Day one of the Symposium on Rod Macdonald's vast and rich legal imagination just wrapped up. Day one featured far too many highlights to summarize, let alone do justice to, here. My own personal favourite was Bob Wolfe's talk on the influence of Rod's work on federalism and constitutionalism scholarship from the perspective of critical legal pluralism, particularly on Prof. Wolfe's work on international trade policy and Canada's "Third National Policy" of citizen agency.
Equally interesting was Prof. John Whyte's sobering, urgent talk on how our current form of federalism falls far short of meeting the needs of Canadians, especially Canada's indigenous peoples.
Day two of the Symposium is tomorrow, and live streaming is available here. Tomorrow's sessions and speakers include:
9:00-11:00 (EST): The Priority of Distributive Justice
Cathy Walsh, John McCamus, Angela Swan, Michael Bridge, and Ralph Simmonds
11:15-13:15 (EST): Contextualizing Governance
Kirsten Anker, Eric Reiter, Thomas McMorrow, Nicolas Lambert, and (Symposium co-organizer) Richard Janda
14:15-16:15 (EST): Pursuing Virtue
The Honourable Justice Rosalie Abella
Jeremy Webber, David Sandomierski, Stephen Toope, Alison Harvison Young, and Blaine Baker
16:30-17:00 (EST): Cross-cutting themes
Alana Klein, Martha-Marie Kleinhans, and Wade MacLauchlan
17:00 (EST): Concluding Remarks