Archived Webcasts



Asper Centre 15th Anniversary Event | November 15, 2023

Litigating Equality in Canada Symposium | May 26, 2023. Academic conference convened by the Asper Centre and focused on the legal/jurisprudential developments to Section 15 of the Charter.


Book Forum: People Forced to Flee with Ninette Kelley | October 28, 2022. Panel discussion on Ninette Kelley’s book for UNHCR (Oxford University Press)

Charter @ 40 | October 21, 2022 Asper Centre ED Cheryl Milne in conversation with the Asper Centre’s past Constitutional Litigators in Residence in honour of the 40th anniversary of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Book Forum: Remedies for Human Rights Violations with Professor Kent Roach | March 4, 2022. Panel discussion on Professor Kent Roach’s new book, Remedies for Human Rights Violations.

The Emergencies Act, Police Powers & COVID Protests | March 2, 2022. Expert panel discussion on the legal implications of the invocation of the federal Emergencies Act and the role of law enforcement involved in policing protests.


City of Toronto et al. v. Ontario Constitutional Roundtable | On November 9, 2021, the Asper Centre hosted a panel discussion on the Charter challenge to Ontario legislation reducing the number of wards in the City of Toronto’s 2018 municipal election more than half-way through the election period

An Introduction to s.35 and the Duty to Consult | Convened on January 22, 2021 by the Asper Centre’s Climate Justice student working group and the Indigenous Initiatives Office of the Faculty of Law


The Constitutionality of Canada’s Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act: A Panel Discussion – November 16, 2020

“City, State: Constitutionalism and the Megacity” Constitutional Roundtable with Ran Hirschl – November 12, 2020

“So You Want to Implement UNDRIP…” Constitutional Roundtable with Professor Kerry Wilkins – October 28, 2020

Every Citizen: Perspectives on Lowering the Voting Age in Canada – August 28th, 2020

COVID-19 Contact Tracing and the Canadian Constitution – July 29th, 2020

Featuring: Cheryl Milne (moderator), Lisa Austin, Vincent Chiao, David Lie, and  Andrea Slane

Morris A. Gross Memorial Lecture: Jean Teillet – February 27th, 2020


Asper Centre Immigration Detention Symposium, March 15th, 2019

Featuring: David Coté (moderator) Aviva Basman, Nancy Weisman, Kathy Laird, Hanna Gros, Sarah Boyd


The Asper Centre’s 10th Anniversary Celebration Event: Former SCC Justice Thomas Cromwell in conversation with Joseph Arvay and Mary Eberts, October 17, 2019

Above the Law? The proposed Better Local Government Act constitutional challenge and Premier Ford’s use of the Notwithstanding Clause – September 20, 2018

Featuring: Professor Lorraine Weinrib, Professor Yasmin Dawood, Steven Barrett

“Challenging Solitary Confinement” panel,  Asper Centre Public Interest Litigation Conference, March 2, 2018

Featuring: Breese Davies (moderator), Professor Kelly Hannah-Moffat, Professor Lisa Kerr, Alison Latmer


Section 35(1), UNDRIP, & Indigenous Legal Traditions: Professor John Borrows at the Constitutional Law Symposium for Canada’s Sesquicentennial – October 20, 2017

Morris A. Gross Memorial Lecture: Alumnus Ontario Chief Justice Strathy – January 19th, 2017


Fireside Chat with David Asper and Raj Anand: The future of Charter Litigation in Canada – November 23, 2016


Life, Liberty & Equality – Canadian-style: The Interplay between sections 7 and 15, February 27th, 2015

Panel: Carter v AG Canada – U of T’s Legal Experts Comment on the Decision (Professors Trudo Lemmens, Hamish Stewart, Sophia Moreau, Carol Rogerson, David Schneiderman, Denise Reaume)


Roundtable on Constitutional Remedies- Are they Meaningful and Effective? February 28th, 2014

Panel 1: A Defense of Constitutionalized Interpretation (Professor Hamish Stewart)

Panel 2: Deepening Democratic Transformation in South Africa Through Participatory Constitutional Remedies (Professor Sandra Liebenberg)


Constitutional Roundtable: The Ethical Basis for Excluding Unauthorized Immigrants from the Affordable Care Act, November 21st, 2013

Featuring: Professor Audrey Macklin (commentator), Professor Norman Daniels (co-hosted with the International Human Rights Program)

Fifth Anniversary Symposium, November 8th, 2013

Panel 1: Why We Do the Things We Do (Cheryl Milne)

