The rule of law is often invoked in our study and practice, and increasingly so in the news. Recent events have shown that state authorities are seeking to evade the rule of law, and highlight how many people continue to lack the benefit of the rule of law. This conference is intended to discuss these themes in the context of an overall diminishing of the value of the rule of law, and to discuss what can be done next.
Massey QC, the law fellows, are hosting two panels and a workshop to discuss this critical subject. Our first panel is focused on who is left out from the rule of law, in the context of Indigenous sovereignty and rights, and non-citizens, and the second panel considers government attempts to evade the rule of law through actions such as proroguing Parliament in the context of Brexit, changing the structure of the Toronto municipal elections, and whether this is temporary. Both panels feature leading lawyers and scholars to help add context and provide ideas for next steps. The panels will conclude with a lunch workshop where attendees will be encouraged to continue the conversation and brainstorm how to do our part to both expand and uphold crucial institutions.
Registration: 9:00-9:30 am
Opening Remarks: 9:30-9:45 am
Panel 1 – Limits on the Rule of Law: 9:45-11:00 am
Coffee Break: 11:00-11:15 am
Panel 2 – Challenges to the Rule of Law: 11:15 am -12:30 pm
Lunch and Workshop: 12:30-2pm