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Davies named as constitutional litigator in residence

Toronto criminal lawyer Breese Davies will be the constitutional litigator in residence at the David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights for the fall of 2017, the centre has announced. See The Lawyer’s Daily

Davies, principal of Breese Davies Law, will teach constitutional advocacy in the Asper Centre clinic at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law. 

“I am honoured to be joining the Asper Centre as the constitutional litigator in residence,” she tells the centre. 

“It is a unique opportunity for me to combine my love of teaching with my passion for advocacy and constitutional law. I look forward to working with and learning from the faculty and students associated with the centre. Despite 35 years of Charter litigation, there are still many important and emerging human rights issues to be addressed.  

“The David Asper Centre is at the leading edge of constitutional education, research and advocacy in Canada and I am delighted to be joining their amazing team.”

The centre says Davies will draw on her extensive experience in criminal, constitutional and administrative law, as well as her academic work as an adjunct professor of criminology. 

She will mentor students on the case files they work on at the clinic.

“Breese Davies brings a wealth of litigation and teaching experience to the role that will benefit the students and the centre,” its executive director, Cheryl Milne, says in an announcement on the centre's website.

Davies, a graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, has been involved in several high-profile cases, including the constitutional challenges to the definition of terrorist act in s. 83.01 of the Criminal Code (United States v. Nadarajah, 2012 SCC 70 and R. v. Ahmad, [2009] O.J. No. 6151) as well as the challenge to the regime for adjudicating national security privilege in s. 38 of the Canada Evidence Act (R. v. Ahmad, 2011 SCC 6).

She has also intervened in a number of constitutional cases, most recently for the Criminal Lawyers’s Association in Trinity Western University v. Law Society of Upper Canada and Harkat v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration).

Davies is a vice-president of the Criminal Lawyers' Association.

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