International Commission of Jurists Canada is proud to partner with the Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC) to host a unique national and international conference, “Realizing Rights 2017: Human Rights and Constitutionalism,” to be held from June 8-10, 2017 at the University of Ottawa.
The Conference seeks to bring together, for the first time, the full range of practitioners, scholars, and advocates working on human rights across Canada and beyond, in order to discuss challenges and opportunities for the effective realization of human rights and related constitutional and governance arrangements. This major conference coincides with Canada’s 150th anniversary, which provides a special opportunity for celebration and reflection.
To organize it, HRREC and ICJC are working in partnership with: the Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies (CASHRA), the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers (CARL), and the Interdisciplinary Research Laboratory on the Rights of the Child (LRIDE). The conference, featuring various parallel meetings, sessions, workshops, and social events of distinct character, will contribute in a significant way to the development and strengthening of the field of human rights professionals.
ICJC will be hosting a special session at the Conference to launch our book on the rule of law in 2017, and we will hold our annual members' meeting on June 7, the day before the Conference officially begins.
Registration is now open, and volunteer applications are being accepted.
We hope to see many ICJC members there!
Ottawa, Jan 31: The Honourable Senator Ratna Omidvar in conversation with 2016 Tarnopolsky Award Winner Professor Jennifer Bond: "Responding to the Refugee Crisis"Written by Administrator
Discussion and cocktail reception to be held on Parliament Hill, 256S Centre Block, 5:30-7:30pm, Tuesday, January 31st. RSVP online to confirm a place.
In collaboration with the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, and the Centre for International Policy Studies, University of Ottawa.
Toronto, Nov. 21: Modern Slavery in Supply Chains: Trends in Global Corporate Liability and LegislationWritten by Administrator
Exploitative or forced labour, termed “modern slavery”, in supply chains is an increasingly recognized and urgent problem. Discovery of modern slavery in a company’s supply chain can seriously affect the reputations and business of companies and sectors of global manufacturing, and has devastating consequences for its victims.
A unique CPD conference featuring leading legal and policy experts discussing cutting edge issues in international interventions. An event not to miss for lawyers keen on human rights, humanitarian law, and foreign policy issues!
Accredited by the Law Society of Upper Canada for 1 Professionalism hour and 5h35min of Substantive content. Cost: $375 for full-day event, including lunch. Click here to Register today.
ICJC invites you to an evening with Dick Pound, founding President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) & the man behind the Olympics.
This dinner event will feature a talk by Mr. Pound entitled:
“After Rio… Dealing With Cheating in World Sport: A Global Corruption Challenge.”
The evening will be moderated by the President of the International Commission of Jurists (Canadian Section), Prof. Errol Mendes O.Ont, LSM.
On Tuesday, June 7, you are invited to join us in Toronto for an evening featuring Dick Pound, founding President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) & the man behind the Olympics.
At this dinner event, Mr. Pound will deliver a presentation entitled "Dealing With Cheating in Sport; A Global Corruption Challenge." The evening will be moderated by former Supreme Court of Canada Justice, the Honourable Ian Binnie.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
University Club, 380 University Avenue
Tickets are $275 per guest, in support of the International Commission of Jurists (Canadian Section). Charitable receipts will be provided for $200 of the cost for each individual.
This event is now sold out.
For more information, please contact event planner Sherry Naylor at 416-368-8253 or sherry[at]naylorandassociates.com,or ICJ Canada Executive Director Janine Lesperance: janine.lesperance[at]icjcanada.org.
We hope you will join us on June 7.
Dick Pound is one of Canada’s most-recognized figures in international sport. In his distinguished career he was a two-time vice-president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) president from 1977 to 1982. He was founding president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), created in 1999 to coordinate the fight against doping in sport. His efforts to clean up drug use in sports have made him one of the most renowned and influential leaders in sports and in business.
Pound is the author of nine books, including Inside the Olympics and Inside Dope. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and of l’Ordre national du Québec.
