• Queen’s Certificate in Law – Introduction to Public & Constitutional Law
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    Queen’s Certificate in Law – Introduction to Public & Constitutional Law

    Public and constitutional law is about power. Who can exercise power, what types of power can be exercised, and whether and to what extent there are any limits on the exercise of government power. At the beginning of the course we’ll look at the origins of Canada’s legal system, and we’ll look at how it was influenced by the French and the United Kingdom systems of government. We’ll also look at how the Supreme Court of Canada has recognized Aboriginal law within the Canadian constitutional framework. We’ll look at the Constitution Act 1867 which established Canada as a self-governing Dominion and that divided the authority to make laws between the…

  • 2019 Wright Lecture – Mark Tushnet – “Institutions for Protecting Constitutional Democracy”
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    2019 Wright Lecture – Mark Tushnet – “Institutions for Protecting Constitutional Democracy”

    (audience applauds) Thank You, Dean Iacobucci and Professor Su. Thanks to the Dean for inviting me to give this lecture, and to the faculty as a whole for its hospitality during my two weeks here teaching an intensive course. I will say a little more detail about the nature of this project in a moment. But I just wanna launch into the discussion directly with the observation that if I don’t blather on too long, I’m happy to have questions and discussion after I’ve concluded my main presentation. Particularly because this is an early stage of what I hope to be a more extended project. So let me frame the…

  • ‘Divided by a common language: British and American perspectives on Constitutional Law’
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    ‘Divided by a common language: British and American perspectives on Constitutional Law’

    Good evening ladies and gentlement. I’m David Feldman. I am the Director of the Centre for Public Law in the University, and it is my great pleasure to welcome you on behalf of the Faculty of Law and the Centre for Public Law to this the seventeenth Sir David Williams Lecture. The Sir David Williams lectures were founded in 2001 to mark Sir David’s contribution to the field of public law. David was and remains an inspiration to generations of us academic lawyers and students. Loved equally for his wisdow, his humour, and his kindness to people, especially younger and less experienced people. He was of those people who always…

  • Understand Gun Laws in 6 Minutes
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    Understand Gun Laws in 6 Minutes

    so gun laws and gun control have been in the news a lot lately can’t imagine why… it would help to know what the existing laws about owning and using guns are and what they require you to do if you wanna have a gun or several handy so let’s dig in shall we the very first law that touches your guns at least until the gun touching act of 2014 passes is the requirement of gun registration every gun manufacturer importer and dealer has to register every gun they either make import or sell and ensure that gun has a unique serial number whenever a gun is sold the…

  • Understand the Constitution Blazing Fast (Freedomists Show Episode 6)
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    Understand the Constitution Blazing Fast (Freedomists Show Episode 6)

    It’s safe to say the Constitution is like the big cheese of political documents. Politicians talk about it all the time…wait a second…no they don’t…but they should. Anyway, that’s beside the point. Today in our country the Constitution is under attack, and this really isn’t good if you’re the kind of person that enjoy freedom. Because the Constitution is really what defends our freedom as citizens of the U.S. Without that document, there’s really nothing that can stop power hungry politicians from taking control. But here’s the idea being pushed to our young people. “the Constitution is an out of date, irrelevant document that simply does not work any more.…

  • What Is Impeachment?
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    What Is Impeachment?

    I’m Micah Schwartzman I’m the director of the Karsh Center for Law and Democracy. which is a relatively new center at the law school and and I’m here to host this session on impeachment. We’re running a series like faculty student discussion series there’ll be three of these events this is the first of them and the question what is impeachment we’ll have a second session about a week from now and you should look for that there’s a poster outside and you’ll see I think in the email that’s gone around about this series the second one will be about the nature of of corruption and bribery and what…

  • Understand Free Speech Law in 6 Minutes
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    Understand Free Speech Law in 6 Minutes

    freedom of expression it’s one of our most cherished rights one of the things that makes America America the right to say whatever you want to everyone of course you can’t say just anything you want to, right? there are rules about these things, but this isn’t just any old area the law this involves the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, so what are the rules? what can you and can’t you say? when is the government allowed to interfere with your right to free speech? let’s spend a little time talking about some of the basic law here first the amendment itself is pretty clear and short Congress…

  • Kim Taylor-Thompson on Trump and the Constitution
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    Kim Taylor-Thompson on Trump and the Constitution

    So when Adam asked me to join the panel to discuss the effect of a Trump presidency on criminal justice policy, I have to admit that I hesitated, largely because his request actually forced me to face the reality that this was not just a bad nightmare on 11/9, but actually was a reality. So, even if I refused to watch the inauguration on Friday it’s going to happen and even if I refuse to acknowledge Trump’s toxic tweets, they will continue and even if I refuse to believe that someone so divisive will actually be our president he will on Friday. So, that means that I and the rest…