Youth and the Law


Real cases from the Supreme Court dealing with youth issues.

Laws, as they relate to youth and youth issues, can be difficult to understand for those they are intended to serve. In the first book of the Understanding Canadian Law series, author Daniel J. Baum breaks down the Supreme Court of Canada’s decisions relating to youth in plain language intended for readers of all ages.

Drawing on examples from recent Supreme Court rulings, Youth and the Law walks the reader through such controversial subjects as spanking, bullying, youth violence, and police in the schools. Each chapter contains prompts to encourage critical thinking.

Youth and the Law is an objective introduction for all readers to better understand how law impacts the young.


Mr. Baum's most recent work, Youth and the Law, while it discusses Canadian domestic law, is a template for addressing complex legal subjects in a manner which is intelligible but not condescending to the target audience. Anyone contemplating strategies to discuss UN standards and norms on criminal justice with high school students will find Youth and the Law a suggestive model.

Roger S. Clark, Board of Governors Professor, Rutgers Law School

About the Author

Daniel J. Baum

Posted by Kendra on October 30, 2014

Daniel J. Baum

Daniel J. Baum is the author of nineteen books, most of which deal with important public policy issues. He draws on his experience as a professor of law for more than forty years. Baum is the author of the Understanding Canadian Law series and the Building Your Future series for young people. He lives in Toronto.