“Evening with Dallaire” a Huge Success

On September 16, 2013, CLAIHR, in partnership with Child Soldiers Initiative and The Law Society of Upper Canada, hosted LGen Roméo Dallaire (Ret) and MP Paul Dewar for a panel discussion on child soldiers, conflict minerals, and Canadian responses.

Thank you to everyone who made this event a success, including Shangri-La Hotel Toronto for providing our guests’ accommodations. In case you missed the action, you’ll be pleased to know that we live-Tweeted the event, the summary for which is available here.

Happy reading!

By |September 18th, 2013|Uncategorized|

An evening with L.Gen. Roméo Dalliare (Ret.)

L.Gen. Roméo Dallaire (Ret.) will share insights on the plight of child soldiers in conflict zones during a Law Society panel discussion with NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Paul Dewar.

Bencher Paul Schabas, chair of Law Society of Upper Canada’s Human Rights Monitoring Group will moderate.

The event is presented by CLAIHR in association with the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative (CSI)

Date: Monday, September 16, 2013
Time: Discussion will start at 5:30PM; Guests are invited to a post-event reception at 7PM
Location: Osgoode Hall (130 Queen St W, Toronto) in the Lamont Room
RSVP: equityevents@lsuc.on.ca or (416) 947-3413/(800) 668-7380 ext. 3413

Thank you to everyone who has supported this event, including the generous sponsorship of Shangri-La Hotels Toronto. The event is officially SOLD OUT now. Please follow us on Twitter (@CLAIHR) and use the event hashtag #EveWithDallaire to join the discussion.

This event is a free public program. Lawyers in attendance may count this program as 1.5 Substantive Hours of their Continuing Professional Development requirement.

**Photographs and video taken at this event may be used in Law Society of Upper Canada, CLAIHR and CSI publications.

By |August 12th, 2013|Uncategorized|

Dr Kapila, Former Head of UN in Sudan, to speak at Toronto event May 10th

CLAIHR is proud to partner with Canadian International Council and Gowlings LLP to present a free keynote event featuring Dr Mukesh Kapila OBE, former Head of the United Nations in Sudan. In the talk, entitled Why do our global institutions fail to prevent & protect against mass atrocities?, Dr Kapila will reflect on his experiences in Darfur when he attempted to alert the world to the unfolding genocide and will consider the current crises in Sudan today. He will draw upon his extensive international experience working within the UK government, the UN and Red Cross movement which also took him to Rwanda and Bosnia. Dr Kapila will highlight the importance of individual accountability as well as collective responsibility in the prevention of genocide and other crimes against humanity in Sudan and around the world and will pose lessons to be drawn for future practice.

Date: Friday, May 10, 2013
Time: Noon (attendee sign-in will begin at 11:45AM)
Venue: Gowlings LLP, First Canadian Place, 100 King St W, 16th Floor

Registration Instructions:
Participants *must* pre-register. No walk-ins allowed. Deadline to pre-register is 5PM, Thursday, May 9th.

By email: toronto [at] opencanada [dot] org
By phone: 416-590-0630
Online: http://cictoronto10may2013.eventbrite.ca/

Additional Details:
Light refreshments will be served after the talk.
Program is eligible for 1.5 hours of substantive CPD with LSUC.

Click here to download event flyer.

Dr Kapila’s New Book, “Against a Tide of Evil”
Dr Kapila is in Toronto as part of a cross-Canada tour to promote his new memoir about his efforts to bring attention to the mass atrocities in Darfur while he was UN Chief in Sudan. The book was launched in Geneva at the start of May, to coincide with the 10 year anniversary of the horrific events in Darfur. A portion of the proceeds from the books sold through the UK non-profit organization Aegis Trust will go towards preventing future mass atrocities.

MK Geneva press release to read the news release by Aegis Trust on the book and its launch in Geneva.

By |April 28th, 2013|Uncategorized|


CLAIHR will be holding it’s Annual General Meeting on July 12 at 6:00 PM for the purpose of reviewing its financial statements for the past fiscal year.  The meeting will be held at 1 Queen Street East, Suite 1620 in Toronto and all current members are invited to attend.


By |July 12th, 2011|Uncategorized|

CLAIHR joins International Coalition for R2P

CLAIHR is proud to announce its recent membership in the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect. CLAIHR is the first Canadian NGO to join the international coalition and we  look forward to working with this global network to further promote the principles of the Responsibility to Protect.   The Responsibility to Protect provides a framework to determine when outside intervention is required in domestic crises so that the international community can provide protection to civilians when their government is unable or unwilling to do so.  As part of our commitment to the principles of R2P, CLAIHR will continue its work in education and awareness raising for this important international legal norm in the Canadian context.

By |May 18th, 2011|Uncategorized|

Responsibility to Protect and the Libyan Crisis

CLAIHR President Jillian Siskind

CLAIHR President Jillian Siskind speaks about the Responsibility To Protect

On March 26th, 2011, CLAIHR’s President, Jillian Siskind, delivered the keynote address for a two-day symposium at the University of Toronto titled “Deconstructing Humanitarian Aid in the 21st Century”.  The symposium was organized by the International Relations Society at the Munk School of Global Affairs and featured many speakers and panellists in the field of human rights.

Delegates were presented with a comprehensive investigation of contemporary issues relating to the politics of humanitarian aid and intervention.  In particular, the symposium offered a well-timed opportunity for students, scholars, practitioners and individuals interested in human rights to gather and discuss relevant human rights issues concerning the recent turmoil in the Middle East.

Jillian provided the delegates with an overview of the legal framework for humanitarian intervention and the responsibility to protect with the corresponding political considerations inherent in such actions.  The focus then turned to the current armed conflict in Libya, with first the background history of the country, followed by a political discussion of the current crisis and the response of the international community.

Click here to read Jillian’s speech.

By |April 26th, 2011|Uncategorized|