Sessional Assistant Professor of Political Studies, Pre-Law Certificate Program Coordinator

Department(s) or Program(s)

Biography

Originally from Ontario, Dr. Taucar has been teaching at various universities in Ontario and British Columbia since 2002, has been a practicing lawyer since 1996, and has pursued researching and writing. His current research and writings seek to equip Canadians to enter into the Charter debates. He obtained his Ph.D. from York in Canadian law and politics, his LL.M from U of T on the Constitution and Federalism, an LL.B from Queen’s, and a B.A. from U of T (Political Science Specialist).

Research & Scholarship

Education

  • 2011 - Ph.D., Political Science, York University, Toronto, Ontario, CanadaDissertation: Assessing Judicial Decisions on Judicial Independence: the Canadian System of Government and Framework for Judicial Review Supervisor: Professor Emeritus, Ian Greene
  • 1997 - Masters of Law, Law, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, CanadaDissertation: The Institutions and Processes of Federalism and Industrial Policy in Canada Supervisors: Richard Simeon, Robert Howse
  • 1994 - LL.B. Bachelor of Laws, Law, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
  • 1991 - B.A., Political Science, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Recent Publications

PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS:             

  • Christopher Edward Taucar, “The Making of the Charter and Constitution” (2017) Vol. XI, No. 2 Journal of Parliamentary and Political Law 316-356.
  • Christopher Edward Taucar, The British System of Government and its Historical Development. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2014.
  • Christopher Edward Taucar, Canadian Federalism and Quebec Sovereignty. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., 2000. The book is currently in its third printing.
  • Christopher Edward Taucar, “Judicial Standards of Review of Administrative Bodies: The Consideration of Citizen Participation,” (March 2010) Vol. 53, No. 1 Canadian Public Administration 67.

PHD DISSERTATION:

Assessing Judicial Decisions on Judicial Independence: the Canadian System of Government and Framework for Judicial Review

LL.M. THESIS:

The Institutions and Processes of Federalism and Industrial Policy in Canada

PRESENTATIONS:

  • “Objective Jurisprudence: Does Political Science Have Something to Teach Court Jurisprudence?” Presentation made to the Canadian Political Science Association at the Congress of the Humanities, held at the University of British Columbia, June 4, 2019. © Christopher Edward Taucar. 2018. All Rights Reserved.
  • “The Court’s Adoption of Unwritten Principles such as ‘Charter Values’ and Deference to Bureaucracies on Constitutional Pronouncements.” Presentation made to the Canadian Political Science Association at the Congress of the Humanities, held at the University of British Columbia, June 5, 2019. © Christopher Edward Taucar. 2018. All Rights Reserved.
  • “International Legal Personality and Canadian Constitutional Status: Treaties, and the Mass Syrian Migration Crisis as an Election Issue”, presentation and workshop, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Surrey, BC, October 1, 2015.
  • “Judicial Independence”, presented to a national legal fellowship, Toronto, October 2011.

MEDIA INTERVIEW:

CBC – Jean-Philippe Nadeau – November 11, 2017 concerning Court Transcripts

Affiliations & Memberships

  • Canadian Political Science Association
  • Christian Legal Fellowship
  • Euthanasian Prevention Coalition
  • Of the Bars of British Columbia and Ontario

Expertise

  • Canadian System of Government
  • Public Law, Canadian Constitution
  • Charter of Rights and Freedoms
  • Federalism/Intergovernmental Relations
  • Courts
  • Jurisprudence
  • Administrative Law
  • British System of Government