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The Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy

Quebec Secession: Constitutional, Comparative, and Historical Perspectives


Wednesday, October 23, 2013
12:00 p.m.
Barat House
Boston College Law School

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  • The Hon. Justice Frank Iacobucci, Supreme Court
    of Canada [Ret.]
  • Robert Burt, Yale Law School
  • Jamie Cameron, Osgoode Hall Law School


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Frank Iacobucci joined Torys, LLP as Counsel in September 2004 after retiring as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. As Counsel, Frank advises government and business on important legal and policy matters. His work includes guidance, advice and support to clients of Torys and members of the firm.

Frank has received numerous awards, honours and other recognitions in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Italy.

Frank has been awarded honorary degrees from University of Western Ontario (2009), McMaster University (2008), University of Trinity College at the University of Toronto (2005), York University (2005), Queen’s University (2005), University of Waterloo (2003), Università della Calabria (Cosenza, Italy) (2003), McGill University (2003), Law Society of Upper Canada (2000), University of Victoria (1996), University of Ottawa (1995), University of British Columbia (1989) and University of Toronto (1989). 

He is also an Honorary Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and of St. John’s College, Cambridge. On October 2, 2009, Frank was awarded the Justice Medal for lifetime achievement from the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice. He was also appointed a Companion in the Order of Canada in July 2007. In 2010 he was inducted into the Italian Walk of Fame and in 2012 awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award.


Robert A. Burt is Alexander M. Bickel Professor of Law at Yale University.  He has been a member of the Yale faculty since 1976 and previously served on the law and medical school faculties at the University of Michigan and the law faculty at the University of Chicago.  Professor Burt has written extensively on constitutional law and biomedical ethics.  His most recent book is In the Whirlwind: God and Humanity in Conflict (Harvard Univ. Press 2012).  He has previously published Death is That Man Taking Names: Intersections of American Medicine, Law and Culture (Univ. of California Press and the Milbank Memorial Fund, 2002); for preparation of this book, he was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 1997.  He is also author of The Constitution in Conflict (Harvard Univ. Press, 1992), Two Jewish Justices: Outcasts in the Promised Land (Univ. of California Press, 1988), and Taking Care of Strangers: The Rule of Law in Doctor-Patient Relations (Free Press, 1979).   He received a J.D. degree from Yale University in 1964, an M.A. in Jurisprudence from Oxford University in 1962 and a B.A. from Princeton University in 1960.


Professor Jamie Cameron has been a full-time member of the faculty at Osgoode Hall Law School since 1984. She holds law degrees from McGill University and Columbia University, clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada for the Hon. Justice Brian Dickson, and was on the faculty at Cornell Law School before joining Osgoode.

Today, Professor Cameron is one of Canada’s senior constitutional scholars, whose research and teaching interests focus on the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, freedom of expression and the press, the Supreme Court of Canada, criminal law, American constitutional law, and judicial biography. She has written extensively in these areas and has been the editor and co-editor of a dozen book collections, including the annual Constitutional Cases volumes, The Charter’s Impact on the Criminal Justice System, Reflections on the Legacy of Justice Bertha Wilson, and The Charter and Criminal Justice: Twenty-Five Years Later.

Earlier in her career she was involved in constitutional reform initiatives, as an advisor to former Ontario Premier David Peterson on the Meech Lake Accord, as a witness to many parliamentary committees, and as an invited member of the National YES Committee during the Charlottetown Accord referendum. She has served as Assistant Dean at the law school, Director of the Centre for Public Law & Public Policy, and as editor-in-chief of the Osgoode Hall Law Journal.

She was editor-in-chief of the Media & Communications Law Review and has been on the Board of Editors for Ontario Reports for more than twenty years. She has been a Director and Vice-President of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association for twenty years, and is also on the Board of Directors of the BC Civil Liberties Association. She has represented the CCLA in cases at the Supreme Court of Canada. In 2012, Professor Cameron completed a six-year term on the Academic Freedom & Tenure Committee of CAUT.

Outside the academy, she sits on the boards of cultural institutions: she has been a Trustee of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection since 2004 and has been Vice-chair of the Board since 2011; in fall of 2011 she joined the Board of Canada’s National Ballet School.