Osgoode's Annual Constitutional Cases Conference


Constitutional Cases (Pt 7) | Substantive Justice and Criminal Law (Panel D)


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The 26th iteration of the Constitutional Cases conference was held on Friday, April 14, 2023. Osgoode Hall Law School’s Annual Constitutional Cases Conference, recognized as the leading constitutional law conference in Canada, brings together many highly respected constitutional scholars, lawyers, students, and experts for an insightful and practical analysis of the Supreme Court’s significant constitutional judgments of the past year.

Panel D | Substantive Justice and Criminal Law

This panel will explore decisions that, despite their disparate topics, are connected by efforts to sort through a vision of substantive justice in the criminal legal system. Panelists will discuss the constitutionality of limits on defence of extreme intoxication (Brown/Sullivan), the SCC’s constitutional assessment of Parliament’s private records regime (JJ), and the Court’s most recent foray into defining cruel and unusual treatment or punishment (Bissonnette).


00:01:35 Professor Michelle Lawrence, University of Victoria, Faculty of Law

00:17:18 Professor Lisa Dufraimont, Osgoode Hall Law School

00:29:07 Megan Stephens, Megan Stephens Law

Professor Terry Skolnik, University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law

Chair: Professor François Tanguay-Renaud, Osgoode Hall Law School