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LAW 3020: Legal Perspectives

Professor: Margaret I. Hall, LLB, LLM

Course Description:

Introduction to the philosophy of law, including the nature and sources of law, and the relationship between law and morality.

Course Outline:

This course provides a survey of some of the dominant classical and modern theories about the nature of law, including natural law theory, legal positivism, legal realism, law and economics theory and feminist legal theory. We will also consider the philosophical dimensions of specific areas of legal controversy and debate, including legal reasoning and the interpretation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the enforcement of morality, freedom of expression and hate speech, and equality and the law.

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Group A: R v Lavalee

Group B: Reference re Same Sex Marriage

Group C: R v Morgentaler

Group D: R v Oakes

Group E: McKinney v University of Guelph, [1990] 3 S.C.R. 229

Group F: R v Malmo Levine, 2003 SCC 74

Group G: Bazley v Curry, [1999] 2 S.C.R. 534

Group H: Rodriguez v. British Columbia (Attorney General), [1993] 3 S.C.R. 519

Group I: GVRD Employees’ Union v Greater Vancouver Regional District

Group J: Norberg v Wynrib

Group K: R v City of Sault Ste. Marie

Group L: R. v. Sharpe, 2001 SCC 2

Group M: R v Keegstra

Group N: Childs v Desmoreaux, 2006 SCC 18

Group O: R v Lattimer

Group P: Auton (Guardian ad litem of) v. British Columbia (Attorney General), [2004] 3

Group Q: Starson v Swayze, [2003] 1 S.C.R. 722, 2003 SCC 32

Group R: R v Butler

Group S: Rape Relief v Nixon, 2005 BCCA 601

Group T: R. v RDS, [1997] 3 S.C.R. 484

Group U: Thomas v Norris, 1992 CanLII 354 (BCSC)