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Invitation to Friends of I-CONnect: Symposium at McGill University on the Senate Reference

Richard Albert, Boston College Law School

Friends of I-CONnect are invited to attend the McGill Law Journal’s 2015 symposium on “Democracy, Federalism and the Rule of Law: The Implications of the Senate Reference.” All are welcome: scholars, students, lawyers and the general public.

In the Senate Reference issued earlier this year in April, the Supreme Court of Canada advised the Government of Canada on the constitutionality of various proposals to reform the Senate. The Court’s reference is available here. Useful background on the Senate reform proposals is available here.

Here is the description of the Journal’s scholarly program:

Held in conjunction with the Journal’s forthcoming special issue on the Senate Reference, this symposium will explore and evaluate the impact of the Senate Reference on democracy, federalism, constitutional amendment, the political process, and electoral politics.

The papers presented at this symposium will represent the first major scholarly assessment of this important decision. The invited panelists and discussants, who represent a broad cross-section of views on the Senate Reference, will take doctrinal, historical, constitutional, comparative and theoretical perspectives on the Senate Reference, and will draw connections to other recent public law decisions, including the Supreme Court Act Reference.

The symposium will begin at 8:30 AM and will conclude at 5:00 PM on Friday January 30, 2015 at McGill University’s Faculty of Law. A reception will follow.

In the interest of open scholarship, there is no charge to attend this event.

Registration is free here. Please direct questions to Nicole Leger at


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