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Asper Centre Students convene Workshop for LAWS’ Global Citizenship Conference

By Crystal Li and Juela Xhaferraj On February 9, 2018, the University of Toronto Faculty of Law was host to hundreds of high school students who were attending the annual Global Citizenship Conference organized by Law in Action Within Schools (LAWS).  Members of the Asper Centre’s Immigration and Refugee Law student working group were pleased to … Read More

Constitutional Roundtable with Akis Psykgas

by Ryan Howes On January 31, 2018, the Asper Centre Constitutional Roundtable Series hosted Athanasios (Akis) Psygkas, Lecturer in Law at University of Bristol and Visiting Scholar at the University of Toronto. His presentation was titled: “The hydraulics of constitutional claims: Four models of democratic constitutionalism and same-sex marriage.” Professor Brenda Cossman, Director of the … Read More

Asper Centre at the Supreme Court of Canada Twice Next Month

  The Asper Centre will be at the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) as an intervener in two separate cases next month: Gillian Frank v Attorney General of Canada and Spencer Dean Bird v Her Majesty the Queen. First up on March 16, 2018 is our intervention in Bird, an important case about prisoners’ rights in Canada.  In this … Read More

A Quick Comparison: The Recent Solitary Confinement Rulings by BCCA and ONCA

By Ryan Howes The British Columbia Court of Appeal (BCCA) and the Ontario Court of Appeal (ONCA) have both recently ruled that the current correctional practice of administrative segregation (or solitary confinement) is unconstitutional. Both ruled the impugned provisions of the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (CCRA) are invalid pursuant s. 52 (1) of the … Read More

Asper Centre Students in Focus – Natasha Anzik

by Ryan Howes Natasha Anzik worked as a summer research student at the Asper Centre last year for her 1L summer. Natasha was interested in working in constitutional law because she recognizes that it is the “driver of social change.” “I am very happy that I decided to work with the Asper Centre,” said Natasha, … Read More