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Sterling Legal Minds Explore Religious Freedom Issues in New Book

Cardus hosts official release of newly published compilation Religious Freedom and Communities.

November 17, 2016

OTTAWA – – Dr. Dwight Newman, who is the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Rights in Constitutional and International Law and a University of Saskatchewan law professor, has gathered together the writings of some of Canada’s top legal minds for a fresh examination of religious freedom issues. The result is Religious Freedom and Communities, a new book that takes a fresh look at some of the most vexing issues that have found their way into Canada’s courtrooms. More than a dozen authors have contributed to this rich compilation, including retired Supreme Court Justice Louis LeBel who highlights the collective aspects of religious freedom. Law professors Carissima Mathen and Michael Plaxton dive into the controversy over Trinity Western University’s effort to open a law school amid questions about LGBTQ rights. Newman himself explores religious freedom as it relates to Canada’s Indigenous communities.

“Religion is a vital part of the lives not only of individuals, but of communities as well,” says Newman in the new book. “Religious freedom jurisprudence needs to continue to recognize this reality effectively through strong protections even in the context of challenging questions.”

Religious Freedom and Communities was officially released at the Ottawa office of Cardus during a panel discussion on the issue of religious freedom. The book is available through the LexisNexis Online Store.


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