Public Interest Standing, Access to Justice, and Democracy under the Charter: Canada (AG) v Downtown Eastside Sex Workers United Against Violence

Dana Phillips

Abstract


In 2012 the Supreme Court of Canada issued its
decision in Canada (AG) v Downtown Eastside
Sex Workers United Against Violence (SWUAV).1
Th e case centered on whether or not those
involved in protecting vulnerable sex workers
have standing to challenge the criminalization
of prostitution-related activities on their behalf.
SWUAV represents a signifi cant break with previous
jurisprudence on standing: it saw the Court
transform its vision of public interest standing,
viewing it for the fi rst time as an access to justice
issue.


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