Attorney General of Canada and an Amicus Curiae appointed for the reference, along with 13 interested persons, including the David Asper Centre.…

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November 2011

Lawyers and the Media – In the Public Interest

November 23, 2011 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

The media often shows intense interest in the court cases that shape social policy in Canada. Constitutional and human rights related cases such as the recent Insite decision (Canada (Attorney General) v PHS Community Services Society), the Polygamy Reference Case, Bedford v Canada (prostitution challenge), as well as a number of national security cases have been reported on, debated and championed by journalists and commentators in all forms of media across Canada. What is the role that lawyers play in…

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Catholic Schools and Gay Students Associations

November 9, 2011 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

CONSTITUTIONAL ROUNDTABLE Co-sponsored by Out in Law Speakers: R. Douglas Elliott, Noa Mendelsohn Aviv, Robert Keel Monday, November 28, 2011 12:30 – 2:00 Bennett Lecture Hall, Flavelle House 78 Queen’s Park Recently, gay students within Ontario's Catholic school system have encountered problems that raise legal and constitutional concerns. When students at a high school in the Dufferin-Peel school board district in Mississauga tried to start a gay-straight alliance (GSA) in their high school, their principal prohibited it. At the nearby…

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Free Brown Bag Lunch Discussion

November 4, 2011 @ 12:20 pm - 1:50 pm

Reference re. Assisted Human Reproduction Act Implications of the Supreme Court’s Decision The Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in the Reference re. the Assisted Human Reproduction Act this past spring, striking down some sections and leaving others intact on constitutional grounds. What does this mean for future practice and regulation in this area? What are the regulatory implications for other areas of law that have federal and provincial impacts? What does this mean for reproductive and privacy rights…

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Reference Re Assisted Human Reproduction Act

November 4, 2011 - November 5, 2011

Implications of the Supreme Court’s Decision November 4-5, 2011 Bennett Lecture Hall Faculty of Law University of Toronto 78 Queen’s Park Cres, Toronto, ON The Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in the Reference re. the Assisted Human Reproduction Act this past spring, striking down some sections and leaving others intact on constitutional grounds. What does this mean for future practice and regulation in this area? What are the regulatory implications for other areas of law that have federal…

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October 2011

Call for Papers Deadline

October 25, 2011

Call for Conference Papers Charter Litigation and the Use of Social Science Evidence: After thirty years what have we learned? What could we do better? University of Toronto, St. George Campus – March 23& 24, 2012 The David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights invites papers for its upcoming conference. This multi-disciplinary event will create opportunities for dialogue between social scientists, academics, students, and litigators on the use of social science evidence in Charter litigation. The Centre invites papers that stimulate…

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September 2011

The Canadian Judicial Appointment Process

September 15, 2011 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Constitutional Roundtable presents The Canadian Judicial Appointment Process: Where Are We? Where Are We Going? Peter H. Russell, University Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto Jacob Ziegel, University of Toronto Faculty of Law 12:30 – 2:00 Thursday, September 15, 2011 Classroom A – Flavelle House 78 Queen’s Park Peter H. Russell has published widely in the fields of constitutional, aboriginal and judicial politics. Recent focus has been on minority government and constitutional conventions relating to parliamentary democracy. Recent publications include, Recognizing…

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Volunteer Information Session

September 12, 2011 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Event date: Monday, September 12, 2011, from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM Location: Bennett Lecture Hall All U of T law students wishing to participate in this year's working groups must come to this information session. The possible working groups include the following: Response to Proposed Crime Bills: Students will be researching the legal issues arising from the proposed crime legislation being put forward by the federal government. Of concern are provisions relating to mandatory minimum sentences as well as…

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August 2011

Working Group Call for Proposals

August 5, 2011

The Asper Centre working groups aim to provide U of T students with an opportunity to conduct legal research and assist in advocacy on Canadian constitutional rights issues (often in partnership with an external organization). The Asper Centre requires all potential working groups (including existing working groups) to submit a written proposal for consideration by the Asper Centre Working Groups Selection Committee (“the Committee”). The Committee will select the most competitive proposals to form the Asper Centre Working Groups for…

