There’s a classic saying that crime doesn’t pay. In fact, victim surcharges ensure that criminals pay for their crimes on top of the sentences they receive. But what exactly is a mandatory victim surcharge? How does it work? And why did Canada’s highest court strike it down?
Victim surcharges are no more -- thanks to our Supreme Court -- but what were they, and what does this mean? Criminal law expert Lisa Kerr explains.
How do these decision-makers fit into our system of government? What is the source of their authority to make these decisions? And why are they so prevalent?
What exactly is solitary confinement? What laws empower the Correctional Services of Canada to resort to it? And what does Bill C-83 purport to change?
Solitary! The Liberals say they're ending it. But I thought we didn't have solitary in Canada, so what are they ending? Who does this affect? Find out with professor Lisa Kerr.
We make a 250+ page court decision on the Trans Mountain pipeline easy to understand, with course instructors Cherie Metcalf and Hugo Choquette.
In practice, the law that is needed to regulate an activity often does not fall neatly into a single level of authority: federal and provincial laws often work together. Consider, for example, the recent case of marijuana legalization...
There’s a lot to unpack when it comes to the Kinder Morgan — soon, Government of Canada — pipeline. British Columbia has challenged it, as have several Indigenous groups.
Property law is complex — fee simple, escheats, and William the Conqueror all come into play when we’re talking about ownership of property in Canada.
Property as a legal concept is best understood not as an object, but as a bundle of rights that a legal person possesses. The pertinent legal question isn’t what you “own” but what you have the right to do with it.