Pemsel Case Foundation Launched To Foster Canadian Charity Law

Abstract: Canadian charity law has not developed with the clarity and certainty currently found in similar law in many other countries. A new organization, The Pemsel Case Foundation, has been constituted to undertake research about the law of registered and common law charities and qualified donees, conduct education pertaining to that research, and make amicus curiae…

Advocacy And Lobbying For Policy Change In Zimbabwe: Women’s Lobbying For A Gender-sensitive Constitution

Summary this article describes a lobbying campaign by women in zimbabwe to ensure gender sensitivity in a new constitution—a campaign being conducted in very difficult circumstances. The description of this campaign is a further illustration of how rights set out in international agreements can be applied in domestic public policy processes. While the ultimate goal…

Liability of Religious Charities: A New Frontier: Accountability of Religious Persons and Institutions in Tort

This article is an abridged version of the paper “Liability of Religious Charities: A New Frontier: Accountability of Religious Persons and Institutions in Tort and Equity,” which was presented at Third National Symposium on Charity Law Canadian Bar Association/ Ontario Bar Association, May 6, 2005, Toronto, Ontario. It is presented here with the permission of…

Viewpoint: Pro Bono Publico—For the Public Good

“Viewpoint” and “Counterpoint” provide forums for informed discussion of issues of wide interest to the voluntary sector. The opinions expressed are those of the authors. This article was developed from a presentation to “Fit to be Tithed”, a conference held under the auspices of the Continuing Education Committee of the Law Society of Upper Canada…

Is The Public Interest Falling From Standing? Two Recent Comments From The Supreme Court of Canada

The research assistance of Victoria Fraser, Student-at-Law, Lang Michener, 1992-93, is gratefully acknowledged. Introduction The pursuit of the public interest flourishes in this era of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms; however, the liberalized standing that permits public interest groups to press their claims was the product of pre-Charter jurisprudence: the trilogy of Thorson!,…

Place et Role des Associations au Quebec les Delis de Ia Decennie 90

This article was adapted from a presentation to a convention co-sponsored by CEPAQ (centre pour l’avancement des associations du Quebec). The convention addressed the subject of nonprofit associations in Quebec, France and Belgium and was held in Montreal in May 1991. Proceedings were published in Inter-action in October 1991. Sans prétendre être exhaustif, mon exposé…

European Convention on the Recognition of the Legal Personality of International Non-Governmental Organizations

Convention opened for signature in Strasbourg on April 24, 1986. (European Treaty Service (ETS) No. 124) Introduction The beneficial role played by voluntary and non-profit bodies is recognized in practically all countries of the world today. The freedom of peaceful assembly and the freedom of association with others are fundamental human rights. The legal status and…