The James Lewtas Lecture: The Rise of Facts and Demise of Norms in Charter Litigation
Mar 24, 2014, 12:30pm-2pm
Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University
Ronalda Murphy is the James Lewtas Visiting Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School where she is teaching courses in legal process and evidence. She is an associate professor at Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, and special counsel to the assistant deputy attorney general for Ontario in civil law. She has been a visiting lecturer at York University (Osgoode and Glendon), the University of New Brunswick Law School and the University of the Witswatersrand Law School in South Africa. Professor Murphy was Supreme Court of Canada law clerk to Justice Estey (1987-88) and then an associate in litigation at Stikeman Elliott LLP (1988-90).
Her areas of research and scholarship include constitutional law, comparative law, evidence, feminism, family law, legal theory and aboriginal law.
In her talk, Professor Murphy identifies the emergence of innovative civil processes and the critical importance of facts in litigation involving heroin addicts, sex trade workers and patients seeking physician assistance in dying. She argues that success in these cases, as contrasted with early Charter rights litigation, which focused on relatively stable constitutional norms, requires the use of facts to create the conditions for judicial empathy.
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