The Law Society offered the first Special Lectures in 1943 as a legal refresher course for lawyers returning from military service in the Second World War. The Special Lectures have since become a regular highlight in the Law Society’s Continuing Professional Development calendar.
These Special Lectures, Canada at 150: The Charter and the Constitution, mark a return to a discussion of our Constitution, which is particularly apt in this anniversary year. Constitutional law was the subject of Special Lectures in 1978 and 2000 (in conjunction with administrative law), and a fresh look at this important topic is timely.
This year’s program brought together national and international experts to share ideas and perspectives on a range of issues in which the law has developed quite dramatically, even since 2000. Topics included developments in Indigenous and criminal law, privacy, human rights, and employment law, as well as commentary on constitutional cases that helped to shape Canada as a nation.
Standing, Suspending, and Sharing: The Limits of the Charter as a Tool of Social Change in Criminal Justice
Alan N Young
“Casual Encounters” of the Worst Kind
Julianna A Greenspan & Brad Greenshields
A Human Rights Perspective on Racial Profiling in Ontario
Ontario Human Rights Commission
Questions of Racism in Police Investigations and Implications for Our Justice System
Competing Rights or Competing Context under the Charter?
Errol P Mendes
Federalism and National Infrastructure
The Performance of Constitutional Environmental Rights: A Case for Further Empirical Study
Prematurity, Precaution, and the Charter: Protection of Substantive Environmental Rights in Canada
Theresa A McClenaghan
The Environment and the Charter
Dayna Nadine Scott
Indigenous Peoples, Art, Law, and Canada at 150
Electronic Surveillance: Section 8 and the Evisceration of Part VI
Susan Chapman & Bianca Bell
Whither the Reasonable Expectations of Privacy?
Normalizing Exceptional Practices: Security Certificates, Disclosure and Use of Evidence, and Administrative Detention
Marlys Edwardh & Adriel Weaver
Collective Bargaining, Labour Law, and the Charter in the Supreme Court of Canada, 1987 to 2017
Steven Barrett & John Craig
Broken Trust: Finding Our Way Out of the Damaged Relationship Through the Rebuilding of Indigenous Legal Institutions
Time Is on Our Side: Colonialism through Laches and Limitations of Actions in the Age of Reconciliation
Senwung Luk & Brooke Barrett
The Relationship between Canada and Indigenous Peoples: Where Are We?
Is the Presumption of Innocence Under Attack?
Matthew R Gourlay
R v Jordan: A Shift in Perspective on Unreasonable Delay
Philip Campbell & Howard L Krongold
Democratic Rights in a Technocratic Age: When Constitutions (in Law) Are Not Enough
Low Hanging Fruit . . . and Beyond: Canada’s Drug Laws Meet the Charter
“The Admittedly Unattainable Ideal”: Adverse Impact and Race under Section 15
Developing a Charter Practice: The Changing Role of Interventions
More than Words on Paper: The Court Challenges Program and Actualizing Charter Rights for Marginalized Communities
Five More Minutes: Representing Public Interest Interveners Thirty-Five Years after the Charter
Susan Ursel, Kristen Allen, & Alec Stromdahl
The Impact of St Catharines Milling
Fiery Foundations of Federalism: The Enduring Legacy of Citizens Insurance Co v Parsons
R v Oakes: Giving Structure to Section 1 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms
Peter W Hogg
Table of Cases