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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

Former Asper Centre Constitutional Litigator-in-Residence John Norris Appointed to Federal Court

  John Norris, the Asper Centre’s former Constitutional Litigator-in-Residence in 2006 and Asper Centre Advisory Group member, who served as counsel for the Asper Centre in a number of our interventions, has been appointed a justice to the Federal Court of Canada. A sole practitioner based in Toronto, he fills a new position created under An Act … Read More

Unpacking the Issues in the Upcoming TWU Appeals at the Supreme Court of Canada

by Tal Schreier 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 … Read More

Q&A with our Next Constitutional-Litigator-in-Residence

Why did you decide to become the next Constitutional Litigator-in-Residence at the Asper Centre? What are some of your hopes and expectations from the position? The Asper Centre has a reputation for excellence in teaching, research, and litigation, so I was thrilled to be selected the next Constitutional Litigator-in-Residence. I have always been committed to … Read More

Breese Davies, selected Constitutional-Litigator-in-Residence for Fall 2017

The Faculty of Law’s David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights is pleased to announce that lawyer Breese Davies will be the Asper Centre’s Constitutional-Litigator-in-Residence for the fall 2017. Davies, a Toronto-based criminal defence lawyer, will be teaching constitutional advocacy in the Asper Centre clinic during the fall term. Drawing upon her extensive experience from her … Read More