Monthly Archives: October 2013

York University is holding a panel discussion on this case decided by the Supreme Court of Canada. CCIJ, in partnership with the University of Toronto International Human Rights Program, intervened in the case. CCIJ and the IHRP argued that the criteria repeatedly applied by the courts and the government of Canada concerning exclusion from refugee protection was not in line with international law.  On July 19, 2013, the Supreme Court released its judgment. The Court ruled, in line with the position taken by CCIJ, the IHRP and other interveners, that the refugee determination must be made in accordance with international criminal law. For details of the case visit the CCIJ website case page.

1:30pm – 3:30pm
McLaughlin Junior Common Room (McLaughlin 014)
McLaughlin College
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON
M3J 1P3

The panel is hosted by McLaughlin, Master’s Office


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This is the first CPD session offered by the Philippe Kirsch Institute, a new social enterprise offering specialized professional development of the highest calibre & value delivered by a who’s who of subject experts. This is CPD with a conscience.

November 21, 2013, 4:00pm
Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen St. W.
In partnership with the Law Society of Upper Canada

* accredited by the LSUC for 0.5 professionalism hours and 2.25 substantive hours

Delivering this session is Judge Philippe Kirsch — former judge & first president of the International Criminal Court — along with the Honourable Ian Binnie, former Puisne Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, Raj Anand, Partner at WeirFoulds, and Tina Lie, Partner at Paliare Roland. A reception will follow at 7pm.

Register for this session (digital participation is also available)

To attend the reception only, please RSVP here.

Thanks to our sponsor, Eventstream.

The CCIJ Toronto Working Group and Amnesty International will be co-hosting a screening of No Fire Zone, followed by a panel discussion at the Carlton Cinema, 20 Carlton Street on Sunday, November 17th.

No Fire Zone is the definitive story of the final awful months of the 26 year-long Sri Lankan civil war told by the people who lived through it. While the world looked away around 40,000 to 70,000 civilians were massacred – mostly by Sri Lankan government shelling, though the Tamil Tigers also stand accused of war crimes.

A chilling expose of some of the worst war crimes and crimes against humanity of recent times – told through the extraordinary personal stories of a small group of characters and also through some of the most dramatic and disturbing video evidence ever recorded. Footage which documents the day to day horror of this war in a way almost never done before: footage recorded by both the victims and perpetrators on mobile phones and small cameras – viscerally powerful actuality from the battlefield, from inside the crudely dug bunkers and over-crowded makeshift hospitals.

This film is part of the Amnesty International Toronto Human Rights Film Festival running from November 14th to 17th. The REEL AWARENESS Film Festival showcases some of the best human rights documentaries and feature films shown around the world. This must-see collection of films is both inspirational and informative. Join Amnesty International in protecting and promoting human rights!

No Fire Zone

To read more about the film or to view the trailer, click here.

For more information or to purchase tickets to No Fire Zone or other REEL AWARENESS film screenings visit AITO.

International Corporate Responsibility: The Implications of Choc v. Hudbay Minerals Inc.

In July 2013, the Ontario Superior Court found that a Canadian mining company could stand trial in Ontario for the alleged human rights violations of a subsidiary operating in Guatemala. Choc v. Hudbay Minerals Inc. may have significant impact on the domestic consideration of international corporate responsibility, for both human rights and corporate lawyers, and the clients they represent.

Community of Lote Ocho

Friday, November 1, 2013 – 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM

Strathy Smith Lyons Boardroom
Gowlings Toronto Office
First Canadian Place
100 King Street West
16th Floor


Murray Klippenstein

Cory Wanless

Shin Imai
Osgoode Hall Law School

Glen Jennings

$145 (Legal practitioners)
$95 (NGOs, academics, other professionals)
$35 (University/articling Students)

For information or questions about registration, contact or
Register here

Eligible for 4 substantive hours

Heather Keachie, CCIJ FellowHeather is an associate lawyer in Toronto practicing corporate law with a focus on small business and not-for-profit organizations. She holds a BA (Hons) from the University of King’s College, Halifax; an MA in international relations from the Munk School, University of Toronto; and a JD/LLB from the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto. During law school Heather was an associate editor of the Journal for International Law and International Relations, and researched and wrote on numerous areas of international governance. She also received the A. Alan Borovoy Prize in Civil Liberties.

After law school, Heather clerked at the Federal Court of Appeal in Ottawa. The next year she went to teach law at the University of The Gambia, West Africa, developing curricula and helping to launch a legal aid clinic. Her courses included Public International Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, Intellectual Property Law, and Mooting and Trial Advocacy. She also coached the first ever Gambian Jessup team, and took them to the final rounds in Washington, D.C., where they were awarded Best New Team for 2012. She recently returned from a month long field research project in Niger looking at the legal protection and educational framework available to children with disabilities.

Heather has also been involved in Canadian politics and continues to volunteer with several not-for-profit organizations in Toronto and Ottawa. We are very fortunate to have her on  board.