Constitutional Law and Human Rights
Monique’s constitutional and human rights law experience spans division of powers claims, and Charter of Rights and Freedom cases involving freedom of expression, opinion and belief; freedom of religion and conscience; the right to life, liberty and security of the person; and equality rights. Monique has advocated for the rights of women, LGBTQ people, persons with disabilities, persons who use illicit drugs, political and other dissenters, and poor people. She has advocated for people who challenge the constitutionality of laws, and those who have been subject to unconstitutional state action.
In addition, Monique has experience with claims under the Human Rights Code of British Columbia, and applies her knowledge of international human rights law to the Canadian context.
Some of Monique’s constitutional and human rights cases include include:
- Trinity Western University v. Law Society of British Columbia, 2016 BCCA 423
- Dudley v. British Columbia, 2016 BCCA 328, 2015 BCSC 1244 and 2013 BCSC 1005
- Kazemi Estate v. Islamic Republic of Iran, 2014 SCC 62
- R. v. Appulonappa, 2014 BCCA 163
- Reference re Section 293 of the Criminal Code of Canada, 2011 BCSC 1588 (the “Polygamy Reference”)
- Canada (Attorney General) v. PHS Community Services Society, 2011 SCC 44, 2010 BCCA 15 and 2008 BCSC 661 (the “Insite” litigation)