Principles and Pragmatism: Essays in Honour of Louise Charron

Graham Mayeda and Peter Oliver

March 2014
Lexis Nexis
ISBN: 9780433474975


This book is a bilingual collection of peer-reviewed scholarship written in honour of Justice Louise Charron, the only Franco-Ontarian justice to have sat in the Supreme Court of Canada. Though her expertise covers administrative law, constitutional law, and the law of evidence, she is best known for her criminal law judgments: during her seven years at the Supreme Court of Canada, Justice Charron has penned more criminal jurisprudence than any other justice.

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About the Authors:

Graham Mayeda’s research focuses on international trade and investment law, theories of global justice, law and development, criminal law, and legal philosophy. He began his academic career in philosophy, in which he received both M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Toronto. His work in this area focuses primarily on the philosophy of Nishida Kitaro, Watsuji Tetsuro and Kuki Shuzo.  Professor Mayeda is primarily interested in the impact of law on marginalized groups and on innovative theoretical approaches to legal analysis. He is also interested in the impact of cultural, socio-economic, racial and gender difference in Canadian criminal law. In the context of private law, he has studied the nature of common law reasoning. He has written a few articles on the law of social protest, particularly in regard to protests involving the protection of the environment, First Nations rights, and the Occupy Movement. In public law more generally, he explores the relationship between principled and pragmatic reasoning in Canadian constitutional jurisprudence.

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Peter C. Oliver has built a national and international reputation for ground-breaking research into constitutional questions. His theoretical, comparative and historical approach has been applied to practical legal problems, such Commonwealth devolution, ever-closer European union, independence and secession.  His recent writing explores Canadian constitutional issues, particularly with regard to constitutional amendment, constitutional conventions and federalism. Much of Professor Oliver’s research focuses on shifting understandings of two central theoretical concepts: ‘sovereignty’ and ‘legal system’. His careful treatment of both concepts yields a theoretical account of fundamental legal transitions, one whose practical consequence is to explain how constitutional continuity can produce constitutional independence. Oliver’s work has been cited across the world, in leading publications in Australia, Canada, India, Israel, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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