Wade Wright

Wade Wright

JSD (Columbia), LLM (Cambridge), LLB (Osgoode), MA (Western), BMus (Laurier)

Dr. Wade Wright joined Western Law as an Assistant Professor in July 2016. His primary areas of research interest are Canadian and comparative constitutional law, with a focus on federalism, shared and dialogic theories of constitutional interpretation, and extrajudicial constitutionalism. He also has active research interests in administrative law, Crown (government) liability, and law and sexuality. He is the co-director of Western Law’s Public Law Research Group.

Wade’s research has been published in journals in both Canada and abroad, including the University of British Columbia Law Review; the International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family; the Supreme Court Law Review; and the Osgoode Hall Law Journal. He is the co-author, with Peter W. Hogg and Patrick Monahan, of Liability of the Crown, 4th ed. (Carswell, 2011), a leading resource about Crown liability in Canada. His work has been cited by courts across the country, including the Supreme Court of Canada. He has presented his research in lectures, workshops and conferences both nationally and internationally, including at the University of Ottawa, Columbia Law School, Boston College Law School, Osgoode Hall Law School, and Yale Law School.

Wade graduated with the gold medal from Osgoode Hall Law School (LLB), and completed his LLM (Master of Law) at the University of Cambridge and his JSD (Doctor of the Science of Law) at Columbia Law School. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2004. He clerked for Chief Justice McLachlin at the Supreme Court of Canada. He also practiced civil and public law litigation at Blake, Cassels and Graydon LLP in Toronto, taught courses as an Associate in Law at Columbia Law School, and was a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto. He has received numerous awards, scholarships and fellowships, including the Paul Martin Sr. Scholarship, the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, the Viscount Bennett Fellowship, and the SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Email: wwright8@uwo.ca
Phone: 519-661-2111, ext.  81560
Office: LB 111


Liability of the Crown, 4th ed. (Toronto: Carswell, 2011) (with Peter W. Hogg and Patrick Monahan).


“Federalism(s) in the Supreme Court of Canada During the McLachlin Years,” D. Jutras and M. Moore, eds., The Chief: Essays in Honour of Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin [Forthcoming, 2018].

“Provincial Non-enforcement of Constitutionally Suspect Federal Criminal Laws,” in R. Albert, P. Daly and V. MacDonnell, eds., The Canadian Constitution in Transition (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2018) [Forthcoming].

"The Political Safeguards of Canadian Federalism" (2016) 36 N.J.C.L. 1-72.

“Courts as Facilitators of Intergovernmental Dialogue: Cooperative Federalism and Judicial Review” (2016) 72 S.C.L.R. (2d) 365-454.

“Of Banks, Federalism and Clear Statements: Comment on Bank of Montreal v. Marcotte”, B. Berger and S. Lawrence, eds., (2015) 71 S.C.L.R. (2d) 185-225.

“Facilitating Intergovernmental Dialogue: Judicial Review of the Division of Powers in the Supreme Court of Canada”, J. Cameron and B. Ryder, eds., (2010) 51 S.C.L.R. (2d) 625-693.

“Charter Dialogue Revisited – Or Much Ado About Metaphors” (2007) 45(1) Osgoode Hall L.J. 1-65 (with Peter W. Hogg and Allison A. Bushell Thornton).

“Reply to Charter Dialogue Revisited” (2007) 45(1) Osgoode Hall L.J. 193-202 (with Peter W. Hogg and Allison A. Bushell Thornton).

“The Tide in Favour of Equality: Same-Sex Marriage in Canada and England and Wales” (2006) 20 Inter. J. Law Pol’y and the Family 249-285.

“Canadian Federalism, the Privy Council and the Supreme Court: Reflections on the Debate About Canadian Federalism” (2005) 38(2) U.B.C. Law Rev. 329-352 (with Peter W. Hogg).