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A Just Life

McGill University law professor Roderick A. Macdonald influenced generations of legal minds. His work paved the way for the legalization of same-sex marriage, and led to Canada's apology to residential school survivors. Through a series of short interviews with him, and testimonies given at a symposium in his honour -- both just before he passed away in the spring of...
McGill University law professor Roderick A. Macdonald. (Owen Egan)

McGill University law professor Roderick A. Macdonald influenced generations of legal minds. His work paved the way for the legalization of same-sex marriage, and led to Canada's apology to residential school survivors. Through a series of short interviews with him, and testimonies given at a symposium in his honour -- both just before he passed away in the spring of 2014 -- we discover what drove his lifelong passion for justice.

 

The best way to achieve a harmonious and peaceful society is to recognize that people have within themselves the capacity to do what is appropriate under the circumstances, and that the law should be designed to facilitate their agency.Roderick A. Macdonald


Participants in the program:

Patrick Glenn, the Peter M. Laing Chair at the McGill Faculty of Law.

Hoi Kong, an Associate Professor in the McGill Faculty of Law.

Kristen Rundle, University of New South Wales Law Faculty.

Rosalie Abella, Justice at the Supreme Court of Canada.

Daniel Jutras, Dean of the Faculty of Law at McGill.

Kim Brooks, Dean of the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie.

Nicholas Kasirer, Justice on the Quebec Court of Appeal.

Richard Janda, an Associate Professor at the McGill Faculty of Law

Campbell Stuart, Montreal lawyer.
 

A book has been published based on the symposium held in honour of Roderick Macdonald. The Unbounded Level of the Mind: Rod Macdonald's Legal Imagination is published by McGill-Queen's University Press  It features essays developed from presentations made at the symposium. And it also includes the complete conversations between Paul Kennedy and Roderick Macdonald recorded for this episode.



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