Dodek & Wright on the McLachlin Court

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Public Law at the McLachlin Court: the First Decade, co-edited by David A. Wright and Adam Dodek, Ottawa law prof and brand new blogger at Slaw, has just been published by Irwin Law.

Dodek and Wright have made the introductory chapter available on SSRN, so you can get a feel for the scope and tone of the book.

From that introduction:

This book focuses on con­stitutional and administrative law decisions rendered in the first decade of the McLachlin Court. It includes contributions in both English and French from leading scholars who examine the Court’s legacy in areas such as federalism, Aboriginal rights, Charter rights such as equality and freedom of association, criminal law, and public international law.

A listing of the chapters and authors follows:

  • Changing Course or Trimming Sails? The Supreme Court Reconsiders – Thomson Irvine
  • Les décisions de la juge McLachlin à la Cour suprême du Canada : une analyse statistique comparative – Marie-Claire Belleau, Anik Lamontagne, et Rebecca Johnson
  • The McLachlin Court and the Promise of Procedural Justice – Lorne Sossin
  • The McLachlin Court and the Public Law Standard of Review: A Major Irritant Soothed or a Significant Ongoing Problem? – David J. Mullan
  • Procedural Fairness at the McLachlin Court – Freya Kristjanson
  • In Search of Coherence: The Charter and Administrative Law under the McLachlin Court – Susan L. Gratton and Lorne Sossin
  • The Busy Harbours of Canadian Federalism: The Division of Powers and Its Doctrines in the McLachlin Court – Peter C. Oliver
  • The Reconciliation Doctrine in the McLachlin Court: From a “Final Legal Remedy” to a “Just and Lasting” Process – Constance Macintosh
  • The Duty to Consult Aboriginal Peoples: Government Approaches to Unresolved Issues – Lori Sterling and Peter Landmann
  • Le poids de l’histoire : les années McLachlin et la liberté de religion – Nathalie Des Rosiers
  • L’arrêt Kapp : L’interprétation du paragraphe 15(1) de la Charte (enfin) recentrée sur son objet égalitaire de non-discrimination – Daniel Proulx
  • Collective Bargaining and Freedom of Association: Pondering B.C. Health Services – Thomas Kuttner, Q.C.
  • Criminal Justice in the McLachlin Court: Many More Kudos Than Brickbats – Don Stuart
  • International Law in the Jurisprudence of the McLachlin Court – John H. Currie


  1. In my ignorance I set to figure out what the “McLachlin Court” is. Quite simply, it is the Supreme Court of Canada under Chief Justice of Canada Beverley McLachlin.

    Of course! But not being a litigator, law prof or court staff I had never heard it phrased this way. Now I know. In this light, the book looks extremely interesting. Thanks, Simon, for pointing it out.

  2. Thanks for you comment Connie. I guess we SCC groupies take these things for granted. I guess branding the SCC by the Chief Justice is sort of like “the McGuinty Government” or “the Harper Government.”