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CPIJ funds student Steve Tiwa Fomekong’s project

By | News, Press Releases, Student News

November 2019 – This spring, the Canadian Partnership for International Justice (CPIJ) launched its new funding program for student projects. This program aims to encourage and support students in their projects related to CPIJ’s research program.

Several requests were received for the 2019 summer trimester. While thanking all applicants, CPIJ is glad to disclose the identity of recipient Steve Tiwa Fomekong, LL.D. student under the supervision of CPIJ co-researcher Julia Grignon, at Laval University.

Steve received 1875 $ to teach at the first edition of the IHL Summer Schools in French-speaking Africa, in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)

Expert in international humanitarian law (IHL), Steve received 1875 $ to teach at the first edition of the IHL Summer Schools in French-speaking Africa, in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso). Held from 17 to 19 July 2019, the school was organized by the African Center on International Criminal and Humanitarian Law, in collaboration with Laval University’s International Criminal and Humanitarian Law Clinic, another CPIJ partner organization.

This summer, Steve also received funding from the research project Promotion et renforcement du droit international humanitaire: une contribution canadienne (“Osons le DIH!”), for him to teach at the 13thedition of the IHL summer school. This school took place from May 26 to 31 in Ottawa, and was organized by the Canadian Red Cross in collaboration with the University of Ottawa’s Human Rights Research and Education Centre, another CPIJ partner organization.

Steve Tiwa Fomekong teaching in Ottawa

To learn more, read the blog post Steve wrote about his experience.

You can also read this newly published blog post written by one of CPIJ’s recipients for the 2019 spring trimester, Jeremy Pizzy. LL.B. student at McGill University, Jeremy received 1000 $ to complete a 15-week internship at the International Criminal Court’s Trial Chambers section, in The Hague (Netherlands).

Requests for funding are analyzed by CPIJ’s Committee Scholarship and Student Funding Committee, which meets on a quarterly basis. Find out the procedure and applicable delays to request CPIJ funding.

Congratulations, Steve!

The PKI Global Justice Journal moves to Queen’s University

By | News, Press Releases

 September 2019 – The Philippe Kirsch Institute’s (PKI’s) Global Justice Journal has been launched at Queen’s University. Spearheaded by its co-editors-in-chief, CPIJ co-researcher Sharry Aiken and James Henry, the Journal critically informs readers of new developments in the realms of international, transitional and transnational justice.

“I am delighted to have the support of Queen’s Law in bringing this Journal to Queen’s,” explains Sharry Aiken. “My hope is that the PKI Global Justice Journal will be a leading venue for commentary and insights by researchers and practitioners engaged in the field of international justice – here at Queen’s and beyond. The Journal aligns well with the work of the SSHRC-funded Canadian Partnership for International Justice, of which Professor Darryl Robinson and I are co-researchers.”

The Journal was created in 2017 under the auspices of the Canadian Center for International Justice, a CPIJ partner organization which helped survivors of serious human rights violations in seeking redress. The Journal provides in-depth analyses, reviews of novel scholarly pieces, and interviews with specialists.

The Journal remains one of the platforms on which CPIJ students are invited to publish blogposts, notably in the context of the upcoming Assembly of State Parties to the International Criminal Court. The Journal’s Editorial Board accepts contributions on an ongoing basis, and publishes articles both in English and in French.

The Journal promises to quickly become a go-to resource for international justice practitioners and researchers. Stay connected by following the Journal on Twitter and Facebook.

Have a look at the Journal’s new website!

Students: Apply for Funding to Attend the CCIL Conference

By | News

This year, the Canadian Partnership for International Justice (CPIJ) will provide funding for students to attend the 48th Annual Conference of the Canadian Council on International Law (CCIL). The event, themed “Diversity and International Law“, will take place on October 24 and 25, 2019, in Ottawa.

The CCIL seeks to encourage the study of international law and to broaden relations and dialogues between international lawyers, scholars, individuals and organizations across Canada and around the world. To accomplish these objectives, the CCIL notably organizes international law events including its signature Annual Conference, to which CPIJ experts usually participate.

Lost in the SNC-Lavalin controversy are the Libyan victims

By | CPIJ in the Media, News

Joanna Harrington | Policy Options | 21 August 2019 |

Any financial penalties would be paid in Quebec. But prosecutors need to find a way to provide redress for the foreign victims of economic crime.

