Professor Carissima Mathen launches new book on Canadian courts’ complex relationship with law and politics

Posted on Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Vice-Dean and Professor of Law Carissima Mathen recently premiered her new book, Courts Without Cases: The Law and Politics of Advisory Opinions, at the Metropolitan Brasserie in Ottawa’s Byward Market. Courts Without Cases is the first comprehensive legal treatment of the distinctive Canadian phenomenon of “references”, legal proceedings where questions are put to the Court by Cabinet, rather than arising through a live case. 

Professor Mathen’s book has been described as “lucid, original, insightful and highly readable” (Justice Lorne Sossin, Superior Court of Justice of Ontario) and “a brilliant contribution to the literature on Canadian constitutional law and politics” (Professor Mark Walters, McGill University).

Hosted by Don Martin of CTV’s Power Play, the launch event featured remarks by journalist Jennifer Ditchburn and was attended by Justices Michael Moldaver and Russell Brown of the Supreme Court of Canada, Justice Patrick Healy of the Quebec Court of Appeal, and Senators Donna Dasko and Kim Pate, along with numerous other legal luminaries.

Congratulations to Professor Mathen!

Learn more about Courts Without Cases: The Law and Politics of Advisory Opinions.

Don Martin, Carissima Mathen and Jennifer Ditchburn


Michael Moldaver, Carissima Mathen, Patrick Healy and Russell Brown


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