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, the Canadian Constitution Foundation founded the Runnymede Society as a national student membership organization dedicated to the ideas and ideals of constitutionalism, liberty and the rule of law. The Runnymede Society is an expressly non-partisan entity. We invite speakers from all across the ideological spectrum to debate legal ideas that engage the rule of law, constitutionalism, and individual liberty. The goal is to focus on these age-old principles in the context of real issues that are not often explored in the law school classrooms.

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 and enrich their legal knowledge with professors, practitioners, and judges.

Original Legal Content

The Runnymede Society produces original legal content in the form of special journal publications and podcasts. The goal is to create high-quality legal materials that foster debate on issues relating to constitutionalism, the rule of law, and individual liberty.

Our Schools

The Runnymede Society is proud to host chapters at law schools spanning coast-to-coast.


British Columbia

Thompson Rivers University

University of Victoria

University of British Columbia


University of Alberta

University of Calgary


University of Saskatchewan


University of Manitoba



Lakehead University

Western University

Queen’s University

University of Ottawa

University of Toronto

Osgoode Hall Law School

University of Windsor


Universite de Montreal

McGill University

New Brunswick

University of New Brunswick

Nova Scotia

Dalhousie University

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