Asper Centre News and Blog

  • Constitutional Litigator-in-Residence for 2021
    The Asper Centre is pleased to announce that Jonathan Rudin has been selected as its new Constitutional-Litigator-in-Residence and will be co-teaching the Asper Centre’s clinical course in the Fall of 2021. Mr. Rudin’s extensive ...
  • In Their Memory The Calls to Action Must Be Fulfilled
      71) We call upon all chief coroners and provincial vital statistics agencies that have not provided to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada their records on the deaths of Aboriginal children in the care of residential school ...
  • Introducing our Summer 2021 Research Assistants!
      The Asper Centre is excited to welcome eight new research assistants for Summer 2021, three of whom who are working directly through the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work. This year’s research assistants will be taking on many new ...
  • 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 ...
  • SCC’s Reference re GGPPA Decision: an important milestone, but still a long road to travel
    by Cameron Somerville On March 25th, 2021, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) upheld as constitutional the federal Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (GGPPA), which sets a benchmark for pricing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across the country. In ...
  • How should judges consider anti-Black racism in sentencing? Asper Centre intervenes in R v Morris
    by Teodora Pasca On February 11, 2021, the Court of Appeal for Ontario heard oral arguments in R v Morris, the long-anticipated appeal that is expected to determine how systemic anti-Black racism should factor into sentencing determinations. The ...
  • An Introduction to the Duty to Consult
    by Annie Chan Arising from the Honour of the Crown, the duty to consult is a central tool in the protection of Aboriginal rights and the promotion of Crown-Indigenous reconciliation in Canada. As summarized by Professor Kerry Wilkins, adjunct ...
  • 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 ...
  • Asper Centre Intervention Influences SCC on Suspended Declarations
    by Jeffrey Wang The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) recently released the decision of ON (Attorney General) v G. This case challenged the constitutionality of Christopher’s Law, an Ontario law that allowed some offenders who were convicted of sexual ...
  • 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 ...
  • Image of Supreme Court of Canada at duskFraser v. Canada: What’s the Point of S. 15?
    by Jeffrey Wang On October 16th, 2020, the Supreme Court of Canada released the landmark decision of Fraser v Canada, clarifying how adverse effect discrimination fits into the s. 15 framework. Adverse effect discrimination can be defined as when a ...
  • 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 ...
  • R v Chouhan: The Constitutionality of Abolishing Peremptory Challenges
    by Annie Chan The Asper Centre recently intervened in R v Chouhan, a case before the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) whose outcome has fundamental implications on the process of jury selection in criminal trials. Background For 150 years, two types of ...
  • Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador dismisses Constitutional Challenge to Travel Restriction
    by Ainslie Pierrynowski Does a provincial government have the authority to restrict interprovincial travel? Can limitations on mobility rights be justified in the name of public health? These timely issues were at the heart of Taylor v Newfoundland ...
  • Profile picture of Nader HasanMeet Nader Hasan, the Asper Centre’s New Constitutional Litigator-in-Residence
    By Amy Chen Nader Hasan, a partner at Stockwoods LLP and one of Canada’s leading appellate lawyers, will be co-teaching the Asper Centre’s clinic course this fall as the constitutional litigator-in-residence. He graciously sat down with me to ...
  • COVID-19 Contact Tracing and Uncharted Constitutional Waters
    by Amy Chen On July 29, 2020, Lisa Austin, Andrea Slane, Vincent Chiao, and David Lie joined Director Cheryl Milne of the Asper Centre to discuss their collaborative research paper: Test, Trace, and Isolate: COVID-19 and the Canadian Constitution. ...
  • 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 ...
  • Young Climate Activists Attempt to Hold Province Accountable for Inadequate Emissions Target
    By Amy Chen In late 2019, Ecojustice and Stockwoods LLP initiated a constitutional challenge (“the Application”) against Ontario’s greenhouse gas reduction target on behalf of seven young climate activists (the “Applicants”). Ontario responded with ...
