You must complete 1 case commentary assignment – i.e. a written analysis of a legal judgment. The commentary should be an 1800-2000 word, double-spaced, argumentative essay. You must use a recognized writing style/means of citation of your choosing (such as MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.). I have no preference or requirement for which you use, just that you be consistent with its use. Please note that this assignment requires you to read and review the case in full and write an essay that takes a position in response to its respective accompanying question as indicated in the case options below.
You may choose 1 of the following 4 cases for your case commentary assignment:
Discuss the broader impact of the judgment on Canadian society (i.e. law, democracy, social justice, etc.) in Reference Re Secession of Quebec  2 SCR 217; or
Discuss whether the exceptions the Supreme Court created to Canada’s laws prohibiting child pornography are justified in R. v. Sharpe  1 SCR 45; or
Discuss whether the court’s treatment of young people is justified in Gosselin v. Québec (Attorney General),  4 SCR 429; or
Discuss whether Justice Laskin’s dissent in Dupond v. City of Montreal et al. 2 SCR 770 pp. 744-782, is a better interpretation of the constitution than the majority.
To help you get started, you can complete a quick Google search of the case you select and reference the course notes and discussion on that case in Modules 1 (Reference Re Secession of Quebec), 9 (R. v. Sharpe), 5 (Gosselin v. Quebec) and 6 (Dupond v. City of Montreal). However, please note that, as stated above, this assignment requires you to review the case in full, beyond the portion and context covered within the course module content.
Your case commentary essay should be organized as follows:
The cover page will reference the case you are writing on, the assignment name (i.e. “Case Commentary”), as well as the title of your essay and your student information (name and number).
Introduction (approx. 150-200 words)
The introduction should briefly introduce the case and topic. One well-written paragraph should establish how you will address the topic and position and generally set a professional tone while capturing the reader’s interest. Include a clear argumentative thesis statement as a single sentence typically positioned at the end of the paragraph, as well as a statement setting out at least a couple arguments you intend to make in support of your position/thesis. If space allows you might provide a concise roadmap of the paper; however, excessively summarizing the paper’s contents reduces word count available for scholarly information elsewhere in the essay.
Body of Essay (1500 -1600 words)
The section should consist of several paragraphs (1-2 each per point you are addressing). Within those paragraphs students must identify, provide sufficient background information for, and succinctly summarize the issue(s) connected to the subject and case. However, these paragraphs must not simply be descriiptive in nature. Rather, you are also expected to demonstrate your analysis and original thinking, arguing the position you have taken on the matter. To do that, you must lay out the logic and reasoning you are relying on, and utilize your own analytical skills in conveying your informed judgment after considering all sides of the issue. What your argument or position is does not matter, so long as you have demonstrated your reasoning and analysis, and provided sufficient supporting evidence as to why you have come to the conclusion you have.
Conclusion (approx. 150-200 words)
The conclusion is a short and precise identification of what has been learned in relation to the subject/case. Synthesize key information from each section and conclude by demonstrating how your stated argumentative thesis has been proven via a concise breakdown of the supporting evidence you have expanded upon previously.
Works Cited (5 sources)
The works cited is a properly formatted alphabetical list of the publication details of any scholarly sources referred to in the essay. These would include books, journal articles, cases, legislation, news sources and more. Standard presentation information is required. You do not need to cite the course notes.