Constitutional Law & Charter of Rights & Freedoms

In this guide, you will find information, resources and links about Canadian constitutional law. This includes some of the following subjects:


  • Division of powers
  • Parliament & legislatures

Charter of Rights & Freedoms:

  • Civil liberties
  • Human rights
  • Discrimination

For information about native rights, treaties, and other aboriginal law matters, check out our research guide on Aboriginal Law.


Last revised Apr. 25, 2024


Private Security and Fundamental Rights by Lucie Lemonde

Last revised July 20, 2023

Case Law

For more information on finding cases see our research guide: Finding and researching cases.



Alberta Court Judgments

A collection of the judgments of the Alberta Courts is available from CanLII. The official version of the reasons for judgment is the signed original or handwritten endorsement in the court file. If there is a question about the content of a judgment, the original court file takes precedence.


The Canadian Abridgment available on: Westlaw Canada

All Canadian Summaries, Canadian Case Summaries and Canada Digest are available on: LexisAdvance® Quicklaw®


Canadian Encyclopedic Digest

Canadian Encyclopedic Digest (C.E.D.) (Western), 4th ed.

Sections related to Constitutional law include:

  • Aboriginal Law.
  • Administrative Law.
  • Human Rights.
  • Municipal Corporations-General.
  • Parliament & Legislature.

The CED provides discussion of these areas of law with annotations to legislation and case law.

Available electronically through: Westlaw Canada

Halsbury's Laws of Canada

Halsbury’s Laws of Canada is a multi-volume set includes coverage of Federal, Provincial & Territorial legislation

Also available electronically through: LexisAdvance® Quicklaw®

Titles related to Constitution Law and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms include:

Additional information may be found under other topical headings.




Additional full-text articles are available electronically through:

  • vLex Justis
  • LexisAdvance® Quicklaw®
  • Westlaw Canada – Contains a collection of Canadian journals and law reviews, as well as all articles and case comments appearing in Carswell law reports.
  • HeinOnline – Provides full-text access to Canadian and international law reviews and legal journals.

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