January 30, 2019, Professor Barbara Billingsley discusses how the Charter protects the basic legal, civil, and human rights of Canadians, but section 33, known as the ‘Notwithstanding Clause’, allows the government to pass laws that contradict those rights.
September 19, 2019, Paul Atkinson, Public Legal Education Coordinator, Centre for Constitutional Studies, will discuss key cases that illustrate how Charter section 10(b), the right “to retain and instruct counsel without delay…”, has been applied and will challenge participants to consider whether the scope of the protection should be expanded.
April 23, 2019, Professor James Muir, Faculty of Law, will present the not-so-well known aspects of Charter section 3 (right to vote), section 4 (maximum duration of legislative bodies) and section 5 (annual sitting of legislative bodies). Can these sections of the Charter protect our democracy from the types of democratic abuses we see in other countries?
Downtown Charter Series: February 7, 2020 Professor Catherine Bell, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta, explains the duty to consult in relation to Section 35 of the Constitution Act, the […]
Downtown Charter Series: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 Anna Lund, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta. Does a corporation have the right to be protected from ‘cruel and unusual […]
Downtown Charter Series: November 20, 2019 Colton Fehr, sessional instructor and PhD candidate at the Faculty of Law, University of Alberta, will tell you how the vague sounding “principles of […]