Valérie Meehan is completing her Master degree on reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous people in Canada, at the School of Criminology in Montreal. Her research interests include law enforcement, transitional justice and indigenous issues. She is also teaching assistant of the summer school International Justice and Victim’s Rights directed by Professor Jo-Anne Wemmers. She is also working part-time at the Institut universitaire sur les dépendances, Montreal, as a research assistant on studies addressing harm reduction and services offered to people living with opioid addictions. Prior to starting her Master, she obtained a Bachelor degree with distinction in Security and Police Studies from the School of Criminology, Université de Montréal. She also worked several years for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s criminal intelligence analysis, focusing on national and international level investigations.
The Canadian Partnership for International Justice organizes the International Justice and Victims’ Rights summer school, which will be held in Montreal from June 4 to June 9 2018. This event will bring together internationally renowed experts and human rights organizations in order to discuss and reflect on issues surrounding victims’ rights and international justice. The development of enforceable rights for victims, notably by the ICC, has created a new reality in which those who work with victims are increasingly obliged to understand the victims’s rights and needs. However, currently, a lot of law students and professionals lack training concerning victimology and victims’ rights. Suck a knowledge is essential to ensure evolving victims’ rights stay connected with victims’ needs and do not develop into empty legal concepts that are detached from victims’ needs.
This course serves to train and engage students and professionals in the areas of law, criminology, and related disciplines in key issues regarding the rights of victims of crime and abuse of power. Topics include reparation of victims of crimes against humanity, addressing the needs of victims of sexual violence in the courts, how courts handle victims who at the same time are perpetrators, as well as the place of victims in transitional justice.
This week long course consists of daily lectures by experts. Each day there are two lectures: one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Lectures last one hour and thirty minutes and are followed by a break and a discussion period. In addition, a visit to the Raoul Wallenberg Center and a meeting with a representative from the Canadian Center for International Justice are scheduled. Please note that the school is bilingual (French-English). Students are expected to be fluent in French or English and to have at least a passive understanding of the other language.