Freedom of Expression and Location: Are There Constitutional Dead Zones?

Supreme Court Law Review, Vol. 51, 2010

28 Pages Posted: 1 Mar 2012 Last revised: 4 Mar 2014

Brian Slattery

York University - Osgoode Hall Law School

Date Written: February 29, 2012

Abstract

Do reporters have the right to conduct interviews in courthouse hallways? May political activists hand out leaflets in shopping centres? Are journalists entitled to attend disciplinary hearings in the chambers of the law society? Do advertisers have the right to place ads on public buses? These questions have one thing in common: they all concern the exercise of freedom of expression in certain locations — courthouses, shopping centres, private offices, buses. But do all locations without exception benefit from the guarantee of freedom of expression in section 2(b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, or do some fall beyond its scope?

Keywords: freedom, expression, location, court, section 2b, Supreme Court

JEL Classification: K00, K10, K40, K41, K42

Suggested Citation

Slattery, Brian, Freedom of Expression and Location: Are There Constitutional Dead Zones? (February 29, 2012). Supreme Court Law Review, Vol. 51, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2012684

Brian Slattery (Contact Author)

York University - Osgoode Hall Law School ( email )

4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3
Canada

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