  • Supreme Court Upholds Federal Powers to Combat Genetic Discrimination
      Unresolved Fault Lines Appear on the Normative Scope of Criminal Law Powers By Nicholas Buhite On July 10th, 2020, the Supreme Court of Canada released its judgment in Reference re Genetic Non-Discrimination Act (2020 SCC 17), a reference ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Ontario Court of Appeal Rules G20 Protester’s Rights Violated by Police
      Ten years after Toronto hosted the G20 summit, a civil suit launched against the Toronto police has finally been resolved by the Ontario Court of Appeal. The decision—Stewart v. Toronto (Police Services Board)—represents a strong affirmation ...
  • Profile picture of Nader HasanConstitutional Litigator-in-Residence for 2020
    Nader Hasan has been selected as the Asper Centre Constitutional-Litigator-in-Residence for Fall 2020. Nader’s wealth of constitutional litigation experience in areas ranging from search and seizure law to digital privacy law to protecting civil ...
  • Image of Supreme Court of Canada at duskWhat Does Vavilov Mean for Constitutional Issues in Administrative Law?
    by Cheryl Milne It seems like a lifetime ago that I last attended an in-person legal conference. It was only March 9th, and while the specter of COVID-19 was present (there were hand sanitizer dispensers at the elevator banks and we all used them), ...
  • Asper Centre OUTLOOK & Message
      Dear Asper Centre Friends, We hope that you, your loved ones and colleagues are keeping safe and well during these challenging times. Shortly before the faculty of law closed due to COVID-19 earlier this month, the Asper Centre published its ...
  • Supremer Court of Canada buildingCarbon Tax Constitutional Challenge: ABCA Sides with Province
    by Adam LaRiviere On February 24th, 2020, the Alberta Court of Appeal (‘ABCA’) released its decision regarding the constitutional challenge of the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act, SC 2018, c 12 (‘Act’). The case was decided 4-1 in favour of the ...
  • Asper Centre Outlook Newsletter March 2020
    PDF version: Asper Centre Outlook March 2020  ...
  • 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 ...
  • Careers in Constitutional Law
    by Kylie de Chastelain Many students are fascinated by the constitutional issues they engage with in the classroom and the Asper Centre regularly receives questions about how to work towards a career in Constitutional law. To help address these ...
  • Substantive Equality in Sentencing: Morris and Sharma
      by Mashoka Maimona On January 22, 2020, the Asper Centre hosted three lawyers involved in two cases before the Ontario Court of Appeal (ONCA) in which the Asper Centre intervened — R v Morris and R v Sharma — which consider how historical and ...
  • 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 ...
  • Asper Centre students mark Student Law Clinic Global Day of Action
    Back row (left to right): Mackenzie Cumberland; Clara Pencer; Leah Kelley; and Florian Nagy. Front row (left to right): Madeleine Carswell; Keely Kinley; and Yara Willox. Members not pictured: Madeleine Andrew-Gee; Adam LaRiviere; Leora Chapman; ...
  • Asper Centre students call on the Ontario and federal governments to act on air pollution
    via UofT Faculty of Law News: https://www.law.utoronto.ca//news/students-call-ontario-and-federal-governments-act-air-pollution Monday, November 18, 2019   Today, November 18th, is the Student Law Clinic Global Day of Action for Climate ...
  • News Release: Asper Centre and Justice for Children and Youth organize youth consultations for legal challenge to Canada’s voting age
    Toronto, November 14, 2019 — In partnership with several child rights organizations, Justice for Children and Youth (JFCY) and the David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights (Asper Centre) have secured case development funding from the Court ...
  • “Hey, hey! Ho, ho! Safe Third has got to go! Hey, hey! Ho, ho! Safe Third has got to go!”
    by Karen Chen, Shelby Rooney and Anju Xing Dozens gathered in front of the Federal Court in Toronto this Monday, Nov. 4 to chant along in support of a legal challenge against the United States’ designation as a “safe country” under the Safe Third ...
  • First Nations Child Welfare: the Challenges of Overcoming Colonization and Removal
    by Kylie de Chastelain On October 28, 2019, the Indigenous Initiatives Office at the Faculty of Law hosted lawyers Maggie Wente and Sinead Charbonneau from Olthius Kleer Townshend LLP for a presentation entitled: First Nations Child Welfare Practice ...
