The Significance of Section 7
From: Fundamental Justice
Concludes by discussing the significance of section 7, looking at how it has opened up grounds for challenging state actions that would have otherwise been immune to review. A liberal-democratic defense of the Supreme Court of Canada’s broad interpretation of section 7 is also given.
Hamish Stewart is a professor of law at the University of Toronto, where he has taught criminal law, the law of evidence, and legal theory since 1993. Before attending law school, he studied economics, receiving his BA from the University of Toronto in 1983 and his PhD from Harvard University in 1989. He received his LLB from the University of Toronto in 1992, clerked at the Ontario Court of Appeal in 1992–93, and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1998. He is the principal author of Sexual Offences in Canadian Law (2004) and has published more than fifty scholarly papers in criminal law, evidence, legal theory, and economics. He recently contributed the Evidence title to Halsbury’s Laws of Canada (2010). He is the general editor of Evidence: A Canadian Casebook, 3d ed (2011) and an associate editor of the Canadian Criminal Cases.