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.

 2013 - 2014




November 1
12:30 - 2:00

Room 108N
North House
Munk School of Global Affairs
1 Devonshire Place

Leti Volpp, UC Berkeley School of Law
The Indigenous as Alien

Co-sponsored with the Canada Research Chair in Citizenship and Multiculturalism and the R.F. Harney Program in Ethics, Immigration and Pluralism Studies, Munk School of Global Affairs
November 21
12:30 - 2:00
Alumni Hall
Victoria College
Norman Daniels, Harvard School of Public Health
Ethical Basis for Excluding Unauthorized Immigrants from the Affordable Care Act
Commentator:  Audrey Macklin, University of Toronto

Co-sponsored with the Health Law, Ethics and Policy WorkshopSeries.
January 15
12:30 - 2:00
Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park
John Norris, Constitutional Litigator in Residence, Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights
"Generous" to a Fault?  The Supreme Court of Canada's Approach to Section 6(1) of the Charter
January 29
12:30 - 2:00
Aluimni Hall
Victoria College
Benjamin Berger, Osgoode Hall Law School
Religious Diversity, Education, and the "Crisis" in State Neutrality
February 28
12:30 - 2:00
Victoria College
Room 323

Sandra Liebenberg, University of Stellenbosch
Deepening Democratic Transformation in South Africa Through Participatory Constitutional Remedies

This is the lunchtime plenary for the conference, "Constitutional Remedies:  Are They Effective and Meaningful?"
See complete conference registration information.