Benjamin L. Berger

York University - Osgoode Hall Law School

Professor and York Research Chair in Pluralism and Public Law

4700 Keele Street

Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3

Canada

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1.

Mental Disorder and the Instability of Blame in Criminal Law

RETHINKING CRIMINAL LAW THEORY: NEW CANADIAN PERSPECTIVES IN THE PHILOSOPHY OF DOMESTIC, TRANSNATIONAL, AND INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL LAW, pp. 117-139, Hart Publishing, 2011
Number of pages: 36 Posted: 18 Jul 2011
Benjamin L. Berger
York University - Osgoode Hall Law School
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Mental Disorder, Criminal Law, Legal Theory, Blame, Responsibility, Canada

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Law's Religion: Rendering Culture

Osgoode Hall Law Journal, Vol. 45, No. 2
Number of pages: 45 Posted: 06 Feb 2007
Benjamin L. Berger
York University - Osgoode Hall Law School
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Law, Religion, Canada, Culture

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The Cultural Limits of Legal Tolerance

Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, Vol. 21, No. 2, 2008
Number of pages: 36 Posted: 02 Sep 2008
Benjamin L. Berger
York University - Osgoode Hall Law School
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Religion, Pluralism, Multiculturalism, Tolerance, Canada

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Section 1, Constitutional Reasoning, and Cultural Difference: Assessing the Impacts of Alberta v. Hutterian Brethren of Wilson Colony

Supreme Court Law Review (2D), Vol. 51, pp. 25-46, 2010
Number of pages: 22 Posted: 18 Dec 2010 Last Revised: 02 Jan 2011
Benjamin L. Berger
York University - Osgoode Hall Law School
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Religion, Constitutional Law, Canada, Hutterite, Justification, Freedom of Religion, Section 1

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Moral Judgment, Criminal Law and the Constitutional Protection of Religion

Supreme Court Law Review, Vol. 41, No. 2, 2008, THE CHARTER AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE: TWENTY-FIVE YEARS LATER, Jamie Cameron, James Stribopoulos, eds., Toronto: LexisNexis Butterworths, 2008
Number of pages: 34 Posted: 06 Feb 2008
Benjamin L. Berger
York University - Osgoode Hall Law School
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Criminal Law, Religion, Freedom of Religion, Constitutional Law, Canada

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Religious Diversity, Education, and the 'Crisis' in State Neutrality

Berger, B. (2014). Religious diversity, education, and the “crisis” in state neutrality. Canadian Journal of Law and Society, 29(1), 103-122., Osgoode Legal Studies Research Paper No. 62/2014
Number of pages: 26 Posted: 11 Oct 2013 Last Revised: 21 Jan 2015
Benjamin L. Berger
York University - Osgoode Hall Law School
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Religion, Education, Law, Arendt, Neutrality, Toleration

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The Abiding Presence of Conscience: Criminal Justice Against the Law and the Modern Constitutional Imagination

University of Toronto Law Journal, Vol. 61, No. 4, 2011
Number of pages: 38 Posted: 24 Dec 2010 Last Revised: 23 Mar 2014
Benjamin L. Berger
York University - Osgoode Hall Law School
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Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Legal Theory, Exception, Canada, Nullification, Discretion

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Is State Neutrality Bad for Indigenous Religious Freedom?

in Jeffrey Hewitt, Beverly Jacobs, and Richard Moon, eds., Indigenous Spirituality and Religious Freedom (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, Forthcoming), Osgoode Legal Studies Research Paper
Number of pages: 21 Posted: 15 Jan 2020
Benjamin L. Berger
York University - Osgoode Hall Law School
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religious freedom, state neutrality, Indigenous spirituality, Indigenous religion, Canada, Ktunaxa Nation v British Columbia

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Polygamy and the Predicament of Contemporary Criminal Law

Polygamy's Rights and Wrongs: Perspectives on Harm, Family, and Law, Gillian Calder and Lori Beaman, eds., Vancouver: UBC Press, 2014., Osgoode CLPE Research Paper No. 36/2012
Number of pages: 26 Posted: 11 Jun 2012 Last Revised: 26 Jul 2017
Benjamin L. Berger
York University - Osgoode Hall Law School
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On the Book of Job, Justice, and the Precariousness of the Criminal Law

Law, Culture and the Humanities, Vol. 4, No. 1, 2008.
Number of pages: 35 Posted: 11 Jan 2006 Last Revised: 26 Jul 2017
Benjamin L. Berger
York University - Osgoode Hall Law School
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Criminal Law, Legal Theory, Hebrew Bible, Humanities

