On November 21, 2016, ICJ Canada hosted a timely and engaging panel discussion in Toronto: "Modern Slavery in Supply Chains: Trends in Global Corporate Liability and Legislation". A continuing professional development event, attendees learned a great deal about the problem of modern slavery, challenges for companies, and legislative responses to the problem. The event featured a diversity of viewpoints, which the lawyers and students present had the opportunity to continue to discuss at a reception following the panel. The presenters were:
- UK solicitor Peter Talibart, Managing Partner of Seyforth Shaw LLP London office
- Kevin McGurgan, UK Consul-General and Director-General of UK Trade and Investment in Canada
- Mark Trachuk, Partner, Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP in Toronto
- Ruth Dearnley, Chief Executive Officer, Stop the Traffik
- Jonathan Drimmer, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Barrick Gold Corp.
- Mora Johnson, Barrister and Solicitor, Former Chair, OECD Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains, Former Senior Advisor, Global Affairs Canada
If you were unable to attend the event in person, or if you would like to revisit the discussion, ICJ Canada is delighted to share this video of the panel with you:
On October 20, 2017, ICJ Canada held a very special full-day CPD programme in Ottawa, focusing on building the rule of law in fragile states through whole of government involvement, linking military, justice sector, humanitarian, and development assistance.
Beginning with remarks delivered by the Honourable John McKay, Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister of National Defence, the conference featured a range of renowned experts and leaders from the military, security, legal, and media sectors.
The keynote speaker, featured over the lunch hour, was General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff. His engaging comments touched on the new reality of interventions in fragile states, in which the military can play a role in creating a platform for other types of efforts that will together create development and long term stability, rather than short-lived victories.
Other themes discussed during the day included:
- Integrating whole of government expertise in Canadian involvement in Middle East conflict zones (Gen. Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff; Mark Gwozdecky, Assistant Deputy Minister, Department of Global Affairs; Prof. Thomas Juneau, University of Ottawa, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs);
- Accountability challenges and dealing with the destructive consequences of conflict (Prof. Errol Mendes, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, and President, International Commission of Jurists, Canadian Section; BGen. (ret’d) Kenneth Watkin, former judge advocate general and legal author; Robert Petit, Senior Counsel and Team Leader, Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Section, Department of Justice)
- Best and worst practices in establishing or strengthening national justice and security sector institutions (Andrew J. Carswell, Senior Delegate to Canada for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC); Assistant Commissioner Serge Therriault, Executive Director, Public Affairs, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP))
- Oversight of international peacebuilding efforts in relation to international criminal law (Hon. Marie Deschamps, former justice of the SCC and UN investigator; Linda Bianchi, Counsel, Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Section, Department of Justice and former international prosecutor; MGen Blaise Cathcart, Judge Advocate General)
- The role of media and knowledge networks in contributing to sustainable peace building, democracy and development (Murray Brewster, CBC reporter and author); Prof. Stephen Baranyi, University of Ottawa, School of International Development and Global Studies)
- Integrating silos for effective policy development (Anne Burgess, Director, Conflict Policy and Security Coherence Secretariat within the Task Force, Global Affairs Canada; Prof. Stephen Baranyi)
All discussions were enlightening and well-received by the audience, made up of professionals from the private sector, including civil society, and public sector, especially the military, as well as academia.
Many thanks to ICJ Canada Council Member Peter Tinsley, former international prosecutor and justice sector consultant, for organizing this highly successful event. Without his efforts, attendees would not have had such a unique learning opportunity.
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.
ICJ Canada is currently completing a national project examining Canada’s federal and provincial judicial appointments processes in order to address criticisms that have emerged regarding the processes, and to suggest reforms. The project has two aspects. First, we seek to examine and critique the current Canadian process for judicial appointments. Second, we seek to survey current international norms and national processes from amongst leading rule-of-law jurisdictions around the world to identify best practices for adoption in Canada.
Commencing in the fall of 2015, ICJ Canada began gathering information from provincial jurisdictions across Canada on the federal and provincial judicial appointments processes by providing questionnaires to lawyers in five jurisdictions – Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia, Nova Scotia and Alberta. 20 lawyers across Canada have been involved in this information-gathering process and have been reaching out to other members of their respective legal communities. We have prepared an Interim Report setting out the findings we have drawn from the responses received with respect to the federal judicial appointments process. The Interim Report also provides recommendations to address areas that evidently require reform to further advance the principles of judicial impartiality and independence and to promote greater diversity in the judiciary, ensuring it is representative of the communities it serves.
This project coincides with an important change in the federal government’s policy stance on judicial appointments, and its expression of interest in reforming the appointment of section 96 judges. Recently, the federal government took certain steps to reform the appointments process for the Supreme Court of Canada. ICJ Canada supports the general orientation of these reforms.
