Monday, October 4th at 3:30 Eastern / 4:30 Atlantic via Zoom
Register Here for free (tinyurl.com/rule-of-law-lecture)

ICJ Canada is pleased to be hosting its first annual Rule of Law Lecture! The event, hosted with the generous cooperation of Dalhousie University's Schulich School of Law, includes a virtual keynote presentation titled “The Rule of Law in Pandemic Times” by one of the leading authorities on the rule of law in Canada, Dr.  A. Wayne MacKay, followed by a virtual panel discussion with Hon. Thomas Cromwell and Dr. Sherry Pictou. Schulich School of Law Dean Camille Cameron and ICJ Canada Vice-President Maillet Monette will provide introductory remarks. 

The event will take place via Zoom on October 4th, 2021 at 3:30pm Eastern and 4:30pm Atlantic time. Registration is free at this link: tinyurl.com/rule-of-law-lecture
We hope to see you there!


ICJ Canada is pleased to be accepting nominations for the prestigous Tarnopolsky Award for 2021! The Tarnopolsky Award is awarded annually to a resident of Canada who has made an outstanding contribution to human rights, domestically or internationally. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the winner will be presented the award and invited to provide a presentation at an uncoming virtual event.

To nominate someone for the award, please submit the following items to our Exective Director (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by June 30th, 2021:

  • A completed Tarnopolsky Award Nomination Form
  • Two letters of support for the candidate's nomination
  • A concise curriculum vitae of the nominee

Articles and testimonials may also be submitted. Nominations will stand for three years.

The winner is selection by a committee comprised of one representative from the Canadian Bar Association, the Canadian Judges’ Conference, the Canadian Society of Law Teachers, and the ICJ. The Committee is reconstituted annually.

ICJ Canada President Errol Mendes presenting the 2017 Tarnopolsky Award to Senator Murray Sinclair

ICJ Canada President Errol Mendes presenting the
2017 Tarnopolsky Award to Senator Murray Sinclair
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Tuesday, May 11 - Wednesday, May 12, 2021
12:30 - 2 p.m. ET

Via Zoom


The Canadian government has attempted to extend its regulatory reach over the internet through Bill C-10 (An Act to amend the Broadcasting Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts) and Bill C-11 (Consumer Privacy Protection Act). But the challenges are significant and fundamental: who is accountable between all the actors? The platforms? The app developers? The individuals? Or is anyone accountable at all? And when we have attributed accountability, how do we enforce it without breaching privacy or violating freedom of expression, yet effectively extending the rule of law to the internet?

As Canada moves to regulating the internet, it is these two main legal issues that arise: accountability and enforcement. These issues will be tackled in the second edition of the conference “Regulating the Internet – Really?” organized by Dentons, the International Commission of Jurists, ICJ Canada (an international organization created 60 years ago to assert the rule of law as a matter of democracy), and the Professional Development Institute, University of Ottawa. 

We invite you to a complimentary virtual conference where Parliamentarians, representatives from the social media industry, specialized lawyers, and academics will address the specific challenges of regulating the Internet. Errol Mendes, President of the International Commission of Jurists, ICJ Canada, will provide opening remarks. 

We hope you are able to join us!  

Day 1 – Accountability on the internet 
Tuesday, May 11, 12:30 – 2 p.m. ET

Moderated by Monica Song, Partner, Dentons Canada LLP, join us on day one to hear about how the Internet has raised new challenges in upholding the rule of law and in defining who is accountable for legal compliance with: 

Day 2 – Enforcement on the internet  
Wednesday, May 12, 12:30 – 2 p.m. ET

Moderated by Chantal Bernier, Of Counsel and National Practice Leader, Privacy and Cybersecurity, Dentons Canada LLP, join us on day two to hear about the challenges in enforcing the law on the Internet with: 

  • Michele Austin, Head of Government, Public Policy and Philanthropy, Twitter 
  • Kevin Chan, Global Director and Head of Public Policy, Facebook 
  • Vivek Krishnamurthy, Professor of Law and Director of CIPPIC, University of Ottawa 
  • Arif Virani, Member of Parliament, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada 

Download the detailed Agenda


If you have any questions pertaining to this event, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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  • LSBC: This session is registered for 90 Substantive minutes with the Law Society of British Columbia.
  • LSO: This program is eligible for 90 Substantive minutes with the Law Society of Ontario.
  • Barreau du Québec: In our view, this session would meet the CLE requirements of the Barreau du Québec. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive a confirmation of attendance.


Dentons Canada LLP is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in advance of the event if you have any particular accommodation requirements. We will work with you to make appropriate arrangements.

