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This summer, the SCC heard arguments for Attorney General of Canada v Bedford, a high-profile constitutional challenge to Canada’s current approach to prostitution. In this episode, part 2 of 2, we discuss the principle of “harm reduction” in Charter jurisprudence and what it means for the rule of law.

Direct download: P130643MLJBedford.mp3
Category:Constitutional Law -- posted at: 12:13pm EDT

This summer, the SCC heard arguments for Canada (Attorney General) v Bedford, a high-profile constitutional challenge to Canada’s current approach to prostitution. In this episode, part 1 of 2, we discuss the history, the positions, and what’s at stake.

Direct download: P130641MLJBedford.mp3
Category:Constitutional Law -- posted at: 11:07am EDT

The Supreme Court is back in session October 7th, and this fall is going to be a big one. We sat down with SCC expert Eugene Meehan, QC, of Supreme Advocacy LLP, to discuss some upcoming cases and their legal significance.

Direct download: P130639MLJMeehan.mp3
Category:Law -- posted at: 9:57am EDT

The Trayvon Martin shooting has ignited a debate in the US about racial profiling. We met with Fo Niemi, executive director of CRARR, and Tamara Thermitus, Ad.E., who has written on race and the law, to discuss these issues in the Canadian context.

Direct download: P130638MLJNiemi.mp3
Category:Human Rights Law -- posted at: 2:26pm EDT

‘Unsteady Allegiances’: Freedom of Religion in Quebec, featuring Professor Muñiz-Fraticelli

In recent months, Quebec has witnessed a number of high-profile clashes over religious freedom. We met with Professor Victor Muñiz-Fraticelli of McGill University to talk about three – concerning schooling, public prayer, and religious headwear – and what they say about Quebecois culture in 2013.

Direct download: Muniz-Fraticelli_FINAL.mp3
Category:Public Law -- posted at: 1:42pm EDT

We sat down with Dr. Hugo Tremblay of Montréal’s Centre for International Sustainable Development Law to discuss his fascinating article in the latest issue of the MLJ, “Eco-Terrorists facing Armageddon: The Defence of Necessity and Legal Normativity in the Context of Environmental Crisis”.

Direct download: P130630MLJTremblay.mp3
Category:Environmental Law -- posted at: 11:09am EDT

Apple, Google, Starbucks: Some of the biggest corporations on the planet are paying virtually no tax on the profits they make. We sat down with Professor Allison Christians, H. Heward Stikeman Chair in Tax Law, to discuss fairness and justice in taxes.

Direct download: P130629MLJChristians.mp3
Category:Tax Law -- posted at: 10:37am EDT

The US Supreme Court will soon rule on the controversial question of whether human genes are patentable. Professor Richard Gold, who submitted an amicus brief to the Court on the case, and Serge Shahinian, a patent agent at Goudreau Gage Dubuc, discuss.

Direct download: P130627MLJGold.mp3
Category:Patent Law -- posted at: 11:09am EDT

Are Quebec’s marriage laws unconstitutional? This was the question in the recent Supreme Court case of Eric v Lola. Maître Johanne O’Hanlon, who intervened in the case on behalf of LEAF, and Professor Robert Leckey, an expert on family law, discuss.

Direct download: P130625MLJEricVLola.mp3
Category:Family Law -- posted at: 12:32pm EDT

Le procès d’Hissène Habré, ancien dictateur du Tchad, marquera les annales d’histoire. Souleymane Guengueng, victime du régime devenu porte-parole, Reed Brody, de Human Rights Watch, et Prof. René Provost, spécialiste de droit humanitaire, nous parlent des nombreux enjeux de l’affaire.

Direct download: P130607MLJHabre.mp3
Category:Legal Theory -- posted at: 1:28pm EDT

Le 2 février 2012, la Revue de droit de McGill a organisé un débat sur le thème de la constitution et le 30e anniversaire de son rapatriement. Les participants étaient les professeurs Benoît Pelletier, Daniel Turp et Serge Rousselle.

Direct download: P130580MLJFrenchdebate.mp3
Category:Constitutional Law -- posted at: 3:45pm EDT

In this interview, Richard Dicker, director of Human Rights Watch’s international justice program, discusses the International Criminal Court and what role it could play in the ongoing conflict in Syria.

Direct download: P130579MLJDicker.mp3
Category:International Law -- posted at: 3:44pm EDT

It is commonly accepted that the law must punish those who act badly towards others. But can it require us to be good? This interview with Professor Emeritus Pierre-Gabriel Jobin examines the traditional and emerging civil and common law positions on so-called Good Samaritan laws, as well as the theoretical assumptions that may have contributed [...]

Direct download: P120515MLJJobin.mp3
Category:Private Law -- posted at: 4:24pm EDT

Mary Dawson, C.M., Q.C., takes questions from the audience, after delivering the 2012 McGill Law Journal Annual Lecture.

Direct download: P120514MLJDawsonQA.mp3
Category:Legal Ethics -- posted at: 2:54pm EDT

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the patriation of the Constitution of Canada, the Law Journal invites Mary Dawson, C.M., Q.C., to deliver the 2012 Annual Lecture and share her experiences as one of the final drafters of the Constitution Act, 1982 and as the principal legal advisor for the Meech Lake and Charlottetown [...]

Direct download: P120513MLJDawsonLecture.mp3
Category:Constitutional Law -- posted at: 2:51pm EDT