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Canada’s Chief Justice: Beverley McLachlin’s Legacy of Law and Leadership

A one-of-a-kind tribute collection takes us through the legal journey of former Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, by bringing together the thoughtful reflections of more than 30 expert observers, illuminating a wide range of aspects of the Chief Justice’s legacy.
Publication Language: English

Softcover | 872 pages

In Stock
Published: December 18, 2018
ISBN/ISSN: 9780433499114

Product description

"This text consists of a collection of works authored by those who worked closely with Chief Justice McLachlin and takes a scholarly look at the impact and legacy of her career. The book contains forwards from Chief Justice Richard Wagner, former prime minister Brian Mulroney, and former governor general Adrienne Clarkson.

...The collected works clearly detail the ripple effect that the Supreme Court of Canada has on society and life in Canada and the important role Chief Justice McLachlin’s leadership played during her tenure at the Court."

Reviewed by Katie Cuyler, Public Services & Government Information Librarian
University of Alberta Libraries

See Review in 2019 Canadian Law Library Review 44:3 (page 25)

This one-of-a kind tribute collection offers the scholarly perspective on the legacy and contributions of former Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, by bringing together the thoughtful reflections of more than 30 expert observers of impressive pedigree and diverse personal and intellectual viewpoints, illuminating a wide range of aspects of the Chief Justice’s legal journey.

The collection includes words of personal appreciation and accolades from former heads of the Canadian government and top leaders of the Canadian, American, French, and English bench, along with analytical papers reflecting on the Chief Justice’s legacy and influence organized around four themes of recognition: Leadership, The Canadian Idea, Harmony, and Judicial Virtues.

Exclusive interview with The Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin
The volume is filled with photos of key moments of Chief Justice McLachlin’s life journey, and includes the full unedited transcript of an exclusive wide-ranging substantive interview with Her Honour. Plus, various resourceful tools including a bibliography of the Chief Justice’s speeches made during her tenure (2000-2017) and judgments as a justice of the Supreme Court (1989-2018) accompanied by scholarly analysis.

The collection includes:


  • The Right Honourable Richard Wagner, Chief Justice of Canada – Keeper of the Lighthouse / Gardien du phare
  • The Right Honourable Brian Mulroney, former Prime Minister of Canada – An Appointment with Destiny
  • The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, former Governor General of Canada – Incomparable Judge, Inspiring Woman
  • Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts – A Leader Among Chiefs: An American Perspective on Beverley McLachlin’s Legacy as Chief Justice


  • The Honourable Warren K. Winkler, Chief Justice of Ontario – A Leader Born and Bred: The Story of Beverley McLachlin
  • Emmett Macfarlane – Leader and Representative: Examining the Legacy of Beverley McLachlin Inside and Outside of Court
  • The Right Honourable Lady Justice Mary Arden, DBE, Judge-in-Charge, Head of International Judicial Relations for England and Wales – The Distinct Leadership Profiles of Intermediate and Final Appellate Courts
  • L'honorable Marie Deschamps – Beverley McLachlin : femme, juge, porte-étendard
  • The Honourable Thomas A. Cromwell – Keeping Our Promises: Access to Justice
  • Catherine Dauvergne – Immigration Law under the McLachlin Court


  • David Schneiderman – The Separation of Powers and Constitutional Balance at the McLachlin Court
  • Kate Glover Berger – The Constitution of the Administrative State
  • Richard Albert – The Expositor and Guardian of Our Constitutional Values
  • Wade Wright – Federalism(s) in the Supreme Court of Canada During the McLachlin Years
  • Janice Gross Stein and Benjamin Smalley – The Global and the Local: Connections across Borders in the Thought of Beverley McLachlin
  • Guy Canivet, Premier président, Cour de cassation de France and Judge of the Counseil constitutionnel – Cours suprêmes et questions de société: la question des mariages entre personnes de même sexe


  • Marcus Moore – Justice as Harmony: The Distinct Resonance of of Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin's Juridical Genius
  • Peter W. Hogg – The Duty to Consult and Accommodate Aboriginal Peoples
  • Hoi L. Kong – Compromise, Rights and Federalism: Academic Reflections and Constitutional Jurisprudence
  • Lorne Sossin – McLachlin’s Holy Grail and the People’s Charter
  • L'honorable Serge Joyal – La très honorable Beverley McLachlin et l’émergence des valeurs canadiennes


  • Daniel Jutras – Practical Wisdom as Judicial Virtue: Assessing Chief Justice McLachlin
  • DeLloyd J. Guth – Making and Doing Legal History: Beverley McLachlin As Legal Scholar and Trial Judge
  • Jean-François Gaudreault-DesBiens, Vanessa Ntaganda, and Noura Karazivan – The Rise and Fall of Freedom of Expression in the McLachlin Court
  • James Goudkamp – International Impact and Influence: Three Landmark Cases from the Canadian Law of Obligations
  • Benjamin L. Berger – What Humility Isn’t: Responsibility and the Judicial Role


  • Chief Justice McLachlin in Her Own Words – Kirk Makin in conversation with The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin
  • Table A: Table of Supreme Court Judgments by Beverley McLachlin
  • Table B: Bibliography of Speeches of Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin
  • The Chief Justice by the Numbers – Daniel Jutras and Jessica Michelin

Canada's Chief Justice: Beverley McLachlin's Legacy of Law and Leadership is a collection of papers developed out of Supreme Court Law Review, Second Series.


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