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18:00 - 19:00 18 September 2014

Succession to the Crown of Canada – The Court challenge and the consequences


Council room | Rubin Building (link Map)
29–30 Tavistock Square | London | WC1 | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: FREE
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

Speaker information

Professor Anne Twomey, Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Sydney

In Canada, the Government sought to avoid dealing with the Provinces and the formal method of constitutional change by adopting the view that it is the United Kingdom’s law that determines who is the Queen of Canada. The Canadian Parliament enacted a law that simply gave assent to the United Kingdom law but did not implement the change as part of Canadian law. This reversion to a pre-1936 position has proved controversial and is currently under constitutional challenge in Canada. In an unusual marriage of interests, both monarchists and the Quebec Government have joined the challenge against the Canadian law. The monarchists are concerned that Canada’s failure to implement the changes domestically will destroy the personal unity of the Crown, as the old rules of succession will continue to apply in Canada but none of the other Realms. This lecture will discuss the constitutional arguments raised by both sides in this litigation and the potential ramifications for both Canada and Crown.


Ben Webb
+44 (0)20 7679 4977 | constitution@ucl.ac.uk