Instructor(s): Guy Pratte

For graduate students, the course number is LAW2055HS.

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

This course's ultimate objective is to give students a virtual experience of how and why the Supreme Court decides cases in the way it does. For this purpose, we will focus on substantive and process questions informing the Supreme Court of Canada's search for justice. After having considered some of the main philosophical approaches to the definition of the concept of "justice", we will evaluate the Court's attempts to articulate and apply notions of justice and fairness in several areas of its jurisprudence, (e.g., criminal law (assisted death); the appointment process; equality law; commercial law (duty of good faith).

As in previous years, the course will involve several prominent guest lecturers, including current and/or former Justices of the Court, as well as outstanding members of the Bar and legal scholars (e.g., Peter Hogg, Justice Moldaver, Louise Arbour, Justice Robert Sharpe, and Justice Frank Iacobucci). We plan to attend the argument of an appeal at the Supreme Court in Ottawa and meet informally with one of the Court's justices in advance of the hearing.

participation in class 25% (attendance (5%); performance in a class meeting leading a discussion (10% ) and contributions to class discussion(10%)), and 75% for a research paper of approximately 6,000- 7000 words in length, in the form of a Supreme Court judgment.

At a Glance

Second Term


22 JD


W: 6:10 - 8:00