Public Law: Cases, Commentary and Materials, 3rd Edition

Craig Forcese and Adam Dodek (General Editors) with Philip Bryden, Peter Carver, Richard Haigh, Mary Liston and Constance MacIntosh

June 2015
ISBN:  978-1-55239-664-3


Public Law: Cases, Commentary, and Analysis, 3rd Edition, is the only text of its kind devoted exclusively to public law in Canada. Using carefully selected case excerpts, this text demonstrates concepts, principles, and theory in a direct and accessible manner. Cases are presented with insightful author commentary, offering a compelling, cohesive introduction to the subject of public law.

This latest edition has been reorganized to consolidate themes and build links between chapters. It has been expanded to reflect the latest public law developments in Aboriginal law, electoral law, parliamentary ethics, and senate appointments. In addition, it has been updated to include recent changes from the Supreme Court of Canada, including the Supreme Court Act Reference (Nadon Reference) and Senate Reform Reference.

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About the Authors:

Craig Forcese teaches public international law, national security law, administrative law and constitutional law. He also co-teaches advanced international law and relations at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs.  He also co-organizes and instructs the Canadian component of Georgetown Law’s National Security Crisis Law course and simulation. In 2017, Professor Forcese and Kent Roach received the Canadian Civil Liberties Association Award for Excellence in Public Engagement (“for courage and commitment to human rights, human dignity and freedom”). In 2016, he was named jointly with Professor Kent Roach as among the “Top 25 most Influential in the justice system and legal profession” by Canadian Lawyer Magazine. In response to their work on national security law, Craig and Kent also received the Canadian Law and Society Association Book Prize (for their book False Security) and the Reg Robson Award (given annually by the BC Civil Liberties Association “to honour a community member who has demonstrated a substantial and long-lasting contribution to the cause of civil liberties in B.C. and Canada”). Professor Forcese was inducted as a member of the uOttawa Common Law Honour Society in 2016. 

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Adam Dodek, Dean of the Common Law Section, teaches Public Law,  Constitutional Law, Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility, and a seminar on the Supreme Court of Canada. He is a founding member of the Faculty's Public Law Group, the director of The Professionalism Initiative and the co-founder of the Legal Writing Academy.   He created and directs the Cavanagh Williams LLP Professionalism Speaker Series which is the first and only speaker series in Canada dedicated to issues of ethics and professionalism. He is the author of Solicitor-Client Privilege and The Canadian Constitution, as well as the co-editor of five other books. He is a member of the Chief Justice of Ontario’s Advisory Committee on Professionalism and is a former Governor of the Law Commission of Ontario. He is also a founding member of the Canadian Association for Legal Ethics and a member of the Advisory Board for the journal Legal Ethics. In 2014, he was named by Canadian Lawyer magazine as one of the twenty-five most influential figures in the Canadian legal profession.  In 2015, the Law Society of Upper Canada awarded him its highest honour, the Law Society Medal, for his exceptional contributions to the legal profession.

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