University of Calgary

Howard Kislowicz

  • Assistant Professor


Howard (Howie) Kislowicz joined the Faculty in July 2017. From 2013-2017, he was an Assistant Professor at the University of New Brunswick’s Faculty of Law, where he taught Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, and Multiculturalism and the Law. He completed his common law and civil law degrees at McGill University, and went on to serve as clerk to Justice Gilles Létourneau at the Federal Court of Appeal. After some time in private practice at a national firm in Toronto, he received his LLM and SJD at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Alan Marks Medal for best thesis in the University of Toronto’s graduate law program, the SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, and the University of New Brunswick Faculty of Law Teaching Excellence Award. He has published his work in leading law journals and presented his research at national and international conferences, including the Harvard-Stanford International Junior Faculty Forum, the Osgoode Hall-University of Toronto Junior Faculty Forum, and the Berlin Roundtables on Transnationality.


Law 400: Constitutional Law
Law 503: Administrative Law
Law 597: Legal Theory - Multiculturalism & The Law

Selected Publications and Presentations

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  • "Judging Religion and Judges' Religions," (2018) Journal of Law and Religion, 1-19. doi:10.1017/jlr.2018.10
  • "Religion in the Canadian Constitution" in Canada at 150: Building a Free and Democratic Society (Toronto: LexisNexis Canada, 2017).
  • "The Court and Freedom of Religion" (2017) 76 Supreme Court Law Review (2d) 221-233.
      • Also published in Matthew Harrington, ed, The Court and the Constitution: A 150-year Retrospective (Toronto: LexisNexis Canada, 2017).
  • "On Collective Constitutional Rights: Lessons for Religious Rights from Language Rights" (2016) 75 Supreme Court Law Review (2d) 31-45.
      • Also published in Dwight Newman, ed, Religious Freedom and Communities (Toronto: LexisNexis Canada, 2016).
  • "Loyola High School, et al. v Attorney General of Quebec: Non-Triviality as Objectivity and Charter Values in the Administrative Context" (2015) 71 Supreme Court Law Review (2d) 331-351.
  • Cited in Ayelet Shachar, "Squaring the Circle of Multiculturalism? Religious Freedom and Gender Equality in Canada" (2016) Law & Ethics of Human Rights; Jamie Cameron, "Law, Politics, and Legacy Building at the McLachlin Court in 2014" (2015) 71 Supreme Court Law Review (2d) 3 at 14; Benjamin L. Berger, "Freedom of Religion" in Nathalie Des Rosiers et al, eds, The Oxford Handbook of the Canadian Constitution (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2017).
  • "Law, Religion, and Feeling Included/Excluded: Case Studies in Canadian Religious Freedom Litigation" (2015) 30(3) Canadian Journal of Law and Society 365-380.
  • Cited in Barry W. Bussey, "The Legal Revolution Against the Place of Religion: The Case of Trinity Western University Law School" (2016) BYU Law Review 1127 at 1212; Dia Dabby, "Constitutional (mis)Adventures: revisiting Quebec's proposed Charter of Values" (2015) 71 Supreme Court Law Review (2d) 354 at 367.
  • "Faithful Translations? Cross-Cultural Communication in Canadian Religious Freedom Litigation" (2014) 52(1) Osgoode Hall Law Journal 141-189.

Conference Presentations and Invited Lectures

  • 2018 Osgoode Constitutional Cases Conference, Osgoode Hall, 2018
    Panelist: Scope of Charter Rights and Redress
  • University of Alberta, 2018
    Presentation: Business Corporations as Religious Freedom Claimants
  • Public Interest Litigation Conference, University of Toronto, 2018
    Presentation: Divine Intervention: A study of the operation and impact of NGO interveners in Canadian religious freedom litigation (with Kathryn Chan)
  • Canadian Bar Association National Conference on Administrative Law, Labour and Employment Law, Ottawa, 2017
    Panelist: The 35th Anniversary of the Charter - What does the Future hold for Administrative Law and Labour and Employment Law?
  • Canada 150 - Constitutional Law Symposium, Edmonton, 2017
    Presentation: What the Religious Freedom Jurisprudence Tells Us – and Doesn't – About the TWU Appeals
  • 2nd Annual Beetz-Laskin Conference, Université de Montréal, 2017
    Presentation: The Religious Freedom of Business Corporations in Canada
  • The Charter and Emerging Issues in Constitutional Rights and Freedoms: From 1982 to 2032, University of Ottawa, 2017
    Roundtable on Fundamental Freedoms Sponsored by the Ottawa Law Review

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