Maher Arar addresses state of civil liberties in a post-9/11 world

4213-ARARA former CIA counter-terrorism chief, Maher Arar said, was once quoted as saying the U.S. response to 9/11 could be summed up thusly: the gloves came off.

“In taking off the gloves,” Arar continued, as he addressed an audience at McGill’s Faculty of Law, “the U.S. and its closest allies also abandoned many of their democratic values. The U.S. government, once better known for fighting to spread democracy through the world, soon found new allies in some of the most brutal Middle Eastern dictatorships. Allies of the U.S., including Canada unfortunately, followed soon after.”

Arar, a Canadian citizen, came to public attention after he was seized by American authorities while transiting through New York on a business trip. He was subjected to the U.S.’s extraordinary rendition program and sent to Syria, where he was held for approximately a year, tortured and kept in inhumane conditions. Once he finally returned to Canada, a public inquiry found there was no evidence linking Arar to terrorist activity, and that Canadian officials had been complicit in his torture.

Arar was well-placed to address the McGill Symposium on Counterterrorism and Civil Liberties, at the Law faculty on March 4 and 5. The event was an opportunity for lawyers, academics and advocates to weigh in on the debate over Western responses to terrorism threats, their effectiveness, and their compliance with human-rights standards. The event drew such high-profile speakers as documentary filmmaker Alexandre Trudeau, former general counsel to the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service and former RCMP complaints commissioner Paul Kennedy, as well as Paul Champ and Simon Potter, two of Canada’s most renowned human-rights lawyers.

Participants took a critical look at how this country and others have fared in balancing antiterrorism initiatives with respect for civil liberties.

“Since the events of 9/11, we have unfortunately witnessed the wholesale campaign against our values of justice and promotion of peace, all in the name of the very elusive goal of security,” Arar said. “This campaign has been led by the government of the United States, a country has abandoned its commitments to civil rights for the sake of a sense of security that nearly 10 years later, is still a distant goal.” Arar invoked the hundreds of thousands of civilian lives lost since the U.S. invasion of Iraq. “What was the damage done to the cause of terrorism? Absolutely zero. In fact, to the contrary, terrorism has instead increased since then.”

As for Canada, he said, “there is no doubt that our laws and practices been modified to please our neighbour to the south.”

For example, Canada’s Anti-terrorism Act, our answer to the U.S. Patriot Act, was enacted only three months after 9/11 and “was introduced with next to no consideration for whether it was in fact good legislation, or even necessary.” Criminal law had always been sufficient to prosecute terrorist acts, Arar said, and this new law, along with a marked increase in the use of security certificates which allow detention without charge, has led to abuse of civil liberties. “Terrorism did not start with 9/11,” said Arar. “As taxpayers, would we have had a better return on investment if our security agencies used standard existing policing techniques along with our solid legal system? Maybe it is time to revise our counter-terrorism strategy in light of what we have learned.”

Despite all he has endured, Arar did have some words of praise for the Canadian government, congratulating it for launching two important official inquiries to address these problems (the Iacobucci inquiry on the detention of three men, and the O’Connor inquiry on the treatment of Arar himself), something no other Western government has done.

―Pascal Zamprelli, BCL/LLB’05

Symposium to provide forum of exchange for key decision makers on the issue of balancing civil liberties with with effective anti-terrorism measures

Since 9/11, Western democracies have responded to the threat of terrorism with varying degrees of effectiveness, and varying degrees of compliance with human rights standards.

The Symposium on Counter-Terrorism and Civil Liberties, hosted at McGill’s Faculty of Law on March 4 and 5, 2010, will provide a forum for leading policy makers, lawyers, academics, emerging scholars and students on the issue of balancing civil liberties and Charter rights with effective anti-terrorism protection.

High-profile speakers at the symposium include Warren Allmand, Alfred Alan Borovoy, Paul Champ, François Crépeau, Paul Dewar, Pearl Eliadis, Craig Forcese, Paul Kennedy, Simon Potter, Noël St. Pierre and Alexandre Trudeau.

