Call for Papers

Patriation / Rapatriement

Université d’Ottawa

March 8-10, 2017

Taking place within walking distance of where the Charter of Rights and Freedoms was proclaimed 35 years ago, the University of Ottawa’s Public Law Group will host the conference, The Charter and Emerging Issues in Constitutional Rights and Freedoms: From 1982 to 2032 on March 8-10, 2017.

Our conference will bring together leading constitutional scholars, as well as community leaders and policy makers to discuss and examine the possibilities and challenges for constitutional rights and freedoms over the next 10-15 years. The conference will begin on the evening of Wednesday, March 8, 2017 with a public debate on “Resolved: The Charter Revolution is Over”. There will be a reception at the Supreme Court of Canada on the evening of Thursday, March 9, 2017.

The Honourable Mr. Justice Richard Wagner of the Supreme Court of Canada will deliver a keynote address. The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould has been invited.

Proposals for papers are now invited. We seek contributions on a range of topics related to the future of constitutional rights under the Charter. We are particularly interested in interdisciplinary and forward looking papers. Possible subjects to be addressed include: The Charter and the Environment; Language Rights; The Charter and Health; The Charter and Globalization; The Charter and Indigenous Peoples/Aboriginal Rights; The Charter and Young Persons; Social and Economic Rights; and the Future for Fundamental Freedoms.

The Ottawa Law Review will publish a special edition containing selected papers from the conference, subject to the ordinary peer review process. The Ottawa Law Review is a fully open access, wholly digital, peer-reviewed journal committed to publishing high quality, cutting-edge scholarship in both official languages.

If you would like to propose a paper, please submit a working title, an abstract (of no more than 350 words), and a current c.v. Proposals from scholars at all levels of experience and a range of disciplinary perspectives including law, public policy, history, Canadian studies, Indigenous studies, political science, sociology, and related disciplines are encouraged.

Proposals should be emailed to by November 8, 2016. Note that applications for funding are pending and presenters may be required to pay their own travel and accommodation expenses. Those selected will be notified by November 15, 2016. Questions should be submitted to Adam Dodek at the above e-mail address.

This content has been updated on 24 January 2017 at 16 h 17 min.