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Canada. Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms; Constitutional law; Canada


Benjamin Berger and Jamie Cameron worked in partnership with the Osgoode Hall Law Journal to organize this Symposium on Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The papers were published in 2013 as a special issue of the Law Journal.

The Symposium marked the 30th anniversary of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and Berger and Cameron constructed a program that invited critical, theoretical, and comparative reflection on the Charter by Canadian and non-Canadian scholars.

Speakers included: Gavin Anderson (University of Glasgow); John Borrows (University of Minnesota); Sujit Choudhry (New York University); Rosalind Dixon (University of New South Wales); Avigail Eisenberg (University of Victoria); Colleen Sheppard (McGill University); Mark Tushnet (Harvard); and Margot Young (UBC). Along with Robert Leckey (McGill) and Jennifer Nedelsky (Toronto) Osgoode Professors Sonia Lawrence and Bruce Ryder participated as discussants, and the Symposium closed on a strong note with concluding remarks by Michael Ignatieff.

Sessions featured debate about the Charter’s jurisprudence on freedom of religion, equality, social justice, and aboriginal issues. The Charter’s transformative implications and influence on rights constitutionalism were also themes throughout the Symposium.


Osgoode Hall Law Journal Symposium.

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