Our Profs in the News

November 2013

Earlier this month, while Dean Jutras could be seen on CPAC TV arguing before the Supreme Court of Canada, a number of professors from the Faculty of Law also appeared in radio, print and online media in Canada and across the world. Of these many media appearances, we gathered the following handful for your reading and viewing pleasure.

Dean Jutras argues before SCC in Senate Reform Referencenov2013-profnews-jutras

As reported in many national papers and news media outlets, the Dean of the Faculty of Law, Professor Daniel Jutras, argued before the Supreme Court of Canada on November 14, the final day of a three-day hearing on the constitutionality of proposed changes to the Canadian Senate (Case #35203: “In the Matter of a Reference by the Governor in Council concerning reform of the Senate”). Jutras was appointed Amicus Curiae (“friend of the court”) last spring, along with lawyer John Hunter (Read our announcement.) For further info, read the Amicus Curiae Factum here.

* Read the CBC story: “Friends of the court argue Senate reform before top court: 2 lawyers appointed by the Supreme Court offer opinions on future of upper chamber.”

* Read the Canadian Press story: “Top court hears final government plea to allow easy path to Senate reform.”

* Finally, watch Dean Jutras’ presentation on CPAC.

 

Professor Jakhu in Wall Street Journal

nov2013-profnews-jakhuIn November 2013, the Associate Director of the Centre for Research of Air and Space Law, Professor Ram Jakhu, appeared in the Wall Street Journal Live on the subject of India’s space program.

India is preparing to launch a spacecraft to Mars, a mission that if successful would propel it ahead of space rivals China and Japan. In “India to Launch Asia’s First Spacecraft to Mars” (video),
 Jakhu tells the WSJ’s Deborah Kan how such programs can boost the economy and fight poverty.

 

Professor Christians on CBC’s “The Current”

On November 13, our H. Heward Stikeman Chair in Tax Law, Professor Allison Christians, spoke at length on CBC Radio’s national morning show, “The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti.” The subject was FATCA (the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act), an American law that, when it comes into effect next year, will require Canadian (and other national) financial institutions to hand over private financial information on their own citizens—if they also have American citizenship or other connections to the U.S.  Listen to the program here.

Professor Crépeau in The Guardian

nov2013-profnews-crepeau-qatarProfessor François Crépeau, who holds the Hans and Tamar Oppenheimer Chair in Public International Law, was featured in The Guardian online, speaking on the “slum-like” state of Qatar’s World Cup labour camps, in his capacity as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants. View the video here.

Professor Akhavan in The Times of India

While in India recently, McGill international law Professor Payam Akhavan, who is also the founder of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Centre, was interviewed by the Times of India, in “Baha’is want India to push Iran to treat minorities better.” The nation is home to a large Iranian Baha’i community who are living there in exile from Iran, where “the forms of persecution have changed. Instead of illegal detentions and beatings, it is left to so-called freelance forces to deal with individuals,” said Akhavan in the article.

 

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