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Did you know that there is a U.S. Supreme Court case that physically and mentally broke two justices and paved the way for the creation of the “activist” judiciary? Have you heard of the fascinating and emotional rollercoaster of a case known as Adoptive Couple v Baby Girl? (That is
Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Photo credit: AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File.

A year ago last week, Jeff Sessions was confirmed as the 84th United States Attorney General following a contentious Senate debate about his suitability for the role. At the time, detractors such as the NAACP and ACLU noted his historic lack of commitment to civil rights, his hard line stance
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February is Black History Month. In Canada, we like to believe racism is not such an issue or as deeply ingrained into our history as our neighbours to the south. This acts as a blinder to the reality that our country and its institutions have a past wrought with racism.

I am indeed aware of the starving children and I would help them before the animals if I could. Satisfied?  The “why care about animals and not suffering people?” argument is one that comes to many minds when they first see this title. It is fallacious because by that logic,
A view of Barcelona from the top of the famed Sagrada Familia

I’d be lying if I said that this whole exchange thing was something that I was actually considering before approximately one hour before the application was due. I had friends ask me if I was thinking of going on exchange, and I had roughly 100 reasons to say no; For
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The proposed Ryerson University Law School came one step closer to becoming a reality last month when it received preliminary approval from the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. The suggestion of an eighth law school being launched in Ontario has generated a wealth of discussion within the legal community.
People attend a memorial service for Charleston Hartfield, a Las Vegas police officer who was killed on October 1, 2017 when a gunman opened fire on a county music festival, in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 5, 2017.
The Las Vegas gunman who carried out the deadliest mass shooting in recent US history also had scouted possible locations in Chicago and Boston, US media reported.  / AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck        (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

On November 5th, only a month after the deadliest mass shooting in American history took place is Las Vegas, the United States was shaken by yet another senseless act of terror. This most recent attack occurred in a church in the small town of Sutherland Springs, Texas. Three of the

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San Francisco 49ers Eric Reid (35) and Colin Kaepernick (7) take a knee during the National Anthem prior to their season opener against the Los Angeles Rams during an NFL football game Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, in Santa Clara, CA. The Niners won 28-0. (Daniel Gluskoter/AP Images for Panini) ORG XMIT: DGCA101

In August of 2016, a gesture that billions and billions of people perform daily began to make national and international news. Make no mistake, it was not the gesture itself that was labelled problematic or ‘anti-American’, but its timing and placement. When everyone else was standing for the American national
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On October 19, 2015, the Liberal Party of Canada, who had been out of power for nine years, won an impressive election night victory, gaining 148 seats and coasting to a majority government.  The party had been in shambles since the sponsorship scandal of the early 00s dismantled Paul Martin’s
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The Law Society of Upper Canada recently added a policy called “Statement of Principles,” requiring lawyers and paralegals to “acknowledge their obligation to promote equality, diversity, and inclusion.” What seems like a noble cause has fuelled one of our own faculty members, Professor Bruce Pardy, to publish an opinion piece
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As the Trump Presidency continues down its wild path, many of the President’s detractors have suggested that impeachment is on the table. These people have included several Democrats in Congress who have gone as far as writing up and vocally supporting articles of impeachment against the President. Impeachment is the
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The articling recruit is unique compared to the OCI process. Not only are there a greater variety of prospective employers that participate, but also students generally know the area of law they would prefer to practice in and have some tangible experiences to support their interest (there are only so
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Queen’s Law invited Professor Kyle Kirkup from the University of Ottawa to speak to students about the substantive qualities of Bill C-16 — the Bill about gender identity and expression currently going through the Senate. Professor Lisa Kelly opened the seminar by highlighting that this talk arose directly out of
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The debate for the Conservative leadership race held this past Saturday in Halifax featured all fourteen (fourteen!) hopeful candidates.   On the surface, it was eerily reminiscent of last year’s Republican leadership race in the United States. The race featured an over-crowded stage, a reality TV star, a surgeon turned
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This isn’t going to be pretty.   Two not-so-good things happened in my time at QL.   1. In 2L, a long-term relationship ended, so I got myself tested. They found something not-so-good, and after over 1 hour of sitting in the doctor’s office, I realized I was walking out
Jordan Peterson. Credit: Nick Kozac, Toronto Star.

Should people have the right to decide the gender pronoun by which they are addressed?   Professor Bruce Pardy of Queen’s Law and Professor Jordan Peterson – the beleaguered and controversial figure at the centre of a controversy surrounding Bill C-16 – sparred on that question at the Runnymede Society’s
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On Monday, January 23, 2017 a debate was held between Professor Bruce Pardy and Professor Jordan Peterson at the Faculty of Law over the laws of Bill C-16, which amend the Criminal Code and Canadian Human Rights Act to add gender identity and gender expression as enumerated grounds for discrimination
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Queen’s University made national headlines last week, and not in the way that it would have preferred.   After comedienne Celeste Yim tweeted photos from her Twitter account – since deleted – of undergraduate students dressed up as stereotypical depictions of Viet Cong guerrillas, Arab Sheikhs, Buddhist monks and Sombrero-wearing,
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A Real Change?   Ever since running and winning the 2015 election on a campaign promising “Real Change”, the Liberal Party has been playing a political switch-up of turtle and hare: real policy changes that understandably take time to form now seem to have only ever been rash wagers to
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Compromise may be the best way to peacefully progress, but now is a time for action
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A reflection on leaving a gap between undergraduate studies and Law school
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Should Law school be more practical or should we preserve Academia?
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Why Justice Abella might be adding to the Supreme Court’s “liberal problem” – and I’m glad.
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The University of Toronto’s response to Prof. Peterson’s comments is troubling