We would like to invite all members of the Canadian Section of the International Commission of Jurists to an exciting conference, which will be held March 29-30, 2016 in Ottawa:
"Canada in Global Affairs: New challenges, new ways"
For this international conference, we are collaborating with the University of Ottawa, The Hague Institute for Global Justice, the Centre for International Policy Studies, and the Human Rights Research and Education Centre.
It will bring together leading national and international experts in security and state fragility, global community and just society, and reform of global institutions. They will share their perspectives on current and future challenges, and possible solutions for Canada.
• The Honourable Louise Arbour, C.C., G.O.Q., Counsel, Borden, Ladner Gervais LLP; Chair, President’s International Advisory Board of the University of Ottawa
• Lloyd Axworthy, former Minister of Foreign Affairs and current Chancellor, St. Paul’s University College, former President of the University of Winnipeg
• Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO
• Adama Dieng, United Nations Under-Secretary-General; Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide
• The Honourable Stéphane Dion, P.C., M.P. Minister of Foreign Affairs
• Huguette Labelle, C.C., Emeritus Governor, University of Ottawa; member, President’s International Advisory Board of the University of Ottawa; former Deputy Minister, Canadian International Development Agency
• Abiodun Williams, President, The Hague Institute for Global Justice
• The Honourable Kevin Rudd, Former Prime Minister of Australia
• James Steinberg, Dean of the Maxwell School of Public Policy and former Deputy Secretary of State of the United States of America and member of the President’s International Advisory Board
All registrations include a dinner at the Chateau Laurier with a talk by The Right Honourable Paul Martin, former Prime Minister of Canada.
Click here to view the full conference program.
Space is limited - register online today!
Ottawa, Jan 18: presentation by UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants François CrépeauWritten by Administrator
ICJC, along with the Human Rights Research and Education Centre, and the Centre for International Policy Studies, presents François Crépeau. His talk is entitled "Facilitating Mobility, Fostering Diversity: Lessons from the Global North’s Response to Migration Challenges".
Event Date: January 18, 2016 - 11:30am - 1pm
Location: Fauteux Hall, 57 Louis-PasteurPvt., room 147B
François Crépeau is Full Professor at McGill University, where he holds the Hans & Tamar Oppenheimer Chair in Public International Law, and is Director of the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism. He is the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants (2011-2017): he has conducted official visits to Albania, Tunisia, Turkey, Italy, Greece, Qatar, Sri Lanka, and Malta, and has produced thematic reports on the detention of migrants, the protection of migrants’ rights at the external borders of the European Union, climate change and migration, global migration governance, labour exploitation of migrants, and the recruitment practices of foreign labour. Guest professor at the Université catholique de Louvain (2010-2019), he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, was a Fellow 2008-2011 of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, and is an Advocatus Emeritus of the Quebec Bar Association. He has given many conferences, has published numerous articles, has written, edited or coedited ten books, and is a member of the editorial board of several learned journals.
Ottawa, Oct. 15 - How to Address Islamophobia? From Hate Speech to Hate Crime: The Spectrum of IntoleranceWritten by Administrator
ICJC, in conjunction with the Association of Progressive Muslims of Canada, and the Human Rights Research and Education Centre of the University of Ottawa, invite you to attend this important and timely event, featuring a presentation by Marwan Muhammad, Advisor, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
Thursday, October 15, 2015, 4 to 6 p.m.
University of Ottawa, Fauteux Hall (57 Louis Pasteur Private) – FTX570
Magna Carta and its impact here, followed by the launch of the Observatory on National Security Measures, and a special ceremony to award the Tarnopolsky Prize to the Honourable Louise Arbour.
Location: The Quebec Court of Appeal (Ernest Cormier building)
Date: November 5, 2-5pm
Crédit : 3h training with the Quebec Bar Association
Cost, including cocktail:
- FREE for members (please sign up as a member before registering for the event)
- 75$ for non-members
- $20 for non-member students
Please note that the majority of this event will take place in French, and translation will not be available.
CLICK HERE to register! As space is limited, we ask that all attendees register in advance.
Click "Read more" below to view the program (French only).
ICJ Canada invites you to an evening with New York Times bestselling author Bill Browder. This dinner event will feature a talk by Mr. Browder about his recent, highly acclaimed book, Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice, a real-life political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his dangerous mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. The evening will be moderated by former Supreme Court of Canada Justice Ian Binnie.