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Recent Developments in Canadian Criminal Law

Criminal Law Journal, Vol. 40, pp. 33-48, 2016
Number of pages: 16 Posted: 30 Aug 2017
Gerry Ferguson and Benjamin L. Berger
University of Victoria - Faculty of Law and York University - Osgoode Hall Law School
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Criminal Law, Mens Rea, Mandatory Minimum Sentences, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Sentencing

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Belonging to Law: Religious Difference, Secularism, and the Conditions of Civic Inclusion

Social & Legal Studies, Vol. 24, No. 1, 2015, Osgoode Legal Studies Research Paper No. 16/2014
Number of pages: 23 Posted: 23 Mar 2014 Last Revised: 26 Jul 2017
Benjamin L. Berger
York University - Osgoode Hall Law School
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Civic Belonging, Law, Religion, Secularism, Religious Freedom, Islam

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Poetry, Mercy, and the Phenomenology of Justice

Poets, Prophets, and Texts in Play: Studies in Biblical Poetry and Prophecy in Honour of Francis Landy, Ehud Ben Zvi, Claudia V Camp, David M Gunn and Aaron W Hughes, eds., London: T & T Clark, 2015., Osgoode Legal Studies Research Paper No. 34/2014
Number of pages: 19 Posted: 29 Jun 2014 Last Revised: 26 Jul 2017
Benjamin L. Berger
York University - Osgoode Hall Law School
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Phenomenology, Justice, Mercy, Law, Book of Jonah, Literary Interpretation

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The Rule in Hodge's Case: Rumours of its Death are Greatly Exaggerated

Canadian Bar Review, Vol. 84, No. 47, 2005
Number of pages: 28 Posted: 01 Feb 2005
Benjamin L. Berger
York University - Osgoode Hall Law School
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Evidence, Canada, Epistemology

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The Aesthetics of Religious Freedom

Varieties of Religious Establishment, Winnifred Sullivan and Lori Beaman, eds., Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2013, Osgoode CLPE Research Paper No. 33/2012
Number of pages: 22 Posted: 24 Feb 2020
Benjamin L. Berger
York University - Osgoode Hall Law School
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Religion, Religious Freedom, Establishment, Aesthetics

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A More Lasting Comfort? The Politics of Minimum Sentences, the Rule of Law, and R. v. Ferguson

Supreme Court Law Review, Vol. 47, No. 2, pp. 1-25, 2009
Number of pages: 26 Posted: 04 Oct 2009
Benjamin L. Berger
York University - Osgoode Hall Law School
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Minimum Sentences, Punishment, Exceptions, Constitutional Law, Canada

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Sentencing and the Salience of Pain and Hope

Supreme Court Law Review (2d), Vol. 70, 2015., The Dignity of Law: The Legacy of Justice Louis LeBel, Dwight Newman & Malcolm Thorburn, eds., Markham, ON: LexisNexis, 2015., Osgoode Legal Studies Research Paper No. 17/2015
Number of pages: 25 Posted: 17 May 2015 Last Revised: 26 Jul 2017
Benjamin L. Berger
York University - Osgoode Hall Law School
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Punishment, sentencing, pain, hope, phenomenology, proportionality

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Constitutional Principles in Substantive Criminal Law

Oxford Handbook of Criminal Law, Markus D Dubber and Tatjana Hoernle, eds., Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014., Osgoode Legal Studies Research Paper No. 19/2014
Number of pages: 28 Posted: 29 Mar 2014 Last Revised: 26 Jul 2017
Benjamin L. Berger
York University - Osgoode Hall Law School
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Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Sovereignty, Proportionality, Mercy, Legal Subject, Fault, Punishment; Defences

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Risk and the Role of the Judge: Lessons from Bail

“Risk and the Role of the Judge: Lessons from Bail” in Benjamin L. Berger, Emma Cunliffe, and James Stribopoulos, eds., To Ensure that Justice is Done: Essays in Memory of Marc Rosenberg (Toronto: Thomson Reuters, 2017), 305-326, Osgoode Legal Studies Research Paper Forthcoming
Number of pages: 22 Posted: 16 Nov 2018
Benjamin L. Berger and James Stribopoulos
York University - Osgoode Hall Law School and Superior Court of Justice (Ontario) / Formerly Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
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bail, sureties, risk, judicial role, Canada

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White Fire: Structural Indeterminacy, Constitutional Design, and the Constitution Behind the Text

