Interview – Legal Expert – Bruce Elman – 3 of 4

The Charter Project team filmed and edited interviews with legal experts and others who can offer unique historical perspectives on The Charter, its inception, and how it affects the everyday lives of Canadians. This is the third of four excerpts from our interview with University of Windsor, Faculty of Law professor Bruce Elman. When The Charter Project was just starting at Windsor Law, Dean Bruce Elman was one of the first supporters of the initiative, and has been a key advocate and resource since the early days.



Professor Elman served as Dean of Law at the University of Windsor from 2000 to 2011. Previously, Professor Elman was Belzberg Professor of Constitutional Law and Chair of the Centre for Constitutional Studies at the Faculty of Law, University of Alberta. He joined Alberta in 1975 and attained the rank of Professor in 1985. In 1985-86, Professor Elman was Walter S. McCalla Research Professor at Alberta. From 1991-1994, he served as Associate Dean of Law.

Professor Elman has been Visiting Professor of Law and Canadian Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on two occasions, 1988 – 1989 and 1995 – 96. He continues to serve as a member of the Academic Advisory Committee for the Halbert Centre for Canadian Studies at Hebrew University. He has also been a Visiting Scholar at Stanford Law School (1981 – 82) and a Visiting Professor at Niigata University in Japan (1994). Professor Elman was the recipient of the Tevie H. Miller Award for Teaching Excellence (1999). He also received a teaching award from Hebrew University (1996).

He has published numerous works on criminal law, evidence, constitutional law, freedom of expression, law and religion, and multiculturalism. Professor Elman is currently a Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law.


Other legal expert interviewees include:

  • The Honourable Justice Ian Binnie (former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada)
  • The Honourable Justice Frank Iacobucci (former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada)
  • The Honourable Roy McMurtry (Former Chief Justice of the Ontario Court of Appeal, and key participant in the drafting of The Charter)
  • R. Douglas Elliott (counsel at the Supreme Court of Canada on the Reference Re Same Sex Marriage decision)
  • Senator Jerry Grafstein (advisor to Prime Minister Trudeau when The Charter was drafted)
  • John Whyte   (Constitutional advisor in the Government of Saskatchewan during the years leading up to the patriation of the Constitution)
  • Jean Teillet (Aboriginal rights litigator)
  • André Marin (Ombudsman of Ontario)
  • Patrick Ducharme (Criminal Lawyer, Ducharme Fox LLP)
  • Jill D. Makepeace (Criminal Lawyer, Greenspan Humphrey Lavine Barristers)
  • Windsor Law Professors: W.A. Bogart, Emir Crowne, Laverne Jacobs, Jasminka Kalajdzic, and David Tanovich




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