Given recent jurisprudential developments in counter-terrorism cases, organizers believe it is a timely occasion to revisit the tenets behind counter-terrorism – and to create an interdisciplinary forum for key decision-makers to come together to discuss how Canada can strike a balance between protecting civil liberties and protecting against terrorism.

The Symposium on Counter-Terrorism and Civil Liberties is presented by several groups at McGill’s Faculty of Law, including the Human Rights Working Group, the Muslim Law Students Association, the Comparative Constitutional Law Society, the Arab Law Students Association and the Center for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism.

Symposium on Counter-Terrorism and Civil Liberties
When: Thursday, Mar. 4 at 6 p.m. to Friday, Mar. 5 at 5 p.m.
Where: Maxwell Cohen Moot Court (room 100), 3644 Peel Street, McGill Faculty of Law, Montreal
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This event is free and open to the public, but registration is mandatory. To view the schedule and to register, please visit the symposium web site.

Animal rights lawyer Antoine F. Goetschel will speak at the Faculty on March 9 – just two days after Switzerland votes on whether animals should have the right to legal representation.

Dr. Antoine F. Goetschel

Dr. Antoine F. Goetschel

Should animals have the right to be represented by a lawyer in court? That’s one of the questions Dr. Antoine F. Goetschel will discuss when he speaks at the Faculty of Law on March 9, 2010.

Dr. Geotschel is the world’s first, and only, public animal welfare lawyer. As such, it is his job to enforce the Swiss Federal Animal Protection Act, enacted in 2008 and considered by proponents of animal rights to be the world’s most progressive.

Geotshchel’s discussion is timely. On March 7, the Swiss population will vote in a referendum that would oblige every canton in the country to appoint a lawyer to act on behalf of pets and barnyard animals.

Switzerland is regarded by many supporters of animal welfare to be an international leader in the field. In addition to employing Dr. Geotschel to enforce the Federal Animal Protection Act, its constitution also protects the “dignity of the creature.”

Dr. Geotschel’s talk is sponsored by the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund at McGill, and is part of a larger event entitled “WE ANIMALS: McGill Symposium and Exhibition on Animal Law.”

“Switzerland Leading the Way,” a presentation by Dr. Antoine F. Goetschel, takes place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Maxwell Cohen Moot Court at McGill’s Faculty of Law on March 9, 2010.

The event is free, and open to the public. For more information, please visit www.saldf.ca

How much do you know about Canada’s most ‘visible’ minority? Law student Jagtaran Singh gives a crash course.

Law student Jagtaran Singh.

Law student Jagtaran Singh.

The characteristic turban, beard and Kirpan (Sikh dagger) often have spurred discussion about the “accommodation” of minority cultural practices within Canada. But Sikhs also have been central to Canadian economic and political life for decades – especially in British Columbia and Ontario. Last November, the Prime Minister himself even took time out from a busy India trip to visit the Sikh Golden Temple in the city of Amritsar – Sikhism’s holiest site. Yet few Canadians outside of the Sikh community know much about the world’s fifth largest organized religion.

So who are the Sikhs, where do they come from, and what are their values?

Sikhism was founded by Guru Nanak, who was born in 1469 in Talwandi (now called Nankana Sahib), which is in modern-day Pakistan. This was at a time when the inequalities imposed by the Hindu caste system, as well as fights between the two major religious groups, had reached extreme levels. Brahmins would take special baths to cleanse themselves if the shadow of a lower caste Untouchable fell on them. Muslims ruled the land, which resulted in great conflicts between them and the majority Hindu population. Women were seen as the property of men – and hideous brutality awaited those females who stepped outside their subservient roles.

Guru Nanak condemned all of this. When it came to religious conflict, he declared that everyone was fighting over different names for what is in reality the same thing – God. From the beginning, Sikhs respected other faiths – exhibiting a sense of religious pluralism that Canadians came to enshrine in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms a few hundred years later.

Sikhism has 10 Gurus. The word literally means “one who enlightens” – a teacher, in other words. Nine Gurus followed Guru Nanak, each furthering the teachings set out by him. The 10th Guru, Guru Gobind Singh, created the Order of the Khalsa, into which one was inducted after affirming one’s commitment to the universal ideals of Sikhism.

