Podcast

Starting in Volume 57, the McGill Law Journal became the first Canadian law journal to launch a major podcast series. In the years since, our podcasts have provided a forum for debate and discussion on many of the most pressing issues in Canadian law, from the structure of Canadian federalism, to emerging norms such as the legal personality of the environment. Each episode features interviews with prominent academics, practitioners, or other experts. Many of our featured guests have been directly involved in debates and decisions that continue to shape the law in Canada and around the world.

Volume 68 revamped the Journal‘s podcast with the launch of three thematic series:

  • MLJ Shorts: This series brings you timely, bite-sized analyses of Canadian law and policy. In each episode, the host invites a leading expert to unpack recent legal developments or court decisions, to better understand their implications and long-term significance.
  • Counterpoint: An MLJ Podcast series that places legal academics and practitioners in conversation with individuals, communities, and advocates with experience of the law in its application. As a forum for exchange and debate on issues of legal importance in Canada and beyond, the show stands out for its commitment to hearing new voices in legal discourse and spotlighting alternative sources of legal knowledge and expertise.
  • Legal Fictions: A series tracking developments in the legal profession. Made for and by law students, it aims to demystify the practice of law, delve into its history and regulation, and reimagine its future.

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Posted on 28 May 2024

[MLJ Shorts] The New Era of the Notwithstanding Clause

Over the last 5 years, the use of section 33 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, known as the Notwithstanding Clause, has become increasingly controversial. This episode delves into the historical context of the Notwithstanding Clause to shed light on the section’s current issues. Using Quebec’s Bill 21 and Ontario’s Working Families cases, we highlight the tensions between legislative authority and judicial oversight.

We speak with Marion Sandilands, partner at Conway Litigation and Professor at the University of Ottawa.

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Posted on 4 Apr 2024

[MLJ Shorts] La justice réparatrice pour les jeunes contrevenants

Dans cet épisode, nous plongeons au cœur de la justice des jeunes contrevenants au Canada, avec une attention particulière portée sur le Québec.

Nos invitées sont Me Véronique Champagne, procureure en chef au Bureau des affaires de la jeunesse du Directeur des poursuites criminelles et pénale et Mme Catherine Lapierre, directrice des services de justice réparatrice pour mineurs à Équijustice.

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Posted on 15 Mar 2024

[MLJ Shorts] Autism and the Law

This episode navigates the intricate landscape of the Canadian legal system as it intersects with the lives of neurodivergent individuals. We aim to explore the ways in which autistic people may interact with the legal system and how various factors can influence the overall journey through the justice system. We discuss potential solutions and suggestions aimed at reducing ableism and providing support for neurodiverse populations.

We hear from Dr. Stephanie Ehret, a criminologist and Assistant Professor of Sociology at Trent University. Dr. Ehret’s research focuses on gender and violence, as well as autism and criminal justice.

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Posted on 22 Feb 2024

[MLJ Shorts] Canadian Crypto Regulation Following the FTX Collapse

Cryptocurrency’s rapid rise has placed financial regulators in uncharted territory, forcing experts to think outside the box about how to best regulate decentralized digital assets. This episode will explore the Canadian cryptocurrency regulatory landscape in the wake of the FTX collapse and consider how it might evolve in the future.

In this episode, we speak with Me Laure Fouin, co-head of the Digital Assets and Blockchain group and a partner at the Montréal office of Osler, a leading Canadian law firm.

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Posted on 21 Feb 2024

[Counterpoint] The Yazidi Genocide: A Conversation About The Role Of NGOs And The International Community

Content Warning: This episode discusses sexual violence and genocide.

This episode explores how non-governmental and other international organizations work to achieve justice and redress for survivors of international war crimes. We speak with Natia Navrouzov, who shares expertise on the role of NGOs, and the international community, more generally, in obtaining redress for Yazidi survivors of genocide.

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Posted on 8 Aug 2023

[Legal Fictions] Carrières alternatives avec un diplôme en droit / Alternative Careers with a Law Degree

In this this two-part epsiode, we hear from McGill Law graduates whose unconventional careers challenge the typical image of what it means to be a lawyer or have a law degree. Our guests for part two are Aaron Wenner and Geeva Samynathan, both law graduates who decided to pursue entrepreneurial careers.

Aaron is co-founder and CEO of CiteRight, a Toronto-based legal-tech start-up that helps coordinate legal research and drafting. Geeva runs a consultancy company, ECTAA, that provides guidance in management, environmental consulting, and corporate training.

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Posted on 25 Jul 2023

[MLJ Shorts] L’avenir du fédéralisme à l’heure du renouveau de relations canado-autochtones

Huit ans après la publication du rapport final de la Commission de vérité et de réconciliation du Canada, cet épisode se penche sur les voies possibles des interactions entre les peuples autochtones et l’État canadien. Nous nous entretenons avec Jean Leclair, professeur de droit à l’Université de Montréal spécialiste du fédéralisme et du pluralisme juridique, pour mieux comprendre le concept de justice transitionnelle dans le contexte canadien.

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Posted on 17 Jul 2023

[Legal Fictions] Carrières alternatives avec un diplôme en droit / Alternative Careers with a Law Degree

There are many paths to law school, and just as many out of it. In this two-part episode, we hear from McGill Law graduates whose unconventional careers challenge the typical image of what it means to be a lawyer or have a law degree. Our guests for part one are Alba Stella Zuniga Ramos and Hanson Hossein, who now work in municipal politics and journalism, respectively.

This episode is the first in the MLJ Podcast’s Legal Fictions series. Made for and by law students, Legal Fictions traces developments in the legal profession, aiming to demystify the practice of law, delve into the history of its regulation, and reimagine its future.

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Posted on 5 Jul 2023

[MLJ Shorts] Digital Media Wild West: Regulating Canadian Content

Bill C-11, commonly known as the Online Streaming Act, has been riddled with controversy from its introduction in June of last year, through to its adoption as law in April 2023. Canada’s first major reform of the Broadcasting Act since 1991, the Act aims to promote Canadian content on online streaming services, in part by extending the regulatory powers of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). In this episode, we hear from Michael Geist, Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law, on why the Act falls flat, and how it misunderstands the nature of on-demand streaming services.

This conversation was recorded in January 2023, while Bill C-11 was in its third reading before the Senate.

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Posted on 27 Jun 2023

[Counterpoint] Solitary Confinement in Canada

This episode explores the practice of solitary confinement in Canada and the winding road toward its abolition. Our two guests, Andrea Monteiro (former Director of Corrections for the Yukon Government and founder of Ethical Correctional Consulting, Inc.) and Nora Demnati (a Montreal-based prison lawyer and instructor at McGill’s Faculty of Law) bring their differing experiences and perspectives to bear on the question of prison reform. Our discussion centres around the history and evolution of solitary confinement, why its elimination has proved difficult, and the challenges of piecemeal versus system-wide change.

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