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ICJC Executive Director Janine Lespérance joined 41 prominent Canadians, including former Prime Minister Joe Clark, the former Chair of the Security Intelligence Review Committee Ron Atkey, human rights lawyer (and past winner of the Tarnopolsky Award) Paul Champ, former Ambassador to the United Nations Stephen Lewis, and several other diplomats, academics, and human rights advocates in signing an open letter calling for a Commission of Inquiry into the transfer of hundreds of detainees to Afghan authorities during Canada’s military mission in Afghanistan. Detainees were transferred despite risks of torture, and credible evidence has demonstrated that many transfered detainees were indeed tortured. A public inquiry would help to clarify what happened during this time, and whether Canada flouted its obligations, including those under the UN Convention Against Torture, which Canada ratified in 1987.

Click here to learn more. Click here to read the open letter. 

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Thursday, 04 August 2016 15:40

Calgary, October 6: An Evening with Dick Pound

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.

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On March 29-30, ICJ Canada co-hosted a fantastic conference at the University of Ottawa, partnering with the University of Ottawa, the Hague Institute for Global Justice, the Human Rights Research and Education Centre, and the Centre for International Policy Studies. Attendees were treated to thought provoking speeches and discussions on the state of global affairs today, and solutions to today's pressing foreign policy issues.

The eminent speakers featured at the conference included: Canada's current Minister of Foreign Affairs Stéphane Dion; Adama Dieng, Under Secretary-General of the United Nations, Special Advisor to the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide; the Honourable Louise Arbour; Margaret Biggs, former president of the Canadian International Development Agency; Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO; Ibrahim Gambari, Co-Chair, Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance; the Right Honourable Kevin Rudd, former Prime Minister of Australia; and several others. The guest of honour at a special dinner held at the Château Laurier was former Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin.

Missed out on the Conference but you’d like to know what was discussed? Among the media present at the event was CPAC, which has posted several videos of the conference online.

  • CLICK HERE to view the Panel on “Global Community and Just Society”. This discussion was moderated by ICJC President Errol Mendes.
  • CLICK HERE to view the Plenary Address, “Global Governance for the 21st Century” by Irina Bokova, who may become the first female UN Secretary General – she is one of nine official candidates for the position. The election will be held later this year.

More videos of the conference are available on the CPAC site. We encourage you to view them!

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Dick PoundOn 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.

Details: 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016
6:00 pm
University Club, 380 University Avenue
Toronto

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.

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"Rule Of Law Is Essential To Ensuring Peaceful, Just And Inclusive Societies" by ICJC Secretary-Treasurer Robin Sully, with Jennifer Khor, Project Director International Initiatives of the Canadian Bar Association was published on the Huffington Post "Development Unplugged" blog. 

"While much has been achieved since 2000 when the UN adopted the eight Millennium Development Goals, evaluation of the MDGs has demonstrated that economic growth in itself is not an adequate measure of development or poverty reduction, especially when issues of inequality, discrimination, insecurity and abuse of basic rights prevail."

You can read more here.

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QCCAAs one of ICJC’s regional activities, its Québec chapter held a symposium at the Quebec Court of Appeal in Montreal, entitled “The Magna Carta and its impact here”, to highlight the 800th anniversary of the Great Charter. Organized by ICJC Board Members Stéphane Beaulac, professor at the University of Montreal, and former judge Pierre Dalphond, now with Stikeman Elliott, this conference had an impressive line-up of speakers. They included Nicole Duval-Hesler, Chief Justice of Quebec, senator Serge Joyal, criminal law lawyer Jean-Claude Hébert, President of the Quebec Human Rights Commission Jacques Frémont, and Dean Nathalie Des Rosiers. The speakers dealt with various topics tied to the legacy of the Magna Carta, but that remain of importance today, including women’s rights, fundamental liberties, and jury trials.

