Trinity Western University’s Law School

February 2016 – Trinity Western University is the largest Christian university in Canada. It requires staff and students sign a Community Covenant in which they pledge to maintain a particular conception of Biblical ideals and eschew sex outside of “traditional heterosexual marriage.” BC lawyers voted in a referendum to not allow graduates of their proposed law school admittance to the bar. In December 2015 that stance was reversed by a Supreme Court of British Columbia decision which reinstated the Law Society’s earlier approval of the school. We speak with David Mossop, QC, a life bencher with the Law Society of BC who participated in all of the key votes on TWU’s law school. We then hear an excerpt from a 2015 address by Diana Ginn, a Professor of Law at Dalhousie University’s Schulich School of Law. She speaks to the litigation about TWU and the broader issue of conflicting Charter rights.