  • Recapping Brandon Garrett’s Constitutional Roundtable on Wealth, Equal Protection, and Due Process
    by Kylie de Chastelain On Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 the Asper Centre hosted Professor Brandon Garrett for a Constitutional Roundtable titled “Wealth, Equal Protection and Due Process.” Professor Garrett presented work from a recent paper ...
  • A historical first for the SCC
    The Asper Centre is intervening in the upcoming Supreme Court of Canada case of Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie Britannique v British Columbia (Éducation) relating to whether British Columbia failed to adequately fund and support French ...
  • Freedom of expression in an election context: A purposive approach
    by Keely Kinley On September 19, 2019, the Ontario Court of Appeal dismissed the City of Toronto’s legal challenge against the Province of Ontario for making unilateral changes to the size and structure of Toronto’s city council midway through last ...
  • Substantive equality in sentencing: Interventions in R v Morris and R v Sharma
    By Teodora Pasca This fall, the Asper Centre is intervening in two cases before the Ontario Court of Appeal (ONCA) whose outcomes could significantly impact the province’s approach to sentencing marginalized people. In R v Morris, the ONCA will ...
  • The Constitutionality of the Proposed Federal Conversion Therapy Ban  
    by Jeffrey Wang On June 21, 2019, the Federal government announced its intentions to criminalize conversion therapy in a letter to provincial premiers. While this is undoubtedly a positive step for LGBT+ rights, the constitutionality of this ban has ...
  • The Constitutional validity of separate school funding
    by Jeffrey Wang On April 20th, 2017, Justice Layh of the Saskatchewan Queen’s Bench released the decision of Good Spirit School Division No. 204 v. Christ the Teacher Roman Catholic Separate School Division No. 212, ruling that public funding for ...
  • Challenging Quebec’s Secularism Bill despite its use of s.33
    by Jeffrey Wang On June 16th, 2019, Quebec passed An Act respecting the laicity of the State (Bill 21). This bill was controversial for banning the wearing of religious symbols, such as hijabs, niqabs, turbans and kippahs, for some public employees, ...
  • Report from our 2019 Summer Fellow at LEAF
    by Paniz Khosroshahy This summer I have been working at Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) as an Asper Centre Summer Fellow. LEAF works to advance women’s substantive equality rights through litigation, law reform, and public education, ...
  • Image of Supreme Court of Canada at duskR v Barton and the Role of Interveners in Criminal Litigation
    By Keely Kinley The Supreme Court released its highly anticipated decision in R v Barton on May 24, 2019. In 2011, Cindy Gladue was found deceased in the bathtub of Bradley Barton’s hotel room with a fatal 11-cm gash in her vaginal wall. Barton ...
  • Asper Centre granted intervener status in 2 upcoming Ontario Court of Appeal cases and seeks standing in a third one
    City of Toronto v. Attorney General of Ontario et al On September 10, 2018, Ontario Superior Court Judge Edward Belobaba in City of Toronto et al v. Ontario (Attorney General), 2018 ONSC 5151 declared that the province of Ontario had “substantially ...
  • Immigration Detention Symposium: CARL Toolkit and Case law Compendium
    by Delia Luca and Jacob Webster The final panel of the Asper Centre Immigration Detention Symposium held on March 15, 2019 focused on the Immigration Detention Toolkit (Toolkit) recently launched by the Canadian Association of Refugee Laywers (CARL) ...
  • Immigration Detention Symposium: Habeas Corpus Panel Highlights
      by Mashoka Maimona and Renuka Koilpillai The “Habeas Corpus Best Practices” panel was one of the highlights of the Asper Centre’s Immigration Detention Symposium, held on March 15, 2019. The panellists were immigration and refugee lawyers ...
  • Immigration Detention Symposium: Responding to the IRB’s External Audit
      by Olivia Martin and Adrian Ling The first session of the Asper Center’s Immigration Detention Symposium, held on March 15, 2019 at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, featured a panel discussing the 2018 Immigration and Refugee Board’s ...
  • Legal Aid Cuts: Devastating and Short-sighted
      by Cheryl Milne Devastating and short-sighted. These are the words that immediately come to mind in response to last week’s announcement that the Legal Aid Ontario budget would be cut by approximately 30% starting with the immediate end ...
