William E. Conklin, Professor of Law

Articles in Journals (Constitutional Law and Theory)

  • "The Transformation of Meaning: Legal Discourse and Canadian Internment Camps" in the International Journal for the Semiotics of Law 9 (1996): 227-56.
  • "Noel Lyon's Picture of a Constitution" in (1989), 14 Queen's L.J. 265 (14 pages).
  • "The Constitutional Prism of Louis-Philippe Pigeon and Jean Beetz" in (1989) 30 Les Cahiers de Droit 113 (23 pages).
  • * "The First Issue Concerning Bills of Rights" in Dutch Journal of Philosophy and Theory of Law (November 1986).
  • "The Role of Third World Courts During Alleged Emergencies" in Marasinghe & Conklin, eds. Essays on Third World Perspectives in Jurisprudence (Singapore: Malayan Law Journal, 1983), 35 pages.
  • "Third World Perspectives on Jurisprudence: Some Themes" in Marasinghe & Conklin, eds., Essays on Third World Perspectives in Jurisprudence (Singapore: Malayan Law Journal, 1983), 7 pages.
  • "Interpreting and Applying the Limitations Clause: An Analysis of Section 1" in (1982), 4 Supreme Court Review 75, 12 pages.
  • "Constitutional Ideology, Language Rights and Political Disunity in Canada" (1979), 28 University of New Brunswick Law Journal 39, 26 pages; and reprinted in Marasinghe & Conklin, eds., Law, Language and Development (Colombo: Lakehouse, 1985).
  • "The Utilitarian Theory of Equality Before the Law" in (1976), 8 Ottawa Law Review 485 (lead article), 32 pages.
  • "Pickin and Its Applicability to Canada" (1975), 25 University of Toronto Law Journal 193 (lead article), 21 pages.
  • "The Political Theory of Mr. Justice Holmes", (1978) 26 Chitty's Law Journal 200-20.
  • "The Burnshine Affair: Whatever Happened to Drybones and Equality Before the Law?" co-authored with Professor G. Ferguson (1974), 22 Chitty's Law Journal 303, 20 pages.
  • "The Origins of the Law of Sedition" (1973), 15 Criminal Law Quarterly 277, 23 pages.
  • "Legal Rhetoric in Canadian Civil Society: Review Essay” in Topia 1(1), (2004):134-141. Review of Michael Dorland & Maurice Charland, Law, Rhetoric, and Irony" (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2002).


  • "A Practical Legal Education" in (1982), 7 Dalhousie Law Journal 122.
  • "Teaching Critically within a Modern Legal Genre" in Canadian Journal of Law and Society 8 (1993): 33-57.


  • "Public Issues in a Private Law World: The Case of the Appointment of a Receiver" in (1987) 25 Osgoode Hall L.J. 45 - co-authored (48 pages).



  • "Racism and the Concepts of Lawyers" in Windsor Review of Legal and Social Issues vol. 3 (1995); a book review of Evelyn Kallen's Ethnicity and Human Rights in Canada (Don Mills, Canada: Oxford University Press, 1995; 2nd edn).
  • "Law as Violence" in The Semiotic Review of Books (1997), reviewing Bernard Jackson, The Sense of Law (Liverpool: Deborah Charles, 1996).
  • Book review of William Twining, ed., "Legal Theory and the Common Law" in (1988), 7 Windsor Yearbook of Access Justice 7 (1987): 243-50.
  • Book Review of R. St. J. MacDonald and John P. Humphrey, eds., The Practice of Freedom in (1981) Canadian Public Policy, 3 pages.
  • Book Review of John Hart Ely's Democracy and Distrust: A Theory of Judicial Review in 2 (!981) Supreme Court Review 451, 10 pages.