Department of Political Studies

Department of Political Studies
Department of Political Studies

Gwyneth Bergman

Doctoral Candidate
MA Political Science (Waterloo); BMUS Organ Performance and Music History (Schulich School of Music, McGill University); ARCT Performance Flute

Department of Political Studies
Mackintosh-Corry Hall, B304
06gb@queensu.ca   
Supervisor: Janet Hiebert


Research Interests

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms; administrative law; freedom of religion; constitutional law; Canadian politics; Officers of Parliament

My current research examines the relationship and interactions between administrative law and constitutional law, with a broader focus on how the justices of the Supreme Court understand their relationship to state and other administrative actors when interpreting Charter rights and freedoms. With a focused case study on freedom of religion, my research examines how administrative law principles have shaped the scope of s. 2(a) (freedom of conscience and religion) under the Charter. The overarching goal of my dissertation is to understand the extent to which administrative actors are allowed a substantive role in determining how Charter rights and values are interpreted and the scope they are given. I examine how the standards of reasonableness and correctness have been employed by the Supreme Court when interpreting freedom of religion, and the role the Doré framework has played in defining the relationship between the Charter and statutory objectives.

Publications

Bergman, G. (2019). [Review of the book By the Court: Anonymous Judgments at the Supreme Court of Canada, by P. McCormick and M. D. Zanoni]. Canadian Journal of Political Science, 1-2. doi:10.1017/S0008423919000945

Bergman, G., & Macfarlane, E. (2018). The impact and role of officers of parliament: Canada's conflict of interest and ethics commissioner. Canadian Public Administration, 61(1), 5-25.

Bergman, G. (2016). Manifesting belief in Canadian law: What is ‘freedom of conscience’? (Master’s thesis). Retrieved from https:// uwspace.uwaterloo.ca/bitstream/handle/10012/10661/Bergman_Gwyneth.pdfsequence=3&isAllowed=y. University of Waterloo, Waterloo.

Awards and Scholarships

Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship for 2018-2021 ($35,000/yr)

Ontario Graduate Scholarship for 2017-2018 ($15,000)

Ontario Graduate Scholarship for 2015-2016 ($15,000)

President's Graduate Scholarship for 2015-2016 ($10,000)                                                              

University of Waterloo Special Graduate Student Entrance Award in 2015 ($5,000)

Professor & Mrs. John Kersell Scholarship in Political Science in 2015 ($1,500)

Schulich Music Scholar – Organ, McGill University for 2008-2012 ($20,000)

Select Conference Presentations

Bergman, G. (2020, June). Discretionary decision-making: The development of administrative law and its impact on the Canadian Charter. Paper to be presented at the 2020 conference of the Canadian Political Science Association, Western University, ON.

Bergman, G. (2019, May). Political principles and legal logistics: The impact of administrative law on religious freedom in the Supreme Court of Canada. Paper presented at the 4th Annual Spring Workshop of the Courts & Politics Research Group, University of Guelph, ON.

Bergman, G. (2018, May). 'No hierarchy of rights': Examining the impact of the Supreme Court of Canada's balancing framework on freedom of religion. Paper presented at the 2018 conference of the Canadian Political Science Association, University of Regina, SK.

Bergman, G., & Macfarlane, E. (2018, May). Protecting privacy? The policy impact of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. Paper presented at the 2018 conference of the Canadian Political Science Association, University of Regina, SK.

Bergman, G. (2017, May). Freedom of conscience in the courts. Paper presented at the 2017 conference of the Canadian Political Science Association, University of Toronto, ON.     

Bergman, G., & Macfarlane, E. (2016, May). Examining the role and impact of Canada's conflict of interest and ethics commissioner. Paper presented at the 2016 conference of the Canadian Political Science Association, University of Calgary, AB.

Bergman, G. (2016, May). Manifesting belief in Canadian law: What is ‘freedom of conscience’?. Paper presented at the 2016 spring workshop of the Courts & Politics Research Group, University of Guelph, ON.

Teaching

POLS 110 – Introduction to Politics and Government (2019, Head TA)

POLS 310 – Canadian Constitution (2018, Grader)

POLS 110 – Introduction to Politics and Government (2017-2018, Head TA)

POLS 110 – Introduction to Politics and Government (2016-2017, TA)

PSCI 100 – Introduction to Government (2015, TA)