The SNC-Lavalin affair is about many things. It’s about conflict of interest, pressure from the prime minister and whether to split the roles of the attorney general and the minister of justice. It’s also about the collateral impact of a corporate prosecution on employees, pensioners and shareholders. And it’s about corporations lobbying to change the Criminal Code and retaining former judges whose star power gets them a chat with a minister’s officials. All of these themes can be found in the Ethics Commissioner’s report of August 14, 2019.

CPIJ Members Contribute to National Inquiry into MMIWG’s Legal Analysis on genocide

By | News, Press Releases

5 June 2019 – On Monday, the Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) was made public at an official ceremony held in Ottawa. This report, which affirms that First Nations, Inuit and Metis are victims of genocide, is supported by a supplementary legal analysis produced to deal specifically with this issue.

The use of the term “genocide,” entailing far-reaching legal and political consequences, had a resounding impact within Canada and abroad. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accepted the use of the term “genocide” during the 2019 Women Deliver Conference in Vancouver. He had also pronounced that word the day before in his opening speech at this conference, but without officially accepting it.

The legal analysis supporting the MMIWG’s findings was elaborated in consultation with international legal scholars and lawyers with expertise on genocide and international crimes, including CPIJ members, namely Fannie Lafontaine (CPIJ Director), Amanda Ghahremani (Co-Researcher) and Catherine Savard (Assistant Coordinator).

The supplementary legal analysis on genocide contains the National Inquiry’s legal basis for determining that Canada has committed genocide against Indigenous Peoples. This analysis focuses on the responsibility of Canada as a state, and not on the responsibility of individuals. It explains that Canada’s genocide of Indigenous peoples was perpetrated through colonial structures and policies maintained by the Canadian state through centuries up until now. More precisely, it is the Canadian government’s actions and omissions, taken as a whole, that constitute this genocide. They imply the responsibility of the Canadian state under international law.

This MMIWG’s legal analysis insists on the fact that, contrary to the popular understanding, genocide encompasses both lethal and non-lethal acts, including acts of “slow death”, i.e., not leading to immediate death. In the Canadian colonial context, the intent to destroy Indigenous peoples was implemented gradually and intermittently through various policies targeting the distinct Indigenous communities. These policies compromised Indigenous peoples’ rights to life and security, as well as numerous economic, social and cultural rights. If such non-lethal acts differ from the traditional reductionist narrative on genocide, which is based on the Holocaust model, they are nonetheless included in the definition enshrined in Article 2 of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

The MMIWG analysis concludes that the Canadian violation of international law will continue as long as genocidal acts continue to occur and that destructive policies are upheld by the Canadian government. Under international law, Canada has a duty to remedy the harm caused, but first, it must put an end to the persistent manifestations of violence and oppression of Indigenous peoples. Ending this genocide and providing appropriate remedies requires the implementation of an honest and dynamic process to decolonize and indigenize Canadian structures, institutions, laws and policies, thus involving the full and timely implementation of the MMIWG Calls for Justice.

The MMIWG is a National Commission of Inquiry set up in September 2016 and charged with the mandate to examine and report on the systemic causes of all forms of violence against Indigenous women and girls and 2SLGBTQQIA individuals in Canada. Its work led to the conclusion that Canada’s genocide of Indigenous peoples constitutes a root cause of the violence perpetrated against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA individuals.

The supplementary legal analysis of genocide is available in English and French.

The MMIWG’s Final Report is available here:

* The acronym 2SLGBTQQIA refers to two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual persons.

101 experts including CPIJ members sign an open letter supporting Bill C-262

By | Communiqués de presse, News

May 8, 2019 – On Monday, a group of 101 experts including 15 members of the Canadian Partnership for International Justice (CPIJ) sent an open letter to the Senate to demonstrate their support to Bill C-262. This historic bill aims at ensuring that Canadian laws are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The adoption of this bill is likely to make Canada the first country to harmonize its national laws with this Declaration.

This letter, co-sponsored by CPIJ Co-Director Fannie Lafontaine, Beverly Jacobs (University of Windsor) and Bernard Duhaime (UQÀM), urges Senators to proceed swiftly with Bill C-262. It asks them to toss away any unfounded fears and doubts that would impede its swift examination by the Senate, so it can be passed and be part of Canadian law before the end of the current parliamentary session.

