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Panel Discussion with TWU Interveners’ Counsel

By Erika Voaklander and Solomon McKenzie At the end of 2017 the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) heard arguments in the two Trinity Western University (TWU) appeals. The results of the appeals may have wide and deep impacts on the legal profession and on Canada more broadly. On January 18, 2018, the Asper Centre, Out … Read More

Beverley McLachlin: Reflecting on 18 Years and Beyond

By Catherine Ma CBC’s Sunday Edition recently interviewed former Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin prior to her retirement. Chief Justice McLachlin reflected on her own career, as well as the legal system at large. Chief Justice McLachlin emphasized the need for “conscious objectivity” in the legal system: “The job of a judge is not to simply … Read More

Ktunaxa Nation: A Lost Opportunity

By Patrick Enright   Indigenous Religion and the Court: A Lost Opportunity to Revise Religious Freedom Under the Charter Earlier this month, the Supreme Court of Canada delivered its much awaited freedom of religion decision in the case of Ktunaxa Nation Council v British Columbia. Put simply, we could have waited longer. The decision marks … 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

Supreme Court’s Ruling in Recent Extradition Case Disappoints: Comment

by Patrick Enright This past week the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in the landmark extradition case of India v Badesha.  The case – which the Asper Centre intervened in earlier this year – involved the possible extradition of an infamous couple to India to face charges of conspiracy to commit murder.  The … Read More