Wade Wright

Wade Wright

Academic Degrees:

Hons. B. Mus. (WLU), M.A. (Western), LL.B. (Osgoode), LL.M. (Cambridge), J.S.D. (Columbia)

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

Professor 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 and extrajudicial constitutionalism. He also has active research interests in administrative law, Crown liability, and law and sexuality.

Wade’s research has been published widely in edited collections and peer-reviewed journals in both Canada and abroad. He is a co-author, with Peter W. Hogg and (now Justice) Patrick Monahan, of Liability of the Crown, 4th ed. (Toronto: Carswell, 2011), a leading treatise about Crown liability in Canada, and is also a co-editor of a forthcoming volume, Rewriting Canada’s Constitution. His work has been cited often by courts across Canada, including various times by the Supreme Court of Canada. In March 2019, he was awarded the Western Law Dean’s Research Fellowship, to support his research project entitled “Democracy and Dissent in Canada’s Federal System: Lessons from the Interprovincial Pipeline Debate.”

Wade earned his doctorate in law (JSD) at Columbia Law School, with the support of a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship and a Viscount Bennett Fellowship; his masters in law (LLM) at the University of Cambridge, with the support of a Rt. Hon. Paul Martin Sr. Scholarship; and his law degree (LLB) at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, where he was awarded the Gold Medal (for attaining the highest standing in his graduating class) and a variety of other awards.

Wade is the co-director of Western Law’s Public Law Research Group, and also co-organizes the annual Coxford Lecture, which is devoted to exploring the rule of law.

Prior to joining Western Law, Wade served as a law clerk for Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin at the Supreme Court of Canada, and was an Associate in Law at Columbia Law School and a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2004, and before pursuing an academic career, practiced civil and public law litigation at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP in Toronto.

Learn more about the work of the Public Law Research Group and about the Coxford Lecture Series.

Seeking graduate students in the following areas: Constitutional law, particularly federalism and extrajudicial constitutionalism, Administrative law, Crown liability, and Law and sexuality.

Selected Research Highlights

“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, 2019).

“Federalism(s) in the Supreme Court of Canada During the McLachlin Years,” D. Jutras and M. Moore, eds. (2018) 86 SCLR (2d) 207. (Reprinted in D. Jutras and M. Moore, eds., Canada’s Chief Justice: Beverley McLachlin’s Legacy of Law and Leadership (Markham: LexisNexis, 2018).)

“The Political Safeguards of Canadian Federalism” (2016) 36 NJCL 1-72.

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

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

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

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

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

“Reply to Charter Dialogue Revisited” (2007) 45(1) Osgoode Hall LJ 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) UBC Law Rev 329-352 (with Peter W. Hogg).