Opportunity Lost: The Supreme Court of Canada Misses a Historic Chance to Consider Question of Public Interest Standing for Animal Interests
7 Pages Posted: 19 Jan 2013 Last revised: 25 Oct 2013
Date Written: January 16, 2013
The Supreme Court of Canada recently denied leave to appeal in Reece v. Edmonton (City), a 2-1 decision of the Alberta Court of Appeal, which focused on the right of private parties to seek judicial intervention on behalf of animals. In this article, solicited by the Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice, I will examine what was lost by this decision to deny leave, explore the important questions that were at stake in the appeal, and suggest why the Supreme Court should have decided otherwise.
Keywords: animal law, public interesting standing, supreme court of Canada, leave to appeal
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