International Justice

Canada and the Extraterritorial Jurisdiction on Human Rights Violations Committed Abroad

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As part of the International Law Speaker Series of the University of Ottawa, CCIJ’s Legal Director Amanda Ghahremani will present alongside Sheila B. Keetharuth, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Eritrea, in a panel discussion on Canada and the Extraterritorial Jurisdiction on Human Rights Violations Committed Abroad. The panel discussion will be moderated by Pacifique Manirakiza, Former Commissioner and Chair of the African Working Group on Extractive Industries and Human Rights.

Participate to the 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 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.

The week program is available here.

Justice at Work Conference

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This conference includes a breakfast with social justice lawyers, a morning panel of lawyers engaging in meaningful conversation as it relates to the “Spectrum of Social Justice”, a keynote speech by Payam Akhavan from 12:00pm to 1:30pm , and an afternoon career fair for students to talk to lawyers about career options and information on pursuing social justice initiatives.

The event is organized and hosted by the University of Windsor’s Faculty of Law.

5 Years After the 2012 Crisis: Which Improvements in the fight against impunity in Mali?

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On December 11, 2017, Lawyers Without Borders Canada organized jointly with the International Federation for Human Rights (IFHR) a side event in the context of the Assembly of State Parties to the International Criminal Court. Named “5 Years After the 2012 Crisis: Which Improvements in the fight against impunity in Mali?”, this event aimed to provide information on the possibility to have access to justice for victims of international crimes perpetrated in Mali since the start of the armed conflict in 2012. It shed light on the progress made in the fight against immunity, the lack of resources and the main challenges in relation to the implementation of effective transitional justice mechanisms in Mali.

Question and Answer Session with the Honourable Sheilah Martin

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The Honourable Sheilah Martinis the Prime Minister of Canada’s Nominee for an Appointment to the Supreme Court of Canada. Martin’s nomination to the highest court was announced last week by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. She’s set to fill the spot of Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, who steps down on Dec. 15 after 28 years on the court.

Tuesday’s special joint meeting of the House of Commons and Senate justice committees was Martin’s first public appearance since the announcement, and she used it to stress the importance of listening to all sides and ensuring every citizen feels they have access to the justice system.

Professor François Larocque made the opening remarks and was also the moderator.