Books and Articles

Constitutional Law of Canada, 9th Ed.
(vol. I – Federalism and Aboriginal Peoples) was released September 2007. A sample chapter is available on this website.

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  Professor Magnet is the author of eighteen books.

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Research Resources

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Constitutional Law

Find general information on Canadian constitutional law and specific information on courses taught by Professor Joseph E. Magnet at the University of Ottawa.

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Professor Joseph E. Magnet

This website was conceived by Professor Joseph E. Magnet, a professor of law at the University of Ottawa.

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Constitutional Law in Canada

Constitutional law is the law that establishes, allocates and limits public power. In modern times, most major constitutions are written, although this is not invariably so, and some major constitutions - that of the United Kingdom, for example - remain unwritten. Canada's constitution is somewhat unique. It is partly written, although the writings are in several rather than one statute; partly unwritten, consisting of usages, practices, customs and conventions; and partly rules of the common law developed by the courts. This website seeks to explore all of these sources and make them available to students of constitutional law in general themes.
As one can see from this site, the general issues in constitutional law in Canada come under two general headings: Division of Powers, and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Each of these sections of constitutional law are treated fully elsewhere in this website. However, there are certain items which serve as useful starting points for understanding the constitutional law of Canada.