LAWS 2501 T - Law, State and Constitution

Law relating to the state, society and the constitution, with a focus on the historical framework, federalism, and constitutional reform in Canada.
Precludes additional credit for LAWS 2005 (no longer offered).
Prerequisite(s): 1.0 credit from LAWS 1001, LAWS 1002, PSCI 1100, PSCI 1200, or PAPM 1000 [1.0].

Law, State, and Constitution will examine the law relating to the state, and the Constitution, with a focus on the historical framework, federalism, and constitutional reform in Canada. We will review the role of the state, examining the Constitution with an emphasis on the federal system, its interpretation, change,and reform. Among other things, we will look closely at the text of the Constitution, the social forces responsible for its creation, and several early legal decisions responsible for its initial application. As well, we will review modern Supreme Court rulings that deal with key areas of the Constitution in order to understand how that document has evolved as Canada has matured as a country.

CRN for section T: 33645

CRN for section TOD (optional Video On Demand service): 33646

In-class lecture time & location:
Mondays, 6:05pm to 8:55pm, 624 SA

Instructor: Zoran Oklopcic

Zoran Oklopcic

About the instructor: My research focuses on the vocabulary of peoplehood in the context of state-formation at the intersection of three disciplines: constitutional theory, normative political theory, and international law. I have recently published on the metamorphosis of self-determination in the post-Cold War context; the concept of territorial rights in the context of theories of secession; and, the inadequacy of the concept of pouvoir constituant as means to justify the creation of new constitutional orders in the (semi-)periphery.
I am currently working on three parallel projects: exploring the legal imaginary of Catalan sovereigntists; questioning the salience of territorial rights in the context of the secession of Crimea from Ukraine; and conceptualizing the idea of ‘provincialized’ constitutional pluralism.
In the past, I was MacCormick Visiting Fellow at the University of Edinburgh School of Law (2013), Junior Faculty at Harvard Law School’s Institute for Global Law and Policy (2013 – 2015), Visiting Researcher at the Department of Political Sciences, University of Pompeu Fabra (2014), Hauser Global Research Fellow at the NYU School of Law (2014), and a Visiting Scholar at the University of Victoria Department of Political Science (2015).

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