As more people receive COVID-19 vaccines, the issue of vaccine passports has become a hot topic in Canada. A vaccine passport could be used to certify that an individual has received specific vaccines, potentially granting privileges such as travelling across a border or being permitted to access certain venues like restaurants or concerts. The regulation of these passports raises many questions, including whether or not their implementation would infringe on Canadians’ Charter rights.
The Employment Law Clinic has recently launched for its second summer, taking on new employment law matters from June 1, 2021, and running until September 1, 2021. The Clinic primarily aims to serve people living on low-income who are experiencing work-related legal problems and who cannot afford a lawyer. Clinic services are available pro bono (for free) and in both official languages.
We are thrilled to announce the appointment of Professor Signa Daum Shanks as an Associate Professor on July 1, 2021. Julie Ada, Hassan Ahmad and Brandon D. Stewart will also join our Faculty, as Replacement Professors for two-year terms. They will all teach in the English Program.
The R.D.S. case is one of Canada's most significant race cases. It marked the first time in the 122-year history of the Supreme Court that Canada’s top judges had been asked to adjudicate a complaint of racial bias against a judge. Professor Constance Backhouse has earned an Insight Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to undertake a full-scale assessment of the R.D.S. case and its significance for the Canadian legal system.
Stateless persons are defined under international law as those who are not recognized as nationals of any country. In the case of stateless communities in Malaysia, the country’s history of British colonial rule has shaped contemporary legal, social and cultural understandings of who are members of the state. Professor Jamie Liew has earned an Insight grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to fund the first in-depth study of the historical and institutional roots of statelessness in Malaysia.