  • Asper Centre students call for Canada to suspend STCA on Refugee Rights Day
    via @UTLaw: https://www.law.utoronto.ca/news/students-call-on-canada Thursday, April 4, 2019 By Karen Chen and Mackenzie Claggett Canada presents itself to the world as a place where “those fleeing persecution, terror and war” are welcome. It is a ...
  • Choose Your Battleground: Recapping the Beaver v Hill Panel Discussion
      by Hannah Goddard-Rebstein and Arjun Gandhi On Thursday, March 21st, the Asper Centre held a panel on Indigenous rights and family law, using the case of Beaver v Hill as a focal point for the discussion. The panel was convened by the Asper ...
  • Trial by military: Spotlight on R v Beaudry
    by Teodora Pasca Years ago, Corporal R. P. Beaudry was charged with sexual assault causing bodily harm, an offence under s 272 of the Criminal Code carrying a maximum penalty of 14 years’ imprisonment. Beaudry, a member of the Canadian Armed Forces, ...
  • February 2019 Outlook Newsletter
    https://issuu.com/facultyoflawnexusmagazine/docs/2019_asper_centre_outlook_final   CLICK HERE for a PDF version of this Newsletter....
  • Recapping YY Chen’s Constitutional Roundtable on Citizenship and the Charter
    by Michelle Huang and Jeffrey Wang On Thursday, February 28, the Asper Centre hosted Professor Y. Y. Brandon Chen for a Constitutional Roundtable titled “Toward a Substantive Understanding of Citizenship in the Canadian Charter of Rights and ...
  • 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 ...
  • What they don’t know will hurt them: no consent, gender identity or social media in the Ontario sex ed curriculum
    By Leslie Anne St. Amour In my opinion, to call the court’s decision dismissing the case against the Ontario government in respect to the repeal and replacement of the sex ed curriculum disappointing would be an understatement. I would consider ...
  • Asper Centre awarded Law Foundation of Ontario grant to develop online police oversight guides
    The Asper Centre is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a Law Foundation of Ontario responsive grant to develop online guides to the police oversight procedures in Ontario. This forms part of our ongoing work developing national online ...
  • Image of Supreme Court of Canada at duskR v Bird: Do Not “Breach First, Challenge Later”
    by Sahil Kesar Spencer Bird (“Bird”), a long-term offender, was charged with breaching the conditions of a community supervision order prescribed by the Parole Board. At the criminal proceeding, he sought to use the defence that the order which ...
  • Democrats v USSC: The Constitutionality of Court-packing
    By: Jasmit De Saffel The Asper Centre’s first Constitutional Roundtable of the year transported the room two years ahead into a hypothetical future where the Democrats have won the U.S. 2020 election. In a world where the Democrats control Congress ...
  • Frank v Canada: Contrasting the Section 1 Analyses
    By: Sahil Kesar and Jasmit De Saffel On January 11, 2019 the Supreme Court issued its decision on the constitutional challenge to provisions of the Canada Elections Act detailing residence requirements for voting in federal elections. The provisions ...
  • Reflecting on the Sex-Ed Charter Challenge
    By: Leslie Anne St. Amour Now that the Constitutional challenge to the Ford government’s repeal of the 2015 sex-ed curriculum has been heard by the court, I am reflecting on why I wanted to work on this project as an Asper Centre Clinic student last ...
  • Supreme Court Moves Voting Rights into Globalization Era in Frank Decision
    by Jasmit de Saffel In its first decision of the year, the Supreme Court of Canada sided with Canadian ex-pats in a case about their voting rights. Chief Justice Wagner held that “citizenship, not residence, defines our political community and ...
  • Supremer Court of Canada buildingDunsmuir Revisited: Questioning the Standard of Review
    by Catherine Ma Earlier this month, the Supreme Court of Canada heard the appeals in Minister of Citizenship and Immigration v Alexander Vavilov, Bell Canada et al v Attorney General of Canada, and National Football League et al v Attorney General ...
  • Asper Centre Files Submissions on Administrative Segregation
    by Jasmit de Saffel On November 19, 2018, the Asper Centre filed submissions to the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security in regards to the use of administrative segregation in Canadian correctional facilities and the proposed ...
