LLC Director; Professor of Political Studies and History
252 Metcalfe St., Ottawa, ON K2P 1R3
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Janet Epp Buckingham is a professor at Trinity Western University and the Director of the Laurentian Leadership Centre, an Ottawa-based, live-in, extension program focusing on leadership in public policy, business and communications. She has been the Director of the Laurentian Leadership Centre since 2006. Janet researches and publishes on religious freedom in Canada and internationally. She is also interested in the relationship faith, public policy and the legal system.

Janet has lived and studied in England, France and South Africa. Before teaching at Trinity Western, Janet was the Executive Director of Christian Legal Fellowship (1991-94) and worked with the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada as general legal counsel (1999-2003) and director, law and public policy (2003-2006).

Janet currently resides in Ottawa, Canada with her husband Don. They have two children.

Research & Scholarship


  • LL.D. (University of Stellenbosch, South Africa)
  • LL.B. (Dalhousie)
  • B.A. History (Western Ontario)

Awards & Honors

Rotary Scholarship (1997)
SSHRC ASU grant 2007
Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal December 2012

Recent Publications

“The Role of the Secular State vis-à-vis Religion,” in Canadian Pluralism and the Charter, edited by Derek Ross, (Toronto: LexisNexis, 2019), 187-217.

"Trinity Western University's law school: reconciling rights," in Research Handbook on Law and Religion, Rex Ahdar (ed.), (Edward Elgar: Cheltenham, 2018), 420-441.

“Competing Rights under the Canadian Charter: Are Some Issues More Equal than Others?,” in Religion, Liberty and the Jurisdictional Limits of Law, Iain T. Benson and Barry W. Bussey (eds.) (Toronto: LexisNexis, 2017), 261-286. Published simultaneously in (2017) 79 S.C.L.R. (2d) 261-286.

“Religious Education and Identity” in Religious Freedom and Communities, Dwight Newman (ed.), (Toronto: LexisNexis, 2016), 197-208. Published simultaneously in (2016), 75 S.C.L.R. (2d) 197-208.

"Families and Faith Communities as Essential Mediating Structures in Canada" (2014), 10 Philosophy, Culture, and Traditions 123-140. 

“The Balancing Act: Courts and Constitutional Protection for Human Rights,” in Judicatura y Constitución: Memoria del Congreso Internacional, (D.R. Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nación: 2015), 277-286.

“Constitutional interpreters: High priests or priesthood?” in Memory and Meaning: Lourens du Plessis and the haunting of justice, edited by Jacques de Ville, Lexis Nexis, 2015, pp. 101-122.

Case comment: “Loyola High School v Quebec (Attorney General): 2015 SCC 12: Supreme Court of Canada” (2015), 4(2) Oxford Journal of Law and Religion 319-320.

“Catholic Schools Can Be Catholic” (2015), 4(2) Oxford Journal of Law and Religion 308-312.

Fighting over God: A Legal and Political History of Religious Freedom in Canada, (McGill-Queen’s University Press: Montreal, 2014).

“Why and how to protect religious freedom: A report on the International Consultation on Religious Freedom,” IIRF Reports Vol. 2, No. 7 (July 2013).


Religious Freedom, Human Rights, Church/State Relations

Courses Taught

POLS/HIST/SOCI 391 Canadian Governmental Leadership
POLS/SOCI 392 Ethics and Public Affairs
POLS/IDIS 393 Law, Public Policy and Cultural Change