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Changing Canada’s Extradition Laws: The Halifax Colloquium’s Proposals for Law Reform

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The report released in October 2021 states the Canadian process for sending people to face prosecution and incarceration abroad is riddled with shortcomings that make the system inherently unjust.

The recommendations for change come from the Halifax Colloquium on Extradition Law Reform at Dalhousie University in September 2018, which brought together academics, defence counsel and human rights organizations.

Funding for the Halifax Colloquium on Extradition Law Reform was provided by the Canadian Partnership for International Justice (CPIJ). The Colloquium was hosted and hospitality was provided by the MacEachen Institute for Public Policy, Dalhousie University. The Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC) at the University of Ottawa kindly arranged for translation of this document.

This document was prepared by Professor Robert J. Currie of the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, and represents the consensus of the participants in the colloquium.

Read the report. (PDF, 300 Ko)

The Irrational Witness: Conference by CPIJ Co-Researcher Jo-Anne Wemmers

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In Canadian criminal law, victims of crimes are considered as witnesses of crimes committed against the State, which are therefore prosecuted by the State in the name of the Queen. It is difficult to explain to anyone who is not a lawyer that, even though the victims personally experienced a crime, they are in fact witnesses, and their status is much like that of any other person who witnessed a crime. For victims, not recognizing their unique position in relation to the crime is irrational.

The conference is held with the collaboration of Sabrina Labrecque-Pegoraro. The event is open to all.

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More information is available here.

Justice Canada Knowledge Exchange 2017: The criminal justice system’s responses to sexual assault against adults

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On March 7-8, 2017, Justice Canada hosted a knowledge exchange focused on the criminal justice system’s responses to sexual assault against adults. The day’s objective was to better understand why, despite Canada’s robust criminal laws related to sexual assault, rates of reporting, prosecution, and conviction remain low. Speakers also explored how the criminal justice system’s responses to sexual assault could be improved, by looking at promising practices and innovative ideas from within Canada and from other common-law jurisdictions.

Professor Jo-Anne Wemmers was a panelist and gave a presentation on “Restorative Justice and Sexual Violence”.