Self-Defense with Professor Noah Weisbord

Is Canada hewing too close to an American ‘stand your ground’ defense philosophy? Professor Noah Weisbord (Queen’s Law; author of The Crime of Aggression: The Quest for Justice in an Age of Drones, Cyberattacks, Insurgents, and Autocrats) and Pro Bono Radio’s Parnian and Luke break down Canadian self defense law, from the Lucky Moose case to Cormier and Stanley, and the shift in Canadian defense law from prioritizing preserving life, to prioritizing property.

Pro Bono Radio is part of the Queen’s chapter of Pro Bono Students Canada. The Pro Bono Radio team are not lawyers, and this is not legal advice.

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Mandatory Surcharges with Professor Lisa Kerr

The Pro Bono Radio team talks mandatory victim surcharges with professor Lisa Kerr — why were they declared unconstitutional? How did these issues arrive before the Supreme Court, and why was it deemed “cruel and unusual punishment”? The justice system, principles of sentencing, and much more are covered in this episode of Pro Bono Radio!


Pro Bono Radio is part of the Queen’s chapter of Pro Bono Students Canada. The Pro Bono Radio team are not lawyers, and this is not legal advice.

Legal Loopholes with Leo Katz (Penn Law)

Saroosh sits down with Leo Katz of Penn Law to take a deep dive into legal loopholes!

The author of multiple books, Leo takes us through his ambitious theory of loopholes and restrictions — starting from the foundational question of what a loophole actually is and abstracting toward a general account of the creation of loopholes.

The Pro Bono Radio Queen’s team are not lawyers, and this is not legal advice! It is, however, created as a project of PBSC Queen’s, itself part of Pro Bono Students Canada… and produced at Queen’s Law.

Proportional Representation

Justin Trudeau has famously walked back on a promise to reform the federal electoral system away from first-past-the-post — in Ontario, the Doug Ford conservative took over 60% of the seats in Parliament, but with under 40% of the vote.

The Pro Bono Radio Team look into what proportional representation works, how the law affects it, and what legal paths to reform might look like.

How can electoral reform change how our political system work?

The Pro Bono Radio team are not lawyers, and this is not legal advice!

Gimme the loot!

Loot boxes! A surprisingly deep (and new) area of law — is it gambling? Is it legal? How will the gaming industry be bound by law as loot boxes and issues around them continue to evolve?

Do loot boxes lead to a better gaming experience — or addiction and disaster?

The Pro Bono team digs into the issue, and the age-old debate of paternalism in the law vs. permissiveness, the need to protect minors, and more.

Our hosts are not lawyers, and this is not legal advice!

Consent, with Professor Don Stuart

The Pro Bono Radio team discusses consent, in the context of the #MeToo movement and recent and emerging issues. They’re joined by Queen’s Law professor Don Stuart, a living legend in Canadian criminal law circles.

Professor Don Stuart.

Content warning: this episode discusses serious issues concerning sexual assault.

The Pro Bono Radio team are not lawyers, and this is not legal advice.

Live in the Lounge – November 2015

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Live in the Lounge was recorded on November 19, 2015, and features a discussion on Taylor Swift and copyright law, with special faculty guest Lisa Kerr and music by members of the Queen’s Law Choir.