Janet Hiebert

Academic Visitor, May to July 2003

Janet Hiebert is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Studies at Queen's University, Ontario. Before joining Queen's, she served as a research co-ordinator for the Royal Commission on Electoral Reform and Party Financing (Lortie Commission). She is author of two books about the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. These are: Charter Conflicts: What is Parliament's Role? (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2002), and Limiting Rights: The Dilemma of Judicial Review (McGill-Queen's University Press, 1996). She is co-editor of Canada: The State of the Federation (1994), editor of Political Ethics: A Canadian Perspective (1991), and author of numerous papers and chapters on the politics of rights and on campaign finance laws in Canada.

Janet used her time at the Centre to work on a comparative study of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the UK's Human Rights Act. In so doing, she made the most of opportunities to meet with members of the academic staff connected to the Centre, including Francesca Klug and Kate Malleson.

In May 2003, Janet led a very successful discussion group meeting under the title of 'Interpreting the HRA: Don't be fooled by the metaphor of dialogue'.