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Wallenberg Lecture with Stephen Lewis

November 12, 2014, Faculty of Law, McGill University

On November 12, 2014, Stephen Lewis gave the Raoul Wallenberg Lecture in Human Rights. Mr Lewis made an impassioned speech titled "United Nations Immunity versus Human Rights." He spoke at length on the UN’s role and response to the cholera outbreak in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake. You can listen to his presentation here: bcooltv.mcgill.ca/Viewer/?EventID=201411129672


Marriage Matters: 50 Years of Change and Continuity

November 4, 2014, Faculty of Law, McGill University

On November 4, 2014, Jennifer Stoddart, Michèle Audette and Robert Leckey gave a thoughtful panel titled Marriage Matters: 50 Years of Change and Continuity, where they considered the historical, legal, economic, and affective implications of marital status on the lives of women, and inquired into what significance marital status continues to hold in Québec today, 50 years after Marie-Claire Kirkland’s Loi sur la capacité juridique de la femme mariée recognized the full legal capacity of married women in Québec law. You can listen to their panel here: bcooltv.mcgill.ca/ListRecordings.aspx?CourseID=10566


A conversation with Justice Juan Guzmán, Prosecutor of Augusto Pinochet

October 15, 2014, Faculty of Law, McGill University

Juan Salvador Guzmán Tapia, the retired Chilean judge who was the first to prosecute former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet on human rights charges, was at the Faculty on October 15, 2014, in front of a packed Moot Court, to discuss the case and its significance for the Chilean people. His talk was recorded and a link will be posted shortly for those who were unable to attend. You can listen to his presentation here: bcooltv.mcgill.ca/ListRecordings.aspx?CourseID=10565


John P. Humphrey Lecture in Human Rights

September 17, 2014, Faculty of Law, McGill University

On September 17, 2014 Professor Steven Ratner, who holds the Bruno Simma Collegiate Chair of Law at the University of Michigan Law School, gave the 2014 John P. Humphrey Lecture in Human Rights. His talk was titled "After Atrocity: Optimizing UN Action toward Accountability for Human Rights Abuses." UPDATE: his lecture was recorded and is now available here: The lecture recording is also available: bcooltv.mcgill.ca/ListRecordings.aspx?CourseID=10557


The Treaty of Niagara 1764 and Canadian constitutionalism today: Crown/First Nations relations 250 years in

September 15, 2014, Faculty of Law, McGill University

The Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism and the Aboriginal Law Students’ Association were proud to host this event as part of Indigenous Awareness Week 2014, in partnership with the Office of Social Equity and Diversity in Education. It was a great opportunity to learn about the Treaty of Niagara and its implications for understanding the Royal Proclamation, the development of present-day Canada, and the Crown/First Nations relationship.

The speakers were Al Corbière, a carrier of a Niagara wampum replica, who explained the historical context in which the Treaty of Niagara was negotiated, as well as the meaning of wampum belts that embody the Treaty of Niagara; and Aaron Mills, Trudeau & Vanier scholar and PhD candidate at U. Vic., who discussed the significance of the Treaty of Niagara from the perspective of Anishinaabe law and constitutionalism and its implication for Canadian constitutionalism.

The event recording is available here: bcooltv.mcgill.ca/Viewer1/?rid=f9d7e688-6a42-4040-b63e-0efd37fcb763


Joseph Arvay

Litvack Lecture - Litigating Charter Challenges: Stories of a Constitutional Lawyer

Tuesday, March 18, 2014, Faculty of Law, McGill University

The Litvack Lecture was given by Joseph Arvay, QC, recipient of the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism 2014 Robert S. Litvack Award.

Joseph Arvay is a Canadian lawyer who has argued numerous landmark Supreme Court of Canada cases involving civil liberties and constitutional rights. The Robert S. Litvack Award recognizes his outstanding lifetime achievement. Mr Arvay’s lecture was recorded and can be viewed on McGill’s media servers.


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