Quick Links

Symposia contributors

The Hon. Warren Allmand (short bio)
Past President, Rights and Democracy

Gregory Baum (short bio)
Professor Emeritus, McGill University

Iain Benson (co-chair)
Executive Director, Centre for Cultural Renewal

The Hon. Irwin Cotler, M.P. (short bio)
Professor of Law, McGill University

Jean Bethke Elshtain
Professor, Divinity School, University of Chicago

H. Tristram Engelhardt Jr
Professor of Philosophy, Rice University

Douglas Farrow (co-chair)
Associate Professor of Christian Thought, McGill University

William Galston
Director, Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, University of Maryland

Christopher Gray (short bio)
Professor of Philosophy, Concordia University

H.R.H. Prince El Hassan bin Talal (short bio)
Of Jordan

François Lehmann (short bio)
Chair, Department of Family Medicine, Université de Montréal

Thérèse Leroux (short bio)
Director of Ethics, Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Antonia Maioni (short bio)
Director, McGill Institute for the Study of Canada

Christopher Manfredi (short bio)
Professor of Political Science, McGill University

Preston Manning (short bio)
Senior Fellow, Massey College, University of Toronto

The Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin
Chief Justice of Canada

Fr Richard John Neuhaus
President, Institute on Religion and Public Life

Rabbi David Novak
Professor of the Study of Religion, University of Toronto

Paul Reed (short bio)
Senior Social Scientist, Statistics Canada

David Roy (short bio)
Director, Centre for Bioethics, Clinical Research Institute of Montreal

L'Hon. Claude Ryan (short bio)
Retired Journalist and Politician

David Schneiderman (short bio)
Associate Professor of Law, University of Toronto

Margaret Somerville (short bio)
Founding Director, McGill Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law

Charles Taylor
Professor Emeritus, McGill University

Stephen Toope (short bio)
Professor of Law, McGill University

David Weisstub (short bio)
Professor of Legal Psychiatry and Biomedical Ethics, Université de Montréal

Biographical information

The Hon. Warren Allmand

The Hon. Warren Allmand was president of Rights & Democracy (International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development) from 1997 to 2002. This followed a 33-year career as a Liberal Member of Parliament, during which he held several cabinet posts, including Solicitor General, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Affairs, and Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs.ÊHe was appointed Queen's Counsel in January 1977 and was named a member of the Order of Canada in July 2000.ÊDr Allmand was also International President of Parliamentarians for Global Action. He won the World Peace Award, World Federalists of Canada (1990). Throughout his parliamentary career he worked against apartheid in South Africa and for the abolition of the death penalty, tougher gun control legislation, arms control and disarmament, and the protection of human rights of disabled persons, native Canadians, the poor, the elderly, the unemployed, prison inmates, and minority groups.

Gregory Baum

Gregory Baum is Professor Emeritus of Theological Ethics and Sociology of Religion in McGill's Faculty of Religious Studies. He is editor of The Ecumenist, and the author of numerous books and articles.

Irwin Cotler

The Honourable Irwin Cotler is a law professor at McGill whose main research areas are freedom of expression and assaultive speech, equality law, peace and human rights, and comparative constitutional law. He is Chair of InterAmicus, the International Human Rights Advocacy Centre based at McGill Law School, and Co-Chair of the Canadian Helsinki Watch Group. In 1999 Professor Cotler was elected Member of Parliament for the federal constituency of Mount Royal.

Christopher Gray

Christopher Berry Gray is a professor of philosophy at Concordia University in Montreal, and editor of The Philosophy of Law: An Encyclopaedia. He is co-convenor of the Marriage Law and Culture Workshop in Montreal.

H.R.H. Prince El Hassan bin Talal

Prince Hassan has co-chaired the Independent Commission on International Humanitarian Issues (ICIHI), 1983, and is currently President and Patron of the Arab Thought Forum, President of the Club of Rome, Moderator of the World Conference on Religion and Peace, Chairman of the Policy Advisory Commission for the World Intellectual Property Organisation and Member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of the International Crisis Group. In April, 2002, he joined the Board of Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI). His Royal Highness is founding member of the Parliament of Cultures which was established in Istanbul in July 2002, the purpose of which is to promote understanding among cultures of the world and to enhance dialogue among their thinkers and intellectuals. He is currently working with American Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) setting up a programme called Partners in Humanity, which aims to improve understanding and build positive relationships between the Muslim world and the United States.

