John J. Wilson Associate

Parle :  Anglais

Bureau principal :  Toronto

John J. Wilson

John J. Wilson practises public law in Gowling WLG's Toronto office – chiefly in the areas of Crown liability, administrative law, Indigenous law, and constitutional law.

He has appeared before the Federal Court, the Federal Court of Appeal, the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, and the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador.

As part of Gowling WLG’s Administrative Law Group, John has assisted various clients, including statutory boards, First Nations, and individuals, in judicial review applications in various courts. He has also advised public bodies and organizations on policy and procedure.

As part of Gowling WLG's Indigenous Law Group, John has helped First Nations in self-government negotiations and in various proceedings, including litigation involving the interpretation and application of modern and historic treaties, resource revenue sharing, contested elections, membership eligibility, and the duty to consult. He was also part of the team responsible for the settlement of the McLean Indian Day Schools Class Action.

In the constitutional realm, John has advised on both division of powers and Charter issues, including freedom of association, equality rights, and rights to life, liberty, and security of the person. He is co-author of Halsbury's Laws of Canada, Constitutional Law: Division of Powers.

John is a graduate of the University of Oxford (BCL), Osgoode Hall Law School (JD) and Queen’s University at Kingston (BA, Honours).

Associations professionnelles

  • County of Carleton Law Association
  • The Advocates’ Society
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association

Articles and presentations

Gehl v Canada: Circumscribing the Role of Charter Values? John J. Wilson and Guy Régimbald, Ontario Bar Association’s Constitutional, Civil Liberties, and Human Rights Law Section, 16 November 2017.

Morasse v Nadeau-Dubois: Does Contemptuous Expression Deserve Charter Protection? Ontario Bar Association’s Constitutional, Civil Liberties, and Human Rights Law Section, 22 November 2016.

Interjurisdictional Information Sharing and National Security: A Constitutional and Legislative Analysis, Jacques J.M. Shore, Brian A. Crane, John J. Wilson, (2016) 62:1 McGill LJ 207.