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Speakers and Panels | September 10, 2013
Constitutional Desuetude – Part 1

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Scholars have demonstrated that written constitutions may be amended informally, for instance by judicial interpretation, statutory law, or executive action. But it has yet to be fully appreciated that written constitutions may also be informally amended when a constitutional provision falls into desuetude*. Whereas other forms of informal amendment leave the constitutional text entrenched, unchanged, and politically valid, constitutional desuetude leaves the text entrenched and unchanged but renders it politically invalid.

In this Lecture, Professor Albert will illustrate and theorize the phenomenon of constitutional desuetude with reference to the Canadian and United States Constitutions.

*Desuetude: The condition or state into which anything falls when one ceases to use or practice it; a state of disuse.

Speakers and Panels | May 8, 2013
The New Constitutional “Indian”

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Challenges, Controversies and Consequences of Daniels v Canada. Who is responsible for the more than 600,000 aboriginal peoples across Canada who are either Metis or live off-reserve — Ottawa or the provinces? This lecture explores this question.

Speakers and Panels | May 8, 2013
Judicial Legitimacy: How it is Gained, How it is Lost

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A comparative look at judicial legitimacy in the United States and Canada.

Speakers and Panels | May 7, 2013
Senate Reform in the 21st Century

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The speakers at the Senate Event addressed the significance of the Government of Canada’s proposed Senate reforms in Bill C-7.

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