R v Morgentaler: Reflections After 25 Years

Event date: Tuesday, January 29, 2013, from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Bennett Lecture Hall, Flavelle House, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto

Panel Discussion

On January 28, 1988, 25 years ago, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down Canada’s abortion law using the still new Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.  The legal battle was long, dramatic and groundbreaking – including a police raid on a clinic,  novel constitutional evidence and arguments, an extraordinary criminal jury trial, and an acquittal overturned by the Court of Appeal, followed by a week-long hearing and divided decision at the Supreme Court level.  Today, the case remains one of the most significant decisions in Canadian law.  This panel provides a unique opportunity to hear from participants in the case as they reflect on the historic events and the continued significance of the case today.

Panelists:  Dr. Robert Scott - Appellant and Co-Accused 
                  Morris Manning, QC - Counsel for the Appellants 
                  Kirk Makin - Justice Reporter with the Globe and Mail 
                  Lorraine Weinrib - Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto 
                  Carolyn Egan - Expert witness at trial 
                   (Others to be confirmed)

Moderators: Paul Schabas - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP and co-counsel for the Appellant 
                    Cheryl Milne - Executive Director, David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights

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