This workshop series provides an opportunity to consider developments in Canadian constitutional theory and practice as well as the emerging field of comparative constitutional law in relation to Canada. The aim of the series is to promote scholarship in these areas and to make a meaningful contribution to intellectual discourse about Canadian constitutional law. The lunch-time sessions start off with a 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.

 

2016 - 2017 Schedule

DATE & TIME

LOCATION

SPEAKER & TOPIC

November 16
Wednesday
12:30 - 2:00
Solarium (Room FA2)
Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park
Claudia Geiringer, Victoria University Wellington School of Law
The Strange Antipodean Afterlife of John Hart Ely's Democracy and Distrust: A Case Study in the Transnational Migration of Constitutional Theory
Moderator:  Kent Roach, University of Toronto Faculty of Law
   
February 9
Thursday
12:30 - 2:00
Room J140
Jackman Law Bldg
78 Queen's Park

Hugo Cyr, Université du Québec à Montréal
Normalizing the Exception in Canada

March 1
Wednesday
12:30 - 2:00
Room J140
Jackman Law Bldg
78 Queen's Park
Richard Haigh, York University Osgoode Hall Law School
The Alberta Press Case
March 15
Wednesday
12:30 - 2:00
Room J140
Jackman Law Bldg
78 Queen's Park
Martha Jackman, University of Ottawa
The Legacy of Gosselin
March 22
Wednesday
12:30 - 2:00
Solarium (Room FA2)
Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park
Jamie Cameron, York University Osgoode Hall Law School
Section 7 and the Idea of the Charter