2022 Walter S. Tarnopolsky Award Winner - Senator Kim Pate

  When:      4:00pm - 5:30pm ET, December 10th, 2022
  Where:    Via Zoom, streamed from Parliament
  RSVP:       bit.ly/tarno-rsvp

ICJ Canada is pleased to announce Senator Kim Pate as recipient of the 2022 Walter S Tarnopolsky Award! Senator Pate has a distinguished career advocating for human rights in the correctional and legal systems and continues to be a powerful voice for vulnerable and marginalized groups in Parliament. Senator Pate will receive the award at a ceremony hosted out of her Parliamentary office and streamed via Zoom on December 10th, 2022. ICJ Canada President Errol Mendes and Correctional Investigator of Canada Dr. Ivan Zinger will provide an introduction, and after receiving the award Senator Pate will speak.

We welcome all to join the celebration of Senator Pate's tireless work. Register for the webinar for free at this link: bit.ly/tarno-rsvp

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Disinformation - Challenges and Dangers to Democracy

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Via: Zoom Register Here 
Date: June 22nd, 2022 Members: Free
Time: 1:00 - 3:30 pm Eastern Public: $20

ICJ Canada is pleased to invite you to register for its upcoming event, "Disinformation: Challenges and Dangers to Democracy"! We are excited to be collaborating with the Professional Development Institute and the University of Ottawa's Information Integrity Lab with the Lab's first event. Join us on June 22nd to hear from speakers from academia, civil society, and industry on this challenging and prescient issue. Registration is $20 for the public, but ICJ Canada members with a valid 2022 membership can register free. It's not too late to renew, just click here.

Event Overview

Disinformation has emerged as one of the fundamental challenges facing society. The expression “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth puts on its boots” has never been more accurate – the rapid development of social media and communication technologies has resulted in an environment that not only aids the spread of disinformation but incentivizes its creation. Disinformation has been used to create and exploit social divisions and to manipulate social discourse, including, and perhaps especially, surrounding politics and elections.

Canada’s resilience to disinformation has been tested these past years with concerted campaigns from foreign adversaries and a thriving domestic disinformation ecosystem – not to mention the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. These dynamics were fully on display with the contentious February Freedom Convoy protests against vaccine mandates in Ottawa and other major Canadian cities. Our speakers will discuss the challenges and dangers to Canadian democracy posed by disinformation.


  • Kevin Sheives, Associate Director at the International Forum for Democratic Studies, US National Endowment for Democracy
  • Eve Gaumond, Director, Innovative Ideas Incubator Program, International Observatory on the Societal Impacts of AI and Digital Technology, Faculty of Law, University of Laval, Quebec
  • Chris Tenove, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Political Science, University of British Columbia
  • Vivek Krishnamurthy, Samuelson-Glushko Professor of Law and Director of the Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC)
  • Michele Austin, Head of Policy, Twitter, Canada

  • Rachel Curran, Public Policy Manager, Facebook, Canada

First Annual ICJ Canada Rule of Law Lecture, "The Rule of Law in Pandemic Times"

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!


Regulating the internet – really? Part II: The accountability and enforcement challenges

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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 

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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.


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Now Accepting Nominations for the 2021 Tarnopolsky Award

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

The Rule of Law & Combatting Systemic Discrimination: Policing, Judicial Proceedings, and Corrections

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)