Interview with Adam Dodek, Author of The Canadian Constitution

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Interview with Adam Dodek, Author of The Canadian Constitution

Posted on July 2 by Adam Dodek
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Today's blog post is an author interview with Adam Dodek who's written the book The Canadian Constitution. Adam is an award-winning law professor at the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Law. He teaches and writes about the Canadian Constitution and the Supreme Court of Canada and has worked at the Supreme Courts of Canada and Israel and the U.S. Court of Appeals. He lives in Ottawa.

Caitlyn: Tell us about your book.

Adam: The Canadian Constitution is the first ever guide to our constitution.  It includes the text of our constitution plus explanation and fun facts about our constitution and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Caitlyn: How did you come up with the idea for this work?

Adam: Americans are obsessed with their constitution.  If you go into a bookstore in the US, you can often find four or five little books on their constitution.  It both inspired and infuriated me that there was no similar books in Canada.  For me the straw that broke the camel's back occurred several years ago when I was teaching and found out that the only published version of our constitution was out of print! You couldn't order a copy of our constitution from our own government.  I knew right then that I had to write this book.

Caitlyn: Did you have a specific readership in mind when you wrote your book?

Adam: Absolutely.  My target audience is all Canadians who is interested in how our country, our government and our constitution works. This is not an "expert" book, but is a book that will be useful and interesting to the expert and novice alike.  I have tried to make the constitution and our courts come alive by including real-life stories about the people and events involved.

Caitlyn: How did you research your book?

Adam: In trying to make the constitution and our Supreme Court come alive for the reader, I spoke to many people with inside knowledge about these areas.  Over the years, I have spoken to many judges, politicians and lawyers who shared great stories with me.  The staff at the Supreme Court of Canada have been absolutely amazing over the years.  They have been so helpful and supportive of this project. Many of my colleagues shared their expertise and thoughts with me and my students contributed to the book in various ways.

Caitlyn: What was your first publication?

Adam: I founded and was the co-editor of a school newspaper when I was in Elementary School in Vancouver in the early 1980s.  One of my first publications in Canada was an article on the Governor General in 2000.  In 1995-96, I was working for the Supreme Court of Israel in Jerusalem and published several op-eds on the Israeli Constitution and one on the O.J. Trial (!) for the Jerusalem Post.

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Adam Dodek

Adam Dodek is the dean of the University of Ottawa Common Law Section. He teaches and writes about the Canadian Constitution and the Supreme Court of Canada. He has worked at the supreme Courts of both Canada and Israel, as well as the US Court of Appeals. Adam lives in Ottawa.