About Friends of the Court

When a Canadian court considers an international human rights issue, if appropriate, CLAIHR will seek leave to intervene as an amicus curiae or friend of the Court. In this role, CLAIHR provides focused, expert submissions relating to international human rights, with the goal of assisting the court in developing and strengthening Canada’s protection of human rights. In most cases, CLAIHR will not take a position on the ultimate claims at issue, but rather provide perspective on international human rights issues triggered by the litigation.

CLAIHR has served as a friend of the Court in provincial courts of appeal and at the Supreme Court of Canada. Browse the list of cases in which CLAIHR has intervened.