Political Science professor Tom Bateman has made another significant contribution to the political science world.  

Emond Montgomery Publications of Toronto has just released second editions of two of his co-edited books, The Court and Constitution: Leading Cases and The Court and the Charter: Leading Cases.

The first edition of the two collections of decisions came out in 2008. Both books were successful and have been assigned in many universities across Canada, including in his own classes at STU. 

The most recent editions keep up with the jurisprudence and trace the effects of Supreme Court decisions on Canadian politics and government. 

These books abridge decisions made by the Supreme Court of Canada, highlighting the essential parts that are most relevant to students of political science. Bateman says that it is impossible to understand Canadian politics without taking account of the prominent role of courts in the age of Charter. In addition, he says, Aboriginal rights are to a great extent advanced through the courts, rather than other political channels. 

Bateman and three other senior political scientists across Canada edited and wrote prefaces to over 60 decisions. They then re-wrote the introduction to the two books and updated the bibliography. 

“It’s been a really great group of people to work with; these are my colleagues, friends and mentors. We represent three academic generations, including Peter H. Russell who is one of the deans of Canadian political science. They are all conscientious and though we disagreed about lots of things, we resolved differences quickly and amicably, and we were quite efficient in making all of our deadlines and giving feedback to each other,” Bateman added. 

For Bateman, the relief of finishing this project has set in, and his new focus is his upcoming sabbatical, where his year will be dedicated to designing two new courses, and writing on new assisted suicide legislation and constitutional theory. He will also embark on a book project with colleague Dr. Patrick Malcolmson.