Comparative study of American and Canadian constitutionalism, especially rights jurisprudence.
The Canadian constitutional reforms of 1982, which included a Charter of Rights and Freedoms analogous to the American Bill of Rights, brought about a convergence with American constitutional law. As in the U. S., Canadian courts have shown themselves highly protective of individual rights, and they have not been shy about assuming a leading and sometimes controversial political role in striking down legislation. In clear and easy-to-understand language, the contributors not only chart, but also explore, the reasons for areas of similarity and difference in the constitutional politics of Canada and the United States.
Stephen L. Newman is Associate Professor of Political Science at York University. He is the author of Liberalism at Wits' End: The Libertarian Revolt Against the Modern State.