Canada is one of the world’s most influential constitutional systems. It is also an ideal way to study several traditions. Historically connected to the English Commonwealth tradition, Canada has long also been influenced by the limited constitutional tradition in the United States, and in 1982 adopted a Charter of Fundamental Rights that has connected it to modern constitutional systems, notably including Germany. This class will introduce Canadian constitutional law, against the backdrop of these global influences and the Canadian political system. Specific topics will include the drafting of the 1982 Charter, federalism and the world famous Quebec secession decision, fundamental rights, Canadian-style proportionality analysis, and Canada’s influential dialogue model of constitutional review.