A Khalsa, an individual who has affirmed their commitment, is traditionally given five articles of faith: Kara, an iron bracelet to symbolize one’s commitment to God; Kesh, unshorn hair, because Sikhs believe in keeping with the natural order; Kanga, a wooden comb for maintaining one’s hair; Kashera, boxer shorts to maintain hygiene (underwear was not common in the days of the founding Gurus) and chastity; and, finally the Kirpan, a dagger. This is the article of faith that get the most attention by the public. But it’s important to understand that the Kirpan serves as an instrument of self-defence in a time of need. It also serves as a very real reminder of the history of the Sikhs as defenders of their values, as well as the rights of those around them, regardless of caste, creed, religion or gender.

In fact, Guru Teg Bahadur, the ninth Guru, actually died for the right of Hindus to practice their own faith, and not be forced into conversion into Islam by the emperor of India, Aurengzeb. Before and since then, Sikhs have faced constant persecution for practising their faith, suffering three genocides.

One would be mistaken to think that Sikhs are a violent or martial people simply because of the Kirpan. Sikhs were instructed to be saint soldiers. A Sikh works to embody the spiritualism and radiance of a saint, while maintaining the discipline and bravery of a soldier. Peace, service and meditation are the cornerstone of Sikhism. But a Sikh cannot ever sit and watch while injustices take place.

Along with receiving the five articles of faith, the Khalsa was also given the last name “Singh” for men and “Kaur” for women – Singh, meaning Lion and Kaur meaning Princess.

These were names that previously had been reserved for royalty or high classes. Once the universal names were adopted, no one could discern one’s caste by his or her last name in an attempt to place them on a social scale. Turbans, an erstwhile symbol of royalty, had likewise been reserved by the ruling elite for their own use. The Guru said that all Sikhs should wear a turban, as everyone was to be a sovereign unto themselves. To this day, Sikhs are commonly called Sardar Ji or “Chief.”

Before passing away, Guru Gobind Singh declared that the Sikh Scriptures, the Guru Granth Sahib, would lead the Sikhs as Guru. The scriptures contain the writings of not only Sikh Gurus, but people from all walks of life who had found God – Hindus, Muslims, cobblers, weavers, kings, poets and more. In this way, the concept of interfaith dialogue and multiculturalism were built right into the Sikh psyche. The Guru Granth Sahib contains no laws, dogmas or even stories. Rather, it is full of sublime poetry in praise of the Divine.

Are there converts into Sikhism? Yes. In fact, there has been a large movement of “American Sikhs” or everyday Westerners who have decided that Sikhism fits their understanding of life. But this isn’t thanks to Sikhs spreading the word – if they were good at that, I wouldn’t feel the need to write this article.

Sikhs don’t preach their faith outside their faith group. And they sometimes forget how different they look when they jump right into the wider community, leaving some folks wondering why there is a man with a turban asking for the right to serve his country (be it in the RCMP, armed forces or otherwise) while maintaining his faith.

It’s a communication problem, some might say. And I assure you – we’re working on it. But the more Canadians know about our faith, the easier that communication will become.

Jagtaran Singh is a law student at McGill University and can be reached at jagtaran.singh@mail.mcgill.ca. This article originally appeared in the National Post. Republished with permission.

Dans une allocution intitulée « La démocratie et la diversité : nouveaux défis », Gérard Bouchard se penchera sur des aspects du discours identitaire au Québec.

Le professeur Gérard Bouchard.

Le professeur Gérard Bouchard.

Gérard Bouchard, sociologue, historien, intellectuel de renom ayant coprésidé la Commission Bouchard-Taylor, prononcera le 3 mars prochain à la Faculté de droit de McGill la Conférence Macnaughton consacrée aux questions de politiques publiques.

Dans une allocution intitulée « La démocratie et la diversité : nouveaux défis », Gérard Bouchard se penchera sur des aspects du discours identitaire au Québec et explorera les possibilités de son insertion dans une approche pluraliste.

