Dalhousie Law Journal


Supreme Court of Canada, judges, Mélanges Jean Beetz, constitutional law, Quebec, common law, civil law


Melanges Jean Beetz is a collection of essays honouring the late Supreme Court of Canadajudge who died in 1991 after a lengthy battle with illness. The timing of the publication of the book, some five years after his death, places the work within what is perhaps a fitting social and political context. The constitutional crises that have plagued this country continue in what seems to be a period of heightened alienation between Quebec and the rest of Canada. An exploration of the contribution of Justice Beetz to the jurisprudence of the Supreme Court of Canada may be of assistance in the exploration of some of the profound differences and misunderstandings which exist between common law Canada and civil law Quebec.