first February event
‘When Fundamental Human Rights Meet Labour Law:
The Nexus between Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining in Canada’
On Monday 24th February 2014,
at 5 p.m. Sala Europa, Villa Schifanoia
Guest Speaker: Professor Gilles Trudeau, Faculty of Law, Université de Montréal
The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, introduced in the Canadian Constitution in 1982, guarantees several fundamental rights and freedoms against unjustified state action including the freedom of expression and association, as well as the equality of all citizens before the law. In 2007, the Supreme Court of Canada overturned its 20 years old precedent and decided that the Charter’s protection of freedom of association should be extended to basic collective bargaining rights. The seminar will examine the rational of this landmark decision and the delicate balance it has struck between legislative autonomy and judicial review when collective bargaining rights are considered.