Adjunct Professor

Paul Schabas is a partner at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP in Toronto.  He has a broad litigation practice with an emphasis on media and defamation, constitutional and public law.  He has been counsel on many Charter cases dealing with freedom of expression, equality rights, judicial independence, fundamental justice, and search and seizure, including several of the leading media law cases in the Supreme Court of Canada.  Paul frequently acts for major Canadian and international media organizations in court challenges and defamation cases.  He is a Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada and a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.  Paul is Past President of the Canadian Media Lawyers Association, Past President of Pro Bono Law Ontario, and a Director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, The Advocates’ Society, and the Law Foundation of Ontario.  He has published many articles, and frequently speaks on media and Charter issues, including The Law Society’s Special Lectures in 2000 and 2003.  He has taught at Osgoode Hall Law School and the University of Toronto, and has sat on the boards of community and cultural organizations.  Through Interights in London, England, Paul has submitted briefs on Canadian law to the European Court of Human Rights.  He is a past Chair of the Ontario Bar Association Constitutional Law Section.  Paul received an LL.B. from U. of T. Law School in 1984. Contact: PAUL.SCHABAS@blakes.com