Canada's Constitutional Law in a Nutshell, 4th Edition
By: Bernard W. Funston, Eugene Meehan, Q.C., LL.B., LL.M., LL.B., D.C.L
ISBN/ISSN/Product Number: 978-0-7798-5540-7
Product Type: Book
Number of Pages: 322 pages
Number of Volumes: 1 volume bound
Binding: softcover
Publication Date: 2013-10-29
Publisher: Carswell
Price: $142.00

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Canada's Constitutional Law in a Nutshell, Fourth Edition continues to offer a succinct overview of the basic principles of Canada's constitutional structures and institutions. Compact and concise, it summarizes the latest developments, leading case law, and key principles and relevant issues. It is an easily referenced resource that gives you a quick understanding and instant access to a variety of materials – all gathered and in one place. Written by two leading experts in the field, Canada's Constitutional Law in a Nutshell, Fourth Edition offers a valuable starting point if you are new to practicing law or if you only occasionally argue cases in this area. It will help with identifying constitutional issues, statutory interpretation, and analyzing and arguing constitutional issues. Highlights of the fourth edition include:
  • An updated discussion of the extra-territorial applicability of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, religious freedom, freedom from religion, hate, speech and other issues under the Charter
  • Issues on the constitution and the courts, including an updated review of standing and
  • who may raise issues of constitutionality before the courts
  • Developments in territorial government institutions and, in particular, the Yukon
  • Devolution Transfer Agreement with the federal government
  • Updates to the discussion of Aboriginal rights under the Constitution
About the Author
Bernard Funston is a former special advisor on constitutional affairs, and former Director of constitutional law with the Government of the Northwest Territories. His litigation experience has included appearing on behalf of the NWT Government in the Quebec Secession Reference. He is a member of the Bars of NWT and Alberta. He is the co-author of [Consolidated Canadian Constitutional Documents (Carswell)] and Canada' s Constitutional Law in a Nutshell, 3rd Edition (Carswell).
Eugene Meehan, Q.C.: Litigation partner at Supreme Advocacy LLP, Ottawa. He works with other lawyers in taking cases in all areas of the law to the Supreme Court of Canada (both Leave to Appeal and Appeal). Appeared as counsel and co-counsel before the SCC. Holds four degrees in law: University of Edinburgh (LL.B.), McGill University (LL.M.), University of Ottawa (LL.B.) and Doctor of Civil Law from McGill University (D.C.L.). A practising member of six Bars: Ontario, Alberta, N.W.T., Yukon, Nunavut and is licenced to practise law in the state of Arizona, U.S.A. Appointed Queen's Counsel 1999, National President of the Canadian Bar Association 1999-2000, and Executive Legal Officer to the Supreme Court of Canada 1990-1992. Eugene Meehan can be reached at
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