François Lehmann

Dr François Lehmann is Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the Université de Montréal. He has provided much leadership in the area of palliative care in Quebec, and in the medical care of the disadvantaged in Montreal. He is also an ordained Deacon in the Catholic Church.

Thérèse Leroux

Thérèse Leroux is Director of the Ethics Office at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). She is also a professor of law and a researcher at the Centre de recherche en droit public of the Université de Montréal Faculty of Law. Dr Leroux is a member of Quebec's provincial research ethics committee and a former member of the National Council on Ethics in Human Research, as well as a past president of the Canadian Bioethics Society.

Antonia Maioni

Antonia Maioni is a professor of Political Science at McGill University, and Desmond Morton's successor as Director of the Institute for the Study of Canada. She is also an expert in health care policy.

Christopher Manfredi

Professor Manfredi is Chair of the Department of Political Science at McGill University. He is also an associate member of the Institute for Comparative Law (Faculty of Law). His writings include The Supreme Court and Juvenile Justice and Judicial Power and the Charter: Canada and the Paradox of Liberal Constitutionalism.

Preston Manning

Preston Manning, founder of the Reform Party and former Leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition, works with Canada West Foundation and is a Senior Fellow of the Fraser Institute. He has recently been appointed a Senior Fellow of Massey College, University of Toronto.

Paul Reed

Dr Reed is the senior social scientist at Statistics Canada and has joint appointments at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa. At Carleton he is the director of the Centre for Governance Studies.

David Roy

David J. Roy is a professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the Université de Montréal. He is founder and Director of the FRSQ Network for Research in Clinical Ethics, and the principal investigator of an MRCC funded research project entitled The Use Of Human Genome Project (HGP)-Derived Information And Technology For Research On, And For Diagnosis, Screening, Treatment, And Prevention Of Multifactorial Disease: Towards An Ethics For Complexity. Dr. Roy is also Director of the Centre for Bioethics and of its Telehealth Ethics Programme, which concerns the ethical, legal, and social problems linked to the use of information and communication technologies and networks within the health care system. He has published extensively on a broad range of ethical issues and is Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Palliative Care. He was one of Canada's three official representatives to the Summit Nations International Meetings on Bioethics.

Claude Ryan

Après une implication active dans des organismes comme l'Action catholique et l'Institut canadien d'éducation des adultes, M. Claude Ryan est entré au journal Le Devoir en 1962 pour en devenir l'un de ses directeurs et éditorialistes les plus prestigieux. En 1978, il devient chef du Parti libéral du Québec jusqu'en 1982, ainsi que député d'Argenteuil à l'Assemblée nationale et chef de l'Opposition officielle. De 1985 à 1994, il occupera différents ministères, dont celui de l'Éducation, de la Sécurité publique et des Affaires municipales. Il a publié plusieurs livres dont le plus récent s'intitule Regards sur le fédéralisme canadien.

David Schneiderman

Professor Schneiderman (Faculty of Law, University of Toronto) has authored numerous articles and edited several books on Canadian federalism, the Charter of Rights, and Canadian constitutional history. He is founding editor of the quarterly Constitutional Forum Constitutionnel and founding editor-in-chief of the journal Review of Constitutional Studies.

Margaret Somerville

Margaret Somerville is Samuel Gale Professor of Law at McGill University, professor in the Faculty of Medicine, and Founding Director of the McGill Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law. She is well known both for her books in bioethics and her frequent contributions in the media.

Stephen Toope

Professor Toope was Dean of the Faculty of Law at McGill University from 1994-1999. He teaches and conducts research on many aspects of international law, and in family law. Issues of human rights and culture are among his main interests. He has conducted human rights seminars for government officials in several countries.

David Weisstub

David N. Weisstub is Philippe Pinel Professor of Legal Psychiatry and Biomedical Ethics at the Université de Montréal. He is the Honorary Lifetime President of the International Academy of Law and Mental Health, and Founding Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Law and Psychiatry.