criminal law, homicide, Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Parliament, courts, murder
Reading about murder in the news, seeing it portrayed on the longrunning British television series Inspector Morse, or pondering it as one digests Crime and Punishment are in many ways far preferable to studying, teaching or practising the law of homicide. After a few chapters, and particularly following my re-immersion into the cold substantive law of homicide which commences in chapter 3, one is certainly reminded that this is not a work to read as a pastime in "blissful circumstances". It is, nonetheless, a remarkably good book in terms of its breadth, authority and originality in approach and substance. It marks a point of some maturation in Canadian legal scholarship in several senses. It presents a comprehensive discussion of the most serious of crimes, long the subject of the treatise writer, but its looseleaf format permits a regular updating of the law as Parliament and the courts contribute to its evolution in the post-Charter era.
H Archibald Kaiser, "A Confluence of Authority and Critique" (1996) 19:1 Dal LJ 198.