The Public Law Research Group actively strives to bring together dynamic groups of scholars, students, and jurists to explore foundational and cutting-edge issues of public law. In recent years, the Group has organized and supported lectures, conferences, public forums, roundtables, research showcases, and reading groups that have wrestled with a diverse set of issues.
Conferences and Symposia
- Rewriting the Canadian Constitution
- Proportionality in Law
- Originalist Constitutional Interpretation
- Constitutional Interpretation and Morality
Public Forums & Reading Groups
- Crown liability: Can the Crown do no wrong again … in Ontario?
- The Public Law Implications of the SNC Lavalin Saga
- The Constitution Notwithstanding – The Implications of a Reinvigorated Notwithstanding Clause
- University-wide reading group on Canada’s Indigenous Constitution by John Borrows (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010).
- Polygamy in Canada
- The Role of the Governor General
- Electoral Reform
Workshops, Roundtables, Lectures & Showcases
- Courts Without Cases: The Law and Politics of Advisory Opinions with Prof. Carissima Mathen (University of Ottawa)
- The Future of the Supreme Court with Prof. Kate Berger (Osgoode Hall Law School, York University)
- Canada’s Indigenous Constitution with Prof. John Borrows (University of Victoria Law School)
- Anishinaabe Law Camp at the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, facilitated by Prof. John Borrows (University of Victoria), Prof. Heidi Stark (University of Victoria) and Lindsay Borrows
- Junior Scholars Research Showcase with Prof. Asad Kiyani (University of Victoria), Prof. Wade Wright (Western Law) and Prof. Kate Berger (Osgoode Hall Law School, York University)
- The New Commonwealth Model of Constitutionalism with Prof. Stephen Gardbaum (UCLA School of Law)
- Community and Collective Rights: A Theoretical Framework for Rights Held by Groups with Prof. Dwight Newman (University of Saskatchewan)
- The Negotiable Constitution: On the Limitation of Rights with Prof. Grégoire Webber (Queen’s University)
- Constitutional Rights, Moral Controversy, and the Supreme Court with Prof. Michael Perry (Emory University)