Register Here

Three Part Special Series Event

The Rule of Law & Combatting Systemic Discrimination:

Policing, Judicial Proceedings, and Corrections


This conference is hosted by the International Commission of Jurists Canada and its President, Professor Errol Mendes and co-sponsored by the Professional Development Institute

This three-part special series will offer high quality presentations and discussions by leading experts on the topic of Combatting Systemic Discrimination in Policing, Judicial Proceedings, and Corrections. The events will be hosted virtually by Zoom, with the meeting links sent to attendees the day prior to each event. 

Event 1: Policing Event 2: Judicial Proceedings Event 3: Corrections
When: April 9th, 2021 from 1:00 to 3:00pm ET When: April 29th, 2021 from 1:00 to 3:00pm ET When: May 17th, 2021 from 1:00 to 3:00pm ET
Host: Julianne C. Dunbar, Senior General Counsel & Director General - Military Police Complaints Commission Host: David Antonyshyn, Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Host: Monette Maillet, Executive Director and General Counsel - Office of the Correctional Investigator 


  • Chief Peter Sloly, Ottawa Police Service
  • Professor Akwasi Owusu-Bempah, Professor, University of Toronto
  • Sunil Gurmukh, Counsel, Ontario Human Rights Commission & Adjunct Research Professor, Faculty of Law, Western University 
  • Christa Big Canoe, Legal Advocacy Director, Aboriginal Legal Services
  • Knia Singh, Principal Lawyer of Ma'at Legal Services, Toronto


  • Judge Gerald Morin, Saskatchewan Provincial Court Judge, Northwest Territories and Yukon Territorial Court Judge
  • Kathleen Roussel, Director of Public Prosecutions, and Deputy Attorney General of Canada 
  • Mr. Rob Dhanu, co-founding partner, Dhanu Dhaliwal Law Group, former Crown prosecutor


  • Senator Kim Pate
  • Dr. Ivan Zinger, Office of the Correctional Investigator
  • Tom Cardoso, Crime and Justice Reporter, Globe and Mail
  • Patricia Whyte, Indigenous Peer Support Worker, Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies
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Each event will be eligible for 2 substantive CPD hours in Ontario for a total of 6 CPD hours (for other provinces please check with your provincial law society).

Registration: Register Here

ICJ Canada members: Free with coupon code provided with confirmation of new membership or membership renewal (To become a member or renew your membership, click here).


1 event: $40

2 events: $80

3 events: $100 (Includes a complimentary ICJ Canada membership for 2021)

Friday, 06 March 2020 12:11

An Evening with Ambassador Dominic Barton

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An Evening with Ambassador Dominic Barton

When: Wednesday, April 8, 2020 | 6:00 p.m. 
Where: University Club, 380 University Avenue, Toronto
Cost: $275 per guests or a table of ten for $2,750

The International Commission of Jurists, Canadian Section, in collaboration with the Professional Development Institute of the University of Ottawa invites you to an evening with Dominic Barton, Canada's Ambassador to the People's Republic of China.

The dinner event will feature a talk by Ambassador Barton on Canada's Relationship with China: Promoting our Interests and Protecting our Values.

Speaker Biography

Mr. Dominic Barton was appointed as Canada’s Ambassador to the People’s Republic of the China by the Right Honourable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on September 4, 2019.

Prior to his nomination, Ambassador Barton was a Global Managing Partner at McKinsey & Company where he served from 2009 to 2018. Ambassador Barton also served as Chairman of Teck Resources and as Non-Executive Director at the Singtel Group in Singapore and Investor AB in Sweden. He was also a board member of the Olayan Group, a private family-owned company.

In 2016, Ambassador Barton assumed the responsibility of Chair for the Canadian Minister of Finance’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth. He was also the Chair of the Seoul International Business Advisory Council for six years prior to his nomination. Ambassador Barton also served as a Senior Trustee of the Brookings Institution, as a member of the Singapore Economic Development Board’s International Advisory Council, and as a member of the boards of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City and the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. Mr. Barton is also one of the founders of Focusing Capital on the Long Term (FCLTGlobal).

In 2018, Ambassador Barton was named Chancellor of the University of Waterloo. He has also served as Co-Chair on the Max Bell School of Public Policy Advisory Board at McGill University and on the University of Toronto Psychiatry Campaign Cabinet where he engaged in volunteer support, community outreach and leadership development. In addition to these roles, Ambassador Barton served on the board of the Malala Fund, has been actively involved in the HeForShe initiative, and worked with the Mastercard Foundation to create employment in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Ambassador Barton has co-authored four books, including on topics related to financial management and leadership. He is an Adjunct Professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing, and the recipient of eight honorary doctorates, including from the University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia and the University of Edinburgh.

Ambassador Barton graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Economics and has a Master of Philosophy in Economics from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.

