Upcoming Event: Symposium on Nadon Reference

Posted on Friday, May 8, 2015

The Public Law Group at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law cordially invites you to a symposium on the Nadon reference, entitled “Appointing Supreme Court Judges in the 21st Century – Reflections on the Nadon Reference” on May 28, 2014, from 10:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Gowlings Moot Court, Fauteux Hall, room 147.

The symposium will comprise two panel discussions and a round-table panel to close the event. Panel topics include:

Panel I: Reference re Supreme Court Act, ss. 5 and 6: Critical Perspectives on Statutory and Constitutional Interpretation
Moderator: Tonda MacCharles, Toronto Star

  1. Paul Daly, University of Montreal, “Legal Academia 2.0: New Models of Academic Influence and Engagement”
  2. Stéphane Beaulac, University of Montreal, “Can we or must we speak of methodological disaster in the Nadon Reference?”
  3. Sébastien Grammond, University of Ottawa, “Compact is Back: The Revival of the Compact Theory of Confederation in the Supreme Court Act Reference”
  4. Jamie Cameron, Osgoode Hall Law School, “Judges Judging: the Law of Eligibility and Politics of Qualifications”

Panel II: Implications for Future Use of the Amending Procedures: Jurisdiction and Characteristics of the Supreme Court of Canada
Moderator: Pierre Thibault, University of Ottawa

  1. Gilles Letourneau, ex-Federal Court of Appeal, “The Nadon Reference: A Sad and Unfortunate Saga”
  2. Benoît Pelletier, University of Ottawa, “The Scope of the Supreme Court of Canada’s Essential Features”
  3. Peter Oliver, University of Ottawa, “The Constitution of Canada after Nadon”
  4. Rosemary Cairns Way, University of Ottawa, “Diversity at the Supreme Court of Canada”

Roundtable: The Political & Constitutional Place of the Supreme Court of Canada
Moderator: Alison Crawford, CBC

  1. Adam Dodek, University of Ottawa
  2. Sean Fine, Globe and Mail
  3. Carissima Mathen, University of Ottawa
  4. David Schneiderman, University of Toronto

“Appointing Supreme Court Judges in the 21st Century – Reflections on the Nadon Reference”

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
10:15 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Gowlings Moot Court, Fauteux Hall, Room 147
University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, 57 Louis Pasteur  
This event is free but registration is mandatory. Please RSVP to clawrsvp@uottawa.ca by May 26th, 2014.

Please click here for the symposium agenda.

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