Bill C-262, a private member bill tabled by Romeo Saganash, was adopted by the House of Commons on May 30, 2018. This adoption was hailed as a victory for the human rights of Indigenous peoples in Canada. It is only eleven months later, on April 30, 2019, that the Senate finally announced the referral of the bill to the Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples. The bill is currently scheduled for debate before this Committee on May 14.

The 15 CPIJ members who have signed the open letter are Fannie Lafontaine, Payam Akhavan, Amanda Ghahremani, Mark Kersten, François J. Larocque, Janine Lespérance, Valerie Oosterveld, Frederick John Packer, Pascal Paradis, Penelope Simons, James G. Stewart, Alain-Guy Tachou Sipowo et Jo-Anne Wemmers, as well as members of the coordination team Érick Sullivan and Catherine Savard.

Read the open letter here.

Open letter signed by 101 experts supporting Bill C-262

By | Uncategorized

Honourable Senators,

On May 30, 2018, the House of Commons passed Bill C-262. Indigenous peoples and individuals, leaders, and human rights experts hailed this historic event as a victory for the human rights of Indigenous peoples in Canada. We are 101 experts and academics who research and work in the fields of Indigenous, human rights, constitutional law and/or international law. We are glad that Bill C-262 has finally been referred to Committee, 11 months after its adoption by the House of Commons. We urge you to proceed swiftly so that it can be passed and become part of Canadian lawbefore the current session of Parliament ends.

Worldwide, Indigenous peoplesare amongst the world’s most disadvantaged and victimized peoples. Theysharecommon problems related to the protection of their rights as distinct peoples and suffer widespread discrimination at various levels.  On September 13, 2007, the United Nations General Assembly held a historic vote to adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Canada, as you are aware, was initially opposed to the Declaration; it based its arguments on extraordinary and erroneous claims, for which no credible legal rationale has been provided. We are concerned that similar misguided claims or apprehensions continue to be used by some Senators to justify opposition and slow the progress of the bill in the Senate.

Bill C-262’s full title is: “An Act to ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples”.  It is a basic, bottom-line piece of legislation that does notcreate new rights. It establishes a process for the government, in full partnership with Indigenous peoples, to achieve implementation of the Declaration in Canadian law. It does so in three ways.

  • First, Bill C-262 affirms the Declaration as a universal international human rights instrument with application in Canadian law. This is consistent with the fact that the UN Declaration already has legal effect in Canada and can be used by Canadian courts and tribunals to interpret Canadian laws.
  • Second, the Bill requires the government to work with Indigenous peoples to review existing laws and bring forward reforms to ensure their consistency with the Declaration.
  • Third, Bill C-262 creates a legislative framework for the federal government to collaborate with Indigenous peoples to establish a national action plan for the implementation of the Declaration.

Honourable Senators, the recognition of the human rights of Indigenous peoples works to strengthen human rights for everyone. The provisions in the UN Declaration were developed based on existing standards in international law. Many are already legally binding on Canada, either because they are part of customary international law, or because they are necessary to fulfil obligations under the human rights treaties that Canada has ratified.

The UN Declaration does not create a hierarchy of competing human rights claims. It is absolutely false, as some have claimed, that it gives Indigenous peoples a veto over, for example, development projects. It requires States to consult and cooperate in good faith with indigenous peoples in order to obtain their free, prior and informed consent before adopting and implementing legislative or administrative measures that may affect them. Respect for free, prior and informed consent is an essential standard in international law and can already be used by Canadian courts and tribunals as a source of interpretation of Canadian laws, including the Constitution, where Indigenous rights are at stake. The UN Declaration provides for comprehensive balancing provisions. It reaffirms what international and Canadian law already acknowledge: the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all must be respected, but limitations may be necessary in a democratic society. Limitations are possible if they are non-discriminatory and strictly necessary for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others. Bill C-262 only reinforces this essential attribute of human rights law.

The UN Declaration offers a framework to enhance harmonious and cooperative relations between theState and Indigenous peoples, “in accordance with the principles of justice, democracy, respect for human rights, equality, non-discrimination, good governance and good faith”. These are the core principles and values of not only Canada’s Constitution, but also the international system that Canada has championed.

