RegNet Bookclub: a culture of rights - law, literature, and Canada

In his new book, Benjamin Authers examines the unique rights landscape of Canada through the lens of law and literature, taking as his point of departure the enactment of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in 1982.

He considers the writings of Joy Kogawa, Margaret Atwood, Timothy Findley, Jeanette Armstrong and others, alongside legal texts and key constitutional rights cases. He notes that, at present, even when rights are violated, popular insistence on Canada’s rights-driven society remains.

The book argues that a more complex, interdisciplinary understanding of the sources of rights than has been suggested by literary and legal representations of rights in Canada is needed.

We are very fortunate to have joining us Dr Robyn Morris of the English Studies Program at the University of Wollongong, and Professor Andrea Durbach , Director of the Australian Human Rights Centre in the University of NSW Faculty of Law, who will offer their expert views on Ben’s book.

About the Author

Previously a Postdoctoral Fellow with Professor Hilary Charlesworth’s Australian Research Council Laureate Project, ‘Strengthening the International Human Rights System: Rights, Regulation and Ritualism’, Ben is currently a visiting fellow with RegNet and an Assistant Professor at the University of Canberra. For more detail view his RegNet profile or his UC profile.

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