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June 2011

G20: Lessons Learned, Messages Lost

June 23, 2011 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Event date: Thursday, June 23, 2011, at 6:30 PM Location: Bennett Lecture Hall, Flavelle House, Faculty of Law CLICK HERE FOR THE LIVE WEBCAST

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Clinic Application Deadline

June 20, 2011

CLINICAL LEGAL EDUCATION: DAVID ASPER CENTRE FOR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS (LAW391H1F) University of Toronto, Faculty of Law students wishing to apply for this course must email a 1-2 page statement of interest to Cheryl Milne, cheryl.milne@utoronto.ca by June 20, 2011. Please indicate the following: (a) previous upper-year courses in constitutional law or human rights law or experience that you consider to be equivalent; (b) indicators of academic, analytical and research and writing ability, which may include grades in related classes; (c)…

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April 2011

Clinical Legal Education Information Session

April 5, 2011 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Event date: Tuesday, April 05, 2011, from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM Location: Room FLB, Flavelle House Meet the Program Directors and find out how to apply for the Asper Clinic as well as the International Human Rights Program clinic and Downtown Legal Services for the next academic year. A light lunch will be provided.

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Morris A. Gross Memorial Lecture

April 1, 2011 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Marlys Edwardh   Friday, April 1, 2011 4:30 p.m. (Reception to follow) Bennett Lecture Hall Faculty of Law, University of Toronto Reflecting on a distinguished career in law involving some of the most significant court cases in the country, Marlys Edwardh will address the challenges of funding important test case litigation. Her lecture caps off the afternoon’s symposium organized by the David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights – Funding the Charter Challenge – and will challenge us to be creative…

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Symposium: Funding the Charter Challenge

April 1, 2011 @ 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Event date: Friday, April 01, 2011, from 1:00 PM to 5:30 PM Location: Bennet Lecture Hall, Flavelle House, Faculty of Law, Universtity of Toronto Legal experts in practice and the academy provide information and commentary on the availability of funding for some of the most significant litigation in the country. How can you obtain advanced costs? Are class actions feasible in Charter claims? What are the reasonable and ethical limits of pro bono? Does the legal aid system adequately fund…

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February 2011

Constitutional Roundtable

February 3, 2011 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Is Coalition Government in Britain here to stay? Professor Robert Hazell University College London   Thursday, February 3, 2011 4:00-5:30 p.m. Bennett Lecture Hall, Flavelle House, Faculty of Law   Prof Robert Hazell is Director of the Constitution Unit at University College London, the UK’s leading research centre on constitutional reform. He was originally a barrister and then a senior civil servant, and still works closely with Whitehall. In 2009 he produced a report on minority Parliaments and the challenges…

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January 2011

Freedom of expression and the G20 — from the summit to today

January 17, 2011 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

A screening of selections from Adam Letalik's documentary Toronto G20 Exposed followed by a panel discussion on Charter rights, particularly focused on the impact on freedom of expression. The panel will feature criminal lawyer John Norris on G20-related bail conditions, Prof. David Schneiderman on Charter issues pertaining to the summit weekend including the Public Works Protection Act, and Adam Letalik on his film and G20 experience. For more information, please contact asper.projectg20@gmail.com Panel Discussion with: Adam Letalik is a documentary…

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November 2010

Becoming Supreme: How Federalism Fosters Judicial Power

November 29, 2010 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Barry Friedman New York University Law School One of the longstanding, beguiling questions among scholars in several disciplines is how judicial power gains traction. Why do those setting up governments create an independent judiciary, why or how does judicial review get a foothold, and most important, what is the fount of judiciall supremacy? Theories abound, each problematic in some way. By looking at the answer to this question in the context of the Supreme Court of the United States, we…

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Reference re. Constitutionality of s.293 of the Criminal Code of Canada

November 22, 2010 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

The hearing in the Court reference on the constitutionality of the polygamy prohibition in the Criminal Code of Canada commences in the British Columbia Supreme Court.   Event date: Monday, November 22, 2010, at 2:28 PM Location: British Columbia Supreme Court, Vancouver, British Columbia  

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Symposium on U.N. Security Council Resolution 1267

