Review Essay of Mark Ribeiro, Limiting Arbitrary Power: The Vagueness Doctrine in Canadian Constitutional Law

14 Pages Posted: 6 Feb 2008 Last revised: 22 Nov 2015

Evan Fox-Decent

McGill University - Faculty of Law

Abstract

Mark Rebeiro's insightful book examines the doctrine of vagueness from Canadian constitutional law, the doctrine according to which a statutory provision can be struck down as invalid if a court finds that it is excessively vague. The vagueness doctrine implicates rule-of-law concerns related to fair notice and law enforcement discretion. This review explores Rebeiro's treatment of these issues, and the implications of the vagueness doctrine for the rule of law more generally.

Keywords: vagueness, rule of law, Canadian constitutional law

Suggested Citation

Fox-Decent, Evan, Review Essay of Mark Ribeiro, Limiting Arbitrary Power: The Vagueness Doctrine in Canadian Constitutional Law. Queen's Law Journal, Vol. 20, 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1090295

Evan Fox-Decent (Contact Author)

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