Richard Mailey

Research Associate

After completing bachelors and masters degrees in law at the University of Glasgow, Richard completed his PhD in constitutional theory and comparative constitutional law at the University of Luxembourg, where he also taught courses in constitutional law, contract law, and legal theory. Richard then taught in the international legal studies program at the University of Trier (Germany) before moving to Edmonton to complete a one-year postdoc with Professor George Pavlich at the University of Alberta. During his postdoc, Richard taught a course in social theory, organized a series of workshops, and co-edited a special issue of Studies in Law, Politics and Society with Professor Pavlich, as well as published five new articles and presented at conferences in Edmonton, Ottawa, and Victoria.

Since completing his PhD, Richard has focused on processes of constitutional change, and on the questions of legitimacy that surround them. He has had work published in several law journals, including the International Journal of Constitutional Law, the Seattle University Law Review, the Liverpool Law ReviewConstitutional ForumStudies in Law, Politics and Society and Law, Culture and the Humanities, amongst others.

Richard began working with the Centre for Constitutional Studies as a research associate in August 2020. At the Centre, Richard has worked as assistant editor for the Centre’s two journals, the Review of Constitutional Studies and Constitutional Forum. He has also produced a podcast series on the Charlottetown Accord, co-supervised the Centre’s summer student program, and assisted in the organization of the Legacies of Patriation conference. He is currently planning a new podcast series on recent efforts to amend the Constitution of Canada, and will produce a series of research papers as part of a multidisciplinary project on the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.


Professor Eric Adams

University of Alberta, Faculty of Law

Research Fellows

An award-winning teacher and scholar, Eric M Adams, BA (McGill), LLB (Dalhousie), SJD (Toronto), is an Associate Professor at the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Law, where he teaches constitutional law, employment law, and advanced problems in constitutional law. Prior to obtaining his doctorate, he practiced at a Toronto law firm in the areas of civil litigation, employment, labour, administrative, and constitutional law.

Professor Adams has published widely in the fields of constitutional law, legal history, employment law, and legal education. His work has also been cited by both the Supreme Court of Canada and the House of Commons. He provides frequent media commentary, especially on constitutional matters, and his editorials have appeared in newspapers across the country, including The Globe and Mail, Ottawa Citizen, Calgary Herald, and Edmonton Journal.

He is the lead legal historian on the SSHRC-funded Partnership Grant, Landscapes of Injustice, investigating the dispossession of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War. He is also currently working on a book on the history of Canadian constitutional law.

For 2016-2017, Adams was awarded the prestigious Killam Annual Professorship by the University of Alberta. This professorship is awarded to academics who have demonstrated a record of outstanding scholarship, teaching, and service to the community for three or more years.

The Centre will continue to post Professor Adams’ research and publications on this page as it becomes available.

Recent Publications

Peer-Reviewed Articles & Journal Articles

“Constitutional Stories: Japanese Canadians and the Constitution of Canada” (2018) Australasian Canadian Studies [forthcoming]

“Judicial Agency and Anxiety: a Constitutional History of R v Drybones” (2018) National Journal of Constitutional Law [forthcoming]

“The Law of Food Allergy and Accommodation in Canadian Schools” (2018) Asthma & Clinical Immunology (With B. Murdoch & T. Caulfield) [forthcoming]

Promises of Law: The Unlawful Dispossession of Japanese Canadians” (2017) 54:3 Osgoode Hall Law Journal 687 (with Jordan Stanger-Ross)

“Judging the Limits of Cooperative Federalism” (2016) Supreme Court Law Review [forthcoming].

“Canadian Constitutional Identities” (2015) 38(2) Dalhousie Law Journal 311.

“Errors of Fact and Law: Race, Space, and Hockey in Christie v. York” (2012) 62 University of Toronto Law Journal 463.
[Re-published in Barrington Walker, ed, The African Canadian Legal Odyssey: Historical Essays (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012)]

“Constitutional Battles between Parliament and the Executive: the Canadian Prorogation Crisis” (2011) 43 Hosei Riron Journal of Law & Politics 144

“Building a Law of Human Rights: Roncarelli v. Duplessis in Canadian Constitutional Culture” (2010) 55 McGill Law Journal 437

“The Constitutionality of Prorogation” (2009) 18:1 Constitutional Forum constitutionnel 17

Book Chapters

“Canada’s Constitutional Coming of Age, 1900-1920” in Errol Mendes ed, Canada’s Constitutional Democracy: the 150th Anniversary Celebration (Toronto:
Lexis/Nexis, 2017) 65.

“Constitutional Nationalism: Law, Politics, and Culture on the Road to Patriation” in Steve Patten & Lois Harder eds., Patriation and its Consequences: Constitution Making in Canada (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2015) 49

“Crossing Borders: American Influences on Canada’s Constitutional Rights Revolution” in Norman Domeier, et. al, eds., Inter-Trans-Supra? Legal Relations and Power Structures in History (Saarbrucken: AkademikerVerlag, 2011) 285

“Guardians of Liberty: R.M.W. Chitty and the Wartime Idea of Constitutional Rights” in Constance Backhouse and Wesley Pue eds., The Promise and Perils of Law: Lawyers in Canadian History (Toronto: Irwin law, 2009) 173

Review Essays

“Running from a Bear: Coordinate Constitutional Interpretation in Canada” (2012) 3(3) Journal of Transnational Law 324

Upcoming Projects

Monograph: Canadian Constitutional Revolutions: Law, Politics, Culture

Article: “If at First You Don’t Succeed: Re-litigating Charter Rights”

Article: “‘Constitutional Questions of Gravity and Magnitude’: 100 years of Federalism at the Alberta Court of Appeal”

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