November 19, 2010 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

The Asper Centre with the International Human Rights Program and Canadian Civil Liberties Association present Symposium on the Impact of Targeted Anti-terrorist Sanctions on Charter and International Human Rights Program: 9:00 a.m. Welcome: Renu Mandhane, International Human Rights Program Key Note Speaker: Judge Kimberly Prost, UN Ombudsperson for Al Qaeda and Taliban Sanctions 9:45 – 11:00 Litigation Strategies Speakers: Paul Champ – Counsel for Abdelrazik Ben Wizner – Counsel for American Civil Liberties Union     Jeremy McBride - Barrister, Chair…

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Workshop: The Interrogation Trilogy

November 10, 2010 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

In three cases released on October 8, 2010, the Supreme Court added the third story in what the Court described as the "interrogation trilogy" (R. v. Oickle, R. v. Singh and R. v. Sinclair). Oickle spoke to the types of techniques that officers can legally use to persuade someone to confess, including the use of an "infallible" lie detector test. Singh permitted repeated questioning after the accused asserted his right to silence. Now, Sinclair and the other 2 decisions released…

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Symposium: The Role of Interveners in Public Interest Litigation

November 6, 2010 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Friday, November 6th, 2010 Sign in and Registration: 8:30 a.m. Public interest litigation can have a significant impact on public policy in Canada. Although Charter and other public interest litigation is most often commenced by individual claimants who are challenging laws that affect them individually, the test case litigant is often supported or opposed by powerful interveners such as governments and advocacy organizations representing groups in society seeking to be heard on the significant human rights issues of the day.…

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October 2010

The Decriminalization of Prostitution in Ontario: Perspectives on Bedford v. Canada

October 25, 2010 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

In the recent landmark case Bedford v. Canada, Justice Himmel of the Ontario Superior Court held that three provisions of the Criminal Code that criminalize facets of prostitution—living on the avails of prostitution, keeping a common bawdy house and communicating in a public place for the purpose of engaging in prostitution—infringe the core values protected by section 7 of the Charter, and that this infringement is not saved by section 1 as a reasonable limit demonstrably justified in a free…

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Proportionality

October 21, 2010 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Speaker: Aharon Barak, President of the Supreme Court of Israel (Emeritus) This essay focuses on proportionality stricto sensu as a consequential test of balancing. The basic balancing rule establishes a general criterion for deciding between the marginal benefit to the public good and the marginal limit to human rights. Based on the Israeli constitutional jurisprudence, this essay supports the adoption of a principled balancing approach that translates the basic balancing rule into a series of principled balancing tests, taking into…

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Acts of Attrition

October 12, 2010 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Mary Eberts, S.J.D. Candidate, University of Toronto Faculty of Law October 12, 2010

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G20 Workshop

October 6, 2010 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Project G20 Inaugural Panel: Protecting Rights in the Aftermath of the G20 Summit in Toronto Project G20, a student-led working group of the David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights, invites the legal community and the public at large to attend its inaugural panel entitled “Protecting Rights in the Aftermath of the G20 Summit in Toronto.” On June 26-27, 2010 Toronto hosted the summit for the Group of 20 (“G20”) nations. Anticipating the large scale protests that would precede and coincide…

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Is none still too many?

October 5, 2010 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Faculty of Law, University of Toronto Constitutional Roundtable presents James Hathaway, University of Michigan Law School Audrey Macklin, University of Toronto Faculty of Law Lorne Waldman, Lorne Waldman and Associates Is None Still Too Many? Asylum Seekers on Boats, Then and Now, Here and There 12:30 – 2:00 Tuesday, October 5, 2010 Classroom C – Flavelle House – 78 Queen’s Park James C. Hathaway, the William Hearn Professor and Dean of the Melbourne Law School, is a leading authority on…

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September 2010

Who Belongs? Rights, Benefits, Obligations and Immigration Status

September 24, 2010 - September 25, 2010

The David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights is co-sponsor, with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, of a two day conference at the Faculty of Law on September 24th and 25th, 2010. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is undertaking a research project on the status of immigrant in Canadian society. Immigration status – whether it be citizenship, permanent resident status, visitor status, temporary workers status, “no status” – plays an important role in how rights, benefits and obligations are allocated. Rules…

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June 2010

Clinical Course Deadline 2010

June 14, 2010

Monday, June 14, 2010, at 4:00 PM Deadline for upper year students to submit their application for the fall 2010 term of the Asper Centre Clinical Legal Education Course.

