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Court Challenges Program’s Human Rights Expert Panel Seeks Members

(via the Department of Canadian Heritage) The Department of Canadian Heritage is seeking individuals interested in serving on the Court Challenges Program’s Human Rights Expert Panel. The seven-member expert panel is responsible for making decisions on funding test cases of national significance and for working with the Official Languages Rights Expert Panel to determine how … Read More

Remembering Joseph Arvay

The David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights joins the constitutional law community in mourning the death of Joseph Arvay, O.C., O.B.C., Q.C. Joe Arvay offered his time to the Centre as our first constitutional litigator in residence. Indeed he was the inspiration for the continuing role that has been incorporated into our teaching and advocacy. … Read More

LEAF and the Asper Centre welcome the Ontario Court of Appeal’s Decision in R. v. Sharma

  A majority of the Ontario Court of Appeal has struck down Criminal Code provisions which made conditional sentences unavailable for certain offences. The ruling comes in response to Cheyenne Sharma’s constitutional challenge to these provisions, and explicitly acknowledges and draws on the arguments and information provided by LEAF and the Asper Centre in their … Read More

Introducing our 2020 Summer Research Assistants

The Asper Centre welcomes four new research assistants for the summer of 2020. Despite these unusual times, everyone is busy with exciting projects, including two interventions at the Supreme Court of Canada. Amy Jun Chen Amy received her Bachelors of Arts and Science from McMaster University, where she developed her interests in constitutional law, public … Read More

Asper Centre ED joins forces with child rights advocates to call for the safety of Canadian children deprived of their liberty during COVID-19

On May 6th 2020, a group of child rights organizations, lawyers and advocates from across Canada, including Asper Centre ED Cheryl Milne, joined forces to advocate for the rights of children in detention during the Covid-19 pandemic. The group addressed their concerns in an open letter to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of … Read More