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Alison Latimer

Telephone: 604.696.9828  Ext. 6
E-mail: alatimer@arvayfinlay.ca

Alison Latimer maintains a general litigation practice with a focus on areas of public law. She has argued cases at all levels of court including in British Columbia, Alberta, the Federal Court and the Supreme Court of Canada. 

Alison acts for public and private interest clients including individuals, organizations, governments, First Nations, and administrative tribunals. Her litigation practice engages a wide variety of practice areas including areas of constitutional law, administrative law, aboriginal law, environmental law, civil forfeiture and criminal law, among others.

Some recent representative work includes acting for:

  • private individuals and a public interest group establishing a constitutional right to die;

  • public interest groups challenging the federal laws that permit solitary confinement;

  • an individual who was entrapped by police and charged with terrorism related offences;

  • a society challenging restrictions on free political expression;

  • a society challenging federal laws prohibiting access to heroin assisted therapy;

  • private individuals challenging the provincial civil forfeiture regime; and

  • a private individual seeking Charter damages arising from wrongful conviction and incarceration.

Publications and Presentations

  • Coach, UBC Faculty of Law, Wilson Moot, 2015-2018

  • Sessional Instructor, University of Victoria Faculty of Law, Charter and Strategic Rights Litigation, 2016

  • Co-author, "The Constitutional Infirmity of the Laws Prohibiting Criminal Negligence" (2016), 63 C.L.Q. 325

  • Panel Member, "Social Science Evidence, Charter Litigation & Policy Change", Trudeau Foundation, 2016

  • Podcast Guest, "Punishment Unlimited? The Use and Abuse of Solitary Confinement in Canada" (2015), McGill L.J. Podcast. Available here

  • Co-author, "Proportionality and the Public Law" (2015), Can. J. Admin. L. & Prac. 23

  • Co-author, "Why we need a constitutional challenge on judicial appointments", The Globe and Mail (6 August 2015). Available here.

  • Author, “A Positive Future for Section 7? Children and Charter Change” (2014), 67 S.C.L.R. (2d) 537. Available here

  • Panel Member, Suing and Defending the Government, Practice and Procedure, CLE BC, 2013

  • Co-Author, “Stare Decisis and Constitutional Supremacy: Will Our Charter Past Become an Obstacle to Our Charter Future?” (2012), 58 S.C.L.R. (2d) 61. Available here

  • Keynote Address, “Medical Assisted Dying in Canada: the Limits of the Criminal Law”, Youth, Civil Liberties and Citizenship Forum, BC Civil Liberties Association, 2012

  • Co-Author, “Cost Strategies for Litigants: The Significance of R. v. Caron” (2011), 54 S.C.L.R. 427. Available here.

Education

University of Victoria (LL.B., 2008, and B.F.A., 2001)