Canadian Constitutional and Administrative Law

PPAL 6100 3.0  

Saturday Section, 2008-09:  Prof. Roger Rickwood


Monday Evening Section, Winter Term:   Prof. Nergis Canefe



Course Description

This course examines the Canadian court system, judicial interpretation of the division of powers between federal and provincial governments, and judicial review under the Charter of Rights and other human rights instruments.  The implications of the rule of law for public officials are explored, as well as judicial review of administrative decisions. 

Course Outline  (Saturday Class)

Course Outline (Monday Evening Class)

Presentations Saturday Class

Presentations Monday Evening Class

Powerpoint March 2
Powerpoint April 13


Introduction to Public Law

British North America Act, 1867 (also known as the Constitution Act, 1867)

Roncarelli v. Duplessis (1959), 16 DLR (2d) 689 (SCC).

Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Ian Greene, The Charter of Rights, Ch 1 revised (draft)

Ian Greene, The Charter of Rights, Ch 2 revised (draft)

     References for Greene's The Charter of Rights

     Cases for Greene's The Charter of Rights

Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

R v. Oakes (1986), 26 D.L.R. (4th) 200 (SCC).

Sauvé v. Canada (Chief Electoral Officer), [2002] 3 S.C.R. 51.

Aboriginal Rights

Sparrow v. The Queen, [1990] 1 SCR 1075.

Rights and Freedoms Under the Charter

RWDSU v. Dolphin Delivery Ltd., [1986] 2 S.C.R. 573.

Multani v. Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys, [2006] 1 S.C.R. 256.

Wynberg v. Ontario, Ontario Court of Appeal, July 7, 2006.

Queen v. L.B., Ontario Court of Appeal (2007)

Equality Rights

Bliss v. AG.  Canada (1978), 92 DLR (3d) 417 (SCC).

Law Society of BC v. Andrews (1989), 56 DLR 1 (SCC).

Law v. Minister of Human Resources Development (1999), 170 DLR (4th) 1 (SCC).

Access to Justice

British Columbia (Minister of Forests) v. Okanagan Indian Band, [2003] 3 S.C.R. 371.

Little Sisters Book and Art Emporium v. Canada, [2007] 1 SCR 38.

Administrative Law

Singh v. Minister of Employment and Immigration, [1985] 1 S.C.R. 177, and

Charkaoui v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), [2007] 1 S.C.R. 350, 2007 SCC

Baker v.  Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration), [1999] 2 S.C.R. 817.

Pushpanathan v. Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration), [1998] 1 S.C.R. 982.

Dunsmuir v. New Brunswick [2008] 1 S.C.R. 190, 2008 SCC 9

Supplemental Materials

Highlights of the Canadian Constitution

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Briefing Cases

Academic Honesty

On-Line Resources