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

DATE & TIME

LOCATION

SPEAKER & TOPIC

September 12
Friday
12:30 - 2:00

Solarium
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 21
Thursday
12:30 - 2:00
Solarium
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

Moderator:  Yasmin Dawood, University of Toronto Faculty of Law
 

October 29
Wednesday
12:30 - 2:00
Location TBARobert Krotoszynski, University of Alabama School of Law
Topic TBA