Ambassador Barton was born in Kampala, Uganda, in September 1962. He is married and has three children.

To purchase a table of ten, please contact Marie Dickinson at 613-562-5272 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thursday, 30 January 2020 13:32

Oleh Sentsov at uOttawa

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The International Commission of Justists Canada, the Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC) and the Chair of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Ottawa cordially invite you to an event featuring the Ukrainian filmmaker and human rights activist Oleh Sentsov.

Oleh Sentsov, an internationally known documentary film director, was an active Maidan supporter, in Kyïv and his native Simferopol, Crimea. After the annexation in 2014, he was arrested on fabricated charges of “terrorism.” In contravention of international law, he was imposed Russian citizenship and sent to Russia, where he was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment. His arrest, trial, and punishment in Siberian prisons drew international condemnation. Mr Sentsov was released in 2019 as part of a exchange of prisoners between Russia and Ukraine.

The event, “A Conversation with Oleg Sentsov” will be moderated by John Packer, HRREC Director, and will feature Dominique Arel, Chair of Ukrainian Studies, and the Hon. Andriy Shevchenko, Ambassador of Ukraine to Canada. Mr Sentsov will be speaking in Russian, with consecutive translation into English. The question period will be conducted in English and French.

The event is co-sponsored by the Canadian Section of the International Commission of Jurists and is made possible thanks to the support of the Embassy of Ukraine to Canada and the Ukrainian Canadian Congress.

It will be held on Wednesday, February 5, between 2.30-4.30 PM, in the HRREC Seminar Room, in Room 570 (5th Floor) of Fauteux Hall, 57 Louis Pasteur, on University of Ottawa Campus. The campus map can be accessed at http://www.uottawa.ca/maps/. Fauteux Hall is identified on the map as “FTX” and is located between University Private and Thomas More Private.

Since seating is limited, people interested in attending are strongly encouraged to freely pre-register by sending an email to the Chair of Ukrainian Studies (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). The Human Rights Research and Education Centre can also be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thursday, 05 December 2019 10:34

2020 Tarnopolsky Award Winner, Renu Mandhane

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November 30 2019. OTTAWA. 

The International Commission of Jurists- Canada (ICJ-C) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 Walter Tarnopolsky Human Rights Award, the highest form of recognition for contribution to the promotion and protection of human rights and civil liberties that can be granted by the ICJ-C. 

The Walter Tarnopolsky Award recognizes individuals in the legal community, as well as institutions and organizations, for their outstanding national contribution in the field of human rights and civil liberties. Outstanding achievement is measured by the recipients’ level of excellence and initiative, their sustained body of work, peer recognition and the recipients’ broad impact inside and outside the Canadian legal community. 

The ICJ-C is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2020 Award is the Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, Renu Mandhane. You can read Ms. Mandhane’s biography here

The recipient of the 2020 Walter Tarnopolsky Prize  will receive her Award in the form of a specially designed medal at a major event in the first part of 2020. Details of which will follow. We encourage those that have been nominated in the past to seek to be re-nominated for 2021 and beyond. Further details on the  Award and method of nomination and past recipients can be found at the ICJ-C website here.

For more information about  ICJ-C and the Walter Tarnopolsky Prize, please contact the Executive Director of ICJ Canada, Stéphanie Plante This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Professor Errol Mendes, LSM, O. Ont, FRSC

President, ICJ-C

Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa


Tuesday, May 28: 13:45 - 16:00 | mardi le 28 mai: 1 h 45 - 16 h 
Hotel Bonaventure Montreal, 900 Rue de la Gauchetiere Oest, Montreal, QC H5A 1E4
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$149 Registration

In countries across the world, the rule of law is under threat. What is Canada’s experience? Have courts and administrative bodies been impacted? Join us for an event hosted by the International Commission of Jurists Canada and the Canadian Human Rights Commission.

As stated by former Chief Justice Beverly McLachlan: “...without administrative tribunals, the rule of law in the modern regulatory state would falter and fail.”

Join human rights advocates, jurists and legal experts as we explore the risks facing Canadian judicial and quasi-judicial bodies and preserving independence and the rule of law.

This afternoon event at Hotel Bonaventure, in Montreal, is on the last day of the Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals' (CCAT) 35th Annual Symposium: Common Challenges, Diverse Solutions: Administrative Justice in a World of Change. This event will take place on May 28, 2019 from 1:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.Click here to proceed to the event page for registration



Introductory Remarks:

Marie-Claude Landry, Ad. E., Chief Commissioner of CHRC

Keynote Speakers:

The Honourable Justice Elizabeth Corte, former Chief Justice, Court of Québec


Michael Gottheil, Chief of the Commission and Tribunals, Alberta Human Rights Commission

Howard Sapers, International Expert Advisor on Prison Reform, former Federal Correctional Investigator and former Ontario Independent Adviser on Prison Reform.