This highly engaging conference was followed by the public launching of the Observatory on National Security Measures, for which Stéphane Beaulac is the founding director. The observatory is one of ICJC’s regional activities, and is housed by the University of Montreal’s Centre for Research in Public Law (CRDP). It is a web-based resource that has the mission of storing documents and following Montreal Magna Cartadevelopments related to national security measures. The site is bilingual, and will be a hub for discussion on the risks and challenges in this area. It is a project of inter-institutional collaboration of the law faculties of the University of Montreal (Stéphane Beaulac), Laval Université (Fannie Lafontaine), Université of Ottawa (Errol Mendes), and Dalhousie Université (Rob Currie).

The event closed with a cocktail reception to commemorate the Honourable Louise Arbour, C.C.,G.O.Q., winner of the 2015 Tarnopolsky Prize.

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by Ryan Persaud, President, uOttawa ICJC Students' Chapter

On October 27, 2015, I, along with 107 lawyers, judges and law students attended the International Commission of Jurists Canada fundraiser event for Bill Browder, author of the acclaimed novel, “Red Notice.” This true story details the corruption and cronyism of Putin’s Russia, a system that callously took the life of Mr. Browder’s lawyer and close friend, Sergei Magnitsky. Since then, Mr. Browder has travelled the world seeking justice for his friend and in doing so, has directly taken on one of the most powerful authoritarian regimes in the world. Mr. Browder’s story highlights the power of the individual, sticking by one’s principles, and the human cost of seemingly larger than life political issues.

Mr. Browder is a deeply compelling speaker, full of wit and humour, and his story is deeply poignant as well. The question period was brilliantly moderated by the Hon. Ian Binnie, former Supreme Court of Canada justice. Both in his presentation and the question period Mr. Browder reminded of us of how fragile the rule of law truly is and how greed, power, and corruption are constant threats to it. And, on an even more human level, he reminded us what can happen when the rule of law is not respected, and of the lives that are so frequently lost, including those of lawyers such as his courageous lawyer Sergei Magnitsky.

The ICJC has been dedicated to pursuit of justice and promotion of human rights through engaging national and international legal systems for over five decades. In our globalized world, where businesses, communities, and friendships consistently cross borders, realizing these goals is more important now than ever before.

Eight law students from the University of Ottawa and the University of Toronto were able to attend this interesting and enlightening event due to the generosity of Mr. Charles Coffey, who donated a table so that the students could attend free of charge. We are greatly appreciative of his kindness and generosity.

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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).

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browder headerICJ 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
6:00 pm
University Club, 380 University Avenue
Toronto

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.

To purchase individual tickets, please click here; or to purchase a table of ten, click here.

For more information, please contact Sherry Naylor at 416-368-8253 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We hope you will join us on October 27.


browder book"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

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Wednesday, 12 August 2015 17:11

ICJ Canada celebrates the Magna Carta

On July 21, 2015, ICJ Canada, in collaboration with the Security and Policy Institute of Professional Development and the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa along with the Canadian Museum of History, Gatineau, Quebec held private reception and viewing of the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forest at the Museum.

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. The most well known parts of the Great Charter included the following:

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)

Over 80 participants including judges of the Federal Court, lawyers, government officials and the general public along with ICJ Canada members enjoyed presentations on the modern day legacy of the Magna Carta by distinguished speakers before viewing the historic document. Speakers included Julia Nolan, Head Foreign Policy, British High Commission, Paul Crampton, Chief Justice, Federal Court of Canada, Nathalie Des Rosiers, Dean, Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, University of Ottawa,  Bianca Gendreau, Manager, Contemporary Canada and the World, Museum of History and Professor Errol P. Mendes, President ICJ Canada. Professor Mendes encouraged those attending to join ICJ Canada and participate in its key initiatives and objectives.

It is hoped that there will be similar events organized by ICJ Canada members to celebrate the Great Charter across the country as the document travels to Toronto and Western Canada.

 

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