TWU Law School denied accreditation by ON Court of Appeal

July 4, 2016

Trinity Western University has been denied accreditation by the Ontario Court of Appeal after attempting to overturn a decision by the Law Society of Upper Canada. TWU was refused accreditation of its proposed law school on the grounds that it enforces a discriminatory code of conduct on students. The Vancouver Sun reports that the case involved a collision of religious freedom and equality, and the appeal court found the law society’s unanimous decision to be a reasonable balancing of these two Charter rights. “The court correctly found an infringement of TWU’s rights,” said TWU’s Executive Director of the proposed law school, Earl Phillips. “However, we are most disappointed that the court found the infringement to be justifiable.” TWU has now reportedly been granted accreditation by six law societies, but has gone to court challenging refusals in ON, BC, and NS. CBC | TWU | The Record | Globe and Mail | Lethbridge Herald | Vancouver Sun