Le professeur Bouchard estime qu’il est important que tous les Québécois réaffirment leur engagement envers les valeurs d’une démocratie libérale et soutient que libéralisme et identité nationale ne sont pas radicalement incompatibles.

Charles Taylor, coprésident de la Commission de consultation sur les pratiques d’accommodement reliées aux différences culturelles, prononcera quelques mots d’introduction. La Commission fut créée en 2007 par le premier ministre du Québec Jean Charest et chargée d’examiner les questions liées aux accommodements raisonnables consentis sur des bases culturelles ou religieuses au Québec.

« La démocratie et la diversité : nouveaux défis »

3 mars 2010 à 18 h (une réception à suivre)
Salle du Tribunal-école Maxwell Cohen (salle 100)
Nouveau Pavillon Chancellor Day
Faculté de droit de McGill
3644, rue Peel, Montréal
RSVP avant le 26 février : alumnioffice.law@mcgill.ca ou (514) 398-7934

À propos du conférencier

Gérard Bouchard est professeur au département des Sciences humaines à l’Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, où il est titulaire de la Chaire de recherche du Canada sur les imaginaires collectifs. Le professeur Bouchard détient une maîtrise en sociologie de l’Université Laval (1968) et un doctorat en histoire de l’Université de Paris (1971).

À propos de ce cycle de conférences

Cette allocution s’inscrit dans le cadre des Conférences Alan Aylesworth Macnaughton consacrées aux questions de politique publique. Avocat et homme politique fédéral, le Sénateur Macnaughton, BA’26, BCL’29, LLD’92, a été Président de la Chambre des communes, fondateur du World Wildlife Fund Canada et membre du Comité consultatif de la Faculté de droit.

From track suits to varsity jackets – the LSA expands its McGill Law merchandise

No logo, yet: Marianne Knai (centre) and friends sport a few of the new samples. Martin LeBlanc Rioux, VP Clubs and Services, is on the right, and inFocus editor Laurel Baker is on the left  (Photo: Lysanne Larose).

No logo, yet: Marianne Knai (centre) and friends sport a few of the new samples. Martin LeBlanc Rioux, VP Clubs and Services, is on the right, and inFocus editor Laurel Baker is on the left (Photo: Lysanne Larose).

From two-piece track suits to tuques to vintage varsity jackets – the Law Students’ Association isn’t just selling sweatshirts any more.

The LSA has introduced a new sportswear catalogue with a slew of diverse items embroidered with “McGill Law / Droit” logo, in response to swelling demand for McGill Law-branded gear.

“People wanted more than just sweatshirts,” said Marianne Knai, the Vice-President of Athletics for the LSA, and the driving force behind expanding the catalogue’s latest offerings. “I would guess that 90 per cent of current law students have at least one McGill Law sweatshirt, and most people have multiple.”

New items include t-shirts, zip-up hoodies, hats, tuques, baseball shirts, fleece jackets – and a two-piece track suit Knai describes as “slightly vintage looking, and slightly not,” to appeal to the broadest possible audience.

As Vice-President of Administration for the LSA, Pascal Archambault Bouffard attributes the popularity to the feeling of pride students have in the Faculty of Law. “I have a sweatshirt and I proudly wear it. These clothes enhance people’s sense of community and belonging.”

Knai added that sense of belonging isn’t limited to current students. “We get orders from alumni, and we also give out sweatshirts to visiting lawyers, judges, and speakers,” she said.

To appeal to alumni, the LSA is also planning to sell vintage-style varsity jackets with leather sleeves emblazoned with the buyer’s name and graduating year on an embroidered patch. Knai said the varsity jacket will only be available to alumni and graduating students. “It’s a specialty item, so you need to have your degree to own one,” she said.

The LSA will order its first batch of new merchandise on March 1st, with an additional batch on April 1st. While the cost of each new item varies, Knai said everything is inexpensive.

“The track suit we ordered is $75 for the whole thing, which is normally the price for the jacket alone,” she said. “We wanted it to be accessible to everyone – cheap price, good quality, and not too sporty. Most of it is unisex too.”

