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Debating the Khadr Settlement at Western

Tomorow, I will be traveling to London to debate the following proposition: “The Trudeau government’s decision to award Omar Khadr a $10.5m settlement in July 2017 was an error in law and policy.” My opponent will be Rob De Luca, counsel for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. I will take the position that the settlement was based on a misapplication ...

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Debating Human Rights with Professor Pardy

Recently, I had the pleasure of discussing and debating human rights law with Professor Bruce Pardy of my alma mater, Queen’s Law. The topic of the debate was Parliament’s Bill C-16, which amended the Canada Human Rights Act and Criminal Code, along with recent amendments to the Ontario Human Rights Code. The relevant amendments in both human rights statutes concern ...

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Runnymede Society Student Leadership Conference – Call for Applications

Current law students (both in Canadian law schools and Canadians at international law schools who intend to return to Canada to practice law) are invited to apply to the second annual Runnymede Society Student Leadership Conference, to be held at Horseshoe Resort in Barrie, Ontario on August 18-20, 2017. This stimulating weekend will include seminar-style legal discussions, chapter leader training, ...

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Introducing Runnymede Radio

The Runnymede Society launched its new podcast Runnymede Radio today. Runnymede Radio features conversations with leading scholars, judges, and legal thinkers. Some of the first guests include Chief Justice Glenn Joyal of the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench, Dr. Leonid Sirota of the award-winning Double Aspect Blog, and Professor Jordan Peterson of the University of Toronto. The podcast is available ...

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Runnymede Society Hosts Justice Nadon

Please join the Runnymede Society– University of Toronto Faculty of Law for a very special talk with the Hon. Justice Marc Nadon, entitled “Judging and the Rule of Law.” The talk will be held on Thursday, March 16th at 12:30 pm in Jackman Law– J125. Lunch will be served: please RSVP by March 13th to jbaron@runnymedesociety.ca We look forward to ...

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Sirota Discusses Canada’s Dirty Little Secret: Originalism

Legal professor, proficient blogger, ARL contributor, and self-described “law nerd” Léonid  Sirota recently gave a talk at Université de Montréal on the subject of constitutional originalism. This well-received talk was hosted by the Runnymede Society and can be viewed here. Mr. Sirota’s talk was based upon two excellent papers that he co-wrote with Benjamin Oliphant, one of which has been published ...

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Runnymede Society Debates Electoral Reform and Other Upcoming Events

You’re invited to join the University of Toronto Runnymede Society Chapter on Tuesday, October 11th for a debate between two leading Canadian public intellectuals on the currently pending issue of electoral reform! Peter Loewen, School of Public Policy and Governance, will argue that first past the post has proven advantageous in our highly regionalized democracy, we should not be quick to abandon it. ...

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Joanna Baron Weighs in on the Right to a Speedy Trial on the CBC

Joanna Baron, Director of the Runnymede Society and member of Advocates for the Rule of Law, was recently interviewed on CBC Radio to discuss the Supreme Court of Canada’s recent decision in R. v. Jordan. In that case, the Court was unanimous in the result, but split 5-4 on the crucial issue of what test the courts ought to apply ...

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State Regulation or Markets?

On Monday, March 21, 2016, the Runnymede Society will host a debate at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. The title of the debate is: The Legitimacy of the Welfare State: Governments in Pursuit of the Public Good. Bruce Pardy, Professor of Law at Queen’s University Faculty of Law, will debate Jason MacLean, Assistant Professor of Law at Bora Laskin ...

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Introducing the Runnymede Society

We at Advocates for the Rule of Law are pleased to announce that we have teamed up with the Canadian Constitution Foundation, a registered charity dedicated to defending the constitutional freedoms of Canadians, to form the Runnymede Society, a law-school-based membership group that specializes in holding provocative and enlightening debates and educational symposia focused on the rule of law. ‘Runnymede’ refers to a water-meadow in ...

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