Child law expert
Queen's law professor, Nick Bala, is available to comment on Friday's Supreme Court of Canada ruling on the so-called "spanking law." Prof. Bala, an expert in child abuse and child protection, says the law, which allows parents and teachers to physically discipline children, should not be abolished. Prof. Bala was an expert witness in this case, supporting the constitutional validity of the present law.
While Bala acknowledges that physical discipline is not optimal parenting, he contends that it shouldn't be criminalized because it has not been conclusively shown to be harmful to children. Bala also argues that criminalizing the use of physical discipline would unfairly discriminate against lower-income parents and those from other cultures.
The Court judgment in the appeal of the Canadian Foundation for Children, Youth and the Law v. The Attorney General in Right of Canada will be delivered at 9:45 a.m. on Friday, January 30, 2004. Details about the appeal are available on this Website .