Monday, March 21, 2016 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm
EM 302

Runnymede Society Debate

University of Toronto Faculty of Law

Emmanuel College- EM 302

21 March 2016

Lunch served: please RSVP to


The Legitimacy of the Welfare State: Governments in Pursuit of the Public Good


Whereas the world faces urgent and super-wicked public policy problems, including climate change, stagnant economic growth, and widespread violations of basic human rights.

Resolved: State Regulation  of markets and citizens is a legitimate means of pursuing the public good.

For: Jason MacLean, Assistant Professor of Law, Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, Lakehead University

Against: Bruce Pardy, Professor of Law, Queen's University Faculty of Law


Presented by the Runnymede Society, a new law student membership group founded upon the principles of classical liberalism, individual freedom, constitutionalism and the rule of law.