The Declaration is a universal human rights instrument. It is also a consensus instrument that has been reaffirmed seven times by the UN General Assembly. No State in the world formally objects to it. Bill C-262 provides a much-needed framework to ensure that Canada works in cooperation with Indigenous peoples to see it fully and effectively implemented.Honourable Senators, you have the power and privilege to make a crucial step in Canada’s pathway to reconciliation, but also to reaffirm Canada’s true commitment to human rights for all. We urge you to proceed swiftly with Bill-C-262.

 

Bernard Duhaime

Professor

Faculty of Political Science and Law, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

 

Beverly Jacobs

Assistant Professor

Windsor Law

Mohawk Nation of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy, Bear Clan

 

Fannie Lafontaine

Full Professor

Faculty of Law, Université Laval

Canada Research Chair on International Criminal Justice and Human Rights

 

With:

Payam Akhavan

Full Professor

McGill University

 

Merle Alexander

Principal

Miller Titerle Law Corporation

Board Member of University of Victoria

 

Reem Bahdi

Associate Professor

Windsor Law

 

Bev Baines

Professor

Faculty of Law, Queen’s University

 

Nicole A. Barrett

Director, International Justice and Human Rights Clinic

Executive Director, Allard Prize Initiatives

Peter A. Allard School of Law, The University of British Columbia

 

Stéphanie Bernstein

Professor

Département des sciences juridiques, Faculté de science politique et de droit, Université du Québec à Montréal

 

Amar Bhatia

Assistant Professor

Osgoode Hall Law School, York University

 

Andrée Boisselle

Associate Professor

Osgoode Hall Law School,York University

 

Dr. Robyn Bourgeois

Assistant Professor

Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies, Brock University

 

Bruce Broomhall

Professor

Department of Law, University of Quebec at Montreal

 

Julia Brown

Lawyer

Olthuis, Kleer, Townshend LLP

 

Ruth M. Buchanan

Professor

Osgoode Hall Law School

 

Michael Byers

Professor & Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law

University of British Columbia

 

Pascal Calarco

University Librarian

University of Windsor

 

Angela Cameron, PhD

Associate Professor

Shirley Greenberg Professor of Women in the Legal Profession

Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa

 

Pascale Chapdelaine

Associate Professor

Faculty of Law, University of Windsor

 

Gordon Christie

Professor & Director of Indigenous Legal Studies

University of British Columbia

 

Lynda Collins

Full Professor

Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa

 

William E. Conklin

Professor of Law, F.R.S.C.

Windsor Law

 

Charles-Emmanuel Côté

Full Professor

Faculty of Law, Université Laval

 

François Crépeau

Full professor

McGill University

Hans & Tamar Oppenheimer Chair in Public International Law

Dr. Emma Cunliffe

Associate Professor

Peter A Allard School of Law, The University of British Columbia,

 

Annette L. Demers

Law Librarian

University of Windsor

Faculty of Law

 

Karen Drake

Associate Professor

Osgoode Hall Law School, York University

 

Mark Ebert

Lawyer

Semaganis Worme Lombard

 

Doris Farget

Professeure

Département des sciences juridiques, Université du Québec à Montréal

 

Karine Gentelet

Associate Professor

Université du Québec en Outaouais

 

Leah George-Wilson

Lawyer

Miller Titerle Law Corporation

Chief of Tsleil-Waututh Nation

 

Amanda Ghahremani

International Lawyer & Consultant

Former Legal Director of the Canadian Centre for International Justice

 

Michael Heine

Director, International Centre for Olympic Studies

School of Kinesiology, Western University

 

Sakej Henderson

Research Fellow

Wiyasiwewin Mikiwahp

(Native Law Centre of Canada)

 

Jeffery Hewitt

Assistant Professor

Faculty of Law, University of Windsor

 

Felix Hoehn

Assistant Professor

College of Law, University of Saskatchewan

 

Shin Imai

Professor Emeritus

Osgoode Hall Law School

 

Mylène Jaccoud

Professor

École de criminologie, Université de Montréal

 

Paul Joffe

Attorney

 

Julie Kaye

Assistant Professor of Sociology

University of Saskatchewan

 

N. Kate Kempton

Partner

Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP

 

Mark Kersten

Fellow

Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy

 

Nancy Kleer

Lawyer

Olthuis, Kleer, Townshend LLP

 

Jennifer Koshan

Professor

Faculty of Law, University of Calgary

 

