James B. Kelly

Séamus in Irish 

Let me first explain the name of my blog. I was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and my name in Irish is Séamus Bearnard Padraig Ó Ceallaigh. Dad wanted to call me Séamus, but Mom won out and I ended up with James. Dad called me Jimmy instead.  I go by Jim but I publish as James B. Kelly.

I did my undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto, and my graduate studies at McGill University.  I am a Professor of Political Science at Concordia University, in Montréal, Quebec.  I also teach a course in the School of Irish Studies on the Politics of Northern Ireland.

I study the judicialization of politics, and I focus on Westminster systems that have debated whether to adopt bills of rights in the following countries: Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland, or Éire, if you speak Irish.

I’ll blog on issues associated with these countries, and their bills of rights experiences, from time to time.  I’m particularly interested in how parliaments adapt to the introduction of bills of rights, and the general impact of the judicialization of politics on parliamentary institutions.

I’ve written a few books on these topics, and my first book, Governing with the Charter (UBC Press 2005) was a finalist for the 2005 Donner Prize.  I didn’t win, but my mom cheered the most when my name was called, and we had the most fun in loosing, so maybe I did win after all.

I live in Montréal, but I support the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Toronto Blue Jays.  I wear my Leafs’ toque around my Montréal neighbourhood, and people yell mean (but truthful) things about my team. I think this is why I started to write this blog.  Also, the Leafs broke my heart the last few seasons and I feel like this guy right now.  I haven’t watched any games in the Babcock era, yet.  But I still wear my Leafs’ toque.

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