January and Feburary Events

January 10 – University of Toronto Faculty of Law, International Human Rights Program Constitutional Roundtable presents:

Jeff King, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Laws, University College, London

Judging Social Rights

Thursday, January 10 , 2013 – 12:30 – 2:00 (A light lunch will be served.)
University of Toronto, Faculty of Law
Flavelle House, 78 Queen’s Park, Room FLC

Jeff King is a distinguished visitor this year at the Faculty of Law, teaching an intensive course on social rights. His discussion will focus on some of the central themes of his book, Judging Social Rights (Cambridge Studies in Constitutional Law).  His book offers an extended argument about why abstract social rights to housing, education, health care, and social security should be part of constitutions.  He argues that judges should be able to interpret and enforce social rights, including by striking down legislation, but should act incrementally, taking small steps to expand the coverage of existing rules and principles in a controlled fashion.

Jeff King, BA Hons in Phil (Ottawa) 1996, LLB/BCL (McGill) 2002, MSt (Oxford) 2006, DPhil (Oxford) 2009, is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Laws University College London, where he teaches public law, human rights, and legal and constitutional theory. He is Co-Editor of the journal Current Legal Problems. Previously, he was a Fellow and Tutor in law at Balliol College, and CUF Lecturer for the Faculty of Law, University of Oxford (2008-2011), a Research Fellow at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford (2008-2010), a Research Fellow and Tutor in public law at Keble College, Oxford (2007-08), and an attorney at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York City (2003-04). His research and teaching broadly examines doctrinal, theoretical and empirical aspects of comparative public law. He has published articles on the justiciability of resource allocation, judicial restraint, complexity in adjudication, the function of constitutions, the value of legal accountability, proportionality in administrative law, odious debt in international law, and a monograph setting out the case for constitutional social rights and a theory of adjudication in respect of them.



January 15 – University of Toronto Faculty of Law, International Human Rights Program and The Muslim Law Students Association present: Challenging America’s Targeted Killings Program in U.S. Courts: Al-Aulaqi v. Panetta 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 – 12:30 – 2:00p.m. (Lunch will be served.)
University of Toronto, Faculty of Law
Flavelle House, 78 Queen’s Park, Flavelle Classroom A: FLA (Basement)

Speaker: Jameel Jaffer,  Director, Centre for Democracy, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Routinely since 2009, the U.S. has carried out deliberate and premeditated killings of suspected terrorists overseas. In Al-Aulaqi v. Panetta, the ACLU and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) allege that the U.S. government’s killings of three American citizens in Yemen last year violated domestic and international law. This case follows an unsuccessful suit filed by the ACLU and CCR in 2010 (Al-Aulaqi v. Obama) challenging Anwar Al-Aulaqi’s placement on the government kill list.

Jameel Jaffer, originally from Toronto, directed the ACLU’s National Security Project from 2007-2010 and is currently the Director of the ACLU’s Center for Democracy. Since 2004, has served as a human rights monitor for the military commissions at Guantánamo. His book, Administration of Torture, was published by Columbia University Press in 2007. Prior to joining the ACLU, he clerked for Amalya L. Kearse, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, and Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada. He is a graduate of Williams College, Cambridge University, and Harvard Law School.


February 8 – Conference: Sexual Violence in the Recent Conflicts in Libya and Syria: Challenges to Protecting Victims and Pursuing Accountability

Featuring human rights defenders, leading academics, international lawyers, and policy makers from
the region and around the world. View draft list of presenters here.

University of Toronto Faculty of Law, International Human Rights Program and the Munk School of Global Affairs.

Friday, February 8, 2013 – 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
University of Toronto, Faculty of Law
Bennett Lecture Hall, 78 Queen’s Park Crescent, Basement

Free and open to the public. Registration opens January 7: http://munkschool.utoronto.ca/events/


February 21 – Reflections on Current Challenges Facing the ICC

University of Toronto Faculty of Law, International Human Rights Program presents: James K. Stewart (LL.B. ’75) Deputy Prosecutor, International Criminal Court (ICC)

February 21, 2013 – 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
University of Toronto, Faculty of Law
Falconer Hall, 84 Queen’s Park, Solarium

Just days prior to commencing his post as Deputy Prosecutor of the ICC, James Stewart (LL.B. 1975) will return to the Faculty to reflect on current challenges facing the International Criminal Court. This will be an intimate event featuring an alumnus of the Faculty poised to take on one of the most prominent roles in the field of international justice. On 16 November 2012, Stewart was elected Deputy Prosecutor of the ICC by the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute; he will commence his post on March 8, 2013. Prior to joining the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the ICC, Stewart worked as General Counsel in the Crown Law Office within the Ministry of the Attorney General, in Toronto. He joined the Downtown Toronto Crown Attorney’s Office as an Assistant Crown Attorney in 1979, handling criminal trials at all levels of court. Since 1985, Stewart has served in the Crown Law Office – Criminal, where his practice expanded to include appeals before the Court of Appeal for Ontario and the Supreme Court of Canada. On leaves of absence from his office, he worked at the UN international criminal tribunals, serving as Senior Trial Attorney in the OTP at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR); as Chief of Prosecutions in the OTP at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY); and as Senior Appeals Counsel and then Chief of the Appeals and Legal Advisory Division in the OTP at the ICTR.

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