Interpreting the Charter of Rights & Freedoms

Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:00–1:00 PM


Enterprise Square, Room 2-520


Bills of rights, by their nature, contain abstract statements of guarantee that inevitably require interpretation when applied to specific facts and policies. Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms is no different in this respect. Join Professor Joanna Harrington as she explains the interpretive techniques developed by the courts to determine the content of the Charter’s guarantees, and tackles the question of how much use should be made of foreign law when interpreting a national statement of Canada’s most enduring values.