Knai said the LSA will turn a marginal profit on the new items – between $0.70 and $3 per item, with any proceeds going toward LSA initiatives. Pascal Archambault Bouffard added that the “classic” McGill Law sweatshirts will continue to be sold at cost. “They’re not really about making money,” he said. “They’re more about community.”

―By Laurel Baker

To see the catalogue and order form, please contact Marianne Knai

McGill law students take second place in the Mignault Moot competition between Canadian civil law schools

McGill students bring home another trophy to decorate the walls at the Faculty of Law (Photo: Marc Cramer).

McGill students bring home another trophy to decorate the walls at the Faculty of Law (Photo: Marc Cramer).

Four students from McGill’s Faculty of Law have brought home the Yvon Blais Cup for their second-place win at the 32nd annual Pierre-Basile Mignault Moot, hosted on Feb. 5 and 6 in Sherbrooke, Quebec.

Olivier Archambault-Lafond, Yacine Hadjoudj, Geneviève Laurin and Éric L’Italien defended McGill’s colours with verve, according to their coach, Professor Pierre-Gabriel Jobin, who added that this year’s problem was thorny and competition from other universities was strong.

The Pierre-Basile Mignault Moot brings together students from Canadian faculties that teach civil law. Participating universities included Montréal, Ottawa, Laval, McGill, Sherbrooke, and l’Université de Québec à Montréal. The Mignault contest aims to stimulate interest in Quebec’s Civil Law Code, and is named after one of Quebec’s most eminent jurists, the Honourable Pierre-Basile Mignault.

Mooting competitions are simulated trials that give students the opportunity to plead cases before real judges. During the final round of the Mignault Moot, the McGill team had the opportunity to plead before Madam Justice Marie Deschamps, LLM’83, of the Supreme Court, Mr. Justice Jacques Chamberland and Mr. Justice Jacques Dufresne of the Court of Appeal of Quebec.

The McGill Mignault team was coached by Jobin from the Faculty of Law, along with graduates Jean-Philippe Dallaire, BCL/LLB’06, Mariana Ferraro, BCL/LLB’07, Geneviève Bertrand, BA’00, BCL/LLB’07, and Philippe Dufort-Langlois, BCL/LLB’05, from McCarthy Tétrault. Professors Robert Godin, BCL’62, Robert Leckey, BCL’02,LLB’02, and Mr. Justice Daniel Payette of the Superior Court of Quebec also participated in the practices.

Trois conférences dans le cadre du mois de la propriété intellectuelle à la Faculté de droit

Digital Locks and the Fate of Fair Dealing in Canada: In Pursuit of ‘Prescriptive Parallelism’

Dr. Carys Craig’s paper concerns the potential impact of anti-circumvention laws on fair dealing and the public domain in Canada. It explores possible approaches to regulating technological protection measures while maintaining copyright balance. Dr. Craig is an Associate Professor of Law at Osgoode Hall.

When: Friday, Mar. 12 from 12:30 to 2 p.m.
Where: Room 202, New Chancellor Day Hall, 3644 Peel Street, McGill Faculty of Law
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Les logiciels de création : entre la main et l’outil

La présentation du prof. Georges Azzaria vise à discuter de l’impact de certains logiciels de création (Final Cut et Photoshop notamment) dans la détermination de la qualité d’auteur. Georges Azzaria est professeur à la Faculté de droit de l’Université Laval où il enseigne la propriété intellectuelle et la sociologie du droit.

Quand : Le vendredi 19 mars à 12 h
Endroit : Nouveau pavillon Chancellor-Day, Salle 202, 3644, rue Peel, Faculté de droit, Université McGill
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L’Internet démocratise-t-il le droit d’auteur? Réflexions sur la participation populaire

L’Internet permet à tout un chacun d’exprimer son opinion sur l’actualité. D’ailleurs, les décideurs en matière de droit d’auteur invitent le public à participer à un tel exercice. Comment ce phénomène se manifeste-t-il en droit d’auteur canadien? Cette activité est présentée par Ysolde Gendreau (BCL’83, LLB’84, LLM’88), est professeure à l’Université de Montréal depuis 1991.

