Public Law at the McLachlin Court

The First Decade


Beverley McLachlin was sworn in as the seventeenth Chief Justice of Canada on 7 January 2000. This book focuses on constitutional and administrative law decisions rendered in the first decade of the McLachlin Court. It includes contributions in both English and French from leading scholars who examine the Court’s legacy in areas such as federalism, Aboriginal rights, Charter rights such as equality and freedom of association, criminal law, and public international law. The book provides authoritative insight into the many important judgments that helped to define or redefine the Canadian legal landscape in the first decade of the 21st century as well as glimpse into what Canadians might expect from our highest Court in the years ahead.

Table of Contents


The First Decade of the 21st Century: The Supreme Court of Canada in Context
The Right Honourable Chief Justice of Canada Beverley McLachlin, P.C.


The McLachlin Court’s First Decade — A Dynamic Time for Public Law
Adam M. Dodek and David A. Wright

Part One: Broad Perspectives

Changing Course or Trimming Sails? The Supreme Court Reconsiders
Thomson Irvine

Les décisions de la juge McLachlin à la Cour suprème du Canada : une analyse statistique comparative
Marie-Claire Belleau, Anik Lamontagne, et Rebecca Johnson

The McLachlin Court and the Promise of Procedural Justice
Lorne Sossin

Part Two: Administrative Law

The McLachlin Court and the Public Law Standard of Review: A Major Irritant Soothed or a Significant Ongoing Problem?
David J. Mullan

Procedural Fairness at the McLachlin Court
Freya Kristjanson

In Search of Coherence: The Charter and Administrative Law under the McLachlin Court
Susan L. Gratton and Lorne Sossin

Part Three: Federalism and Aboriginal Law

The Busy Harbours of Canadian Federalism: The Division of Powers and Its Doctrines in the McLachlin Court
Peter C. Oliver

The Reconciliation Doctrine in the McLachlin Court: From a “Final Legal Remedy” to a “Just and Lasting” Process
Constance Macintosh

The Duty to Consult Aboriginal Peoples: Government Approaches to Unresolved Issues
Lori Sterling and Peter Landmann

Part Four: Equality and Fundamental Freedoms

Le poids de l'histoire : les années McLachlin et la liberté de religion
Nathalie Des Rosiers

L'arrèt Kapp : L'interprétation du paragraphe 15(1) de la Charte (enfin) recentrée sur son objet égalitaire de non-discrimination
Daniel Proulx

Collective Bargaining and Freedom of Association: Pondering B.C. Health Services
Thomas Kuttner, Q.C.

Part Five: The Old and the New: Criminal Law and International Law

Criminal Justice in the McLachlin Court: Many More Kudos Than Brickbats
Don Stuart

International Law in the Jurisprudence of the McLachlin Court
John H. Currie

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