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Course Name Legal Rights in the Canadian Charter
Course Code LAW 6640P
Course Credits 6.0
Pre/Anti-requisites Student may not receive credit for both Legal Rights and the Charter (LAW 6640) and Criminal Law and the Charter: Implications and Expectations (LAW 6872).
Course Description

This course provides an overview of the legal rights sections (ss.7-14) of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The course begins with a general examination of the provisions, including a review of the origins of the legal rights sections and the idea of legal rights as a democratic notion, and their place in the international community. More specific topics will then be covered, including: euthanasia, assisted suicides and abortion; the application of s.7 to situations outside Canada (including capital punishment and torture of extradited persons); conflicting parameters of legal rights including the right to privacy and the right to full answer and defence. Legal rights will be examined in a criminal context which will include search and seizure, right to counsel, right to be tried within a reasonable time, the presumption of innocence (and theories about self-incrimination), and the nature of cruel and unusual punishment. In addition, the course will examine the interaction of the legal rights provisions of the Charter with administrative law and procedures, including judicial independence and the role of governments. Throughout the course, underlying theories and themes related to legal rights will be discussed.

Upcoming Offerings

Summer 2020

Specialization Constitutional Law
Status Elective
CPD Hours Eligible LSO CPD: 12h Substantive Professional LLM courses may be eligible for CPD/MCLE credits in other Canadian jurisdictions hours. To inquire about hours and credit eligibility, please email cpd@osgoode.yorku.ca
NCA Status N/A

All courses and schedules are subject to change.