Instructor(s): Vincent Chiao

For graduate students, the course number is LAW7232H.

This section of the course is for students studying remotely. This course will meet two times a week via audio-visual conference. To enrol in this course all students must meet or exceed the tech requirements for enrolment in University of Toronto courses, which can be found here []

Note: The Quercus program will be used for this course. Students must self-enrol in Quercus as soon as confirmed in the course in order to obtain course information.

This course will focus on the law of policing. A significant portion of the course will be devoted to careful consideration of the Supreme Court of Canada’s Charter jurisprudence, particularly the ss.8-9 cases dealing with privacy and arbitrary detention. However, we will also consider other, sub-constitutional, modes of legal regulation of the police, particularly with regard to use of force. Given the instability in attitudes toward privacy brought on by the pandemic, as well as the ongoing global discussions surrounding police-citizen interactions, significant time will be allotted to evidence and cases from outside Canada.

There will be a substantial comparative dimension to the course.

a final 2 hour open-book exam (50%); a midterm 2 hour open-book in-class exam (40%); and class participation 10%.
Academic year
2020 - 2021

At a Glance

Second Term



33 JD


M: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm (AV Conference)
W: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm (AV Conference)