About Us

Our Mission

2015 marked the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta, a document from which the concept of the rule of law is, in part, thought to originate. King John sealed the document in a meadow called Runnymede by the Thames River, about 30 km west of central London. In 2016, we founded the Runnymede Society as a national student membership organization dedicated to exploring the ideas and ideals of the rule of law, constitutionalism, and classical liberalism.

On-Campus Debates

Through on-campus debates and discussion, we ensure that free speech and intellectual diversity remain an active part of Canadian law school life. We provide outstanding support and opportunities for intellectual enrichment, networking, and professional development, including by providing members opportunities to meet professors, practitioners, and judges supportive of our mission.

Meet Our Director

Joanna Baron

Joanna Baron

Runnymede Society Director

Joanna Baron is the Director of the Runnymede Society. A native of Toronto, Joanna studied classical liberal arts at St. John’s College, MD, and earned civil and common law degrees at McGill University. She clerked at the Court of Appeal for Ontario and was called to the bar in Ontario in 2013. Following her clerkship, Joanna worked in barrister’s chambers in London, UK as a Harold G. Fox Scholar. Following her return to Canada in 2014, Joanna practiced as a criminal law with the late Edward L. Greenspan, appearing at all levels of court in Ontario, including the Supreme Court of Canada.