What is the impact of Canadian courts on public policy?

Federal Court Justice Luc Martineau will speak Thursday at York about how Canadian courts often play a decisive role in determining public policy. 

Martineau (left) will review a number of landmark judgments in the immigration and refugee, environmental, labour and transportation policy fields in his talk March 4 in the McLaughlin Junior Common Room, 014 McLaughlin College, at 2:30pm.

Appointed a Federal Court judge in 2003, he made national news headlines in January for his decision in favour of the Conservative Party of Canada in its long-running dispute with Elections Canada over the so-called "in-and-out" election financing scheme.

A graduate of the University of Ottawa, Martineau started his legal career as counsel to the president of the Canadian Labour Relations Board. He practised law for more than 20 years in Montreal where he established a reputation as an arbitrator and mediator.

He has been invited to speak at York by the Centre for Refugee Studies, McLaughlin College, the York Centre for Public Policy & Law and the School of Public Policy & Administration.