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Presumed Compliance with Constitutional Law, Common Law, and International Law

From: Statutory Interpretation 3/e


Examination of the rules presuming an intention not to violate constitutional limits, to comply with the Charter and its values, to respect international laws and values, and not to change the common law.



Ruth Sullivan

Ruth Sullivan taught English literature and composition at Montreal’s Concordia University before obtaining degrees in common law and civil law from McGill University and a master’s degree in legislation from the University of Ottawa. She clerked for the Right Honourable Chief Justice Bora Laskin in 1982 and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1984. After twenty-seven years of teaching at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law, she retired from the faculty and became an employee of the Legislative Services Branch of the Department of Justice, where she continues to work.