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Charter of Rights and Freedoms 6/e

Written by two of Canada’s leading constitutional scholars, no other Canadian book provides such an accessible yet thorough and objective account of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The authors survey the manner in which Canadian courts have come to terms with a constitutionally entrenched bill of rights, focusing on the decisions of the Supreme Court of Canada. The purpose is to explain the Charter, its interpretation by the courts, and its practical application.

There have been many significant developments in Charter jurisprudence since the publication of the previous edition in 2013. This edition highlights new developments under section 7 of the Charter, including discussion of the landmark Bedford and Carter decisions and Parliament’s replies to those decisions. It also features developments under section 1, including increased emphasis on the final balancing stage of the proportionality test in the 2016 case of R v KRJ. As always, many Charter decisions relate to the criminal process and they appear in this edition, including the new approach to trial in a reasonable time in Jordan, and a range of cases relating to mandatory sentences and retroactive punishment. The authors also consider the development in freedom of association jurisprudence to embrace not only rights of collective bargaining, but also the right to strike.


Robert J. Sharpe

Robert Sharpe was formerly a professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, where he wrote and taught in the areas of constitutional law, remedies, civil procedure, and criminal law. From 1990 to 1995 he served as Dean of the Faculty. He has appeared as counsel in a number of Charter cases in courts at all levels, including the Supreme Court of Canada. From 1988 to 1990, he served as the Supreme Court’s Executive Legal Officer. He was appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice (General Division) in 1995 and to the Ontario Court of Appeal in 1999. Robert Sharpe was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1991, presented with the Ontario Bar Association Distinguished Service Award in 2005, and elected as a Senior Fellow of Massey College in 2006. In 2008, he received the Mundell Medal for making a distinguished contribution to law and letters. In 2011, he was appointed as a Visiting Professor, Oxford University, and received honorary doctoral degrees from the Law Society of Upper Canada and the University of Windsor. Justice Sharpe has published many scholarly articles and is the author of several award-winning books on law and legal history, including The Law of Habeas Corpus, 3d ed (2011); The Last Day, the Last Hour: The Currie Libel Trial (1988); Injunctions and Specific Performance, 4th ed (2011); Brian Dickson: A Judge’s Journey (with Kent Roach) (2003); The Persons Case: The Origins and Legacy of the Fight for Legal Personhood (with Patricia McMahon) (2007); and The Lazier Murder: Prince Edward County, 1884 (2011).

Kent Roach

Kent Roach is a professor of law at the University of Toronto, where he holds the Prichard-Wilson Chair in Law and Public Policy. He formerly served as a law clerk to Justice Bertha Wilson of the Supreme Court of Canada. In 2002, he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada; in 2013, he was awarded a Pierre Trudeau Fellowship; and in 2015, he was appointed a member of the Order of Canada. Professor Roach is the author of thirteen books, including Constitutional Remedies in Canada (awarded the 1997 Walter Owen Book Prize) and now in its second edition; Due Process and Victims’ Rights (shortlisted for the 1999 Donner Prize); The Supreme Court on Trial: Judicial Activism or Democratic Dialogue (shortlisted for the 2001 Donner Prize) and now in a revised edition; Brian Dickson: A Judge’s Journey, co-authored with Robert Sharpe (winner of the 2003 Defoe Prize); The 9/11 Effect: Comparative Counter-Terrorism (co-winner of the 2012 Mundell Medal); and False Security: The Radicalization of Canadian Anti-Terrorism, co-authored with Craig Forcese (winner of the 2016 Canadian Law and Society book prize). He is also the author of Criminal Law, now in its sixth edition, in the Irwin Law Essentials of Canadian Law series. Professor Roach has represented interveners in many Charter cases, including Downtown Eastside Sex Workers on standing, Khawaja on terrorism, Sauvé on voting and equality, Latimer on mandatory penalties, Golden on strip searches, and Ward on Charter damages.

Chapter Contributors Pages Year Price
The purpose of the book is to explain to law students, lawyers and non-specialist readers the interpretation and practical application of the Charter by the courts.
; 3 $0.30
Surveys common law, legislation and international human rights charters prior to the enactment of the Charter.
; 23 $2.30
Analysis of the effect of the Charter on the power of judicial review.
; 21 $2.10
Outlines the structure of the Charter and canvasses debates about its interpretation, including interpretive methods and sources.
; 18 $1.80
Analysis of how the courts have interpreted the “reasonable limits” provision in s. 1 of the Charter.
; 29 $2.90
Analysis of the s. 33 “notwithstanding” clause.
; 7 $0.70
Analysis of the legal relationships, entities and actions subject to Charter scrutiny.
; 17 $1.70
Review of jurisdictional and procedural issues regarding Charter disputes in tribunals and provincial and federal courts.
; 21 $2.10
Review of Sunday closing laws, accommodation of religion, parental rights and education in the context of the s. 2(d) “freedom of religion” clause and its relation to other Charter values.
; 26 $2.60
Analysis of how courts have interpreted freedom of expression and reconciled it with other Charter values, particularly in relation to commercial expression, political expression, hate speech, …
; 39 $3.90
Analysis of how courts have interpreted freedom of association, particularly in relation to collective bargaining and the right not to associate.
; 14 $1.40
Analysis of voting rights and election of legislatures as set out in ss. 3, 4 and 5 of the Charter.
; 17 $1.70
Analysis of the freedom to enter and leave Canada and to cross provincial borders as set out in s. 6 of the Charter.
; 8 $0.80
Analysis of how the courts have addressed moral and ethical issues in defining the procedural and substantive content of the concepts of “life, liberty and security of the person” and …
; 50 $5.00
Analysis of how the Charter has affected criminal proceedings, particularly in relation to the concept of fundamental justice, unreasonable search and seizure, arbitrary detention and …
; 60 $6.00
Review of how the Supreme Court has provided a general framework for analyzing equality rights under the Charter, and how the courts have dealt with particular types of discrimination, such as …
; 53 $5.30
Analysis of language rights of individuals and communities, including issues of bilingualism and minority-language education.
; 17 $1.70
Analysis of the remedial framework under s. 24 of the Charter and s. 52 of the Constitution Act, 1982, plus a review of specific remedies including declaratory relief, injunctions, damages and …
; 37 $3.70
Summarizes judicial interpretation of the Charter’s role in the modern Canadian state.
; 4 $0.40
Glossary of terms related to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
; 7 $0.70