I teach at the Auckland University of Technology, specializing in constitutional law. Prior to coming to New Zealand, I obtained an LL.M. (in legal theory) and a J.S.D. at the NYU School of Law; clerked for Justice Tremblay-Lamer at the Federal Court of Canada; and got a B.C.L./LL.B. (Hons.) from McGill. A list of my publications is below.
The purpose of this blog is to offer some comments on (mostly Canadian) constitutional law, constitutional theory, and legal and political philosophy, as well as some other, more or less related topics that interest me. In 2014, it was named Best Canadian Law Blog; in 2015, it was one of the runners-up.
My introductory post, explaining why I decided to do it, is here.
You can contact me at leonid.sirota at aut.ac.nz. I’m also on Twitter as @DoubleAspect.
- “The Supreme Court and the Conventions of the Constitution“, 78 Supreme Court Law Review (2d) 31 (2017)
- (with Benjamin Oliphant) “Has the Supreme Court of Canada Rejected ‘Originalism’?” 42(1) Queen’s LJ 107 (2016)
- (With Maxime St-Hilaire) “Canadian Voter Identification Requirements in a Comparative Perspective”, in Gregory Tardi (ed.), The Informed Citizens’ Guide to Elections: Electioneering Based on the Rule of Law 517 (2015)
- “‘Third Parties’ and Democracy 2.0“, 60(2) McGill Law Journal 253 (2015)
- “True Allegiance: The Citizenship Oath and the Charter“, 33(2) National Journal of Constitutional Law 137 (2014)
- (with Fabien Gélinas) “Constitutional Conventions and Senate Reform“, 5 Revue Québécoise de Droit Constitutionnel 107 (2013)
- “Storm and Havoc: Religious Exemptions and the Rule of Law“, 47(2) Revue Juridique Thémis de l’Université de Montréal 247 (2013)
- “Towards a Jurisprudence of Constitutional Conventions”, 11(1) Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal 29 (2011)
- “Rants and Freedoms: Can Universities Control Students’ Online Speech?”, 13(2) Internet and E-Commerce Law in Canada 13 (2012)
In the general media:
- “A Critique of Democracy, Not an Attack“, Newsroom, May 1, 2017
- “As a way to express one’s views about public affairs, a vote is remarkably ineffective“, Stuff/Dominion Post, April 21, 2017
- “There Will Be No Harper Revolution“, Policy Options, October 2015
- “The expat vote: What we’re getting wrong, and why it still matters“, OpenCanada.org, July 29, 2015
- “The Supreme Court versus Economics“, The National Post, February 19, 2015 at A19
- “Le mirage de la neutralité de l’État“, La Presse.ca, August 16, 2012
- “Élections: les étudiants bâillonés?“, La Presse.ca, April 14, 2012
In addition, almost all of my posts commenting on recent judicial decisions are cross-posted (sometimes with some modifications) on CanLII Connects.