Join us November 8-10, 2023, for Evolving Approaches to Constitutional Interpretation in Canada, a conference hosted by the uOttawa Public Law Centre, the University of Alberta, and the York Research Chair in Pluralism and Public Law at Osgoode Hall Law School. The conference will open with a reception on Wednesday, November 8 from 6:15 pm to 8:15 pm in Huguette Labelle Hall. The two days that follow will include panels, structured discussions, and more informal opportunities for discussion and debate. Every effort will be made to work across disciplinary and other divides to produce cutting edge new scholarship.
The registration fee for the conference is $200 for in-person attendance, $100 for online access, and student pricing is available at a cost of $30.
The Supreme Court of Canada’s approach to interpretation is evolving in many areas of constitutional law. From its decision in Quebec (Attorney General) v 9147-0732 Québec inc. 2020 SCC 32, in which a majority endorsed a clearly more textual approach to Charter interpretation, to Toronto (City) v Ontario (Attorney General), 2021 SCC 34, holding that unwritten constitutional principles cannot invalidate legislation, the resurgence of the peace, order and good government (POGG) power in References re Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act, 2021 SCC 11, an unstable Charter values analysis in administrative law, the increasing importance of structural constitutionalism, and the sui generis nature of the Honour of the Crown, now is an opportune time to examine the Court’s approach to interpretation across the breadth of constitutional law topics.