Canada the Good? Professor David Dyzenhaus for the Verfassungsblog

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Canada’s Almost Full State of Emergency

Canada is in almost full emergency mode in its bid to flatten the pandemic curve. But so far the federal government has not declared a federal state of emergency in terms of the Emergencies Act (1985), although it has discussed publicly the pros and cons of taking this step and has been urged to do so on the basis that such a declaration would enable a nationwide testing program. There are four main reasons for this hesitation to declare a national state of emergency.

Life as a migrant in the time of COVID-19: Liam Turnbull (2L) for The Lawyer's Daily

Monday, April 6, 2020

The experiences of asylum seekers, temporary workers, international students, the undocumented and other migrants in Ontario during the COVID-19 pandemic have thus far been largely ignored by the government. Given that many of these individuals and their families have precarious immigration status, or are undocumented entirely, they disproportionately face severe limitations on their ability to ensure their survival. They may also be unsure of what supports are legally available to them and how certain laws apply to their specific situation.

Schmitten in the USA: Professor David Dyzenhaus for the Verfassungsblog on Matters Constitutional

Monday, April 6, 2020

Michael Taggart, the late great New Zealand public lawyer, once described a colleague as ‘Schmitten’, a customarily brilliant way of expressing his puzzlement at how Carl Schmitt’s ‘dangerous mind’ seems so alluring to some Anglo-American lawyers.  I doubt that even Mike was capable of imagining the extent to which Adrian Vermeule, a prominent constitutional US lawyer, teaching at Harvard Law School, has not only been Schmitten, but has even surpassed his master in some respects with his 

Op-ed by Benjamin Ries, Downtown Legal Services: Everyone should remain in their homes – including those who can’t afford to pay rent

Friday, March 27, 2020

Benjamin Ries is the supervising lawyer for housing law at Downtown Legal Services, the community legal clinic at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law.

In an op-ed published in the Globe and Mail, March 26, Ries writes on the importance of staying home – including those who cannot afford to pay rent.

COVID-19 Updates

Monday, March 23, 2020

Messages from the University of Toronto regarding COVID-19

All in-person courses across U of T’s three campuses have been cancelled and teaching is now being provided through other means. All instructional courses were moved online effective Monday, March 16 until the end of law classes on Thursday, April 9.

Alumnus Bill Flanagan (JD 1985) named president and vice-chancellor of the University of Alberta

Friday, March 20, 2020

Born and raised in Alberta, Bill Flanagan joins the University of Alberta from Queen’s University, where he served as the dean of law for 14 years from 2005 to 2019. He holds a BA (English and Philosophy) from Carleton University, a JD from the University of Toronto, a DEA in International Economic Law from Université Paris I-Sorbonne, and an LLM from Columbia University. His scholarly work spans property law, corporate law and international trade law.

A letter from President Meric Gertler

Thursday, March 19, 2020

A letter from President Meric Gertler

To all members of the U of T community:

In recent days, we have all become familiar with concepts like ‘social distancing’, ‘self-isolation’ and ‘flattening the curve’ – all part of our individual and collective efforts to slow and limit the spread of COVID-19.  

Message from the University regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Monday, March 16, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and U of T's response

Find the most up date University notice and FAQ at

Starting Monday, March 16, Faculty of Law classes will be delivered online until the scheduled end of classes on Friday, April 9, 2020.

U of T cancels in-person classes on all three campuses due to COVID-19 outbreak

Friday, March 13, 2020

Starting Monday, March 16, classes will be delivered online until the scheduled end of classes on Friday, April 9, 2020. Students will receive information specific to their program. Visit the university FAQ for more information. 


The University of Toronto will cancel all in-person undergraduate courses, as well as research-stream masters and doctoral courses, across its three campuses from March 16 to April 3 in response to the outbreak of COVID-19 in Canada and around the globe.