Skip to content

Commentary

Reflections at the Asper Centre’s Ten Year Anniversary Event

  by Josh Foster On October 17th, the University of Toronto Faculty of Law opened its doors in celebration of the David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights’ 10th Anniversary. To borrow from the submissions of Joseph Arvay in Carter v Canada (Attorney General), the Asper Centre’s 10th Anniversary was a “momentous occasion”.   Founded through the generous donation of UofT Law alumnus David Asper (LLM ’07), the Asper Centre has marshalled students, … Read More

Implementing UNDRIP: Opportunities and Challenges

By Catherine Ma On October 22, 2018, the Faculty of Law’s Office of Indigenous Initiatives hosted Professor Brenda Gunn to discuss the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (“UNDRIP”). Her presentation primarily focused upon the opportunities and challenges related to implementing UNDRIP in Canada. UNDRIP enshrines the individual and collective rights of … Read More

Above the Law? Understanding the Notwithstanding Clause

By Catherine Ma On September 20, 2018 the David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights convened a panel with U of T Law Professors Yasmin Dawood and Lorraine Weinrib, and Goldblatt Partners’ Steven Barrett to discuss the constitutional challenge to the Better Local Government Act. The proposed legislation would have reduced the size of Toronto’s city … Read More

Asper Centre Students in Focus: Brittany Cohen

Brittany Cohen, a rising second-year J.D. candidate, is another student research assistant working at the Asper Centre this summer. Building on one of its student working group projects this past academic year, the Asper Centre is developing a series of police oversight legal information guides for the general public (one for each province, the territories and … Read More

External audit of immigration detention review shows pattern of serious Charter violations

By Cheryl Milne On July 20, 2018, the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada released an external audit performed by independent auditor, Katherine Laird, on Canada’s immigration detention review system. She examined randomly selected cases where immigration detention exceeded 100 days. The report documents serious concerns about procedural fairness leading to lengthy incarceration. A review … Read More