A Legal Forum for Intellectual Diversity

The Runnymede Society is a membership-based organization that invites 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.

Law & Freedom 2023: The Emergencies Act and the ‘Freedom Convoy’

Prof. Ryan Alford, Prof. Leah West, Asher Honickman, and Cara Zwibel discuss the Emergencies Act and the ‘Freedom Convoy’ in a conversation moderated by Prof. Malcolm Lavoie. Please note that this panel was recorded before the Public Order Emergency Commission released its report regarding the invocation of the Emergencies Act.

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Law & Freedom 2023: The Future of Section 12

Prof. Yuan Yi-Zhu, Prof. Lisa Kerr, and Prof. Steven Penney discuss the future of Section 12 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms following the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in R v Bissonnette. A conversation moderated by Jessica Kuredjian.    

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Runnymede Fellows Program

The Runnymede Society seeks papers relating to themes of the rule of law, freedom, and constitutionalism. Any paper broadly falling into one of these categories is eligible. Papers should be between 5,000 and 10,000 words. Note that fellowship recipients may be required to condense the length of their papers prior to publication. Eligibility: Any current undergraduate law student or current articling/clerking students. Prizes:  Two cash prizes of $4000 are available. The cash prizes come with a chance to be published

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Law and Freedom 2023

The Runnymede Society is pleased to announce that Law and Freedom 2023 will be held January 20-21, 2022 at Hart House in Toronto, ON. Each year, Law and Freedom gathers over hundreds of scholars, lawyers, and law students to hear from the best and brightest in Canada’s legal community on pressing topics of academic and practical importance. We are pleased to announce that Justice Russell Brown of the Supreme Court of Canada will be joining us as our keynote speaker on Saturday evening. Stay tuned for

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Call for Papers

The Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta, and the Runnymede Society invite paper proposals in English or in French for a one-day, all-day workshop/symposium on private rights and the rule of law. The symposium will be held in Banff on July 10, 2023. Papers will be published in an edited collection, subject to successful peer review, in a special edition of the Supreme Court Law Review. Justice Suzanne Côté of the Supreme Court of

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We provide funding for debates, symposia, and panel discussions with external speakers and refreshments. We are able to assist with reaching out to speakers and fund out-of-town speaker travel expenses.


We host regular networking events with local members of the legal profession, academics, journalists, and other students.


We aim to connect first-year students with upper-years who can provide mentorship and academic guidance, as well as course summaries.

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