Harry LaForme

Senior counsel

Olthuis Kleer Townshend, Toronto, Ontario

Anishinabe, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, Ontario

 

Marie Lamensch

Project Coordinator

Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, Concordia University

 

Louis-Philippe Lampron

Full Professor

Faculty of Law, Université Laval

 

François J Larocque, PhD

Full Professor

University of Ottawa

Canadian Francophonie Research Chair in Language Rights

 

Yvan Guy Larocque

Lawyer

Miller Titerle Law Corporation

 

Nick Leeson

Lawyer

OKT LLP

 

Janine Lespérance

Legal Counsel

Lawyer Without Borders Canada

 

Vicki Leung

Reference Librarian

University of Windsor

 

Anne Levesque

Assistant Professor (July 2019)

Faculty of Law – Common Law section, University of Ottawa

 

Dr. Grace Li Xiu Woo, LL.D

Author of Ghost Dancing with Colonialism

 

Ryan Liss

Assistant Professor

Faculty of Law, Western University

 

Constance MacIntosh

Viscount Bennett Professor of Law

Acting Associate Director, Dalhousie Health Law Institute

Associate Professor, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University

 

Jason MacLean

Assistant Professor

University of Saskatchewan College of Law

 

Dr. Kent McNeil

Distinguished Research Professor

Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto

 

Naiomi Metallic

Assistant Professor of Law; Chancellor’s Chair in Aboriginal Law and Policy

Schulich School of Law

 

Sarah Miller

Limited Term Librarian, Law

Diana M. Priestly Law Library, University of Victoria

 

Shaunna Mireau

Legal Information Specialist

Shaunna Mireau Consulting

 

Helen Mok

Supervisor, Library & Information Services

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

 

Geneviève Motard

Associate Professor

Faculté de droit, Université Laval

 

Dr. Maureen Muldoon

Associate Professor

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Windsor

 

Tamara Napoleon

Principal

Miller Titerle Law Corporation

 

Val Napoleon

Professor

Faculty of Law, University of Victoria

 

Alex Neve

Secretary General

Amnesty International Canada (English branch)

 

Nicole O’Byrne, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Faculty of Law, University of New Brunswick

 

Obiora Chinedu Okafor

Professor

Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, Toronto

 

Darlene R. Okemaysim-Sicotte

Co-Chair Iskwewuk Ewichiwitochik

Party With Standing with National Inquiry to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

 

John A Olthuis

Lawyer

Olthuis/ Kleer /Townshend, Barristers and Solicitors, Toronto

 

Valerie Oosterveld

Associate Professor

Faculty of Law, Western University

 

Frederick John Packer

Associate Professor of Law and Director, Human Rights Research and Education Centre

University of Ottawa

 

Me Pascal Paradis

Directeur général

Lawyers Without Borders Canada

 

Victoria Paraschak

Professor

Department of Kinesiology

 

Elisabeth Patterson

Lawyer

Dionne Schulze

 

Antoine Pellerin

Assistant Professor

Faculty of Law, Université Laval

 

Johanne Poirier

Professor

Faculty of Law, McGill University

 

Richard J. Preston

Professor Emeritus

McMaster University

 

Catherine Savard

Assistant coordinator

Canadian Partnership for International Justice

 

Tim Quigley

Professor of Law (Emeritus)

University of Saskatchewan

 

Dr Sara Ramshaw

Associate Professor

Faculty of Law, University of Victoria

 

Jean Roath

Administrative Assistant

Windsor University Faculty Association (WUFA)

 

Craig Scott

Professor of Law

Osgoode Hall Law School of York University

 

Dayna Nadine Scott

York Research Chair in Environmental Law & Justice in the Green Economy

Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School and the Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University

 

Sara Seck

Associate Professor

Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University

 

Elizabeth Sheehy, LLB, LLM, LLD (hons), F.R.S.C.

