Past Events

Re-Claiming The Right-To-Work

Come celebrate International Human Rights Day with CLAIHR and friends:



DECEMBER 10, 2015

In recent years, the phrase “right to work” has come to be synonymous with a right-wing agenda in the United States to undermine the trade union movement by prohibiting union security agreements, restricting the payment of union dues, and weakening the economic power of unions. Ironically, far from providing a general guarantee of employment to people seeking work, so-called “right-to-work” laws restrict freedom of association by limiting the kinds of contractual agreements unions can make with employers and, in many cases, have resulted in lower wages and benefits for workers.

This event, co-sponsored by Canadian Lawyers for International Human Rights (CLAIHR), the Centre for Labour Management Relations, Faraday Law, and Goldblatt Partners, seeks to re-claim the “right to work” by re-framing work as a public good, rather than a commodity. Such a shift has far-reaching implications:

  • If the right to work is a human right, what does this mean for the right of workers to participate in productive activities and to obtain an adequate standard of living?
  • What are the implications for national and international regulatory systems, as well as transnational migration?
  • How can such a shift help organized labour and non-unionized workers to respond to growing conditions of precarity and the erosion of decent work?

We will explore these questions, and more, at a panel discussion of trade unionists, workers’ activists, and academics.



The event is FREE.
Come learn and share 
your thoughts.

Light snacks & refreshments will be served.


Date: Thursday, December 10, 2015

Time: 05:30 PM – 07:30 PM

Location: TRS Commons (1-150), 7th Floor, Ted Rogers School of Management, 55 Dundas St. W., Toronto, ON



Register here.
By |October 22nd, 2015|Past Events|

Torture as Tort online CPD

Torture as Tort CPD

In partnership with Grapple Law, Canadian Lawyers for International Human Rights (CLAIHR) presents an online Continuing Professional Development primer on Torture as Tort.

Learn about the criteria for establishing torture, how international bodies seek to prevent its occurrence, and how some jurisdictions allow the redress of torture as a tort. In particular, Heather Cohen from CLAIHR examines how Canadian courts have failed to allow litigants to sue in Canada for torture committed abroad and how this may be resolved in the future.

  • Professionalism Hours 0
  • Substantive Hours 0.3

You can purchase and view this series here.

By |June 21st, 2015|Past Events|

21st Annual Canadian International Law Students’ Conference

Presented by Osgoode International Law Society (OILS), Canadian Lawyers for International Human Rights (CLAIHR) Osgoode Chapter and the International Law Society at the University of Toronto Law School

Lillian H. Smith Library
239 College Street
Toronto, ON M5T 1R5

Friday, 13 March 2015 from 1:30 PM to 7:00 PM

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Panel: International Human Rights Law & Security/Anti-Terrorism

Sukanya Pillay, Canadian Civil Liberties Association

Juda Strawczynski, Canadian Lawyers for International Human Rights (CLAIHR)

Hugh Segal, Massey College, University of Toronto


Keynote Address: Anti-Terrorism & International Human Rights Law: Does Public International Law Matter?

Hugh Segal, Massey College, University of Toronto


Career Panel: Opportunities in Public & Private International Law

Kathleen Davis, Adjunct Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School

Laura Murray, Associate, Bennett Jones LLP

Christina Doria, Associate, Baker & McKenzie LLP


Panel: International Law & Corporate Social Responsibility

Scott Jobin-Bevans, Caracle Creek International Consulting Inc.

Cory Wanless, Klippensteins Barristers & Solicitors

Dr. Shin Imai, Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School


Concluding Remarks:

Juda Strawczynski, CLAIHR




By |March 11th, 2015|Past Events|

Pro Bono, Professionalism, and the International Human Rights Movement

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Acting as pro bono counsel in international human rights cases. This panel features:

  • John Norris, Criminal Lawyer, Educator and Advocate
  • John Terry, Torys LLP
  • Emma Phillips, Sack Goldblatt Mitchell LLP
  • Daniel Sheppard, Sack Goldblatt Mitchell LLP
  • with CLAIHR’s President, Juda Strawczynski acting as moderator

Thursday, November 27, 2014
12:00-2:00 pm, lunch provided
Offices of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
$50 (with annual membership fee); $25 for current members and all students
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This program contains 1.0 professionalism hour
and 0.5 substantive hours

By |November 20th, 2014|Past Events|

Child Soldiers, Conflict Minerals and Canadian Responses

September 16, 2013–CLAIHR, in partnership with Child Soldiers Initiative and The Law Society of Upper Canada,

Panelists: Lt Gen Roméo Dallaire (Ret) and MP Paul Dewar
Moderator: Paul Schabas, Bencher, Chair of the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Human Rights Monitoring Group

The summary for event is available here.

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By |September 16th, 2013|Past Events|

Why do our global institutions fail to prevent and protect against mass atrocities?

May 10, 2013 – CLAIHR in partnership with Canadian International Council and Gowlings LLP

Topic: Why do our global institutions fail to prevent and protect against mass atrocities?

Guest speaker – Dr Mukesh Kapila, Former Head of UN in Sudan

By |May 20th, 2013|Past Events|

International Crises: Should Canada intervene to protect human rights?

September 27, 2012 – CLAIHR sponsored event Commemorating the 10th anniversary of Responsibility to Protect (R2P)

Topic: International Crises: Should Canada intervene to protect human rights?

Panelists: Senator Romeo Dallaire,
Senator Art Eggleton,
Martha Hall Findlay

Moderator: Jonathan Kay

By |September 20th, 2012|Past Events|

The Way Forward – The Promise of R2P

February 2012 – CLAIHR, with the International Law Students Association (ILSA), University of Ottawa Chapter

Topic: The Way Forward – The Promise of R2P

Panelists included: Allan Rock PC, Former Canadian Ambassador to the UN

To learn more about the conference please read an article published in Canadian Lawyers Magazine 4 Students.


By |February 20th, 2012|Past Events|

Michael Ignatieff on Responsibility to Protect

2011 – CLAIHR Symposium Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the Responsibility to Protect
Topic: Responsibility to Protect
Speaker: Michael Ignatieff

Some highlights of his discussion: Canada has an extraordinary reputation in relation to International Law. Some of Canada’s most significant contributions to International Law have been in the area of Human Rights, including the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) doctrine.

We would like to thank our generous event sponsors:
Torys LLP
Hull & Hull LLP
Koskie Minsky LLP

We would also like to thank our silent auction prize contributors:
Biljana K. Carter
Deb Mazer
The Mad Bean
La Salumeria

See Professor Ignatieff’s address here:

Watch Professor Ignatieff answer important questions about the doctrine:
By |November 15th, 2011|Past Events|

Peace, Reconciliation and Justice: The Afghanistan Experience Reflections of a Canadian Diplomat

March 24, 2010 – Presented by the Law Society, in partnership with the Canadian Lawyers for International Human Rights, Amnesty International and Canadian Lawyers Abroad.

Topic: Peace, Reconciliation and Justice: The Afghanistan Experience Reflections of a Canadian Diplomat

Speaker: Christopher Alexander, Ambassador to Afghanistan (2003-2005), United Nations Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan (2005-2009.

By |March 20th, 2010|Past Events|