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Trailblazers in Canadian Legal History: Justice Julius Isaac

A significant legal figure who had a profound influence on the history of Canadian law, the Honourable Justice Julius Isaac served in many important roles, including as a judge of the Supreme Court of Ontario and as a chief justice of the Federal Court of Canada—the first Person of Colour to be appointed to that bench. Born in 1928 in …

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Justice Corrine Sparks – An Inspiring Figure in Canadian Legal History

Born in 1953, Corrine Sparks became the first Black Nova Scotian judge and the first Black woman judge in Canada. After serving as an attorney in Halifax for six years, Justice Sparks was appointed to the Nova Scotia Family Court judiciary in 1987.   Justice Sparks grew up in Lake Loon, a small, segregated community in rural Nova Scotia, and traces …

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Questions and Answers from Irwin Law’s Experts After the Ottawa Shootings

After the shootings in Ottawa’s downtown core, Craig Forcese, uOttawa and author of National Security Law, and Kent Roach, University of Toronto, and author of Criminal Law, responded to questions posed by Irwin Law on terrorism law issues.   These two individuals may have been on a “watch list” and at least one had his passport revoked. Is there any …

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When does independence begin? Judicial appointments & the Constitution

Craig Forcese, author of National Security Law and co-author of The Laws of Government and International Law: Doctrine, Practice, and Theory, offers a thoughtful and informative blog post about independence and judicial appointments. Read the article, as well as a 40-page excerpt from The Laws of Government, here.

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