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Navigating the Troubled Waters of Religious Accommodation

Navigating the Troubled Waters of Religious Accommodation

Recent reports concerning a situation in York University, Toronto, have reignited discussion on the complex subject of the right to religious accommodation. A male student, enrolled on an online course, requested permission from his professor to be excused from participating in group work with female students in person, citing his undisclosed religious belief as his [...]

Safety of Sex-Workers Again at the Centre in Canada (Attorney General) v Bedford

Safety of Sex-Workers Again at the Centre in Canada (Attorney General) v Bedford

Earlier this year, I argued that the ONCA gave a comprehensive and nuanced assessment of Canada’s criminal provisions on prostitution. The Supreme Court of Canada in a unanimous decision upheld the ONCA’s ruling and struck down these provisions as unconstitutional because they materially increase risk of harm for those who work in the sex trade.  Prostitution [...]

The Québec Charter of Values Project: Republican or Immigrant-phobic?

The Québec Charter of Values Project: Republican or Immigrant-phobic?

Tuesday, September 10 2013, the Government of Québec finally released its Strategy aimed at protecting the Values of the nation. It is important to say that this document is neither a bill nor a policy paper, yet. A strategy, in the new brave world of political communication, is a prompt aimed at assessing voters’ reaction [...]

Reaching Equal Justice: An Invitation to Envision and Act (Report of the Canadian Bar Association’s Access to Justice Committee, August 2013)

Reaching Equal Justice: An Invitation to Envision and Act (Report of the Canadian Bar Association’s Access to Justice Committee, August 2013)

The year is 2030 and all people living in Canada have equal access to justice regardless of means, capacity or social situation.  The justice system takes into consideration individuals’ and groups’ different legal needs and provides timely, holistic, and personalized assistance to achieve lasting and just outcomes.  People are empowered to manage their own legal [...]

Safety of Sex-workers and Prostitutes at the Heart of Bedford v Attorney General of Canada

Safety of Sex-workers and Prostitutes at the Heart of Bedford v Attorney General of Canada

There are a myriad of moral and legal grounds to object to or support prostitution. However, rarely has the health and safety of those who work in prostitution been as central to the reasoning of a court as it was in the Ontario Court of Appeal’s (ONCA) decision in Bedford v Attorney General of Canada. [...]

The Inter-American Anti-Discrimination Conventions and the Concealed Challenges Ahead

The Inter-American Anti-Discrimination Conventions and the Concealed Challenges Ahead

On 5 June 2013, the Organisation of American States (OAS) adopted the Inter-American Convention against Racism, Racial Discrimination and Related Forms of Intolerance (the Anti-Racism Convention) and the Inter-American Convention against All Forms of Discrimination and Intolerance (the Anti-Discrimination Convention). The adoption of these conventions is undoubtedly an important step towards the elimination of discrimination [...]

Why Fisher v University of Texas is Irrelevant outside the US

Why Fisher v University of Texas is Irrelevant outside the US

The US Supreme Court’s decision in Fisher v University of Texas, released on Monday, has received much international attention.  As Claire Overman and Reva Siegel explain in their recent posts, the decision was not the end to race-based affirmative action in the US that many feared, nor was it the ringing endorsement of Grutter that [...]

Supreme Court of Canada Delivers Judgment in Hate Speech Case

Supreme Court of Canada Delivers Judgment in Hate Speech Case

By Lauren Dancer- In Saskatchewan (Human Rights Commission) v. Whatcott 2013 SCC 11 the Supreme Court of Canada considered whether s 14(1)(b) of The Saskatchewan Human Rights Code which prohibits the publication of any representation ‘that exposes or tends to expose to hatred, ridicules, belittles or otherwise affronts the dignity of any person or class [...]

A Quick Overview

Blog posts have been coming in thick and fast over the last month. To help you get up to speed, the editorial team has put together a quick summary of some of the major themes. Justice Verma Committee on Indian sexual violence laws The Justice Verma Committee submitted its report on the reform of India’s [...]