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Asper Centre names new constitutional-litigator-in-residence

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 @ 2:08 PM | By John Chunn


The Asper Centre announced that Jonathan Rudin has been selected as its new constitutional-litigator-in-residence and will be co-teaching the Asper Centre’s clinical course in the fall of 2021.

The centre’s press release notes that Rudin has extensive constitutional litigation experience in pursuing Indigenous justice and Aboriginal rights.

Rudin received his LL.B. and LL.M. from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. In 1990 he was hired to establish Aboriginal Legal Services (ALS) and has been with ALS ever since. Currently he is the program director.

Rudin has represented ALS as an intervener at the Supreme Court of Canada 12 times. He has often appeared before the Ontario Court of Appeal and before appellate courts in Quebec, Nunavut, Saskatchewan and British Columbia.

At ALS he helped establish the Community Council — the first urban Aboriginal justice program in Canada in 1992, and in 2001 helped establish the Gladue (Aboriginal Persons) Court at the Old City Hall Courts in Toronto.

Rudin has written and spoken widely on issues of Indigenous justice. His book, Indigenous People and the Criminal Justice System was released by Emond Publishing in 2018 and won the Walter Owen Book Prize from the Canadian Foundation for Legal Research in 2019. A second edition of the book will be published in 2022.

Rudin also teaches on a part-time basis in the masters of law program at Osgoode Hall Law School.