International Justice

Roundtable on “Exploring Justice in Extreme Cases: Criminal Law Theory and International Criminal Law”

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The Roundtable on “Exploring Justice in Extreme Cases: Criminal Law Theory and International Criminal Law” was held in Philadelphia (USA) at Temple Law and was organized by Temple Law’s Institute for International Law and Public Policy.

The roundtable discussed Darryl Robinson’s book manuscript: Exploring Justice in Extreme Cases: Criminal Law Theory and International Criminal Law. Participants contributed a 5-10 page reaction paper prior to the event in order to have a substantive (although unstructured and informal) discussion of the book. Temple’s Journal of International and Comparative Law will publish the papers. Among the participants were Mark Kersten, James Stewart and professor Darryl Robinson.

In Conversation: Payam Akhavan

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This event was organized by Massey College in collaboration with the International Human Rights Program and the University of Toronto Faculty of Law.

Professor Payam Akhavan gave a presentation on “Justice for Genocide: The World Court’s Historic Decision on Myanmar’s Persecuted Rohingya Minority”.

Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz

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The conference “Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz” was held in Toronto at Udocs and was organized by Hot Docs for Countinuing Professional Education in collaboration with Udocs.

Professor Fannie Lafontaine gave a presentation with Dara Solomon, Director, UJA Federation’s Ontario Jewish Archives, The Honourable Louise Arbour, The Honourable Irwin Cotler and Max Eisen, Holocaust Survivor, Author, Public Speaker and Holocaust Educator.

De-carceral Futures: Bridging Prison and Immigration Justice

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The workshop “De-carceral Futures: Bridging Prison and Immigration Justice” was held in Kingston (Canada) at Queen’s University. The event was organized by the Philosophy, Cultural Studies and Law faculties of Queen’s University with a SSHRC connection grant.

Professor Sharry Aiken gave a presentation with Lisa Guenther and Stephanie J. Silverman.

Community Sponsorship Champions Summit

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The Community Sponsorship Champions Summit was organized by Reset Communities and Refugees and held in London (United Kingdom). This 3 day workshop was aimed at civil society champions of community sponsorship from states that are implementing or exploring the feasibility of a community sponsorship program. Countries represented included Argentina, Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Spain, United Kingdom, and the United States of America.

Professor Jennifer Bond took part in a panel.

Registration for Lawyers Without Borders Canada’s Annual Forum is now open

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9 November 2018 –The Annual Forum of Lawyers Without Borders Canada (LWBC), whose theme this year is “Human Rights, economic activities and indigenous peoples, comparative perspective” will take place on 22 November 2018, at the Québec Augustinian Monastery. Open to law practitioners as well as students, LWBC’s Annual Forum represents an exceptional opportunity to actively take part in high level exchanges on very important and topical issues. The six-hour training offered by LWBC is recognized by the Quebec Bar and allows to understand, exchange and network with agents of change working all around the globe on issues related to human rights, economic law and indigenous law. Further, LWBC’s General Assembly, which is open to anyone interested in learning about the organization, will take place from 12:15 to 1:45 pm. The day will end with a cocktail reception which will highlight those who, in Canada, use law as an instrument for change and world development.

The Canadian Partnership for International Justice, the Canada Research Chair on International Criminal Justice and Human Rights and the International Criminal and Humanitarian Law Clinic are proud to be diffusion partners for this event which promises to be fascinating. It is possible to register until the 16th of November, and students enjoy a reduced fare of 40$ for the day upon presentation of their student card. The Canadian Partnership for International justice, through Lawyers Without Borders Canada, will allow a few students residing outside Quebec City to travel to the Augustinian Monastery Museum at reduced fees.

The full program of the event and registration procedures can be accessed online here.


We look forward to seeing you there!

The Partnership, Clinic and Chair teams


N.B. The event will be in French.

Discussion: Do Colonists Owe Their Former Colonies Reparations?

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The event was organized by Harvard International Law Journal and held online.

This 2018 Online Discussion asks whether colonists owe their former colonies reparations. Larissa van den Herik, Kenneth McCallion, Robert Murtfeld, Shashi Tharoor and Jo-Anne Wemmers provided responses while engaging with questions and debates of international law on topics of colonial legacy, reparations, and justice.

Professor Jo-Anne Wemmers gave a presentation on “Reparation, Decolonization and International Law: The Healing Role of Reparation” based on her paper published in Harvard ILJ.

20 years ago, the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court was adopted

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17 July 2018 – Exactly 20 years ago, the Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) was adopted in Rome by a conference of 160 States. It is to mark this major historical event that the 17th of July became International Justice Day.

The ICC is the first permanent criminal court designed to fight impunity for authors of the most serious crimes. After a surge of enthusiasm in the 1990s, with the creation of the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and the Rwanda, the Court nowadays faces important challenges. As a matter of fact, the ICC received – and still receives – severe criticism concerning its legitimacy, representativeness and impact on peace and reconciliation. It also suffered from its lack of experience, which led to certain missteps.

Despite these important challenges, the consensus on relevance of international justice’s objectives still persists and calls for an innovative approach in order to elaborate solutions and contribute to the realization of these objectives. This is what the Canadian Partnership for International Justice (CPIJ) puts forward through its coordinated research program, which brings together leading Canadian academics and non-governmental actors.

By enhancing the effectiveness of the global effort to hold accountable those responsible for the most serious international crimes, by deterring these atrocities, by contributing to the healing process of victims and by enhancing Canada’s role as a global leader in the fight against impunity at a time when the international justice system particularly needs it, CPIJ contributes and will continue to contribute to the Rome Statute’s global project in Canada and elsewhere.

Today, we join our voice to those who contribute to make the fight against impunity a reality in an increasing number of jurisdictions, for the benefit of both justice and peace.

XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology

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This XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology focused on how scholars, public intellectuals, policy makers, journalists and activists from diverse fields can and do contribute to our understanding of power, violence and justice.

The event took place in Toronto and was organized by the International Sociology Association.

Professor Jo-Anne Wemmers gave a presentation on “Justice for Victims of Crime, The Justice System: Power, violence and Responsibility of Civil society” and on “Victim Support as Crime Prevention”.

International Justice and Victims’ Rights Summer School

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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 brings 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.

More information here.