Advisory Review

35 Pages Posted: 25 Jun 2009 Last revised: 18 Mar 2010

Richard Albert

Boston College - Law School; Yale University - Law School; Universidad Externado de Colombia - Facultad de Derecho; University of Toronto - Faculty of Law; Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliyah - Radzyner School of Law

Date Written: 2008

Abstract

The Notwithstanding Clause is the cornerstone of our Canadian constitutional architecture. It merges parliamentary supremacy and constitutional democracy. But the Notwithstanding Clause finds itself conceptually situated between illegitimacy and desuetude in a constitutional purgatory. This is not a promising portrait. Nonetheless, it is a blessing in disguise. The tragic failure of the Notwithstanding Clause is a fortuitous opportunity to create a new process to achieve its objectives while also remaining loyal to the intentions of its creators. That is the task I have given myself in this Article. This new process - which I call advisory review - is a new form of judicial review that is uniquely Canadian, born of Canadian roots, and consistent with Canadian constitutional traditions.

Keywords: Notwithstanding Clause, judicial review, Canada, Charter of Rights and Freedoms, democratic legitimacy, desuetude

Suggested Citation

Albert, Richard, Advisory Review (2008). Alberta Law Review, Vol. 45, No. 4, 2008; Boston College Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2008-01. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1424050

Richard Albert (Contact Author)

Boston College - Law School ( email )

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Yale University - Law School ( email )

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Universidad Externado de Colombia - Facultad de Derecho

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Colombia

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University of Toronto - Faculty of Law ( email )

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Canada

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Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliyah - Radzyner School of Law ( email )

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Herzliya, 46150
Israel

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