The 2018-2019 academic year is underway – and we already have several excellent events in store across the country!

Fri. September 21, 2018: Due Process in the #MeToo Era, Jonathan Kay (Senior Editor, Quillette Magazine) and Professor Jennifer Koshan (University of Calgary)

  • University of Alberta Faculty of Law, 12pm-1pm (Room LC 237)

Mon. September 24, 2018: Political Correctness and Free Speech, Lindsay Shepherd (Wilfrid Laurier University) and Professor Bruce Pardy (Queen’s University)

  • Queen’s University Faculty of Law, 5:30pm-7pm (Sir John A. Macdonald Hall, Room 202)

Thu. September 27, 2018: Charter Values, Doré, and Trinity Western University, The Hon. Justice Peter Lauwers (Ontario Court of Appeal)

  • McGill University Faculty of Law, 1pm-2:30pm (New Chancellor Day Hall, Room 201)

Thu. October 4, 2018: Electoral Reform Debate: Should BC Adopt Proportional Representation, The Hon. Suzanne Anton, QC (Director, No BC Proportional Representation) and Seth Klein (BC Director, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

  • UBC Allard Hall School of Law, 12pm-1pm (Room 106)


Mon. September 17, 2018: La crise des délais en matière criminelle: analyse du projet de loi C-75, Me Christine Mainville (Henein Hutchison LLP)

  • Faculté de droit de l’Université de Montréal, 11:30am-1pm (Salle B-4220, Pavillon Lionel-Groulx)

Mon. September 10, 2018: Freedom of Conscience: The Supremacy of That Which is Highest and Best in Man, Professor Leonid Sirota (Auckland University of Technology Law School)

  • University of Saskatchewan College of Law, 12pm-1pm (Room 150)

Wed. September 12, 2018: Dirty Word or Dirty Little Secret: Originalism in Canada, Professor Leonid Sirota (Auckland University of Technology Law School)

  • University of Alberta Faculty of Law, 12pm-1pm (Room LC 190)

August 23, 2018: Montréal Lawyers’ Chapter: La crise des délais en matière criminelle: analyse du projet de loi C-75, avec Me Christine Mainville (Henein Hutchison LLP):

June 26, 2018: Edmonton Lawyers’ Chapter: After Comeau, with Professor Malcolm Lavoie (University of Alberta Faculty of Law) and Howard Anglin (Executive Director, Canadian Constitution Foundation):

June 20, 2018: Calgary Lawyers’ Chapter: Trans Mountain Trouble: The Trans Mountain pipeline saga, with Professor Nigel Bankes (University of Calgary Faculty of Law) and Professor James Coleman (Southern Methodist University Faculty of Law): This event is sponsored by Miller Thomson LLP.

April 9, 2018: Toronto Lawyers’ Chapter: The Rule of Law in the Age of Trump, with David Frum (Senior Editor at The Atlantic):


April 4, 2018: Université de Montréal: Répartition de compétences et règlementation du cannabis: un débat, avec Olga Redko (IMK LLP) et le professeur Jean Leclair (Université de Montréal).


March 29, 2018: Queen’s University: The Canadian Monarchy: A Debate, with Robert Finch (Chairman of the Monarchist League of Canada) and Ashok Charles (executive director of RepublicNow).

March 27, 2018: University of Saskatchewan: Invoking s. 33: Democracy or Disaster? A Debate on Charter Rights and the Notwithstanding Clause, with Professor Jason MacLean (UofS), Dr. Geoffrey Sigalet (Stanford) and Professor Dwight Newman (UofS).

March 12, 2018: Schulich School of Law: Feminist Originalism: A Contradiction in Terms?, with Professor Kerri Froc (UNB Law).

March 6, 2018: University of British Columbia: Is Net Neutrality A Threat to Innovation?, with Ian A. Bell (Internet entrepreneur and digital rights advocate) and Thomas Struble (Counsel, R Street Institute).

February 28, 2018: University of Ottawa: Free Speech, Equality and the Limits of Law: A Debate on the Statement of Principles, with Sadie Etemad (Managing Lawyer, S.E.T. Law) and Susan Richer (Bencher, Law Society of Ontario).


