Peter A Allard School of Law

Constitutional Crossroads in Canada and Around the World

Event Description:

Constitutional orders around the world are at a crossroads and Canada is no exception. This conference gathers constitutional law scholars and theorists to discuss some of the most pressing issues in constitutional law, both in Canada and elsewhere.

2022 marked the 40-year anniversary of the 1982 amendments to the Canadian Constitution. The Constitutional Act, 1982 includes the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, provisions protecting Aboriginal rights, an amendment formula, and a constitutional supremacy clause. Panelists will discuss debates arising from these provisions and from other areas of Canadian constitutional law.

The conference program will also include some of the leading voices in comparative constitutional law and transnational law. Panelists will discuss challenges that are common to contemporary constitutional orders, including those posed by populism, pluralism, globalization, gender inequality, colonization and climate change.

This conference is a launch event for the Canadian branch of ICON-S and it is the first in what the organizers hope will be a series of events on constitutional law co-hosted by UBC’s Allard School of Law and the University of Alberta’s Centre for Constitutional Studies.

The conference is also a collaborative endeavor that brings together four of Allard Law’s research groups: Indigenous Legal Studies, the Centre for Asian Legal Studies, the Centre for Feminist Legal Studies, and the Centre for Law and the Environment.

The conference takes place at the Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia.

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Sponsors:

Centre for Constitutional Studies, University of Alberta
Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia
Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies
Icon-S Canada
Centre for Feminist Legal Studies, University of British Columbia
Centre for Law and the Environment, University of British Columbia


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