Bora Laskin: Bringing Law to Life

By Philip Girard

© 2005

In any account of twentieth-century Canadian law, Bora Laskin (1912-1984) looms large. Born in northern Ontario to Russian-Jewish immigrant parents, Laskin became a prominent human rights activist, university professor, and labour arbitrator before embarking on his 'accidental career' as a judge on the Ontario Court of Appeal (1965) and later Chief Justice of Canada (1973-1984). Throughout his professional career, he used the law to make Canada a better place for workers, racial and ethnic minorities, and the disadvantaged. As a judge, he sought to make the judiciary more responsive to modern Canadian expectations of justice and fundamental rights.

In Bora Laskin: Bringing Law to Life, Philip Girard chronicles the life of a man who, at all points of his life, was a fighter for a better Canada: he fought antisemitism, corporate capital, omnipotent university boards, the Law Society of Upper Canada, and his own judicial colleagues in an effort to modernize institutions and re-shape Canadian law. Girard exploits a wealth of previously untapped archival sources to provide, in vivid detail, a critical assessment of a restless man on an important mission.

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  • Page Count: 690 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.4in x 9.0in
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In Bora Laskin, Girard chronicles the life of a man who, at all points of his life, was a fighter for a better Canada: he fought antisemitism, corporate capital, omnipotent university boards, the Law Society of Upper Canada, and his own judicial colleagues in an effort to modernize institutions and re-shape Canadian law.

Bora Laskin: Bringing Law to Life

By Philip Girard

© 2005

In any account of twentieth-century Canadian law, Bora Laskin (1912-1984) looms large. Born in northern Ontario to Russian-Jewish immigrant parents, Laskin became a prominent human rights activist, university professor, and labour arbitrator before embarking on his 'accidental career' as a judge on the Ontario Court of Appeal (1965) and later Chief Justice of Canada (1973-1984). Throughout his professional career, he used the law to make Canada a better place for workers, racial and ethnic minorities, and the disadvantaged. As a judge, he sought to make the judiciary more responsive to modern Canadian expectations of justice and fundamental rights.

In Bora Laskin: Bringing Law to Life, Philip Girard chronicles the life of a man who, at all points of his life, was a fighter for a better Canada: he fought antisemitism, corporate capital, omnipotent university boards, the Law Society of Upper Canada, and his own judicial colleagues in an effort to modernize institutions and re-shape Canadian law. Girard exploits a wealth of previously untapped archival sources to provide, in vivid detail, a critical assessment of a restless man on an important mission.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 690 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.4in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Philip Girard is a professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University.
  • Table of contents

    Introduction

    Part I: Starting Out
    1 The Lakehead
    2 Law School
    3 Articling
    4 Harvard
    5 Waiting

    Part II: The Academy
    6 Professor
    7 Osgoode
    8 Revolution
    9 Federalism

    Part III: Extra-curricular
    10 Arbitrator
    11 Human Rights
    12 Academic Freedom

    Part IV: Transitions
    13 Elder Statesman
    14 The Accidental Judge
    15 Ontario Court of Appeal

    Part V: The Supreme Court of Canada

    16 On to Ottawa
    17 Early Promise
    18 Chief Justice
    19 The Laskin Court
    20 The Great Dissenter
    21 Architect of Public Law
    22 Patriation
    23 The Berger Affair
    24 Final Years
    25 Epilogue

    notes
    illustration credits
    index

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