Quand : Le vendredi 26 mars de 12 h 30 à 14 h 00
Endroit : Nouveau pavillon Chancellor-Day, Salle 202, 3644, rue Peel, Faculté de droit, Université McGill
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Ces activités sont en cours de reconnaissance auprès du Barreau du Québec, dans le cadre de la formation continue obligatoire.

Juge renommé, professeur passionné, plaideur invétéré et ardent défenseur des droits de la personne, l’honorable Michel Proulx a fait bien plus que marquer la pratique du droit criminel au Canada. Pendant plus de 40 ans, il s’est investi corps et âme dans son métier et aujourd’hui, tous s’entendent pour dire que par son exemple, il a redonné ses lettres de noblesse au métier d’avocat.

L’honorable Michel Proulx

L’honorable Michel Proulx

Persévérant à l’extrême

En 1973, un conflit éclate entre le Barreau du Québec et les futurs juristes. Les étudiants en droit demandent une réforme des examens du Barreau, dont le taux d’échec est effarant. À la table des négociations, Michel Proulx, représentant du Barreau, et l’étudiant Jacques Dupuis, aujourd’hui ministre de la Sécurité publique. « Déjà, Michel Proulx jouissait d’une excellente réputation, dit le ministre Dupuis. Mais on peut dire qu’on a bien négocié et que les étudiants ont gagné, parce qu’on a obtenu d’importants changements! »

Au fil des années, les deux rivaux deviennent des associés et de bons amis. « Michel Proulx avait un esprit créatif et connaissait par cœur tous les principes de droit criminel et la jurisprudence, dit Jacques Dupuis. En plus, il était grand et mince, et il était même, jusqu’à un certain point, un séducteur, au bon sens du terme. Il était très gentil, mais il avait un caractère assez abrasif. Il était persévérant à l’extrême! »

Les droits et libertés avant tout

Au début des années 70, Michel Proulx est déjà l’un des criminalistes les plus respectés au Canada. The Canadian Magazine le classe parmi les dix premiers au pays. Le jeune juriste n’a pas peur de se frotter aux grandes causes, comme la crise d’octobre en 1970 et la Commission Dubin, à Toronto, sur le dopage dans le sport amateur.

« Pendant la Crise d’octobre, Michel Proulx a beaucoup critiqué la Loi sur les mesures de guerre de Pierre-Elliot Trudeau, qui suspendait les droits et libertés des gens, dit Jacques Dupuis. Il a fait passer ses convictions personnelles d’absolue protection des droits et libertés au-dessus de ses convictions politiques, car il était d’allégeance libérale. »

« À l’époque, le droit au silence, le droit de se faire représenter par un avocat et le droit d’être à l’abri d’une fouille par les autorités étaient tous des droits qui existaient, mais ils étaient moins bien articulés qu’aujourd’hui, dit le juge à la Cour d’appel du Québec, Nicholas Kasirer, l’ancien doyen de la Faculté de droit de l’Université McGill. Michel Proulx avait le talent de les faire avancer avant même l’avènement de la Charte canadienne des droits et libertés en 1982. »

« Comme avocat, Michel Proulx scrutait à la loupe toutes les déclarations des accusés obtenues par des policiers, dit Jacques Dupuis. Il examinait méticuleusement si la déclaration avait été faite librement et volontairement. »

Nommé juge à la Cour d’appel en 1989, Michel Proulx poursuit son travail de réformiste. « Il est resté très sensible aux lacunes dans le droit et souvent, comme juge, il a été en mesure de combler ces lacunes, par ses décisions », dit le juge Patrick Healy de la Cour du Québec.

Un modèle d’éthique

Michel Proulx est l’un des rares criminalistes à s’intéresser profondément aux questions éthiques. Et il ne se contente pas d’écrire sur le sujet. Il se fait un devoir de former la relève. « Michel Proulx a été le mentor de nombreux jeunes avocats canadiens, dont moi », dit David Layton, criminaliste et coauteur du livre Ethics and Canadian Criminal Law, avec Michel Proulx.

