This informal monthly event provides an opportunity to consider developments in Canadian constitutional theory and practice as well as the emerging field of comparative constitutional law. The lunch-time sessions start off with presentation by invited guests and develop into wide-ranging discussions.

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Past Lecturers

In the past, speakers at the constitutional roundtable series have included Canadian and foreign academics, judges and practitioners. We have also been fortunate to have had a wide range of presentations from distinguished visiting faculty visiting the law school to teach intensive courses.

This mix of this national and international presenters, theory and practice, and lively discussion makes this workshop a welcome enhancement to the study of public law at the Faculty of Law. 

Past lecturers have included:

  • David Cameron, University of Toronto, Department of Political Science, Canada’s Social Union 
  • William Eskridge, Yale Law School – Topic: On Same Sex Marriage
  • Justice Izhak Englard, Supreme Court of Israel – Topic: A Constitutional Court for Israel
  • George Williams, University of New South Wales – Topic: The Case that Stopped a Coup? The Rule of Law & Constitutionalism in Fiji.
  • Guido Pincione, Torcuato Di Tella University – Topic: Constitution and Politics in Argentina: an Introduction
  • Justice Frank Iacobucci, the Supreme Court of Canada – Topic: The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms at Twenty 
  • George Fletcher, Columbia University School of Law – Topic: The Secret Constitution: How Lincoln Redefined American Democracy 
  • Lech Garlicki, former Justice of the Constitutional Court of Poland - Topic: Poland’s Constitutional Transition, from Communism to Liberal Democracy
  • See the full schedules for past years.


2014 - 2015 Schedule




September 12
12:30 - 2:00

Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park 

Campbell McLachlan, Victoria University of Wellington
Foreign Relations Law*

Reviewer/Discussant:  Stephen Toope 

*Campbell McLachlan, Foreign Relations Law (Cambridge University Press, September 2014).

October 15
12:30 - 2:00

Alumni Hall
(Rm 112)
Victoria College

R v Kokopenace:  The Panel
Panelists:  Gillian Roberts; Counsel for Ontario; Jessica Orkin, Counsel for Clifford Kokopence; Brian Greenspan, Counsel for The Advocates' Society; Cheryl Milne, Counself for the David Asper Centre & LEAF; Mary Eberts, Counsel for NWAC & Elizabeth Fry Societies; Christa Big Canoe, Counsel for Aboriginal Legal Services Toronto; Julian Roy, Counsel for Nisnawbe Aski Nation

October 29
12:30 - 2:00
Victoria College
Room 115
Robert Krotoszynski, University of Alabama School of Law
Privacy in Canada: Bringing a Coherent and Purposive
Approach to a 
Notoriously Protean Legal Concept
November 18
12:30 - 2:00
Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park

Mary Eberts, Constitutional Litigator-in-Residence, David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights, University of Toronto
Wishful Thinking:  The Supreme Court of Canada Looks at
Canadian Democracy in the Charter Era

January 13
12:30 - 2:00
To be confirmed

Hugo Cyr, Université du Québec à Montréal
Autonomy, Subsidiarity and Solidarity