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Bill C-59: The Good, the Bad, and Where We’re At

By Patrick Enright When Bill C – 51, the Federal Government’s revised Anti-Terrorism Act, was pushed through Parliament following the attacks on Parliament Hill in 2015, the reaction from the public and civil liberties societies was swift. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association challenged key provisions of the Act under the Charter, and Professors Roach and … Read More

Litigating the Public Interest within the Context of Private Rights

By Ryan Howes The Asper Centre’s Public Interest Litigation Conference offered numerous panels on topics ranging from specific case examples to broader litigation strategies for parties and interveners including non-litigation forms of advocacy and funding for the cause. One discrete panel focused on the broad topic of how public interest litigation intersects with private rights. … Read More

Selected Themes from the Asper Centre’s Public Interest Litigation Conference

by Amanda Nash On March 2nd, the David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights hosted a conference on Public Interest Litigation. I was able to attend several of the panels, and what follows is an overview of prominent themes that threaded through the assorted talks on recent achievements, challenges, and best practices in public interest litigation. … Read More

A Focus on Jury Reform

by Cheryl Milne Jury selection has been in the public eye since the beginning of, and the ultimate acquittal of Gerald Stanley in, the trial of the shooting death of Colten Boushie, a resident of the Cree Red Pheasant First Nation of Saskatchewan. The Stanley trial highlighted concerns about the selection of individual jurors. The … Read More

Asper Centre Clinic Student Reflects on Drafting the Bird Intervention Factum

by Becky Lockert This past fall, the Supreme Court of Canada granted the Asper Centre leave to intervene in R v Bird, a case that ties questions of access to justice and constitutionalism to the doctrine of collateral attack. The question at the heart of the case is, from the Asper Centre’s perspective, whether a … Read More