On August 17, the Department of Justice held a consultation on the Interim Report with Vice President for British Columbia Rebecca Robb -the lead on the project-, Board Member from the Atlantic Provinces Professor Richard Devlin, and ICJC President, Professor Errol Mendes. We expect further consultations with the Department of Justice, and continue to advance the project. We welcome any future opportunities to participate in consultation processes the federal government undertakes to address the judicial appointments process in Canada and contribute our expertise in this area.
Read the Interim Report here. We welcome all feedback, which you may send to: info [at] icjcanada.org.
ICJ Canada has a busy fall coming up. We hope that you will participate in some of the events we're planning for this fall.
- Calgary, October 6, Fundraising Dinner: An Evening with Dick Pound. Pound will speak on dealing with corruption in international sport. On the heels of Rio, and in light of Calgary's exploration of a bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics, this is an event not to miss. Find out more on our events page, and register while tickets are available.
- Ottawa, October 20, Conference: The Rule of Law in Whole of Government Involvement in Fragile States. A unique CPD conference featuring leading legal and policy experts discussing cutting edge issues in international interventions. Accredited by the LSUC for 1 hour of professionalism, and over 5 hours of substantive content. View the full program and Register online today.
- Toronto, November 21, Project Launch: Join us in Toronto for an event launching our new project focusing on responding to modern-day slavery. Save the date - details to be released later.
- Ottawa, TBD, Tarnopolsky Award Ceremony: We will be hosting a reception to honour 2016 Tarnopolsky Award Winner Jennifer Bond.
If you would like to participate in these events or have any questions, please email info [at] icjcanada.org.
ICJ Canada is thrilled to announce Professor Jennifer Bond as the winner of the 2016 Tarnopolsky Award. Jennifer Bond is Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa; Special Advisor to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship; Founder and Faculty Director of the University of Ottawa Refugee Hub; and Co-founder and Co-director of the University of Ottawa Refugee Assistance Project. She also helped to create the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program (“SSP”), which has mobilized over 1,300 pro-bono lawyers to assist Canadians across the country seeking to privately sponsor refugees. She has published extensively, is a frequent media commentator, has given numerous presentations at national and international events, and has contributed to litigation, including by appearing in interventions in important refugee cases at the Supreme Court of Canada. She holds a BA and BCom from the University of Calgary, an LLB from the University of Victoria, and an LLM from Yale Law School.
Her nomination was supported by several colleagues who noted Jennifer’s truly outstanding dedication to refugees over the past decade. She has demonstrated exceptional leadership, advocacy, and community building in the face of the migrant crisis, and been a great source of inspiration to many people through her work.
The 2016 Tarnopolsky award was to go to a candidate not yet at the midpoint of his or her career. With her remarkable achievements to date, Jennifer is a highly deserving candidate. We wish her continued success.
Jennifer will be formally given the award at a special event this autumn. Details will be announced at a later date.
ICJC participated in Global Affairs Canada’s International Assistance Review Consultations, which gave civil society organizations the opportunity to provide input on Canada’s foreign policy priorities. Our concise submission emphasized the importance of the rule of law in foreign assistance activities, both as an end in itself and as a basis for reaching other development goals. As explained, strong legal and institutional frameworks, including fair dispute resolution processes, are the basis for achievements in areas like education, health, and economic growth.
We look forward to learning the outcome of GAC’s consultations, and continuing to be engaged in this area. We are appreciative of Secretary-Treasurer Robin Sully for her work in preparing the submission.
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.
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.
Our enormously dedicated President, Errol Mendes, Professor at the University of Ottawa, has received two prestigious awards this year for his outstanding professional accomplishments.
Most recently, on May 25, Professor Mendes was honoured by the Law Society of Upper Canada with its Law Society Medal, for his “extraordinary contribution as an academic, legal advisor, adjudicator and teacher and for his expertise in constitutional law, corporate governance, human rights and diversity issues.” The Law Society Medal is awarded to Ontario lawyers for outstanding service within the profession. Professor Mendes was among 14 lawyers who received the honour this year.
Earlier this year, Professor Mendes received the highest honour of the province of Ontario: the Order of Ontario. He was described as being internationally recognized as one of Canada’s leading experts on human rights law and constitutional democracy. Along with the other noteworthy individuals chosen for the award this year, he was presented with the Order of Ontario insignia by the Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, at an investiture ceremony at Queen’s Park on January 20, 2016.
On May 26, 2016, we held our annual members' meeting, an opportunity for all ICJ Canada members to learn more about their organization's activities, to participate in governance decisions, to ask questions of Board members, and to discuss ideas. We had lots of positive news about our plans and activities to share. Would you like to know what we spoke about? Click here to read the meeting minutes.
If you're not already a member of ICJ Canada, we strongly encourage you to join today! Becoming a member is the best way of showing your support and helping our organization to be sustainable and active. We are very appreciative of all our members, who are all part of the Canadian legal profession.
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!