Shawn Buckley Constitutional and Criminal Lawyer

Shawn Buckley
lawyer Shawn Buckley

Shawn Buckley is a constitutional and criminal lawyer with expertise in the Food and Drugs Act and Regulations. He is president of Canada’s Natural Health Products Protection Association (NHPPA), a non-profit organization devoted to protecting Canadians’ access to natural health products. In 2010, the NHPPA launched its Three Part Action Plan to focus attention on Canadians’ constitutional rights.

In private practice since 1995, Shawn Buckley practices extensively in the areas of criminal and regulatory law. His focus is on protecting Charter rights and testing the constitutional validity of legislation.

He has appeared in the Supreme Court of Canada, the British Columbia Court of Appeal, the Federal Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court of British Columbia, the Federal Court Trial Division, and provincial courts in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario.

Mr. Buckley has developed expertise in Health Canada litigation and defending regulatory charges under the Food and Drugs Act in the area of natural health products. It is likely that he has defended more charges in this area than any other lawyer in Canada. Most of these cases involved a constitutional challenge.

Mr. Buckley has been called as an expert witness in the area of constitutional law and Food and Drugs Act regulation by committees in both the Senate and the House of Commons. He is routinely invited to lecture concerning the regulation of natural health products by diverse groups such as the Fraser Institute, practitioner groups, consumer groups, and the NHPPA. He was also invited to draft the Charter of Health Freedom.

Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Buckley worked for the Ministry of Advanced Education Training & Technology, the BC Human Rights Council, the Intergovernmental Affairs Branch of the Premier’s Office (which at the time was non-partisan), and Transport Canada. These experiences in government have given him valuable insight in dealing with bureaucracy.


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Protect Your Basic Rights to Make Food Choices
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Ordinary Canadians who have stood up to protect the genetic diversity in our food supply or to ensure they can still access food from their farm, are being charged criminally. Come and learn about the sheep-napping case involving Michael Schmidt and Montana Jones, two farmers charged for trying to preserve rare Shropshire sheep. Learn about how your freedom to eat basic foods like raw milk is being restricted as the Government again goes after the owners of Glencolton Farms. Michael Schmidt and others are already facing obstruct charges for allegedly trying to protect their food. Come and learn about risks you face simply by trying to protect your basic rights.