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March 2010

Criminalization of Polygamy: Constitutional or Not?

March 23, 2010 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us for a panel discussion on the upcoming reference at the British Columbia Supreme Court regarding the constitutionality of s. 293 of the Criminal Code which prohibits polygamy in Canada. This case has attracted wide interest, and will involve various interveners, including the Asper Centre together with the Canadian Coalition for Children and Youth, and other religious, women's and children's, and civil liberties organizations. Cheryl Milne, Director of the Asper Centre, will moderate a panel including faculty members Lorraine…

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Constitutional Roundtable – Marci Hamilton

March 17, 2010 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Marci Hamilton - Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law The Rules Against Scandal and What They Mean For the First Amendment’s Religion Clauses NOTE: Room change to FLA in Flavelle House. MARCI A. HAMILTON is one of the United States’ leading church/state scholars and holds the Paul R. Verkuil Chair in Public Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University. She is the author of JUSTICE DENIED: WHAT AMERICA MUST DO TO PROTECT ITS CHILDREN (Cambridge University…

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Clinic Information Session

March 15, 2010 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Information session on clinical opportunities Please join all the clinics for a joint information session about for-credit clinical opportunities in second and third year. Presenters will include: Asper Centre, DLS, Health Law and Equity Clinic, and the IHRP. Each clinic will review the type of cases/projects pursued, admission requirements and application details. For more information, contact Kara Norrington at kara.norrington@utoronto.ca   Event date: Monday, March 15, 2010, from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM Location: FLA, Flavelle House

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Canadian Federalism and Treaty Powers: Organic Constitutionalism at Work

March 2, 2010 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Hugo Cyr - Université du Québec à Montréal ABSTRACT: With the increased mobility and interdependence brought on by globalisation, governments can no longer deal effectively with what were traditionally regarded as «domestic issues» unless they cooperate among themselves. International law may once have been a sort of inter-state law concerned mostly with relations between states, but it now looks increasingly inside state borders and has become, to a large degree, a trans-governmental law. While this creates significant challenges even for…

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February 2010

Overdue Update or Big Brother? Lawful Access and Cyber Surveillance

February 25, 2010 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

As rapidly advancing communication technology transforms so many aspects of human interaction it is crucial for public safety that investigative powers remain relevant to the rapidly evolving methods of crime. However, these methods must not too broadly infringe on the rights and liberties of Canadian Citizens. In 2009, two bills, C- 46 and C-47, were introduced with the intent of updating the state’s authority to access electronic communications data. These bills have been controversial, provoking very different responses from the…

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The Khadr Decision: A Just Result?

February 11, 2010 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

The Supreme Court of Canada released its unanimous decision in Prime Minister of Canada et al. v. Omar Khadr on Friday, January 29, 2010. It declared that the Canadian government is violating Omar Khadr's right to life, liberty and security under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The court denounced the use of torture in the form of sleep deprivation by U.S. authorities against Mr. Khadr when he was 15 years old in order to soften him up for interrogations…

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Intellectual Influences on Australian Federalism

February 9, 2010 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Nicholas Aroney - TC Beirne School of Law, U. of Queensland This paper utilizes the Australian experience of federation, 1890–1901, as a vehicle for the discussion of the leading conceptions of federalism extant in the late nineteenth-century English-speaking world. In particular, the paper examines the federal theories of James Madison, James Bryce, Edward Freeman, Albert Dicey and John Burgess in the context of many others, and seeks to show that the idea of a ‘Commonwealth of commonwealths’, although controverted by contending theories,…

