Our vision is to provide western Canadian practitioners, students and members of the public with the opportunity to take an in-depth look at constitutional developments – to go beyond acquainting them with a subject to deepening their working knowledge of constitutional issues. Our vision is also to bring together people with similar curiosity and interest– to allow them to meet each other and to create significant connections.
Many of our symposiums have been collaborations between the Centre for Constitutional Studies, the Faculty of Law, University of Alberta, and the Legal Education Society of Alberta.
- March 19, 2019, Queer, Thriving, and Surviving
The purpose of this Symposium is to mark the 20th anniversary of the Vriend decision . Vriend v Alberta which was decided by the Supreme Court of Canada in 1998, was the first case by that Court to acknowledge the systemic discrimination faced by gay people in Canada. The Court ruled that the Government of Alberta was required by the Constitution to include protection for gay people in its human rights act (Individual Rights Protection Act). The all-day workshop will be a participatory experience to explore legal and policy options which challenge and support the thriving and surviving of LGBTQ2S+ individuals and communities. Participants will dive into the “burning issues” of the day in Alberta. They will then have an opportunity to imagine new possibilities and explore interventions that support systemic change.
- October 27, 2017, Canada 150
Topics include Division of Powers & British North American Act, 1867; Fundamental Freedoms and Human Rights; Emerging Issues – Part 1 (Indigenous Peoples and the Division of Power; A Constitutionalized Right to a Healthy Environment; Regulating Expression in the Digital Sphere); Emerging Issues – Part 2 (Would a law requiring you to unlock your device for police violate the Charter?; The Alberta Government’s Response to Jordan).
- June 9, 2016, The Constitution in the Insolvency Tool Box
Topics include Intersections of Constitutional & Insolvency Law; Introduction to Division of Powers Jurisprudence; The Scope of the Discharge after Maloney: Regulatory Powers; Receivership; Priorities.
- February 26 – 27, 2016, The State of Canada’s Constitutional Democracy – Best Practices Going Forward
The David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights, University of Toronto and the Centre for Constitutional Studies, University of Alberta, co-organized this symposium examining the state of Canada’s constitutional democracy. Dramatic changes have taken place in recent years with respect to the day to day functioning of our constitutional democracy. These changes impinge on the separation of powers, the rule of law and the supremacy of the constitution.
- October 23, 2015, Constitutional Symposium
Topics include Fundamental Freedoms – Charter S. 2(d) & Freedom of Association; Fundamental Freedoms – Charter S. 2(d) & Freedom of Religion; Aboriginal and Language Rights; Key Issues – Stare Decisis, Access to Justice, Sections 15 & 30 of the Charter.
- October 3, 2014, Constitutional Symposium
Topics include Sections 7 & 15 of the Charter; Aboriginal Rights; Legal Rights and the Charter; Is this the Death of Dialogue?
- October 4, 2013, Constitutional Symposium
Topics include Constitutional Litigation Strategies; Equality Rights and Charter Jurisdiction; Division of Powers – Federalism; Aboriginal Issues; Legal Rights and the Charter
- September 28, 2012, Constitutional Symposium
Topics include The Charter and Civil Law; Division of Powers; Aboriginal Rights; the Charter and Criminal Law