Canadian Constitutional Law (LAWS5197)


This unit provides an in-depth introduciton to the principles, core concepts, and key cases of Canadian Constitutional Law. It traces the structure and role of the Supreme Court of Canada and, prior to 1949, the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, and the development of constitutional reasoning from confederation in 1867 through adoption of the Charter of Rights in 1982 to the present. Topics will include federalism, free expression and related rights, the right to fundamental justice when life, liberty, or security of the person are at risk, the lack of economic or property rights in the Constitutution, language rights, and aboriginal rights. Students will also be introduced to, and encouraged to engage in, normative debates about constitutional values.

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2x2hr seminars/week for 10 weeks


Class participation (20%), 3 x case analyses (30%) and 3000wd take-home final exam (50%)

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