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January 2010

Albie Sachs: The Strange Alchemy of Life and Law

January 15, 2010 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Albie Sachs: The Strange Alchemy of Life and Law (Oxford University Press, 2009) Friday, January 15, 2010 3:00 – 4:00 (to be followed by a reception) Faculty of Law, Flavelle House, Room FLB   Should a judge be an instrument of pure, detached reason, or a person imbued with human empathy? Albie Sachs, appointed by Nelson Mandela to South Africa’s first Constitutional Court, which has heard landmark cases dealing with terrorism and torture, social and economic rights, the truth commission,…

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November 2009

Workshop: The Charter Rights of Canadian Citizens Abroad

November 24, 2009 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

What duties does the Canadian government owe to Canadian citizens when they are outside of the country? Is there such a thing as a legal duty to protect citizens from harm, or seek their repatriation when they have suffered harm? What are the rules, post Hape and Khadr, governing the extraterritorial application of the Charter, as well as the impact of international law on those rules? What are the implications of anti-terrorist measures that involve information sharing with governments that…

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Prime Minister of Canada et al. v. Omar Khadr

November 13, 2009 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Students and Faculty are welcome to come and watch the live webcast of the argument at the Supreme Court of Canada in Prime Minister of Canada, et al. v. Omar Khadr. The Asper Centre and the International Human Rights Program (IHRP) have been granted standing in the case as interveners with Human Rights Watch. Professor Audrey Macklin will be our co-counsel with John Norris and Brydie Bethel. Professor Sujit Choudhry is acting as counsel for the British Columbia Civil Liberties…

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Workshop: Human Rights at the UK Supreme Court

November 5, 2009 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights and the International Human Rights Program Present Michael Fordham, QC Human Rights at the UK Supreme Court   A light lunch will be served. Michael Fordham QC is a leading public law and human rights barrister in London (www.blackstonechambers.com). His awards have included Human Rights Lawyer of the Year 2005, the Bar Pro Bono Award 2006, and Human Rights and Public Law QC of the Year 2008. Mike has appeared in more than 30…

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September 2009

Workshop on Exclusion of Evidence Cases

September 30, 2009 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Grant, Harrison, Shepherd & Suberu: The Supreme Court Decisions of the Summer of 2009 Watch the Webcast On July 17, 2009, the Supreme Court of Canada handed down its long awaited decisions in R. v. Grant, R. v. Harrison, R. v. Shepherd and R. v. Suberu clarifying the law in respect of the exclusion of evidence under s.24(2) of the Charter. Their decisions have been described as an appropriate balancing between liberty interests and the administration of justice, a clear…

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June 2009

Student Working Groups Information Session

June 22, 2009 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

U. of T. law students are invited to attend an information session on the various working groups of the Asper Centre. Volunteers are needed to participate in the following groups over the course of the school year: • Emerging Constitutional Issues • The Charter and Canadian Citizens Abroad • The Internet Surveillance Working Group • Legal Aid Boycott (Pizza lunch will be provided.) Event date: Tuesday, September 22, 2009, from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM Location: Bennett Lecture Hall

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Clinical Course Deadline

June 15, 2009

Monday, June 15, 2009, at 4:00 PM Deadline for upper year students to submit their application for the fall 2009 term of the Asper Centre Clinical Legal Education Course.

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April 2009

Parliamentary Democracy Book Launch

April 21, 2009 @ 4:30 am - 6:00 pm

PARLIAMENTARY DEMOCRACY IN CRISIS: The Dilemmas, Choices and Future of Parliamentary Government in Canada Edited by Lorne Sossin and Peter Russell, published by University of Toronto Press Faculty of Law, Flavelle House, Rowell Room Our distinguished panelists discussed the future of Canada’s democracy: lessons learned and where to we go from here. This is the third in our series on the topic and celebrated the book that came out of our December 5th event on the Governor General’s decision to…

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December 2008

Leading legal scholars weigh in on current constitutional quandary

December 5, 2008

A special panel discussion with leading constitutional scholars to discuss the Governor General's decision to prorogue Parliament. Read presentations on the Faculty Blog.

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September 2008

Litigating the Charter: Strategies for a Successful Charter Claim in the 21st Century

September 5, 2008

The inaugural event of the David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights was a colloquium where leading constitutional scholars and litigators discussed current challenges and possibilities in constitutional theory and practice.  

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