When it comes to religious diversity in Quebec, more laws do not mean better law

2015-dia-dabby-150x150-5454By Dia Dabby, DCL candidate at McGill Law
Montreal Gazette, February 2, 2015

Voices are once again clamouring for the adoption of a law regulating religious accommodation in Quebec. This comes almost one year after the provincial elections, which also signalled the end of the debate surrounding the Parti Québécois’s proposed Charter of Values after the party’s historic defeat.

The Quebec Liberals, currently sitting in a comfortable majority, have prudently suggested that legislation could be introduced by the end of the spring parliamentary session to address religious accommodation. This legislation will likely build on the Quebec Liberals’ 2010 attempt under Bill 94, which sought to ensure that individuals “show their face” when engaging in or obtaining public services. [Continue reading…]

Right to die may be a fleeting victory

2015-jodi-lazare-150x150-3073By Jodi Lazare, DCL candidate at McGill Law
Toronto Star, February 7, 2015

In an undeniable win for proponents of the right to die with dignity, the Supreme Court of Canada declared Friday that the criminal prohibition on assisting suicide is unconstitutional.

The decision is undoubtedly historic; those in favour of the decriminalization or legalization of providing assistance in dying will be singing the court’s praises for weeks and months to come. But the victory may be short-lived; in some sense, the court doesn’t get the last word. [Continue reading…]

Alberto Nisman, the AMIA bombing, and the pursuit of justice in Argentina

2015-rene-provost-150x150-3261By Professor René Provost
Montreal Gazette, February 11, 2015

“Es un país complicado,” Argentines will admit about their country, and indeed it can be very difficult to make sense of the assassination of prosecutor Alberto Nisman in January, possibly at the hands of the Intelligence Service.

The recent discovery of a draft arrest warrant for President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner in Nisman’s garbage bin is the latest twist in a series of erratic, bizarre and dramatic fallouts from the murder. This is in fact a complicated story, but one that reflects Argentina’s travails with its Jewish minority, with its totalitarian past and with its self-image. [Continue reading…]

Les dessous juridiques de l’affaire DSK

Le professeur Frédéric Mégret
Sous la loupe, Radio Canada, 12 février 2015

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Open letter to Parliament: “Amend C-51 or kill it”

National Post, February 27, 2015

An open letter addressed to all members of Parliament and signed by more than 100 Canadian professors of law and related disciplines, including several members of the McGill Community, to express their concerns about Bill C-51. [Continue reading…]