Journal of Comparative Law, 2008
Number of pages: 51 Posted: 16 Dec 2007
Benjamin L. Berger
York University - Osgoode Hall Law School
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Constitutional Law, Unwritten Constitutionalism, Canada, United States, Constitutional Theory, Constitutional Design, Conventions, Norms

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Freedom of Religion

“Freedom of Religion” in Nathalie Des Rosiers, Patrick Macklem and Peter Oliver, eds., Oxford Handbook of the Canadian Constitution (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017) 755-776.
Number of pages: 33 Posted: 30 Aug 2017 Last Revised: 21 Oct 2018
Benjamin L. Berger
York University - Osgoode Hall Law School
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Religion, Religious Freedom, Public and Private, State Neutrality, Individualism, Autonomy, Equality, Canada, Constitutionalism, Liberalism

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The Virtues of Law in the Politics of Religious Freedom

Journal of Law and Religion, Vol. 29, No. 3, 2014, Osgoode Legal Studies Research Paper No. 15/2014
Number of pages: 28 Posted: 16 Mar 2014 Last Revised: 26 Jul 2017
Benjamin L. Berger
York University - Osgoode Hall Law School
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Religious Freedom, Politics, Incompletely Theorized Agreements, Modesty, Canada, Israel

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Our Evolving Judicature: Security Certificates, Detention Review, and the Federal Court

University of British Columbia Law Review, Vol. 39, No. 1, pp. 101-137, 2006
Number of pages: 38 Posted: 12 Apr 2006
Benjamin L. Berger
York University - Osgoode Hall Law School
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Federal Court, Terrorism, Canada, Constitutional Law, Habeas Corpus

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What Humility Isn’t: Responsibility and the Judicial Role

“What Humility Isn’t: Responsibility and the Judicial Role” in Daniel Jutras and Marcus Moore, eds., The Chief: Essays in Honor of Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin (Forthcoming)
Number of pages: 28 Posted: 14 Nov 2018
Benjamin L. Berger
York University - Osgoode Hall Law School
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humility, virtues, constitutional law, criminal law, police powers, evidence, Supreme Court of Canada

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Religious Freedom in Canada: A Crucible for Constitutionalism

“Religious Freedom in Canada: A Crucible for Constitutionalism” [2018] 1 Quaderni di Diritto e Politica Ecclesiastica 111-125
Number of pages: 18 Posted: 13 Nov 2018
Benjamin L. Berger
York University - Osgoode Hall Law School
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religious freedom, Canada, collective, neutrality, Indigenous peoples

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Methods and Severity: The Two Tracks of Section 12

Forthcoming 2019, Supreme Court Law Review (2d), Osgoode Legal Studies Research Paper
Number of pages: 21 Posted: 17 Oct 2019 Last Revised: 21 Nov 2019
Lisa Kerr and Benjamin L. Berger
Queen's University - Faculty of Law and York University - Osgoode Hall Law School
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criminal law, mandatory minimum sentences, punishment, sentencing, cruel and unusual treatment or punishment

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Immigration Detention meets Evidence Law: a discussion paper

Number of pages: 21 Posted: 13 Sep 2021
Simon Wallace, Sean Rehaag and Benjamin L. Berger
York University - Osgoode Hall Law School, Centre for Refugee Studies, Refugee Law Lab & Osgoode Hall Law School, York University and York University - Osgoode Hall Law School
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Evidence law, immigration detention, administrative law

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Children of Two Logics: A Way into Canadian Constitutional Culture

International Journal of Constitutional Law 11 (2): 319-338, 2013, Osgoode CLPE Research Paper No. 32/2013
Number of pages: 25 Posted: 22 Jun 2013 Last Revised: 14 Jul 2013
Benjamin L. Berger
York University - Osgoode Hall Law School
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constitutional, Canadian, culture

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A Plumber with Words: Seeking Constitutional Responsibility and an End to the Little Sisters Problem

104 Supreme Court Law Review (2d) (Forthcoming), Osgoode Legal Studies Research Paper
Number of pages: 17 Posted: 18 Oct 2021 Last Revised: 25 Jun 2022
Alison M. Latimer and Benjamin L. Berger
Independent and York University - Osgoode Hall Law School
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Constitutional law, Canada, remedies, constitutional litigation, Little Sisters

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Liberal Constitutionalism and the Unsettling of the Secular

