Association for Canadian Studies Conference
Checking Our Constitution@30: The Influence of the Canadian Constitution and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms on Legislation, Identities and Federalism, April 17-18, 2012, Ottawa, Ontario.
Check out the conference videos at: http://www.commonlaw.uottawa.ca/en/programs/public-law-group/conference-videos.html.
April 17th, 2012 will mark the 30th anniversary of the patriation of the Canadian Constitution and the creation of a Charter of Rights and Freedoms. To mark this important anniversary the Association for Canadian Studies will hold a major conference entitled, ?Checking Our Constitution@30: The Influence of the Canadian Constitution and the Charter of Rights on Legislation, Identity and Federalism? to take place on April 17-18th, 2012 at the University of Ottawa.
The Conference will focus on how the debates over the Constitution have shaped our identities. Have the Constitution and Charter of Rights strengthened or weakened Canadian democracy and Federalism? What have the Constitution and Charter meant for women, aboriginals, and language minorities, ethnic and visible minorities, religious groups and new Canadians? What role have the Courts played in the interpretation of the Constitution, and how has the Charter transformed the judiciary in Canada? Has the distinction between Law and Politics become blurred over the past thirty years? How does the Canadian experience compare with other countries? Are the courts becoming more or less accessible to the public? Are there benefits to an unwritten constitution? How has the Constitution affected the balance of powers in Canada, and the dynamics of federalism?
Several policy-makers, academics, researchers, activists, scholars, lawyers, judges and professionals from all disciplines will be featured in the program. Some of those who will be featured include:
- The Hon. Michel Bastarache, Heenen-Blaikie, former Supreme Court Justice
- Justice Patrick Healey, Court of Quebec, Criminal and Penal Division
- Professor Sebastian Grammond, Dean, Faculty of Law (Civil Law), University of Ottawa
- Professor Lorraine Weinrib, University of Toronto
- Professor Beverley Baines, Queens University
- Ken Norman, University of Saskatchewan, former Chief Commissioner of the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission
- Professor Pascale Fournier, Vice Dean, Research, Faculty of Law (Civil Law), University of Ottawa
- Professor Bruce Ryder, Osgoode Hall Law School - York University
- Warren Newman, Senior General Counsel, Justice Canada
- Graham Fox, President, Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP)
- Patricia Hughes, Law Commission of Ontario
- Professor Shauna Van Praagh, McGill University
- Professor Rainer Knopff, University of Calgary
- Jean Augustine, Fairness Commissioner of Ontario
- Rupak Chattopadhyay, President, The Forum of Federations
- Graham Fraser, Commissioner of Official Languages for Canada
- Mark Power, Heenan-Blaikie
- Professor Joseph Magnet, University of Ottawa
- Professor Sonia Lawrence, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
- Professor Peter Oliver, University of Ottawa
For more details, click on the following link: http://www.acs-aec.ca/en/events/other-events/checking-our-constitution30-the-influence-of-the-canadian-constitution-the-charter-of-rights-freedoms-on-legislation-identities-federalism-april-17-18-2012-ottawa-ontario-/