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Examining the Constitutional Concerns of Urbanization and Megacities

By Julia Nowicki “Urban agglomeration is amongst the most burning policy challenges of the twenty-first century”, says Ran Hirschl, professor of political science and law and fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. “The continued silence of constitutional thought and constitutional scholarship on the issue of cities, urbanization, is just striking.” On Thursday, November 12th, … Read More

Overcoming Challenges to Implementing UNDRIP in Canada

By Julia Nowicki Implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in Canadian law will not be without challenges, and will require both hard-work and great care, said Kerry Wilkins at the Asper Centre’s first Constitutional Roundtable for the 2020/2021 academic year. Held virtually on Wednesday, October 28th, 2020, Wilkins, who … Read More

Supreme Court of Canada Affirms Asper Centre’s Position on Charter Damages 

The Supreme Court of Canada heard this appeal in Treaty One Territory (Winnipeg, Manitoba). This was the Court’s first time sitting outside of Ottawa.  by Amy Chen On June 12, 2020, the Supreme Court of Canada released its judgment on Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique v. British Columbia. The primary issue was whether the … Read More

Reflections on the Asper Centre Intervention in Ontario v. G

By Jeffrey Wang As a clinic student this term, I had the opportunity to hear the Asper Centre’s oral arguments in its intervention at the Supreme Court of Canada in the appeal of Ontario v. G, which took place on February 20, 2020. The appeal concerned the constitutionality of the Ontario and federal sex offender … Read More

Courts Without Cases: The Law and Politics of Advisory Opinions

By Kylie de Chastelain The Asper Centre recently hosted Professor Carissima Mathen, author of Courts Without Cases: The Law and Politics of Advisory Opinions (2019), for a dynamic Constitutional Roundtable about her new book, with Professor Lorraine Weinrib as discussant. Professor Mathen’s book, described by Professor Weinrib as a “milestone” in Canadian Constitutional writing, explores … Read More