October 27, 2015
University Club, 380 University Avenue
Tickets are $275 per guest, in support of ICJ Canada.
You are welcome to purchase a table that seats ten people.
Charitable receipts will be provided for $200 of the cost for each individual.
For more of Bill Browder, watch his interview with CNN's Fareed Zakaria here.
We hope you will join us on October 27.
"This indispensable look at the brutal realities of the Putin regime is of even greater relevance thanks to Bill Browder’s unique expertise and personal experience inside the belly of the beast."
– Garry Kasparov, Chess Grandmaster and author of How Life Imitates Chess
"A riveting account of Browder’s journey through the early years of Russian capitalism….Begins as a bildungsroman and ends as Greek tragedy…. ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ Magnitsky tells Browder, in the book’s most memorable line. Perhaps not, but they do have inspiring ones."
– The Washington Post
“No free man shall be seized or imprisoned, or stripped of his rights or possessions, or outlawed or exiled or in any other way destroyed, nor will we proceed with force against him, except by the lawful judgement of his equals or by the law of the land. To no one will we sell, to no one deny or delay, right or justice.” …Magna Carta 1215 Due Process of Law (Chapter 39,40)
The Security and Policy Institute of Professional Development and the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa in collaboration with the International Commission of Jurists, Canadian Section, along with the Canadian Museum of History are pleased to co-host a private reception and viewing of the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forest. All members of ICJ Canada are welcome to attend and to invite their colleagues.
The Magna Carta remains a relevant and revered document, 800 years after England’s King John affixed his seal to it in 1215. This celebrated historical document, together with the Charter of the Forest, laid out key precepts that lay the foundations of democratic societies in Canada and around the world today — including the principle that no one is above the law, the foundations of the rule of law that include rights such as freedom from detention without cause and trial by jury; and protection of the common good and the some of the earliest enunciations of the rights of women.
Speakers at this event include Julia Nolan, Head Foreign Policy, British High Commission; The Honourable Paul Crampton, Chief Justice, Federal Court of Canada; and Professor Errol P. Mendes, President, ICJ Canada.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The Magna Carta Canada Exhibition at the Canadian Museum of History
Voyageur Salon, 100 Laurier Street
Gatineau, Québec K1A 0M8
Paid parking is available onsite. Visit the Museum’s website for complete details.
RSVP required - Space is limited and registration is required. Online registration is now open.
We look forward to seeing you!
Presentation by Robert Fowler: "Lessons Learned From Sleeping with Al Qaeda" - Ottawa, Monday, June 29Written by Administrator
Robert Fowler has had a distinguished career as a Canadian diplomat and public servant. In addition to serving as Canada's ambassador to the United Nations ('95-2000) and to Italy (2000-'06), he has also been foreign policy advisor to three prime ministers. Robert was also the Deputy Minister of National Defence and the Prime Minister's Personal Representative for Africa.
For decades, Robert was a dominant force in Canadian foreign affairs. In one heart-stopping minute, all of that changed. On December 14, 2008, Fowler, acting as the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy to Niger, was kidnapped by Al Qaeda, becoming the highest ranked UN official ever held captive.
Along with his colleague Louis Guay, Fowler lived, slept and ate with his captors for nearly five months, gaining rare first-hand insight into the motivations of the world’s most feared terror group. Fowler’s capture, release and subsequent media appearances have helped shed new light on foreign policy and security issues as we enter the second decade of the “War on Terror.” His book, A Season in Hell, is Fowler’s compelling story of his captivity, told in his own words. It is also a startlingly frank discussion about the state of a world redefined by clashing civilizations.
The presentation and following discussion is organized by Errol Mendes, President of ICJ Canada and law professor at the University of Ottawa in partnership with the University’s Centre for Continuing Education and its Security and Policy Institute of Professional Development.
This event will be held on Monday, June 29, from 5-7pm in Ottawa on the University campus, in Desmarais Hall Room 12102. This event is free to attend, but attendees are requested to register online, as space is limited.