In this episode of Of Counsel, we sat down with leading constitutional and criminal scholar, Professor Don Stuart of Queen’s University on a tranquil snowy afternoon at his office in Kingston.
Born and raised during the time of apartheid South Africa, Professor Stuart quickly came to realize the value of human rights and civil liberties when contrasted starkly with the oppressive state power.
Don Stuart has taught law for nearly 50 years and leaves a legacy of accomplished criminal justice advocates and jurists in his wake as he approaches retirement from his lengthy tenure at Queen’s.
Over those years, Professor Stuart has not just contributed to, but shaped criminal jurisprudence through his treaties and texts, criminal reports, and countless publications and articles. Cited on numerous occasions by the Supreme Court of Canada for his work and insights in criminal justice, Prof. Stuart is widely recognized as one of the best legal minds in criminal justice that Canada has to offer.
Among many other awards he has received over his career, in 2012 he was awarded the G. Arthur Martin Medal for Criminal Justice, perhaps the most prestigious award anyone can receive in Canada’s criminal justice world; and one awarded only once before to an academic.
Join us as we listen to Professor Stuart reflect on decades of Canadian criminal law, the impact of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms from its inception in 1982, the frustration and disappointment felt by politics, the future of law and academics, and so much more.