  • Asper Centre ED Cheryl Milne to take part in panel at upcoming Regulating Creation Conference
    On Friday November 23, 2018, the Asper Centre’s Executive Director Cheryl Milne will take part in a panel about reconciling children’s rights and donors’ rights as part of a HEALTH LAW, POLICY AND ETHICS IN CANADA interdisciplinary ...
  • Unbiased Policing and the Legalization of Cannabis
    by Jasmit de Saffel On October 18th, 2018 two Toronto Police Service (TPS) Sergeants came to the University of Toronto law school to present about the comprehensive training police officers go through to reduce their implicit biases on the job. The ...
  • Reflections at the Asper Centre’s Ten Year Anniversary Event
      by Josh Foster On October 17th, the University of Toronto Faculty of Law opened its doors in celebration of the David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights’ 10th Anniversary. To borrow from the submissions of Joseph Arvay in Carter v Canada ...
  • Implementing UNDRIP: Opportunities and Challenges
    By Catherine Ma On October 22, 2018, the Faculty of Law’s Office of Indigenous Initiatives hosted Professor Brenda Gunn to discuss the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (“UNDRIP”). Her presentation primarily focused upon ...
  • Celebrating 10 years with a special constitutional law panel, and a $2.5 million gift from namesake, David Asper
    Constitutional panel includes the former SCC Justice Thomas Cromwell moderating, with Joseph Arvay and Mary Eberts as panelists. By Lucianna Ciccocioppo / Photography by Dhoui Chang You can accomplish a lot in 10 years, with strategic vision and ...
  • 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 ...
  • Asper Centre Students in Focus: Brittany Cohen
    Brittany Cohen, a rising second-year J.D. candidate, is another student research assistant working at the Asper Centre this summer. Building on one of its student working group projects this past academic year, the Asper Centre is developing a ...
  • External audit of immigration detention review shows pattern of serious Charter violations
    By Cheryl Milne On July 20, 2018, the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada released an external audit performed by independent auditor, Katherine Laird, on Canada’s immigration detention review system. She examined randomly selected cases where ...
  • Tax rule capping charities’ political activity infringes on free expression: ONSC
    By Sara Tatelman Courts often breeze by the first step of the Oakes analysis, I remember my first year constitutional law professor telling the class. That is, when determining whether a law infringing on Charter rights is justified, judges tend to ...
  • Asper Centre Students in Focus: Jason Lamb
      Meet Jason Lamb, a rising second-year J.D. candidate and one of the Asper Centre’s student research assistants this summer. Lamb’s main project is to help publish a special edition of the Supreme Court Law Review based on ...
  • Beyond freedoms: the administrative underbelly of the Trinity Western decision
    By Sara Tatelman The Supreme Court of Canada may have divided 7-2 on whether law societies must accredit Trinity Western University’s proposed law school, but the split was much narrower when it came to the nitty-gritty of administrative law. While ...
  • Meeting Susan Ursel, the Asper Centre’s next Constitutional Litigator-in-Residence
    By Sara Tatelman When you walk into the waiting room at labour law firm Ursel Phillips Fellows Hopkinson LLP, you’re greeted by large black-and-white photographs of Canadians at work and, in silver sans-serif type mounted on the back wall, an ...
  • Procedural delays prevent constitutional answers in B.C. Medicare case
    By Sara Tatelman It is a truth universally acknowledged that a first-year law student in possession of a jam-packed schedule must be in want of an excuse to skip Legal Process class. But as we see in Cambie Surgeries Corporation v. British Columbia ...
  • Susan Ursel chosen as Constitutional Litigator-in-Residence for fall 2018
    The Faculty of Law’s David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights is pleased to announce that lawyer Susan Ursel will be the Asper Centre’s Constitutional Litigator-in-Residence for the fall 2018. Ursel, a Toronto-based employment and human rights ...
  • Selected responses to R v Comeau
    By Sara Tatelman Beer remains imprisoned by provincial borders. In 2012, Gerard Comeau of Tracadie, N.B. was fined nearly $300 for bringing 15 cases of beer and three bottles of spirits from Quebec to New Brunswick. His battle against the law behind ...
