The Judicial Role in a Diverse Federation: Lessons from the Supreme Court of Canada

The Judicial Role in a Diverse Federation: Lessons from the Supreme Court of Canada

Weight 0.00 lbs
By Robert Schertzer
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2016
World Rights
352 Pages
ISBN 9781487500283
Published Apr 2016
Online discount: 25%
 $70.00    $52.50
ebook (EPUB format)
ISBN 9781487510633
Published May 2016
Online discount: 24%
Full purchase $70.00

In The Judicial Role in a Diverse Federation, Robert Schertzer uses the example of the Supreme Court of Canada to examine how apex courts manage diversity and conflict in federal states.

Schertzer argues that in a diverse federation where the nature of the federal system is contested the courts should facilitate negotiation between conflicting parties, rather than impose their own vision of the federal system. Drawing on a comprehensive review of the Supreme Court federalism jurisprudence between 1980 and 2010, he demonstrates that the court has increasingly adopted this approach of facilitating negotiation by acknowledging the legitimacy of different understandings of the Canadian federation.

This book will be required reading both for those interested in Canada’s Supreme Court and for those engaged in broader debates about the use of federalism in multinational states.

Robert Schertzer is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto Scarborough.


Part One: The Theory and Practice of Managing Diversity via Federalism
Ch 1. The “Problem” of National Minorities and the “Solution” of Federalism
Ch 2. The Role of the Federal Arbiter in a Diverse Federation

Part Two: The SCC’s Federalism Jurisprudence, 1980 to 2010
Ch 3. Investigating the SCC’s Federalism Jurisprudence
Ch 4. The Exemplar of the Secession Reference
Ch 5. The SCC’s Imposing Federalism Jurisprudence
Ch 6. A Federalism Jurisprudence of Recognition


"TheJudicial Role in a Diverse Federation is a wonderful book that makes asignificant contribution to federalism studies and to the scholarship on themanagement of multinational societies."

Andre Lecours, School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa

"I read The Judicial Role in a Diverse Federation with great interest andenthusiasm. Robert Schertzer's research will benefit not only Canadian scholars and courts but also professors and decision-makers in other jurisdictions."

Donna Greschner, Faculty of Law, University of Victoria

Donald Smiley Prize awarded by the Canadian Political Science Association (Canada) - Short-listed in 2017