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Fellowship lecture featuring the HRG’s 2022-2023 Fellow, Dr. Emmanuelle Richez
March 23, 2023 @ 5:00 pm

Please join the HRG for our annual Fellowship lecture featuring the HRG’s 2022-2023 Fellow, Dr. Emmanuelle Richez, in the Performance Hall on Thursday, March 23rd 2023, @ 5 PM, at the Armouries, 37 University Avenue East. 

Her lecture will be accompanied by introductions from our 2022-2023 HRG student fellows: Ayesha Mian Akram, Gena Dufour, and Diwen Shi.

The lecture is free and open to the public and will include an audience Q&A and refreshments. 

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For more information, please read on.

This talk will explore how Canada adopted the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in 1982 and entrenched it in its constitution. A revolution ensued, whereby rights and freedoms contained in the Charter were successfully mobilized in and enforced through the courts by ordinary citizens who gained access to new sources of funding and legal expertise. Central to this rights revolution was the Court Challenges Program (CCP), funded by the Government of Canada but eventually working independently from it. Since its creation at the end of the 1970s in response to unconstitutional language laws in the province of Quebec, the CCP has had a controversial history. It has been several times abolished under Conservative governments and revived by Liberal governments. Through the decades, the CCP has financed hundreds of judicial cases pertaining to linguistic rights and human rights, making it a powerful tool for constitutional change in the country.

Emmanuelle Richez is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Windsor. Her research examines law and politics in Canada, with a current focus on official language rights. She is a federally appointed member of the Official Languages Rights Expert Panel of the Court Challenges Program of Canada. Emmanuelle is a researcher affiliated with the Centre d’analyse politique – Constitution et fédéralisme of UQAM and the Centre d’Études et de Recherches Comparatives sur les Constitutions , les Libertés et l’État of the Université de Bordeaux. She is also a board member of the Canadian Study of Parliament Group.

March 23, 2023 @ 5:00 pm

Cost: 0

Performance Hall, SoCA Armouries

37 University Avenue East
Windsor, N9A 1E4

Phone: 519-253-3000 ext 2799