12 Mai 2022

The Dilemma of Mild Emergencies that are Accepted as Consistent with Human Rights

Amid the pandemic and the war in the Ukraine, Canada had a quiet emergency. On 14 February 2022, the federal government used the Emergencies Act to respond to a three week occupation of the Parliament building and various border blockades. This was a mild and quick emergency, as far as emergencies go. Mild emergencies that arguably respect rights are better than severe emergencies that do not, yet there is cause for concern. Continue reading >>
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23 März 2022
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How Canada Capitalizes on Ukrainian Refugees

For those fleeing the war in Ukraine, Canada launched a new temporary residence pathway, the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET) program on March 17, 2022. Offered in conjunction with a special family reunification program, CUAET is open to an unlimited number of Ukrainians regardless of their existing ties to Canada. While seemingly an open and benevolent gesture, Ukrainians are welcomed inside the Canadian nation not as humanitarian subjects but primarily as workers to potentially contribute to the Canadian economy. Continue reading >>
20 Februar 2022

Blockieren bis zum Ausnahmezustand

Am 14. Februar 2022 hat der kanadische Premierminister Justin Trudeau erstmals seit 1970 den Ausnahmezustand in Kanada erklärt. Die Maßnahme wird seitens seiner Partei vor allem mit den ökonomischen Folgen der Blockaden von Grenzübergängen und den Ereignissen in Ottawa begründet. Ob die Gerichte im Falle einer Anfechtung die Maßnahmen für rechtmäßig erklären werden, ist derzeit nicht absehbar. Continue reading >>
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24 November 2021

The Long Shadow of 9/11

At the broadest level, 9/11 exacerbated the chronic precarity of non-citizens’ status as legal subjects governed under the rule of law. In principle, the rule of law is indifferent to citizenship: after all, the legal subject is constituted through subjection to law, not to the state as such. And yet, the rule of law has always been insipid in the sphere of migration, and securitization diluted it even further. This is true across all jurisdictions, including those bound by human rights entrenched in constitutional texts. Continue reading >>
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08 März 2021

COVID-19 in Canada: Variable Forms of Power and Unvarying Judicial Deference

As of early 2021, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage across Canada. These are dark days. Although the arrival of vaccines suggests light will soon appear at the end of the tunnel, Canada is a long way from the end of its COVID-19 crisis. In this blog, I hope to illuminate readers, through the lens of pandemic-related public law litigation, about how Canada has responded to COVID-19. Continue reading >>
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31 August 2019

Boris and the Queen: Lessons from Canada

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s advice to the Queen that she prorogue Parliament for several weeks has sparked vociferous controversy. The unfortunate situation, which threatens to do real damage to constitutional, political and social relationships, has some analogues in former British dominions such as Canada. Continue reading >>
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10 September 2017

Reconciling Religion: Lessons Learned from the Triple Talaq Case for Comparative Constitutional Governance

The recent case of Shayara Bano v Union of India heard before the Supreme Court of India provide helpful guidance for how a secular democratic regime with a multiplicity of religious, ethnic, and cultural communities can manage constitutional governance with an increasing number of seemingly irreconcilable tensions. Pluralist societies such as Canada and the United States grapple with a variety of delicate balancing acts: in such instance, the need to reconcile accommodation for religious and cultural minorities with the protection of gender rights on the other. Continue reading >>
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26 Juli 2017

Data Protection, Data Transfers, and International Agreements: the CJEU’s Opinion 1/15

On 26 July the EU Court of Justice (CJEU) issued Opinion 1/15, which is its most significant ruling on the international dimensions of data protection law since its 2015 judgment in the Schrems case. In Opinion 1/15, the Grand Chamber of the Court found that the draft agreement between the EU and Canada for the transfer of passenger name record (PNR) data may not be concluded in its current form, since several of its provisions are incompatible with EU fundamental rights law. As the Court’s first ruling on the compatibility of a draft international agreement with the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, the judgment has important implications for many areas of EU law. Continue reading >>
15 Januar 2015

Erlaubt und doch verboten: auch Kanada rekriminalisiert Prostitution

SexarbeiterInnen in Kanada haben es nicht leicht, ihrer Arbeit nachzugehen. Bordelle sind verboten, Werbung ist verboten, Zuhälterei ist verboten, Freier auf der Straßen anzusprechen ist verboten. Nur die Transaktion selbst, wie es der Kanadische Supreme Court 1990 formulierte, war bisher erlaubt. Doch seit dem 6. Dezember 2014 ist es auch damit vorbei. Denn Kanada hat nach schwedischem Vorbild das sogenannte „Sexkaufverbot“ eingeführt. Continue reading >>
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06 November 2014

Im Namen der Wahrheit? – Kritische Anmerkungen zu der mit Otto-Brenner-Preis geehrten Berichterstattung zu TTIP und CETA

Der "Otto-Brenner-Preis für kritischen Journalismus" geht in diesem Jahr an einen Artikel über CETA und TTIP aus der ZEIT. Eine "spannende Geschichte", wie es in der Pressemitteilung der Otto-Brenner-Stiftung heißt – aber in Teilen unzutreffend und dies nicht im Hinblick auf marginale juristische Details, sondern in zumindest einer zentralen Frage der kritischen öffentlichen Debatte um die europäischen Freihandelsabkommen. Continue reading >>
12 Oktober 2014
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The Canadian Senate and the (Im)Possibilities of Reform

The framers of Canada’s Constitution had a vision for the Senate as a complementary, deliberative body bringing regional perspectives to national issues and genuine powers of oversight and sober second thought. It is widely agreed, though, that the Senate’s constitutional configuration stains Canada’s public institutions. The Senate needs change, but the impulse to reform is stifled by the reluctance of officials to open the constitutional amending formula. Continue reading >>
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