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Rewriting the Canadian Constitution

A Boston College Law School Conference

Rewriting the Canadian Constitution

 

Thursday, October 19–Friday, October 20, 2017
Boston College Law School, Barat House

 
This event is free and open to the public.
Registration is requested using the form below.


 


about the conference


All are welcome to Boston College Law School for a major conference on October 19-20, 2017 to mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation in Canada. The program, entitled “Rewriting the Canadian Constitution,” will feature four panels and a moderated luncheon discussion with the Hon. Russell Brown of the Supreme Court of Canada.

The conference is organized by a team of four: Kate Glover and Wade Wright, both representing the Public Law Group at Western University; Michael Pal, representing the Public Law Group at the University of Ottawa; and Richard Albert at Boston College Law School.


conference schedule


Thursday, October 19, 2017

 

3:00 p.m. Welcoming Remarks
   

3:15 p.m.

 

Panel I: Proposals (and Prospects) for a New Division of Powers

  • Chair: Maxime St-Hilaire, Université de Sherbrooke, Faculté de droit
  • Discussant: John Ferejohn, New York University, School of Law
  • Erin Delaney, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
  • Noura Karazivan, Université de Montréal, Faculté de droit
  • Wade Wright, Western University, Faculty of Law
   

Friday, October 20, 2017

 

8:15 a.m.

Panel II: The Unfinished Democratic Constitution

  • Chair: Matthew Harrington, Université de Montréal, Faculté de droit
  • Discussant: Sonia Lawrence, York University, Osgoode Hall Law School 
  • Manoj Mate, Harvard Law School
  • Michael Pal, University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law
  • Signa Daum Shanks, York University, Osgoode Hall Law School
   

10:00 a.m.

Break

   
10:15 a.m.

Panel III: Writing the Unwritten Constitution?

  • Chair: Elena Drouin, McGill University, Faculty of Law
  • Discussant: Patrick Macklem, University of Toronto, Faculty of Law
  • Kate Glover, Western University, Faculty of Law
  • Jeff Hewitt, University of Windsor, Faculty of Law
  • Daniel Weinstock, McGill University, Faculty of Law
   

12:15 p.m.

 

A Conversation with The Hon. Russell Brown, Supreme Court of Canada

  • Co-chair: Richard Albert, Boston College Law School
  • Co-chair: Katharine Young, Boston College Law School
   

1:30 p.m.

Panel IV: The (Im)Possibility of Constitutional Amendment?

  • Chair: Warren Newman, Department of Justice, Canada
  • Discussant: Jamie Cameron, York University, Osgoode Hall Law School
  • Richard Albert, Boston College Law School
  • Erin Crandall, Acadia University, Department of Politics
  • Emmett Macfarlane, University of Waterloo, Department of Political Science
   

3:15 p.m.

 

Closing Remarks