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Canadian Legal Research

This guide details researching Canadian law at the federal and provincial level.

Constitution Law

Canada's constitutional history is unique due to a close relationship with the British crown. Unlike the United States, Canada's constitution is not written in one single document; rather it comprises a series of British and Canadian legislation. The Canadian constitution has most recently undergone changes in 1982 with the introduction of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The print sources below are meant as a starting point for your research.

  • Canadian Constitutional Law INTL KE 4219 .C35 2010
    This in depth review of almost all constitutional law analysis, includes history, current debates and changes in the law, as well as detailed discussion of seminal cases.
  • B.W. Funston & E. Meehan, Canada's Constitutional Law in a Nutshell INTL KE4219.2.F86 1998
    An accessible and concise overview of major constitutional issues.
  • P. Hogg, Constitutional Law of Canada INTL KE4219.H6 2006 (updated regularly)
    This loose leaf is updated annually and is organized around topical issues such as parliamentary sovereignty and delegation to criminal law to taxation.
  • J. E. Magnet, Constitutional Law of Canada : Cases, Notes and Materials INTL KE4218.5.M34 2001
    This two volume set covers structure to legislative powers to problems of constitutionalism , with the second volume dedicated to a review of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
  • P.J. Monahan, Constitutional Law INTL KE4219.M66 2002

An overview of some of the constitutional documents is available online (from the Canadian Department of Justice). Another helpful online source for Canadian constitutional research isConstitution Acts 1867-1982.