Curriculum Vitae - Epp-Buckingham, Janet


LL.D. Public Law, 1998
University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
Dissertation: Realising Religious Freedom: Application and Limitation of the Canadian Understanding of Freedom of Religion in South Africa
Supervisor: Dr. Lourens Du Plessis

LL.B., 1986
Dalhousie University

B.A., 1983
University of Western Ontario

Professional Experience

Director, 2006-present
Laurentian Leadership Centre
Trinity Western University

Associate Professor, 2006-present
Department of Political Studies
Trinity Western University

Director, Law and Public Policy, 2003-2006
The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada
Ottawa Office

General Legal Counsel, 1999-2003
The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada
Ottawa Office

Executive Director, 1991-1994
Christian Legal Fellowship

Professional Memberships:
Law Society of Upper Canada (member in good standing since 1991)

Publications and Research


Withering Rights:  Religious Freedom in Canada, Ottawa:  The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, 2004.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

"Advocacy for religious freedom in Canadian law" (2011), 4:1 International Journal for Religious Freedom, pp. 65-74.

"Discrimination on the basis of 'creed' under the Ontario Human Rights Code" (2012), 8:3 Canadian Diversity 45.

"Drivers Needed: Tough Choices from Alberta v. Wilson Colony of Hutterian Brethren," (2010), 18 Constitutional Forum 109.

"The Fundamentals of Religious Freedom: The Case for Recognizing Collective Aspects of Religion," (2007), 36 Supreme Court Law Rev. (2d) 251.

"Religious Broadcasting in Canada," (2003), III Journal of The Church Law Association of Canada 1.

"Caesar and God: Limits to Religious Freedom in Canada and South Africa" (2001), 15 Supreme Court Law Review 461.

"Case Comment: S v Lawrence, 1997 (10) BCLR 210 (CC)" 1999 (10) Stellenbosch Law Review 117.

Chapters in Books

"The Modern Secular West," in Sorrow and Blood: Christian Mission in Contexts of Suffering, Persecution, and Martyrdom, edited by William D. Taylor, Antonia van der Meer and Reg Reimer, (William Carey Library: 2012), 221.

"The Fundamentals of Religious Freedom: The Case for Recognizing Collective Aspects of Religion," in A Living Tree: The Legacy of 1982 in Canada's Political Evolution, Graeme, Mitchell, Ian Peach, David E. Smith and John Donaldson Whyte (eds), (Lexus Nexus: 2007), 251-282.

With Darrel Reid, "Whose Rights? Whose Freedoms?," in Divorcing Marriage: Unveiling the Dangers in Canada's New Social Experiment, Daniel Cere and Douglas Farrow (ed.) ((McGill-Queen's University Press: 2004), 79-93.

"God and Caesar: Current Legal Issues Between Church and State: Post 1982," Church-State Relations in Modern Society, (Canadian Council of Christian Charities: 2002), 43-62.

"Quebec as a Distinct Society" in Shaping a Christian Vision for Canada: Discussion Papers on Canada's Future, Aileen Van Ginkel (ed.) (Faith Today Publications: 1992), 49-52.


Review of Michael Mandel, The Charter and the Legalization of Politics in Canada (1995), 74 C.B.R. 522.

Review of Denise Meyerson, Rights Limited," 2000 (11) Stellenbosch Law Review 133.


Donald E. Buckingham, Carolyn Marcotte, Janet L. Epp Buckingham, Bonnie Manning, and Lee Thompson, Learning About Law, (McGraw-Hill Ryerson: Toronto, 1997).

Recent Public Lectures and Research Presentations

“Can a Canadian Office of Religious Freedom prevent religious persecution?” Law and Society Association, Congress on Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, May 28, 2012.

“The Lord’s Prayer and Religious Identity,” Checking Our Constitution @ 30 conference, Association of Canadian Studies, Ottawa, ON, April 17-18, 2012.

“The relationship between religions and a secular society,” Ontario Human Rights Commission consultation, Toronto, ON, January 11-13, 2012.

“The Religious Politics of a Majority Conservative Parliament,” Zylstra Symposium, Redeemer University College, Ancaster, ON, November 9, 2011.

“Religious Freedom and Christian Organizations,” Canadian Council of Christian Charities, Annual Conference, Toronto, ON, September 27, 2011.

Panellist, Human Rights and Religious Freedom Symposium, World Religions Summit, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB, June 21, 2010.

“A Leap of Faith: Rights, Wrongs and Canada’s Religious Accommodation,” Law and Society Association, Congress on Humanities and Social Sciences, Concordia University, Montreal, QC, June 2, 2010.

“Discrimination on the basis of ‘creed’ under the Ontario Human Rights Code,” Ontario Human Rights Commission/York Centre for Public Policy and Law Policy Dialogue, Toronto, ON, March 5-6, 2010.

“Grain Trucks, Graven Images, and Grave Consequences:  the impact of the Charter on religious communities,” Mel Smith Lecture, Trinity Western University, Langley, BC, March 4, 2010.

“Judicial understanding of ‘secular’ in law and society: Examination of the Chamberlain case in Canada,” Intersections of Law and Culture Conference, Franklin College, Lugano, Switzerland, October 2-4, 2009.

“Strictly secular: the limits of religious participation in public education,” Mater Dei College, University of Dublin, A Secular Age Conference, Dublin, Ireland, June 8-11, 2009.

“The Current Law on Euthanasia and Assisted-Suicide,” Manning Centre for Building Democracy, Wilberforce Weekend, Calgary, AB, October 24-25, 2008.

“How Jealously Guarded is Freedom of Religion?” Huron College, University of Western Ontario, Sacred and Secular Conference, London, ON, May 9-12, 2008.

"Freedom or Equality? The impact on religious freedom of the change in the definition of marriage in Canada," Future of Freedom Conference, Canadian Constitution Foundation, October 13, 2007.“

Rational Religion in Canadian Courts,” McGill University, Pluralism, Politics and God? Conference, Montreal, PQ, Sept. 13-15, 2007.

"Can We Talk?: how the courts see religion in Chamberlain v. Surrey School Board", Pluralism, Politics, and God? Conference, McGill University, September 13, 2007.

"The Squeeze is on Expression" and "There is no ‘right' to abortion," Canadian Association of Pregnancy Support Services, Mont Tremblant, PQ, May 25, 2007.

"How Fundamental is Freedom of Religion?" Saskatchewan Institute of Public Policy, Regina, SK, May 24, 2007.

"Combatting Religious Hatred," International Religious Liberty Association, Cape Town, South Africa, February 28, 2007.

"Religious Freedom and Same-sex Marriage," World Congress of Religions, Montreal, PQ, September 14, 2006.