  • Asper Centre Student Working Groups Making an Impact
    by Tal Schreier University of Toronto law students can become involved in the Asper Centre’s work through volunteering with one of our student working groups. The working groups are student-led initiatives that bring together 10-15 students to work ...
  • Bill C-59: The Good, the Bad, and Where We’re At
    By Patrick Enright When Bill C – 51, the Federal Government’s revised Anti-Terrorism Act, was pushed through Parliament following the attacks on Parliament Hill in 2015, the reaction from the public and civil liberties societies was swift. The ...
  • Litigating the Public Interest within the Context of Private Rights
    By Ryan Howes The Asper Centre’s Public Interest Litigation Conference offered numerous panels on topics ranging from specific case examples to broader litigation strategies for parties and interveners including non-litigation forms of advocacy and ...
  • Selected Themes from the Asper Centre’s Public Interest Litigation Conference
    by Amanda Nash On March 2nd, the David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights hosted a conference on Public Interest Litigation. I was able to attend several of the panels, and what follows is an overview of prominent themes that threaded through ...
  • A Focus on Jury Reform
    by Cheryl Milne Jury selection has been in the public eye since the beginning of, and the ultimate acquittal of Gerald Stanley in, the trial of the shooting death of Colten Boushie, a resident of the Cree Red Pheasant First Nation of Saskatchewan. ...
  • March 2018 Outlook Newsletter
    Click on the above image for online version. PDF version available here.  ...
  • Asper Centre Clinic Student Reflects on Drafting the Bird Intervention Factum
    by Becky Lockert This past fall, the Supreme Court of Canada granted the Asper Centre leave to intervene in R v Bird, a case that ties questions of access to justice and constitutionalism to the doctrine of collateral attack. The question at the ...
  • Asper Centre Students convene Workshop for LAWS’ Global Citizenship Conference
    By Crystal Li and Juela Xhaferraj On February 9, 2018, the University of Toronto Faculty of Law was host to hundreds of high school students who were attending the annual Global Citizenship Conference organized by Law in Action Within Schools ...
  • 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 ...
  • Constitutional Roundtable with Akis Psykgas
    by Ryan Howes On January 31, 2018, the Asper Centre Constitutional Roundtable Series hosted Athanasios (Akis) Psygkas, Lecturer in Law at University of Bristol and Visiting Scholar at the University of Toronto. His presentation was titled: “The ...
  • Asper Centre at the Supreme Court of Canada Twice Next Month
      The Asper Centre will be at the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) as an intervener in two separate cases next month: Gillian Frank v Attorney General of Canada and Spencer Dean Bird v Her Majesty the Queen. First up on March 16, 2018 is our ...
  • A Quick Comparison: The Recent Solitary Confinement Rulings by BCSC and ONSC
    By Ryan Howes The British Columbia Supreme Court (BCSC) and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (ONSC) have both recently ruled that the current correctional practice of administrative segregation (or solitary confinement) is unconstitutional. ...
  • Asper Centre Students in Focus – Natasha Anzik
    by Ryan Howes Natasha Anzik worked as a summer research student at the Asper Centre last year for her 1L summer. Natasha was interested in working in constitutional law because she recognizes that it is the “driver of social change.” “I am very ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Evaluating Ontario’s Proposed Police Legislation
    By Sarah Strban   A (Slightly) Safer Ontario On November 2nd, the Ontario Legislature tabled an omnibus bill that comprehensively overhauls the province’s police oversight system. Bill 175, The Safer Ontario Act, is intended to resolve many of ...
  • Constitutional Roundtable Recap
    By Ryan Howes   Alistair Price on “The Relationship between Constitutional and Tort Damages for State Failures to Protect in Canada, England, and South Africa” On November 29, 2017, the Asper Centre Constitutional Roundtable hosted Alistair ...
  • Recapping the Panel Discussion on the upcoming Trinity Western University Appeals
    by Ryan Howes On November 30 and December 1, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) will hear arguments in the Trinity Western University (TWU) appeals. The question: Can the law societies of Ontario and British Columbia refuse to accredit graduates of ...
  • 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 ...