Charles Murray, New Brunswick Ombud, New Brunswick Ombud’s Office

This event is moderated by Professor Errol P. Mendes, President, International Commission of Jurists-Canada

Monday, June 10: 8:00 - 17:15 | lundi le 10 juin: 8 h - 17 h 15
University of Ottawa, FSS 4007, Social Science Building, 120 University Private, Ottawa, Ontario
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$275 Registration

Please join us on June 10th, 2019 for our conference titled "Facing Changes in the Military While Respecting the Rule of Law: Emerging Responses and Legal Issues", co-hosted with the University of Ottawa Professional Development Institute. This conference will be a unique one-day program designed to offer high quality presentations and discussions by leading experts on the following topics:

  • Military recruiting and retention in the 21st Century;
  • Legal/ethical challenges and advantages of key technologies applied to military operations;
  • Social media, cybercrime and the military: security issues, extremism, freedom of expression/association, investigations and actions; and
  • Operational legal issues associated with how military forces face contemporary and emerging threats to national security

This conference is eligible for 7 substantive CPD hours, and is eligible to go towards the requirements of the S.E.T. certificate of professional development of the Institute of Professional Development. For more information, or to register for this conference, please follow this link to the event page

Thursday, 20 December 2018 14:34

ICJ Canada Year in Review 2018

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Seasons greetings from ICJ Canada,

2018 was an eventful year, and we would like to take this opportunity to reflect on the work we have done protecting human rights, the rule of law, and the independence of the judiciary. We would also like to look to 2019 and give our members a hint of what we have planned ahead.

2018 in Review
ICJ Canada was active in responding to pressing issues being faced both within Canada and internationally. 

In April, ICJ Canada and CIPS hosted NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg for a town hall discussion on the importance of NATO during a time in which the rules-based international order is being challenged:

In May, we hosted a High Level Discussion on the Role of the Canadian Ombuds Person for Responsible Enterprise that attracted participants from the private sector, civil society, and regulators:

In October, we supported Senator Kim Pate in her call against mandatory minimum penalties through Bill S-251, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (independence of the judiciary) and the make related amendments) :

ICJ Canada also continues to take a principled stance in calling for action against the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya people in Myanmar alongside our civil society partners from across the world. Board Member John Packer in particular was quite busy on this file, and was featured in an article from the Globe and Mail on the topic. In August, we hosted a symposium on the Rohingya Crisis:

ICJ Canada President Professor Errol Mendes has working on the topic of press freedom and the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashaggi. Professor Mendes participated in a news conference with former justice minister Irwin Cotler and several Parliamentarians on November 8th, 2018. Professor Mendes also contributed an Op-ed to the Globe and Mail that you can read here

Members of ICJ Canada also had distinguished years individually. Professor Mendes received a Senate 150th Anniversary Medal in recognition of his work on the rule of law, human rights, and anti-discrimination. ICJ Canada Board Member Pierre Dalphond was appointed as an Independent Senator with the intention of assisting with the Senate's modernization and helping it fulfill its responsibility as a chamber of sober second thought, examination and inquiry. 

Lastly, ICJ Canada would like to again congratulate Professor Penelope Simons on being selected as the 2018 Tarnoposky Award winner. Professor Simons received the award on October 31st at the reception following the event "70 Years On... is Humanity Ready for a World Court of Human Rights?", hosted by the Human Rights Research and Education Center and  chaired by Professor Packer. 

Looking to 2019
ICJ Canada has several events lined up for early 2019. First, we will be co-hosting a talk with Bill Browder, who will be speaking on how he became President Putin's nemesis with his tireless world-wide campaigning on "The Magnitsky Act". You can see the full details of the event and buy tickets for Bill Browder: From Russia's largest foreign investor to President Putin's Public Enemy No. 1 here now

Looking further ahead, Chantal Bernier will be be holding an event on the regulation of the Internet, hate speech, and privacy in April. Monette Maillet will be holding an event on commissions, tribunals, and the rule of law in May. Julianne Dunbar and David Antonyshyn will be holding an event on military justice, technology, and the rule of law on June 10th, 2019. For more information on any of these events, please contact Stephanie Plante at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ICJ Canada relies on the support and expertise of its members to continue its mission of protecting human rights, the rule of law, and the independence of the judiciary. If you have any thoughts on, or would like to contribute to, any of the events identified above, please let us know.

Additionally, if you have not already, please consider renewing your ICJ Canada membership for 2019 using the button below. We are looking to expand our membership next year, so if you have any friends or colleagues that would be interesting in supporting assisting us in achieving our mandate please consider suggesting they join us as well.

Best wishes for the holidays! 

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