Panel 2: Looking Forward to the Future of Charter Litigation (Joseph Arvay, Q.C., Michal Fairburn, Fay Faraday) 

Panel 3: Looking Back on the Last Five Years of Constitutional Remedies (John Norris, Christopher Bredt, Professor Kent Roach)

Panel 4: Keynote with Nathalie Des Rosiers

Morris A. Gross Memorial Lecture: Hon. Lynn Smith, February 27th, 2013

R v Morgentaler: Reflections After 25 Years, January 29th, 2013

Featuring: Paul Schabas and Cheryl Milne (moderators), Dr. Robert Scott, Morris Manning, Q.C., Kirk Makin, Professor Lorraine Weinrib, Carolyn Egan


Reference re: Assisted Human Reproduction Act – Implications of the Supreme Court’s Decision, November 4th, 2011

Featuring: Steve Paikin (moderator), Preston Manning, Dr. Carolyn Bennett, Professor Peter Hogg, Alison Motluck

Funding the Charter Challenge, April 1st, 2011

Panel 1: Cost Strategies for Litigants (Joseph Arvay Douglas Elliot, David McKillop) 

Panel 2: Access to Justice, Professionalism, and Ethics (Professor Janet Mosher, Professor Chris Tollefson, Professor Jasminka Kalajdzic)

Panel 3: Morris A. Gross Memorial Lecture: Marlys Edwardh

Professor Robert Hazell- Is Coalition Government in Britain Here to Stay? February 3rd, 2011


UN Security Council Res. 1267: Impact of targeted anti-terrorist sanctions on Charter and International Human Rights, November 19th, 2010

Featuring: Kimberly Prost (keynote); Cheryl Milne (moderator), Paul Champ, Ben Wizner, Jeremy McBride; Natalie Des Rosiers (moderator), Professor Michelle Gallant, Professor Kent Roach, Professor David Dyzenhaus. Co-hosted with the International Human Rights Program and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association

Overdue Update or Big Brother? Lawful Access and Cyber Surveillance, February 25, 2010

Featuring: Graeme Norton (moderator), Professor David Murakami, Professor Lisa Austin, Robert Hubbard, Adam Boni. Co-hosted with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association

The Khadr Decision- A Just Result? February 11th, 2010

Featuring: Professor Hamish Stewart (moderator) Professor Audrey Macklin, Professor Kent Roach, Professor David Schneiderman, Cheryl Milne


The Role of Interveners in Public Interest Litigation, November 6th, 2009

Panel 1: Welcome and Introduction, Canadian Intervener Case Studies (Cheryl Milne (moderator), R. Douglas Elliot, Frank Addario, Nathalie Des Rosiers)

Panel 2: Judges’ Panel (Professor Kent Roach (moderator), The Honourable Justice Dennis O’Connor, The Honourable Frank Iacobucci, The Honourable Justice Stephen Goudge)

Panel 3: Analysis of the Impact of Interveners at the Supreme Court of Canada (Joseph Arvay, Q.C.(discussant), Professor Ben Alarie, Professor Andrew Green)

Panel 4: International and Transnational Experiences (Professor Sujit Choudhry (Moderator), Clive Baldwin, Paul M. Collins Jr., Michael Fordham, Q.C.)

Panel 5: Strategies for Marginalized Groups (Mary Eberts (moderator), Kim Murray, Professor Carissima Mathen, Ivana Petricone)

Panel 6: Government Interveners (Professor Lorraine Weinrib (moderator), Graeme Mitchell, Rosyln Levine, Q.C., Michael Fairburn)

Harrison, Shepherd & Suberu: The Supreme Court Decisions of the Summer of 2009, September 30, 2009

Featuring: Professor Hamish Stewart, Professor Martha Shaeffer, Jonathan Dawe, Rick Visca

Parliamentary Democracy and its Constitutional Foundations and Future: Beyond the Headlines, January 13, 2009

Featuring: Mary Eberts (moderator), Professor C.E.S. (Ned) Franks, Peter H. Russell, Professor David Scheiderman


Litigating the Charter: Strategies for a Successful Charter Claim in the 21st Century- September 25, 2008

Panel 1: Looking Back- Lessons Learned from 25 Years of Charter Litigation (David Asper (opening remarks), Lorne Sossin, Cynthia Petersen, Marlys Edwardh, Michael Code, Lori Sterling, Mary Eberts)

Panel 2: Looking Forward- New Frontiers and Strategies in Charter Litigation (Professor Carol Rogerson (moderator), Raj Anand, Barbara Jackman, Steve Barrett, R. Douglas Elliot)

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