Blog James Hendry

Extraterritorial Investigations and the Charter

Recently, the Supreme Court of Canada was faced with two interlocking issues in McGregor. They arose from a charge of voyeurism against a member of the Canadian Armed Forces attached to the Canadian Embassy in Washington DC…

A View of the Charter Methodology Battlefield

It’s not often that a Justice in a senior appellate court characterizes an inflection point in Charter methodology as a “battlefield” between two approaches to its interpretation…

The Effect of an Arrest Warrant Issued by the International Criminal Court

In this piece, CIAJ’s collaborator James Hendry considers the effect of the arrest warrants issued last March by the ICC for Vladimir Putin and his Commissioner for Children’s Rights, Maria Lvova-Belova.

Interpreting the Exemption of Creditors’ Remedies on Reserves

The Ontario Court of Appeal recently had to choose between interpreting a provision of the Indian Act protecting Indian reserve property from creditors’ remedies, and one that might have opened up more commercial possibilities for Indigenous entrepreneurs though putting Indian property at greater risk.

Mandatory Minimum Sentences and s. 12 of the Charter

The Supreme Court of Canada recently struck down a four-year mandatory minimum sentence for discharging a firearm into a home in Hills (here). Though Hills admitted that the mandatory minimum was warranted in his case, he argued that the law might be applied to someone who did not deserve it.

Prejudice, Bias and Laws Prohibiting Discrimination

The Supreme Court of Canada has recognized that subjective assumptions, prejudice, ignorance and biases about individuals’ personal characteristics have historically structured the distribution of many important public and private benefits. […]