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CSLS Special Event with HAN-RU ZHOU

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

The Center for the Study of Law and Society 
Cosponsored with the Canadian Studies Program
are pleased to announce a special event with,

Han-Ru Zhou
is Associate Professor of Public Law at Université de Montréal Faculty of Law

He will be speaking on his paper
“How Exceptional is Judicial Review in Canada?
Past, Present and Future”


In the vast majority of legal systems, judicial review has become the principal mechanism through which most constitutional debates are eventually settled or at least receive some form of resolution. However, the terms of our national constitutions seldom provide for how the courts are to scrutinize the laws challenged before them. In Canada, the modern practice of judicial review is the result of a succession of momentous events and piecemeal developments spread over the past few centuries, some of which have occurred in other countries with a common law-based system. This presentation will seek to weave these events and developments into a general narrative of the origins, emergence and evolving practice of judicial review in Canada, from its Anglo-American intellectual roots in Dr. Bonham’s Case (1609) and Marbury v. Madison to the post-colonial and post-Charter periods. In the end, our common law-based constitutions may well be more similar and less “exceptional” than is often believed, and the comparative study of our national experiences can still contribute to our constitutional debates.

Please join us on Wednesday, February 28 from 12:00-1:30p in Moses Hall, Room 223 – UC Berkeley 

We are looking forward to seeing you soon!

Jonathan Simon, Faculty Director
Rosann Greenspan, Executive Director


Wednesday, February 28, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Event Category:


Center for the Study of Law and Society


223 Moses Hall
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