The Laskin Legacy

Essays in Commemoration of Chief Justice Bora Laskin

Overview

This book is a collection of seventeen scholarly articles and personal reminiscences that examine the life and career of the late Bora Laskin, former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. The essays are written by family members, judges, law professors, and lawyers whose recollections about Laskin flesh out the life of a man "at the summit of Canada’s political and legal life," with commentary from some whose paths crossed his. The book includes examinations of Laskin’s contribution to legal education and scholarship, as well as to jurisprudence in constitutional law, administrative and labour law, and private law. As well, it provides discussion of Laskin’s impact on the Supreme Court of Canada itself.

Table of Contents

Contributors
Chapter 1: Introduction - Constance Backhouse

PART ONE: PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY
Chapter 2: Some Memories of My Father - John I. Laskin
Chapter 3: Comments on My Dad - Barbara Laskin

PART TWO: EDUCATOR
Chapter 4: Laskin and the University - Martin Friedland
Chapter 5: Laskin and the University Crisis of 1949 - Horace Krever

PART THREE: IMPACT ON THE SUPREME COURT OF CANADA
Chapter 6: Laskin’s Legacy to the Supreme Court - Ian Binnie
Chapter 7: Laskin’s Impact on the Supreme Court - Peter W. Hogg
Chapter 8: Memories of Laskin at the Court - Sheridan Scott

PART FOUR: SUBSTANTIVE CONTRIBUTIONS TO LAW
Chapter 9: Laskin’s Legacy to National Unity and Patriation - R. Roy McMurtry
Chapter 10: Laskin’s Legacy to Law - J.J. Michel Robert

PART FIVE: ADMINISTRATIVE AND LABOUR LAW
Chapter 11: Chief Justice Laskin’s Approach to Administrative Law - Stephen T. Goudge
Chapter 12: Laskin’s Contribution to Labour Law - Chris G. Paliare

PART SIX: CONSTITUTIONA LAW, FEDERALISM, AND INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS
Chapter 13: Laskin and the Constitutional Protection of Rights and Freedoms - Robert J. Sharpe

PART SEVEN: CONTRACT, TORTS, AND FIDUCIARY OBLIGATIONS
Chapter 14: The Laskin Legacy in Private Law: The Judge as Custodian of the Common Law - John D. McCamus
Chapter 15: Laskin and Fiduciary Duties - Kathryn N. Feldman

PART EIGHT: LASKIN IN DISSENT
Chapter 16: Chief Justice Bora Laskin: The Great Dissenter - Neil Finkelstein

PART NINE: REASSESSMENT: THE NEXT GENERATION
Chapter 17: Bora Laskin: Lifting the Legacy from the Legend - Ellen Snow

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