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Academic Commentary
15 Jun 2015
by Diana Ginn of Schulich School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Diana Ginn of Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, discusses the debate surrounding the freedom of religion held by private and public schools in Canada with regards to curriculum...In Loyola High School and John Zucci v. Attorney General of Quebec the Supreme Court of Canada addressed the … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jun 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] A judge for the Quebec Superior Court has awarded over $15 billion [judgment, PDF] (USD $12 billion) in damages to Quebec smokers in a case against tobacco companies JTI-Macdonald, Imperial Tobacco, and Rothmans, Benson & Hedges, making this the largest award for damages and the biggest class action lawsuit … [read more]


Academic Commentary
20 May 2015
by Larry Eaker of American University of Paris

JURIST Guest Columnist Larry Eaker of the American University of Paris discusses the EU's position on the Ukraine Crisis ... "United in Diversity"—The Official EU Motto The sweeping expansion of the EU over the past 20 years has seemed to hit its limits—at least for the immediate future. After absorbing … [read more]


Legal News
15 Apr 2015
by Sarah Boehme

The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF] unanimously Wednesday that elected officials do not have the right to open municipal council meetings with a prayer. The country's top court found [National Post report] that reciting a Catholic prayer at council meetings is unconstitutional and infringes on freedom … [read more]


Legal News
15 Apr 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] ruled [judgment] Tuesday that the national law requiring minimum sentences for gun crimes is unconstitutional because it constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. The high court ruled 6-3 to affirm [Toronto Star report] a 2013 ruling on the issue. Section 95 of the … [read more]


Legal News
27 Mar 2015
by Sarah Boehme

The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF] Friday that the federal government does not have to relinquish its gun-registry database to Quebec. The Court's 5-4 decision affirmed [National Post report] Parliament's constitutional right over criminal law. Although three Quebec judges dissented, the majority ruled that the principle … [read more]


Legal News
6 Feb 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] on Friday unanimously struck down [judgment] the country's ban on medically assisted suicide. The court found the provision in Canada's Criminal Code [text] that criminalized the aiding and abetting of suicide efforts unconstitutional under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms [text]. The … [read more]


Legal News
24 Oct 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper [official profile] announced plans to strengthen Canada's anti-terrorism laws [press release] in a statement to the Canadian Parliament [official website] on Thursday. Harper's plans for increased security measures comes in response to an attack by a lone gunman [BBC report] on Canada's parliament and … [read more]


Legal News
10 Oct 2014
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] ruled [judgment] Friday that citizens cannot sue foreign governments for torture. Under the State Immunity Act [text], a foreign state is immune from the jurisdiction of any court in Canada, unless that state has waived such immunity. In the case at hand, … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jun 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Officials from the UN Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia addressed [press release; video] the UN Security Council Thursday to discuss the work that has been achieved as the tribunals mark 20 years of existence in 2014 and begin the process of closing by the end of … [read more]


Legal News
8 May 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The Court of Appeal of Quebec [official website] on Wednesday upheld [judgment, PDF, in French] the conviction of Rwandan Hutu Desire Munyaneza [Trial Watch profile] for war crimes committed during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Munyaneza was convicted in May 2009 and sentenced [JURIST reports] the following October for seven … [read more]


Legal News
8 Oct 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] Turkey lifted its ban on women wearing traditional Islamic headscarves in public institutions on Tuesday. The official lifting of the ban occurred just eight days after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan [official website, in Turkish; JURIST news archive] announced the change, which is part of a package of … [read more]


Legal News
30 Sep 2013
by Max Slater

[JURIST] Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan [official website, in Turkish; JURIST news archive] announced [press release] on Monday that Turkey will end a ban on women wearing traditional Islamic headscarves in public institutions. The lifting of the ban is part of a package of human rights reforms [ABC News … [read more]


Legal News
23 Sep 2013
by Max Slater

[JURIST] Voters in Ticino [official website, in Italian], an Italian-speaking region of Switzerland, approved a referendum on Sunday to ban the wearing of full-face veils. Although the referendum does not explicitly target Muslims, it drew outrage [AFP report] from Muslim groups in Switzerland, who denounced the referendum as a blow … [read more]


Legal News
16 Sep 2013
by Max Slater

[JURIST] A judge in London ruled [materials] on Monday that a Muslim woman who is a defendant in an upcoming trial must remove her full-face veil when presenting evidence. A judge for the Blackfriars Crown Court [official website] held that the woman, whose name cannot be identified for legal reasons, … [read more]


Legal News
11 Sep 2013
by Max Slater

[JURIST] A member of Quebec's separatist Parti Quebecois (PQ) [party website, in French] is proposing a bill that would ban government workers from wearing religious clothing on their heads, including turbans, hijabs and kippas. Bernard Drainville [official profile], the minister who proposed the bill, which is known as the values … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jun 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The government of the Canadian province of Quebec [official website] introduced a bill Wednesday that would permit doctors to provide patients with medical aid to die. Quebec Social Services Minister Veronique Hivon [official profile] introduced the bill before the National Assembly [official website]. The proposed law [Bill 52, PDF] … [read more]


Legal News
7 Apr 2013
by Jaimie Cremeans

[JURIST] The Montreal Police [official website] on Friday arrested 279 protestors at an allegedly illegal demonstration aimed at protesting police tactics. The protesters were speaking out against Montreal's Municipal Bylaw P-6 [materials], which allows the police to declare illegal any demonstration where participants failed to provide government authorities a copy … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jan 2013
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that common law couples do not have the same rights as married couple in Quebec. The case involves a common law couple with three children in which the mother filed suit for spousal support, "partition of the family … [read more]


Legal News
11 Sep 2012
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] A judge for the Superior Court of Quebec [official profile] ruled [judgment, PDF, in French] Monday that the Canadian federal government cannot end the Quebec long-gun registry. The decision invalidated two parts of the Ending the Long-gun Registry Act [materials] and ordered the federal government to release any records … [read more]

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