« Notre livre a soumis pour la première fois les questions d’éthique à une analyse et à une recherche rigoureuses, tandis qu’avant, ces préoccupations étaient confinées aux dîners mondains ou aux discussions entre avocats. »

Pendant 22 ans, Michel Proulx transmet le fruit de ses réflexions aux étudiants de l’Université McGill. Le juge Nicholas Kasirer l’a eu comme professeur. « Michel Proulx a su convaincre, et pas seulement dans mon cas, de l’importance du droit criminel. Il fallait voir la passion avec laquelle il enseignait! » s’exclame-t-il.

« Comme professeur, il a su montrer qu’au-delà de l’intérêt pour les futurs experts, les considérations éthiques et déontologiques des avocats pouvaient être enseignées à travers le regard du droit criminel, ajoute le juge Kasirer. Je me souviens qu’il insistait sur le fait que toute personne, même coupable, a droit à une défense pleine et entière, et qu’il ne revient pas à l’avocat de décider si un individu a le droit ou non d’être défendu. »

Michel Proulx s’est même chargé de l’éducation de ses collègues de la magistrature, en créant un programme de formation pour les aider à gérer les questions éthiques, au National Judicial Institute, à Ottawa. Son passage dans le monde juridique a laissé une trace indélébile.

―Par Marie-Christine Valois

La Conférence commémorative Michel Proulx

Pour honorer Michel Proulx et l’influence bénéfique qu’il a exercée sur le droit criminel, sa famille s’est jointe à des membres du barreau et de la magistrature canadienne, ainsi qu’à des amis et des diplômés de la Faculté de droit, pour la première Conférence commémorative Michel Proulx. L’événement avait lieu le 13 janvier dans la salle du tribunal-école Maxwell-Cohen au Pavillon Chancellor-Day.

Monsieur le juge Michael Code de la Cour supérieure de l’Ontario a prononcé une allocution sur l’importance de l’éthique et du professionnalisme en cette ère de litiges criminels complexes. Madame la juge en chef Elizabeth Corte de la Cour du Québec, l’honorable Frank Iacobucci, CC, QC, de chez Torys, et monsieur le juge en chef Francois Rolland de la Cour supérieure du Québec ont ensuite ajouté leurs commentaires. Le tout s’est déroulé sous la présidence d’honneur de J.J. Michel Robert, CP, CR, juge en chef du Québec.

La Faculté de droit est reconnaissante pour l’appui qu’elle a reçu pour établir le Fonds des Conférences commémoratives Michel Proulx, Irwin Law et à Thomson Carswell, qui a commandité cette première conférence.

New activities for 2010 from the Young Alumni Advisory Board (YAAB) and the Faculty of Law

Le Prix Charles D. Gonthier pour jeune diplômé exceptionnel : appel de candidatures

The Hon. Mr. Justice Charles Doherty Gonthier

The Hon. Mr. Justice Charles Doherty Gonthier

The Charles D. Gonthier Outstanding Young Alumni Award was established last year to recognize the contributions of an alumnus/a, who has graduated in the past ten years.

Le prix sera décerné à une personne dont les réalisations sont exceptionnelles et qui agit en tant que modèle pour des juristes en herbe, que ce soit par le biais de ses réalisations professionnelles, de son service communautaire, ou de son engagement auprès de la Faculté de droit.

To nominate yourself, a classmate or colleague, please complete this form.

YAAB Career Panel

Join us for an informative session that discusses alternative careers in law and interesting practises in otherwise traditional settings.

Rejoignez-nous pour une séance d’information qui traite de carrières alternatives en droit, et des pratiques intéressantes au sein de contextes traditionnels.

Thursday, March 25 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please register online.

YAAB Coffeehouse

BYOM to Coffeehouse!

BYOM to Coffeehouse!

Enjoy a beer with fellow classmates, new students and professors. This year, we are making the event a BYOM (bring your own mug)!

Une rencontre conviviale où vous pouvez causer avec vos amis, les professeurs de la faculté et ses nouveaux étudiants. Cette fois, par contre, nous vous demandons d’apporter votre propre tasse.

Thursday, March 25 at 5:00 p.m. Please register online.

For more information, please write to: alumnioffice.law@mcgill.ca