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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

Asper Centre Executive Director Cheryl Milne awarded 2019 Law Society Medal

The Asper Centre’s Executive Director Cheryl Milne is among the 2019 recipients of the Law Society of Ontario Medal, which recognizes and lauds “exceptional career achievements and contributions to their communities.” Cheryl Milne’s citation says she “has had a profound and unique influence on the Canadian legal landscape as a child rights advocate. She is … 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

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