Osgoode's 19th Annual Constitutional Cases Conference

• 4747 Keele Street Toronto ON

Osgoode’s Constitutional Cases Conference is the leading constitutional law conference in Canada. Now in its 19th successful year, it is the annual gathering of the “who’s who” of constitutional law in Canada. Our constitutional scholars and practitioners will give you practical and incisive analysis of noteworthy 2015 Supreme Court of Canada constitutional decisions and their implications, including:

Directions in Cooperative Federalism
From the gun registry data destruction case to Saskatchewan v Lemare Lake Logging, through Goodwin v BC (Superintendent of Motor Vehicles), courts and governments continue to confront the limitations and potential of the constitutional division of powers. In a year in which the political context has changed dramatically, what does the future hold in this always-critical area of constitutional law?

Life, Liberty & Justice
Panellists will consider the legislative afterlife of Carter v Canada (Attorney General), Hernandez v Minister of Public Safety, and a trilogy of freedom of association decisions , their implications for future litigation and law making, and the Court’s current approach to defining and protecting rights in a free and democratic society.

The Constitution and Communities
Rights can constitute and create, or frustrate and damage the communities in which we live our lives. Panellists will consider these communities and how they are affected by law through cases such as (Mouvement laïque québécois v Saguenay (City)), (Kahkewistahaw First Nation v Taypotat), (Caron, Yukon Francophone School Board, Education Area #23 v. Yukon (Attorney General)andAssociation des parents de l’école Rose-des-vents v British Columbia

Actors and Institutions in Criminal Justice
This panel will examine constitutional developments concerning the actors and institutions responsible for the administration of criminal justice, ranging from the liberties and duties of lawyers to the meaning of equality and fairness before a representative jury. Cases considered will include Canada (Attorney General) v Federation of Law Societies of Canada; R v Henry, and R v Kokopenace.

The Boundaries of Criminal Law: Crime and Punishment
Tracing ongoing developments in the constitution's role in governing the reach of the criminal law and it's response to crime, this panel will examine issues such as s. 7’s role in setting the limits of criminal regulation, constitutional limits on minimum sentences, and what constitutes a penal offence for the purposes of the Charter. Panellists will discuss cases such as (R v Smith),(R v Nur) and (Guindon v Canada).

Electoral Reform: Constitutional Constraints and Comparative Perspectives
The new federal government ran on a promise of meaningful electoral reform. This plenary will consider the many questions that will have to be answered about the shape this reform might take and the effects that such significant changes will have on our political and constitutional lives.

This program is eligible for 7.0 Substantive Hours towards the annual CPD requirement with the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC).

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