Professor Emerita of Law

University of Ottawa

 

Colleen Sheppard

Professor

Faculty of Law, McGill University

 

Penelope Simons

Associate Professor

Faculty of Law – Common Law section, University of Ottawa

 

James G. Stewart

Associate Professor

Allard Law School, University of British Columbia

 

Érick Sullivan

Lawyer, Deputy Director

International Criminal and Humanitarian Law Clinic, Law Faculty, Université Laval

 

Dr. Lina Sunseri

Associate Professor

Brescia University College

 

Marie-Eve Sylvestre

Full professor

Faculty of Law – Civil Law section, University of Ottawa

 

Alain-Guy Tachou Sipowo

Lecturer

McGill University, Université Laval, Université de Sherbrooke

 

Sophie Thériault

Full professor

University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law – Civil Law section

 

Marion Vacheret

Full Professor

École de criminologie, Université de Montréal

 

Lucinda A. Vandervort

Professor of Law

University of Saskatchewan

 

Christine Vézina

Assistant Professor

Université Laval

 

Christopher Waters

Dean and Professor

University of Windsor, Faculty of Law

 

Jo-Anne Wemmers

Professor

École de criminologie, Université de Montréal

 

Peter Zimmerman

Archives, Rare Books, and Special Collections Librarian

Leddy Library, University of Windsor

President, Windsor University Faculty Association

Three students receive funding to attend the Siracusa Institute Specialization Course in ICL

By | News, Student News

April 2019 – On 11 April 2019, CPIJ’s Scholarship and Student Funding Committee proceeded to the selection of three students who will receive funding to attend the Siracusa International Institute for Criminal Justice and Human Rights’ 19th Specialization Course in International Criminal Law for Young Penalists. This course will take place from 2 to 10 June 2019 in Siracusa (Italy).

While warmly thanking all applicants, the Partnership is glad to announce that the following students will benefit from CPIJ funding to attend the course:

This selection followed a widely shared call for applications which terminated on the 31st of March 2019. An extensive analysis of the numerous applications received led the Committee to select two students studying in Canada and one student from a developing or less developed country.

The Committee will meet again soon to analyze the applications related to the Assembly of State Parties (ASP) to the International Criminal Court (ICC). Learn more about CPIJ funding for student projects here.

Congratulations to the recipients!

The Partnership Chairs reappointed

By | News

April 2019 – On 11 April 2019, the Partnership’s Governance Committee held a regular meeting. At this occasion, Partnership’s co-researchers and current Axis Chairs – namely Valerie Oosterveld (Axis 1), Penelope Simons (Axis 2) and Joanna Harrington (Axis 3) – confirmed their desire to pursue their mandate on the Governance Committee for an additional year. Their new term will end on 31 March 2020. The Committee also officially welcomed a new associate on the Partnership’s coordination team, Mélanie Dufresne.

The Partnership is led by two Co-Directors Fannie Lafontaine and Jayne Stoyles. Its structure includes 26 co-researchers and collaborators, whose actions are organized within 3 research axis. Each axis also includes student-researchers and is spearheaded by a Chair who may rotate on a yearly basis. The Governance Committee is composed of the Co-Directors, the Chairs and a representative of a NGO partner, Pascal Paradis (Avocats sans frontières Canada). The coordination team provides support to the Committee’s work.

CPIJ welcomes Sharry Aiken and Joseph Rikhof

By | News, Press Releases

The Canadian Partnership for International Justice (CPIJ) is pleased to announce the addition of Profs. Sharry Aiken and Joseph Rikhof in its project team, respectively as a Co-Researcher and as a Collaborator.

Associate Professor at Queen’s Law University, Sharry Aiken has spent a great deal of her career advocating for human rights and social justice. Her outstanding expertise on immigration and refugee law has led her to appear before the Supreme Court of Canada in a number of precedent setting immigration cases, such as the Charkaoui, Harkat and Almrei cases. Past president of the Canadian Council for Refugees and former Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Center for International Justice (CCIJ), Prof. Aiken will undoubtedly be a valuable asset to Axis 3 of CPIJ Research Program.

Adjunct Professor at the University of Ottawa (Common Law Section), Prof. Rikhof has served as Senior Counsel and Manager of the Law with the Crimes against Humanity and War Crimes Section of the Department of Justice, Canada. His area of expertise includes the law related to organized crime, terrorism, genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, especially in the context of immigration and refugee law. Prof. Rikhof has collaborated regularly with CPIJ since its creation, having notably been involved in the expert meeting CPIJ organized on the collaboration between national prosecuting authorities (NPAs) and NGOs in the prosecution of international crimes, which took place in March 2018. He also collaborated with CCIJ and the Philippe Kirsch Institute on many occasions.

Welcome in the team!