February 27, 2018: University of Windsor: A Physician’s Conscience: Objections to Effective Referral, with Albertos Polizogopoulos (Vincent Dagenais Gibson), Joanna Baron (Runnymede Society) and Joe Comartin (former NDP M.P.). 


February 12, 2018: Université de Montréal: Le rôle d’un juge dans un État de droit constitutionnel: débat, with Professor Maxime St-Hilaire (Université de Sherbrooke) and Julius Grey (Grey, Casgrain). Cet évènement est co-organisé avec le Comité Droit Constitutionnel de la Faculté de droit de l’Université de Montréal.


February 12, 2018: McGill University: The Theory and Practice of Safe Spaces, with Professor Victor Muniz-Fraticelli (McGill Law), Dr. Dolores Chew (Marianopolis College), Michael Kennedy (Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms) and Professor Nandini Ramanujam (McGill Law). This event is co-hosted with the Women of Colour Collective at McGill’s Faculty of Law.


February 12, 2018: Dalhousie University’s Schulich School of Law: Challenging the Law Society of Ontario’s Statement of Principles, a town-hall with Professor Bruce Pardy (Queen’s Law). This event is co-hosted with the Institute for Liberal Studies.

February 7, 2018: University of Ottawa: Pub Night at the Lieutenant’s Pump, with The Hon. Marc Nadon (Federal Court of Appeal).

January 29, 2018: Queen’s University: The Right to Die and Conscience Rights, with Ricardo Smalling (Queen’s U) and Albertos Polizogopoulos (Vincent Dagenais Gibson).


January 18, 2018: University of Alberta: On Pseudolaw, with Donald Netolitzky, Executive Counsel to Associate Chief Justice Rooke of the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench.

January 17, 2018: McGill University: On the Decline of Legal Doctrine, with The Hon. David Stratas (Federal Court of Appeal) and The Hon. Marc Nadon (Federal Court of Appeal).

January 12-13, 2018: Runnymede Society Law & Freedom Conference (Hart House):

January 10, 2018: McGill University: Policing ThoughtThe Law(less) Society of Upper Canada, with Professor Leonid Sirota (AUT Law, New Zealand).

November 13, 2017: McGill University: Freedom of Speech in Canada, a conversation with Julius Grey (Grey, Casgrain).


November 13, 2017: Université de Montréal: Bill 62 and Religious Liberty in Québec, with Anne-France Goldwater (Goldwater, Dubé).


November 10, 2017: Western University: Debate: Omar Khadr and Charter Damages, with Asher Honickman (Matthews Abogado LLP) and Rob De Luca (Canadian Civil Liberties Association).


October 31, 2017: University of British Columbia: Debate on Law Society of Upper Canada et al v. Trinity Western University, with Earl Phillips (Executive Director, TWU Law School) and Elin Sigurdson (Mandell Pinderson LLP).


October 26, 2017: University of Alberta: Diversity or Discrimination? The Trinity Western University Law School Debate, with Professor Eric Adams (University of Alberta, Faculty of Law) and Ranjan K. Agarwal (Counsel for TWU in Ontario; Partner at Bennett Jones).


October 25, 2017: Queen’s University: When Rights Collide: Freedom of Religion & Discrimination at Trinity Western University, with Dean William Flanagan (Queen’s Law), Professor Bruce Pardy (Queen’s Law) and André Schutten (Association for Reformed Political Action; intervenor in the Supreme Court case).


October 24, 2017: University of Calgary: Free Speech in the Digital Age: @CanadaCreep, Internet privacy and criminalization, with Brendan Miller (Walsh Law) and Professor Emily Laidlaw (University of Calgary).

October 19, 2017: University of Toronto: Liberal Pluralism and the Challenge of Religious Diversity, with The Hon. Peter Lauwers (Court of Appeal for Ontario).

October 11, 2017: McGill University: In Defence of the Presumption of Innocence, with Marie Henein (Henein Hutchison LLP).


September 27, 2017: Schulich School of Law: How American Judges Judge, with Judge Edith Jones (US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit).

September 26, 2017: University of Toronto: Bracken v. Fort Erie: Freedom of Expression in Canada, with The Hon. Bradley Miller (Court of Appeal for Ontario).