Marking the 15th Anniversary of the R v RDS decision, this interactive participatory CRLT Think Tank Seminary is brought to you by the Black Law Students Association of McGill, the Human Rights Working Group, and the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism. Dr. Esmeralda M.A. Thornhill, Professor, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University & O'Brien Fellow in Residence, McGill Centre for Human Rights & Legal Pluralism will be leading this interactive seminar and speaking on the ongoing impact of this landmark case on the legal community.
We invite attendees to read R v RDS  3 S.C.R. 484. Most Law students will read it or have read it in Foundations and/or Constitutional Law. R v RDS is a leading Supreme Court of Canada decision on establishing the rules for determining reasonable apprehension of bias in the court system by judges, and establishing limits to the application of social context in judging.
About the speaker
Lawyer, Human Rights and Anti-Racist Educator, Dr. Esmeralda Thornhill is a Full Professor of Law at Dalhousie University. From 1996-2002, she was the first holder of the James Robinson Johnston Endowed Chair in Black Canadian Studies at Dalhousie University, a national initiative to “bring Black culture, reality, and perspectives into the Academy.” Her expertise and writings on ‘race’ are recognized both nationally and internationally by academics and policy-makers alike such as the United Nations and UNESCO and institutions of higher of learning including University of West Indies (Barbados, Trinidad), McGill, Concordia, UBC, Windsor, Western Ontario, Temple, Cheyney, UNC (Chapel Hill), Wellesley, Hamilton College and Central Connecticut State where she has lectured.
For more information, contact blsa [dot] law [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca or Sandra Aigbinode (VP External BLSAM) at Sandra [dot] Aigbinode [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca