Student Branches

As part of our organizational renewal, ICJ Canada aims to develop a comprehensive network of law student groups across Canada, thus fostering a commitment to our values among young jurists.

The first official ICJ Chapter was established at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law. The Executive Committee of the Chapter consists of a dynamic group of law students with a mission to bring the vision of ICJ Canada to the law student community. The Chapter will organize events to bring attention to ICJ’s focus issues, and be involved in research initiatives.

If you are interested in establishing a chapter at your Faculty of Law, please view our guidelines for student groups. You are also welcome to print and use this flyer. Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss your ideas.

If a student at one of the following universities, you are also welcome to contact our ICJ Faculty liaisons:

  • University of Toronto: Professor Kent Roach
  • Dalhousie University, Schulich School of Law, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Thompson Rivers University: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  • University of Victoria: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • University of Calgary: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • University of Ottawa: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Western University: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Associate Dean
  • University of Windsor: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Associate Dean
  • Université de Montréal: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Executive Director

David Hebb joined ICJ Canada as Executive Director in February of 2021, after acting as Membership Coordinator since 2018. He previously served as Legal Advisor at the Senate of Canada to well known human rights advocate Senator Marilou McPhedran. David completed his legal articles at the Military Police Complaints Commission and was called to the bar in May of 2021. He is also a reservist with the Canadian Armed Forces and an LL.M. Candidate at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Council Emeritus

Council Members Emeritus have served with Special Distinction as Council Members in the past or have made a Profound Contribution to the Goals of ICJ Canada in addition to serving on the Council. Their names appear in the order in which they were appointed.

The Honourable Bertha Wilson (1923-2007), retired judge and the first woman to be appointed to the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.

The Honourable Kenneth M. Lysyk (1934-2003), former Constitutional Law Professor, Deputy Attorney-General of Saskatchewan, and Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

Dr. Donat Pharand, O.C., Q.C., F.R.S.C., former International Law Professor and Author, and Past President of the Canadian Council of International Law.

Dr. Edward McWhinney, Q.C., former International and Comparative Law Professor and Author, M.P. for Vancouver-Quadra, and Member of Royal Commission on French Language Rights in Quebec.

The Honourable Walter Tarnopolsky (1932-1993), former Constitutional and Human Rights Professor, Author and Advisor, Law Dean and Justice of the Ontario Court of Appeal.

The Honourable Mark MacGuigan (1931-1998), former Constitutional Law Professor, Minister of Justice of Canada, Secretary of State for External Affairs and Justice of the Federal Court of Appeal.

The Honourable Gérard V. LaForest, former Constitutional and International Law Professor and Author and former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.

The Honourable Alice Desjardins, former Constitutional Law Professor and first woman appointed as a professor at a Canadian law school; Justice of the Federal Court of Appeal and first woman appointed to the Federal Court of Appeal.

The Honourable Gérald-A. Beaudoin, O.C., Q.C. (1929-2008), former Dean, Constitutional Law Professor and Author, Royal Commissioner, Senator and Past President of ICJ Canada.

The Honourable Claire L'Heureux-Dubé, former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada; former President of the International Commission of Jurists; Past President of ICJ Canada.

The Honourable Peter Cory, former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, Court of Appeal of Ontario, and High Court of Ontario; Commissioner in relation to Thomas Sophonow, Ontario Law Clerks, and Military Judges; Commissioner on the Collusion Inquiry for the English and Irish Governments.

T. Bradbrooke Smith, Q.C., Stikeman Elliott; International and Constitutional Law; Arbitration; former Chief General Counsel, Department of Justice; former Chairman, Special Commission of The Hague Conference on Private International Law on Intercountry Adoption; former Honorary Secretary-Treasurer, ICJ Canada.

New appointments

The following Guidelines apply:

  • Appointments are made by the President in consultation with Council Members;
  • Not more than three appointments may be made in any calendar year;
  • A Council Member Emeritus is no longer eligible to serve on the Council;

Membership Emeritus continues even after the death of an appointee and appointments may be made posthumously.

If you wish to recommend a past Council Member or one whose appointment is expiring for appointment as a Council Member Emeritus, please write directly to the President, Errol Mendes (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) in support of your recommendation.

Council

ICJ Council members act as special advisors to the ICJ Canada Board, and engage in initiatives to support our work. Our Council currently consists of the following members:

Raj Anand - Partner, WeirFoulds LLP, Toronto, ON

James Arnett, Q.C. - Retired CEO, Molson Inc., Toronto, ON

Erica Bach - Project Complaint Mechanism (PCM) Officer, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, London, UK

John A. Campion - Partner, Fasken Martineau, Toronto, ON

Dr. Fernand de Varennes - Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Moncton, Moncton, NB

Adam Dodek - Professor, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, Ottawa ON

Marlys A. Edwardh, C.M. - Partner, Goldblatt Partners LLP, Toronto, ON

Hon. Catherine A. Fraser - Chief Justice of the Alberta Court of Appeal, Edmonton, AB

Paul D.K. Fraser, Q.C. - British Columbia Conflict of Interest Commissioner, Victoria, BC

Jacques Frémont - President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON

Ritu Gambhir - Member, Refugee Appeal Division, Immigration and Refugee Board, Toronto, Canada

April Grosse - Partner, Bennett Jones LLP, Calgary, Alberta

Elise Groulx Diggs - International Human Rights Lawyer - Principal, BI for Business Integrity & Partners, Washington, DC, USA | Associate Tenant Doughty Street Chambers, London, UK

Pacifique Manirakiza - Professor, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, Ottawa, ON

David Matas – International human rights, immigration, and refugee lawyer, Winnipeg, MB

Dr. Moira L. McConnell - Professor Emerita (Law), Honorary Fellow, Marine & Environmental Law Institute, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS

Owen Rees - Lawyer, Conway Baxter Wilson Litigation, Ottawa, ON

Peter Tinsley - International legal consultant; Vice Chairperson, Institute for Justice Sector Development, Prince Edward County, ON

John D. Waddell, Q.C. - Partner, Waddell Raponi LLP, Victoria BC

Daphne Pierre - Counsel of the Military Police Complaints Commission of Canada 

Neil McCormick - Partner in Gowling WLG's Ottawa office, practising in the Business Law Group

Guy Régimbald - Partner, Gowling WLG