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La Mobilisation du Droit et la Protection des Collectivites Minoritaires.

Eugenie Brouillet & Louis-Philippe Lampron, eds., La mobilisation du droit et la protection des collectivites minoritaires (Presses de l'Universite Laval 2013)

Constitutional issues concerning national minorities, Indigenous communities, and religious and cultural diversity raise, to a degree not always fully realized in the jurisprudence, questions related to collective rights. Stemming from a 2010 conference at the Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire sur la diversite au Quebec (CRIDAQ), this new collection edited by Eugenie Brouillet and Louis-Philippe Lampron has drawn together an impressive set of Quebecois and francophone scholars to comment on such questions.

Ranging from Michel Seymour's argument for a collective moral right to self-determination to Ghislain Otis's examination of possible approaches to the intersection of Canadian and Indigenous law as they affect individuals, from Louis-Philippe Lampron's engagement with the concept of discriminatory religious convictions to a Spanish perspective on the Bouchard-Taylor Commission from Jose Maria Sauca Cano, the collection engages with a set of highly contemporary issues.

As is inevitably the case with an edited collection, there is no single, sustained argument. Yet, throughout the work, the various authors make significant contributions to the discourses surrounding shared matters of interest. Canadian anglophone constitutionalists often miss out on a lot if they do not read French-language scholarship, and this collection is yet another example of that. This is a collection very much worth reading so as to gain nuanced perspectives on constitutionalism, and we are fortunate that the editors have brought the 2010 CRIDAQ conference results forward into print.

Dwight Newman, Book Review Editor, Professor of Law & Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Rights in Constitutional and International Law, University of Saskatchewan.

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Author:Newman, Dwight
Publication:Review of Constitutional Studies
Article Type:Brief article
Date:Dec 1, 2014
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