SGBV in Sierra Leone: Valerie Oosterveld organized an event moderated by Fannie Lafontaine

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December 2017 – Today, December 13 2017, the co-searcher Valerie Oosterveld organized a side event in the context of the Assembly of State Parties to the International Criminal Court. The event, named “Prosecuting SGBV at the Special Court for Sierra Leone”, was jointly organized with the Permanent Missions of Canada and Sierra Leone, UN-Women, Western Ontario University and the Canadian Partnership for International Justice. It was moderated by co-director Fannie Lafontaine. Sharanjeet Parmar, former War Crimes Prosecutor for the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL), discussed her concrete experience in the prosecution of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). Prof. Valerie Oosterveld then presented the outcomes of a study analyzing the SCSL’s practices and lessons to be drawn from the prosecutions conducted. Finally, panelists Amadu Koroma (Deputy Representative of Permanent Mission for Sierra Leone) and Catherine Boucher (Principal Legal Advisor for the Permanent Mission of Canada) discussed, among other subjects, the context surrounding SGBV taking place in Sierra Leone and the role played by the SCSL in relation to the armed conflict that took place in the country during the 90s.

Valerie Oosterveld presenting at the event.

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Lawyers Without Borders Canada Organizes an Event on the Challenges of the Colombian Peace Process

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December 2017 – On December 12 this year, Lawyers Without Borders Canada organized his second side event in the context of the 16th Assembly of State Parties to the International Criminal Court. This event, named “Challenges of the Colombian Peace Process: Guaranteeing victims’ rights under the Special Jurisdiction for Peace”, was presented jointly with Canada, Comisión Colombiana de Juristas (CCJ) and Corporación Humanas. Moderated by Philippe Tremblay, the panel composed of Andres Felipe Peña Bernal, Adriana Benjumea and Gustavo Gallo Giraldo discussed, among other topics, of the peace agreement that occurred between Colombia avec the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and the legal and paralegal structures hindering the fight against impunity, especially in relation to sexual and gender-based violence.

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Launch of the Gender Justice Legacy Wall: Prof. Valerie Oosterveld is Honoured

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December 7, 2017 – In the context of the 2017 celebrations for the 15th anniversary of the establishment of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and of the upcoming 20th anniversary of the Rome Statute in 2018, Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice launched the Gender Justice Legacy Wall. It was inaugurated today in New York at a side event of the Assembly of States Parties to the ICC. Among the honourees is our co-researcher, Prof. Valerie Oosterveld.

The Gender Justice Legacy Wall celebrates those who, over the past 125 years, have contributed to the field of international gender justice. Prof. Oosterveld, expert on gender issues within international criminal justice, was a member of the Canadian delegation to the 1998 U.N. Diplomatic Conference of Plenipotentiaries on the Establishment of the ICC. She focused on gender-related issues and was involved in the formal, informal, and corridor negotiations on the definition of “gender.” She also served on the Canadian delegation to the subsequent ICC Preparatory Commission and the Assembly of States Parties. The Rome Statute, adopted in 1998, contains the broadest listing of sexual and gender-based crimes in International Criminal Law.© Maxime Mariage

The Canadian Partnership for International Justice is attending the 16th Assembly of States Parties

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December 4, 2017 – For the second year in a row, the Canadian Partnership for International Justice is represented at the 16th Assembly of States Parties (ASP) to the International Criminal Court (ICC) by a delegation of practitioners, academics and students from various NGOs and academic institutions presented below.

Their attendance to the event of the year on international justice hosted by the UN on 4 to 14 December 2017 will allow them to contribute towards enhancing criminal remedies for victims of international crimes and finding solutions to outstanding issues that hamper the project envisioned in the Rome Statute.

This event is also an amazing opportunity for the Canadian Partnership to train a cohort of students who are educated, engaged and networked in international and transnational law. Through blogging and live twitting, our delegates will train and educate diverse Canadian audiences about the challenges, pitfalls and potential of the system of international justice, and about the priorities to improve the system. Thanks to their experience and knowledge, the delegations will contribute to enhancing Canada’s role as a global leader in the fight against impunity.

Follow the Partnership’s Twitter account and watch for our delegates’ posts on our partners’ platforms (IntLawGrrls, Quid Justitiae, Justice in Conflict, Blogue d’Avocats sans frontières Canada, PKI Global Justice Journal) to learn more about this year’s specific issues and to get news and updates.

Who is attending the ASP this year?


–       Fannie Lafontaine

–       Valerie Oosterveld

–       Darryl Robinson

–       Mark Kersten

–       Érick Sullivan


–       Amanda Ghahremani

–       Philippe Tremblay

–       Fergus Watt


Jenny Poon

Jenny Poon is a third-year Ph.D. candidate at the Faculty of Law of the University of Western Ontario. Her research examines the norm of non-refoulement in international and European law and will involve a comparative analysis of the norm in United Kingdom and Germany.

