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Janet Epp Buckingham, B.A., LL.B., LL.D.

LLC Director; Professor of Political Studies and History

  • Biography

    Janet Epp Buckingham is a professor at Trinity Western University and the Director of the Laurentian Leadership Centre, an Ottawa-based, live-in, extension program focusing on leadership in public policy, business and communications. She has been the Director of the Laurentian Leadership Centre since 2006. Janet researches and publishes on religious freedom in Canada and internationally. She is also interested in the relationship faith, public policy and the legal system.

    Janet has lived and studied in England, France and South Africa. Before teaching at Trinity Western, Janet was the Executive Director of Christian Legal Fellowship (1991-94) and worked with the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada as general legal counsel (1999-2003) and director, law and public policy (2003-2006).

    Janet currently resides in Ottawa, Canada with her husband Don. They have two children.

  • Education

    B.A. History (Western Ontario); LL.B.(Dalhousie); LL.D. (University of Stellenbosch, South Africa)

  • Recent Publications

    "Families and Faith Communities as Essential Mediating Structures in Canada" (2014), 10 Philosophy, Culture, and Traditions 123-140. 

    “The Balancing Act: Courts and Constitutional Protection for Human Rights,” in Judicatura y Constitución: Memoria del Congreso Internacional, (D.R. Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nación: 2015), 277-286.

    “Constitutional interpreters: High priests or priesthood?” in Memory and Meaning: Lourens du Plessis and the haunting of justice, edited by Jacques de Ville, Lexis Nexis, 2015, pp. 101-122.

    Case comment: “Loyola High School v Quebec (Attorney General): 2015 SCC 12: Supreme Court of Canada” (2015), 4(2) Oxford Journal of Law and Religion 319-320.

    “Catholic Schools Can Be Catholic” (2015), 4(2) Oxford Journal of Law and Religion 308-312.

    Fighting over God: A Legal and Political History of Religious Freedom in Canada, (McGill-Queen’s University Press: Montreal, 2014).

    “Why and how to protect religious freedom: A report on the International Consultation on Religious Freedom,” IIRF Reports Vol. 2, No. 7 (July 2013).

    "Oil and Vinegar: Resolving Conflicting Rights under the Charter and Ontario’s Human Rights Code," in Balancing Competing Human Rights Claims in a Diverse Society: Institutions, Policy, Principles , edited by Shaheen Azmi, Lorne Foster, and Lesley Jacobs, Irwin Law, 2012.

    "The Relationship Between Religions and a Secular Society," (Summer 2012), 9:3 Canadian Diversity, pp. 12-15.

    "The Modern Secular West," in Sorrow and Blood: Christian Mission in Contexts of Suffering, Persecution, and Martyrdom, edited by William D. Taylor, Antonia van der Meer and Reg Reimer, William Carey Library, 2012.

    "Putting the Canadian Office of Religious Freedom in Context" (Winter 2011), 4:4 Policy in Public, pp. 47-54.

    "Advocacy for religious freedom in Canadian law" (2011), 4:1 International Journal for Religious Freedom, pp. 65-74.

    "Discrimination on the basis of 'creed' under the Ontario Human Rights Code" (Summer 2010), 8:3 Canadian Diversity, pp. 45-48.

    "Drivers Needed: Tough Choices from Alberta v. Wilson Colony of Hutterian Brethren" (2010), 18 Constitutional Forum 109.

  • Memberships & Affiliations

    Senior Fellow - Cardus
    Academic Advisor - International Institute for Religious Freedom
    Editorial Board - International Journal for Religious Freedom
    Canadian Study of Parliament Group
    Law Society of Upper Canada (member in good standing since 1991)
    Law and Society Association
    Law and Religion Scholars Network


    Canadian National Christian Foundation (Chair)

    Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship


  • Courses Taught at TWU

    POLS/HIST/SOCI 391 Canadian Governmental Leadership
    POLS/SOCI 392 Ethics and Public Affairs
    POLS/IDIS 393 Law, Public Policy and Cultural Change

  • Awards & Honours

    Rotary Scholarship (1997)
    SSHRC ASU grant 2007
    Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal December 2012

Laurentian Leadership Centre, School of Graduate Studies, and Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Department or Program:

Political Studies, History, and MA Interdisciplinary Humanities
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