DateJanvier 2024
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Rights, Freedoms, and Their Limits : Reimagining Section 1 of the Charter

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When can the state place limits on basic human rights? This is a fundamental question for any liberal democracy.

In Canada, for rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the answer is found in section 1 of this constitutional document. Section 1 provides that the state may only subject Charter rights and freedoms to limits that are “reasonable”, “prescribed by law”, and “demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society”.

But interpreting these standards has proven a difficult task, one which courts, decisionmakers, and legislatures have wrestled with over the first four decades of Charter jurisprudence.

This collection offers fresh, innovative, and insightful perspectives on these challenges, and on the proper scope, contours, and limits of rights and freedoms. It will be of value to jurists, scholars, governments, lawyers, students, and litigants alike.

The Collection of Papers

  1. John Borrows—Foreword: Beyond Proportionality
  2. Brian Bird and Derek Ross, General Editors—Rights, Freedoms, and their Limits: Reimagining Section 1 of the Charter: An Introduction
  3. The Honourable Peter Lauwers—Are Pluralism and Antifragile Tolerance Essential in a Free and Democratic Society?
  4. Benjamin Woodfinden—Legislative Reasoning, Participation and the Inescapable Normativity of the “Free and Democratic Society”
  5. Grégoire Webber—What Oakes Could Have Said (or How Else to Read a Limitation Clause)
  6. Dwight Newman, KC—Proportionality Maxims and Best Practices: An Essay on Using Oakes to Achieve a Post-Oakes Future
  7. Jamie Cameron—Renewing Freedom of Expression, Part Two: From the Contextual Approach to Proportionality Balancing
  8. Debra M. Haak—Revisiting the Analytical Distinction Between Section 7 and Section 1 of the Charter: Legislative Objectives, Policy Goals and Public Interests
  9. Hoi Kong—Section 15(1): Precedent and Principles
  10. Marcus Moore—Minimal Impairment: An Unreasonable Measure of the Justifiable Limits of Rights
  11. Carmelle Dieleman—Proportionality—More than Balancing: Exploring the Doré Framework in Light of Section 1
  12. Mark P. Mancini—The Future of Section 1 in the Law of Judicial Review
  13. The Honourable Ian Binnie—Special Essay – Charter Metamorphosis: 1982-2022

Rights, Freedoms, and Their Limits: Reimagining Section 1 of the Charter is a collection of papers developed out of the Supreme Court Law Review, Second Series.


Brian Bird is a Lecturer at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia. In 2019-2020, Brian was a John and Daria Barry Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. His research focuses on constitutional law, constitutional theory, and human rights. His writing on these topics has appeared in several academic journals and media outlets. A lawyer by training, Brian clerked for judges at the Supreme Court of British Columbia and for Justice Andromache Karakatsanis at the Supreme Court of Canada. Brian completed his doctorate in law at McGill University. He also holds a B.C.L. from the University of Oxford, a J.D. from the University of Victoria, and a B.A. from Simon Fraser University.

Derek B.M. Ross, LL.B. (Western), LL.M. (Toronto), is Executive Director and General Counsel for Christian Legal Fellowship (CLF). He has appeared before all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada, and has acted for public interest interveners in a number of cases involving the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. He has also appeared before legislative and Parliamentary committees to present on legal and constitutional issues.

Derek is a centre associate with the University of British Columbia’s Centre for Constitutional Law and Legal Studies, and a former Vice-Chair of the Ontario Bar Association’s Constitutional, Civil Liberties and Human Rights Section. Derek also served as editor/co-editor of Assisted Death: Legal, Social and Ethical Issues after Carter (2018), Canadian Pluralism and the Charter: Moral Diversity in a Free and Democratic Society (2019), The Forgotten Fundamental Freedoms of the Charter (2020), and Forgotten Foundations of the Canadian Constitution (2022).

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