The Legal Regulation of University Student Associations in Canada

(2013) 22:3 Education & Law Journal 267

19 Pages Posted: 7 Jan 2014 Last revised: 30 Jul 2014

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Finn Makela

Université de Sherbooke, Faculty of Law

Sophie Audette-Chapdelaine

Université de Sherbrooke

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

Although university student associations are key actors in Canadian political and social life, and although they engage in a significant amount of litigation, there is very little published research on their legal regulation. This article seeks to address this gap in the literature by providing a broad overview of the state of the law governing student associations across Canada. The applicable legal regimes are divided into three models: the state control model (Alberta), the state support model (Quebec), and the minimalist model (all other jurisdictions). Special attention is paid to the jurisprudence arising from the 2012 Quebec student strike, which may have a significant impact on future developments in this area.

Keywords: student rights, student association, freedom of association, student strike, university

JEL Classification: K00, I20

Suggested Citation

Makela, Finn and Audette-Chapdelaine, Sophie, The Legal Regulation of University Student Associations in Canada (2013). (2013) 22:3 Education & Law Journal 267. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2375375

Finn Makela (Contact Author)

Université de Sherbooke, Faculty of Law ( email )

Sherbrooke, Québec
Canada

Sophie Audette-Chapdelaine

Université de Sherbrooke ( email )

2500 bd de l'Universite
Sherbrooke, Québec J1K 2R1
Canada

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