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This is a collection of Canadian legal decisions, mostly from the highest court of the land, that raise and respond to central issues in political and legal philosophy and social ethics. All the issues raised by these cases are current and controversial. They include: the scope of judicial review and legitimate powers of the courts; separation of powers; the nature and scope of rights of speech, association, Aboriginal rights, and legal protections in criminal prosecution; equality and its pursuit in a free and democratic society; autonomy and its protection; the nature of legal responsibility in criminal and tort law; and legitimate punishment.
This edition takes into account the many changes that have occurred in our court’s interpretation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Twelve new cases have been added, as has a new section on “Group Self-Determination” that takes into account important changes in Aboriginal rights. Many of the cases from the previous edition have been re-edited and slightly expanded, with “follow up” cases included to reflect how they are now interpreted.
“Bickenbach’s new edition of Canadian Cases in the Philosophy of Law is without exception the most important sourcebook available in English for anyone seeking an introduction to the legal principles on which Canadian political and legal culture are based. I warmly recommend it to students and instructors alike."” — P.S. Eardley, University of Guelph
“As with previous editions, the fourth edition of Canadian Cases in the Philosophy of Law provides an invaluable tool for teaching philosophy of law. Bickenbach’s editing always leaves one with a clear sense of the moral, political, and philosophical stakes in the practice of law. He combines a great eye for key passages in Canadian court decisions with a critical appreciation of emerging issues in life under law.” — Michael Giudice, York University
“The fourth edition of Jerome Bickenbach’s Canadian Cases in the Philosophy of Law continues to be one of the best texts for introducing students to Canadian jurisprudence.” — Karen Wendling, University of Guelph