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Giving and Taking Offense

Civility, Respect, and Academic Freedom

From: Academic Freedom in Conflict


Jamie Cameron concludes the book with an examination of the implications for academic freedom of the growing movement for civil discourse. She examines American and Canadian university respectful workplace and civil discourse policies. She argues such policies institutionalize a standard of civility — or courtesy — that threaten the freedoms that anchor the university mission.



Jamie Cameron

JAMIE CAMERON is Professor of Law at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. She holds law degrees from McGill University and Columbia University, clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada for the Hon. Justice Brian Dickson, and was on the faculty at Cornell Law School before joining Osgoode. She is one of Canada’s senior constitutional scholars who has written extensively on the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, freedom of expression and the press, the Supreme Court of Canada, criminal law, American constitutional law, and judicial biography. She has been the editor and co-editor of a dozen book collections, including the annual Constitutional Cases volumes, The Charter’s Impact on the Criminal Justice System, Reflections on the Legacy of Justice Bertha Wilson, and The Charter and Criminal Justice: Twenty-Five Years Later. She has been a Director and Vice-President of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association for twenty years, and for ten years served on the Board of Directors for the BC Civil Liberties Association, and has represented the CCLA in cases at the Supreme Court of Canada. She served six years as a member of the CAUT Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee.