The Dignity of Law: The Legacy of Justice Louis LeBel
Intellectually generous. Prolific. Warm and decent. These are just some of the phrases editors Dwight Newman and Malcolm Thorburn use to describe retired Supreme Court of Canada Justice Louis LeBel in the introduction to The Dignity of Law: The Legacy of Justice Louis LeBel. This new volume of essays examines Justice LeBel's legacy both as a man and as a civilian judge operating in a bijural country. With contributions from some of Canada's most eminent legal scholars, this book provides valuable insight into the considerable impact Justice LeBel's judicial approach and decisions have had on the Canadian legal landscape.
A comprehensive perspective
The essays in The Dignity of Law: The Legacy of Justice Louis LeBel celebrate His Honour's contributions to the legal developments in a great many areas of Canadian law. The book is divided into four sections: Justice LeBel – The Man; Justice LeBel – The Civilian Jurist; Justice LeBel on Law and Public Policy; and Justice LeBel on Fundamental Principles. Taken together, the perspectives of the various authors offer a comprehensive look at this esteemed jurist's career on the bench.
In particular, readers of this work will gain a better understanding of Justice LeBel through the:
- Papers in both English and French, from contributors with common law and/or civil law backgrounds, reflecting Canada's bilingual and bijural realities, as well as its cultural diversity
- Examination of Justice Louis LeBel's roles and perspectives as displayed and expressed in his various judicial capacities and appointments
- Reflections from the country's leading legal scholars on Justice LeBel's landmark judgments in a variety of areas of law, including criminal law, private international law, family law, bankruptcy law, administrative law, labour law, tax law and others
A must-have volume
The Dignity of Law: The Legacy of Justice Louis LeBel will be essential reading for:
- Law school professors interested in reviewing the legal writings and philosophies of Supreme Court of Canada judges who have shaped the current state of Canadian law
- Legal researchers who want to analyze the contributions of retired Supreme Court of Canada judges and their impact on legal developments in Canada
- Law libraries that require a complete collection of work on the history and background of the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as the contributions of individual judges
- Members of the judiciary who want to reflect on the insights of Supreme Court of Canada judges for the purposes of articulating or formulating decisions
Table of contents
Dwight Newman and Malcolm Thorburn: Introduction
Part I: Justice LeBel – The Man
Hon. Marie Deschamps, "Louis LeBel : l'homme qui s'intéresse à tout"
Part II: Justice LeBel - The Civilian Jurist
Rosalie Jukier, "The Legacy of Justice Louis LeBel: The Civilian Tradition and Procedural Law"
Patrick Glenn, "Justice Louis LeBel and the Private International Law of a Diverse Federation"
Robert Leckey, "feminism and Institutional Roles: Justice LeBel's Family Law Jurisprudence"
Erik Knutsen, "Coherence and the Committed Civilian: Justice LeBel's Contributions to Canadian Accident Law"
Stephanie Ben-Ishai, "A traditionalist's take on Bankruptcy Intersections"
Part III: Justice LeBel on Law and Public Policy
Lorne Sossin, "In Search of Coherence: Justice LeBel's Administrative Law"
Christian Brunelle, "Parcours singulier d'un juge réservé sur le sentier pluriel des droits et libertés"
Hamish Stewart, "Rules, Standards, and Proportionality in Criminal Procedure"
Jula Hughes, "Like Oil on Troubled Water: A Labour Perspective on the Charter Labour Jurisprudence of Justice Louis LeBel"
Tamara Larre, "Supreme Court of Canada Tax Judgments of Justice LeBel"
Part IV: Justice LeBel on Fundamental Principles
Dwight Newman, "Aboriginal Rights, Collective Rights, and Adjudicative Virtues"
Mark Walters, "Federalism in its Biggest Sense: Louis LeBel and the Federal Idea in Canadian Constitutional Law"
Benjamin Berger, "Sentencing and the Salience of Pain and Hope"
Malcolm Thorburn, "Justice LeBel on Excuses and the Question of Standing"