Matthew Lewans, BComm, LLB (University of Saskatchewan), BCL (Oxon), LLM (University of Auckland), SJD (University of Toronto)

Professor, Faculty of Law

Winter Term 2021 (1740)

LAW 435B - Constitutional Law

★ 2.5 (fi 10)(TWO TERM, 2;3-0-0)

An introduction to the legal framework governing the exercise of power by the legislative, executive and judicial branches of the Canadian state, covering who has the power to make new laws, the power to implement laws, and the power to adjudicate disputes. The limitations imposed on these powers by the rules of federalism and by the provisions of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms are also considered. An introduction to the constitutional provisions concerning Canada's Aboriginal peoples is also included.

LECTURE C5 (45668)
2021-01-11 - 2021-04-16
TH 14:00 - 15:20 (TBD)

Fall Term 2021 (1770)

LAW 435A - Constitutional Law

★ 2.5 (fi 10)(TWO TERM, 2;3-0-0)

An introduction to the legal framework governing the exercise of power by the legislative, executive and judicial branches of the Canadian state, covering who has the power to make new laws, the power to implement laws, and the power to adjudicate disputes. The limitations imposed on these powers by the rules of federalism and by the provisions of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms are also considered. An introduction to the constitutional provisions concerning Canada's Aboriginal peoples is also included.

LECTURE C4 (56416)
2021-09-20 - 2021-12-07
MW 14:45 - 15:45 (LC 105)


LAW 486 - Jurisprudence

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

An examination of law from a theoretical rather than a doctrinal perspective. Every year, the course will consist of a number of seminar offerings whose focus will be on a broader theoretical examination of law, legal processes, and institutions. Each of these courses will allow a critical examination of law from a variety of perspectives such as; legal theory, literature, politics, economics, social and cultural development, and religion.

LECTURE A3 (51840)
2021-09-08 - 2021-12-07
MW 10:30 - 11:50 (LC 191)

Winter Term 2022 (1780)

LAW 435B - Constitutional Law

★ 2.5 (fi 10)(TWO TERM, 2;3-0-0)

An introduction to the legal framework governing the exercise of power by the legislative, executive and judicial branches of the Canadian state, covering who has the power to make new laws, the power to implement laws, and the power to adjudicate disputes. The limitations imposed on these powers by the rules of federalism and by the provisions of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms are also considered. An introduction to the constitutional provisions concerning Canada's Aboriginal peoples is also included.

LECTURE C4 (76223)
2022-01-05 - 2022-04-08
TH 14:00 - 15:20 (LC 105)


LAW 450 - Administrative Law

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Designed to provide an understanding of the legal constraints courts have placed on the behavior of administrative tribunals and government departments. Topics to be discussed: What is Administrative Law? How the courts supervise the acts and decisions of administrative bodies. Pitfalls to be avoided by administrative officers: errors of fact and law; excesses of discretion; breach of natural justice. How administrative acts and decisions may be attacked by an aggrieved citizen: remedies. Appeal and review, time limits, locus standi, choice of remedy, procedure. How to avoid attacks by aggrieved citizens. The practical outcome; strength of review. Recent trends in Administrative Law in Canada.

LECTURE B1 (60118)
2022-01-05 - 2022-04-08
TH 09:00 - 10:20 (TBD)