Leah Gardner

Leah Gardner earned a law degree in both Common Law and Civil Law from McGill University in 2016. As part of her studies, she also completed the Intensive Semester in Aboriginal Lands, Resources and Governments at Osgoode Hall Law School. Before studying law, she worked as the Public Education Coordinator at a social justice non-profit in Montreal. At the Canadian Centre for International Justice, she led programs on topics like the Canadian extractive industry, international trade, and economic, social and cultural rights. As a human rights accompanier in Colombia, Leah worked with communities impacted by transnational mining. She later returned to Colombia, and also Panama, to complete two legal internships focused on mining law and corporate accountability. She currently sits on the board of the Justice and Corporate Accountability Project (JCAP) legal clinic. Leah holds a B.A. in International Development Studies from McGill University, and has experience working in both immigration and indigenous law in Canada.

Sophie Gagné

Having graduated in 2016 from an Integrated Bachelor in Public Affairs and International Relations (hon.) at Université Laval, Sophie is currently an L.L.M. and L.L.B. candidate, at Université Laval. Her L.L.M. research project, which she is completing under the supervision of Prof. Fannie Lafontaine and Julia Grignon, is about qualification of the end of armed conflicts by international criminal judges. She is part of the Canada Research Chair on International Criminal Justice and Human Rights, as well as of the Interdisciplinary Centre on Africa and Middle East. Since 2015, she has been working closely with the Clinique de droit international pénal et humanitaire, as well as with the Canadian Partnership for International Justice since its creation in 2016.


Geneviève Geneau

Geneviève Geneau is currently a Ph.D. student at Ottawa University under the supervision of Professor Muriel Paradelle. Her research focuses on criminalization in international criminal law of sexual violence committed against women in the framework of genocide. She is a research assistant at Université Laval’s Chaire de recherche en droit sur la diversité et la sécurité alimentaires and is a lecturer at Ottawa University.





Silviana Iulia Cocan

Silviana Cocan is a Ph.D student in international law at Laval University under joint supervision at Bordeaux University, in France. She is currently writing a thesis on the dialogue between jurisdictions and quasi-jurisdictions protecting human rights. More specifically, she is studying judicial dialogue in direct relation with the prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment and punishment. Her research fields are public international law, human rights law, international humanitarian law and international criminal law. Silviana is also participating as a student at Université Laval’s International Criminal and Humanitarian Law Clinic.

Catherine Savard

Catherine Savard is currently completing her bachelor in Law at Université Laval. She is also the assistant coordinator for the Canadian Partnership for International Justice. During her degree, she completed a year of schooling at Åbo Akademi University’s Institute for Human Rights, in Finland. Back at Université Laval, she involved in the International Criminal and Humanitarian Law Clinic and realized research mandates, including for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

Nicole Tuczynski

Nicole Tuczynski is a current LL.M (Common Law) student at the University of Ottawa. She also enjoys working in the field of politics on Parliament Hill for a M.P, a position that she has held for the past two years. Her research interests and passion revolve around both International Criminal Law and Canadian Health Law and Policy. Her specific research focus is currently on the International Criminal Court and one of the specific aims of the institution – that being an end to impunity for perpetrators who have committed genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. Nicole holds a M.A. in Political Science, with a Collaboration in Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction, and a B.A. Honours Specialization Degree in Political Science, both from Western University. Her previous Master’s Major Research Paper also focused on international justice by way of studying the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and assessing its mandate.

Annika Weikinnis

Annika Weikinnis is currently enrolled in the Graduate Studies in Law program at the University of Ottawa and conducts research in the field of international criminal law, in particular the involvement of transnational corporations in international crimes. She holds a Master’s degree in Politics and International Relations from the University of Aberdeen and a Master’s degree in Law and Politics of International Security from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Attending the ASP16 is an invaluable experience for her, academically and professionally, and she hopes to gain further insights in the organisation, processes and issues concerning the ICC.

Isabelle Jacovella Rémillard

Isabelle oversees the Community Engagement with International Justice project at the Canadian Centre for International Justice (CCIJ), a project which uses multimedia to highlight CCIJ’s clients’ various access to justice efforts. She is also responsible for coordinating CCIJ’s digital outreach and organising legal education workshops with affected communities. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Conflict Studies and Human Rights at the University of Ottawa and her double degree in civil law and common law at McGill University. She also holds a professional certificate in Disaster and Humanitarian Response from the McGill Humanitarian Studies Initiative. Isabelle’s research interests include issues of sexual violence in times of war, and the scope of protection of child soldiers under IHL.

Maxime Mariage

Maxime is currently completing a specialized post-graduate diploma at Université Laval and earned a master in international relations and international journalism. He studied in Beijing and interned in international organizations, notably at the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect and at Crisis Action in New York. He also worked for Le Soleil newspaper in Dakar, Senegal. He is specializing in international law and cultural rights and possesses a huge experience in legal translation.