“Liberal Constitutionalism and the Unsettling of the Secular” in Rex Adhar, ed., Research Handbook on Law and Religion (Northampton, Mass: Edward Elgar, 2018), 198-220.
Number of pages: 34 Posted: 12 Nov 2018
Benjamin L. Berger
York University - Osgoode Hall Law School
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Liberal Constitutionalism, Secularism, Religion, Rights, Proportionality, Sovereignty

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A Choice Among Values: Theoretical and Historical Perspectives on the Defence of Necessity

39:4 Alberta Law Review 848-63, 2002
Number of pages: 16 Posted: 22 Jun 2012 Last Revised: 30 Oct 2013
Benjamin L. Berger
York University - Osgoode Hall Law School
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necessity, defence, law, criminal law, supreme court, canada

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Assessing Adler: The Weight of Constitutional History and the Future of Religious Freedom

“Assessing Adler: The Weight of Constitutional History and the Future of Religious Freedom” National Journal of Constitutional Law (2018 Forthcoming)
Number of pages: 34 Posted: 14 Nov 2018
Benjamin L. Berger
York University - Osgoode Hall Law School
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religious freedom, education, religious education, constitutional law, secularism, Canada

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A Due Measure of Fear in Criminal Judgment

Supreme Court Law Review, 2008
Number of pages: 27 Posted: 20 Jun 2008
Benjamin L. Berger
York University - Osgoode Hall Law School
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Criminal Law, Judicial Biography, Canada, Judgment

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Religion, Public Law, and the Refuge of Formalism

University of New Brunswick Law Journal, Forthcoming, Osgoode Legal Studies Research Paper No. 4143513
Number of pages: 30 Posted: 24 Jun 2022
Howard Kislowicz and Benjamin L. Berger
University of Calgary - Faculty of Law and York University - Osgoode Hall Law School
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Religion, Public Law, Constitutional Law, Canada, Formalism, Pluralism, Diversity

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Patterning Rights Constitutionalism: Thirty Years With the Charter

50 Osgoode Hall Law Journal, 2013
Number of pages: 4 Posted: 28 Jun 2013
Benjamin L. Berger and Jamie Cameron
York University - Osgoode Hall Law School and York University - Osgoode Hall Law School
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rights, charter, constitution, freedoms, Canada

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Wrestling with Punishment: The Role of the BC Court of Appeal in the Law of Sentencing

British Columbia Studies, No. 162, p. 25, 2009
Number of pages: 27 Posted: 08 Oct 2009
Gerry Ferguson and Benjamin L. Berger
University of Victoria - Faculty of Law and York University - Osgoode Hall Law School
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Sentencing, Retribution, British Columbia, Court of Appeal

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Using the Charter to Cure Health Care: Panacea or Placebo?

8:1 Review of Constitutional Studies 20-41, 2003
Number of pages: 23 Posted: 15 Jun 2012 Last Revised: 30 Oct 2013
Benjamin L. Berger
York University - Osgoode Hall Law School
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charter, cure, health care, social concern

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Political Theory and the Volunteer: Lessons from Kahn’s Ethnography of ‘Our Unhappy Politics’

(2023) 24.4 German Law Journal [Forthcoming], Osgoode Legal Studies Research Paper No. 4448269
Number of pages: 22 Posted: 16 May 2023 Last Revised: 05 Jun 2023
Benjamin L. Berger
York University - Osgoode Hall Law School
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political theory, self-government, law, volunteer, eros, political happiness, Kahn, Freud, Arendt

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Against Circumspection: Judges, Religious Symbols, and Signs of Moral Independence

in Benjamin L Berger and Richard Moon, eds., Religion and the Exercise of Public Authority (Oxford and Portland, OR: Hart Publishing, 2016)., Osgoode Legal Studies Research Paper Forthcoming
Number of pages: 22 Posted: 13 May 2019
Benjamin L. Berger
York University - Osgoode Hall Law School
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religious symbols, secularism, judges, judicial independence, punishment

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Emotions and the Veil of Voluntarism: The Loss of Judgment in Canadian Criminal Defences

McGill Law Journal, Vol. 31, p. 3, 2006
Posted: 23 Mar 2006
Benjamin L. Berger
York University - Osgoode Hall Law School

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Criminal Law, Legal Theory, Defences, Emotion, Duress, Canada

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Criminal Appeals as Jury Control: An Anglo-Canadian Historical Perspective on the Rise of Criminal Appeals

Canadian Criminal Law Review, Vol. 10, 2005.
Posted: 25 Dec 2004 Last Revised: 26 Jul 2017
Benjamin L. Berger
York University - Osgoode Hall Law School

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Canada, Legal History, Jury, Criminal Law