Warren Newman successfully defended his PhD thesis in September 2019 and has been put forward to convocated Fall 2019.

Warren's thesis examines the principles and purposes of the 1982 constitutional amending procedures through the prism of Canada’s underlying constitutional structure, with a focus on federal institutions, including the Senate and the Supreme Court.

Warren Newman is Senior General Counsel in the Constitutional, Administrative and International Law Section of the Department of Justice of Canada and Director of the Professional Development LL.M. Program in Constitutional Law at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University. He has practiced in constitutional law for more than 35 years.

Warren holds an LL.M. in constitutional law from Osgoode Hall Law School and has taught courses in public law, constitutional law and comparative constitutional law at the Faculties of Law of the University of Ottawa, Queen’s University and McGill University.

Warren has represented the Attorney General of Canada as co-counsel before the Supreme Court of Canada in a number of significant constitutional cases, including the including the Senate Reform Reference, the Quebec Secession Reference and the Manitoba Language Rights Reference. Warren is a member of the Bars of Quebec and Ontario.

Warren has been named as Advocatus Emeritus by the Bar of Quebec (2009) and a governor of the Quebec Bar Foundation (2011). Warren has received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contribution to constitutional scholarship (2013) and the Deputy Minister’s Achievement Coin, commemorating the 35th Anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (2017).

In June 2019, Warren was appointed to a four-year mandate as Canada’s member of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (the Venice Commission), an advisory body of constitutional experts dealing with issues relating to constitutionalism and the rule of law, judicial independence and fundamental rights.

Recent Professional Achievements

Featured Publication:

“Constitutional Chronometry, Legal Continuity, Stability and the Rule of Law: A Canadian Perspective on Richard Kay’s Scholarship”, University of Connecticut Law School, September 2019.

“The Rule of Law, the Separation of Powers and Judicial Independence in Canada.” In The Oxford Handbook of the Canadian Constitution, edited by Peter Oliver, Patrick Macklem, and Nathalie Des Rosiers, 49-50. Oxford University Press: New York, 2017.

Featured Conference Presentation:

“Constitutionalism, Legality and Legitimacy: a Canadian Perspective.” Expert Testimony at the Public Hearing of the Constitutional Affairs Committee of the European Parliament, June 20, 2018.

Graduate Students