Category Archives: International Law

Discrimination Against Roma in Hungary: European Court

The European Court of Human Rights (constituted under the Council of Europe) released a decision on January 29, 2013 concerning discrimination against Roma citizens in Hungary. The case is HORVÁTH AND KISS v. HUNGARY 11146/11 . The two complainants had been been improperly placed in special education schools designed for mentally disabled / special needs students on the basis of their ethnic origin. The European Roma Rights Centre were active in representing the complainants.

Pre-emptive Deportations, Thanks Canada!

The ruling falls at a time when Canada is putting up major barriers to Roma migration. Despite voluminous indications of differential treatment and xenophobia, the Canadian Government, and in particular, Minister of Immigration et al, Jason Kenney has been making strides in depicting Hungary as a safe democratic country. In particular, and in a bizarre move, Kenney has been setting up billboards in Hungary, telling Roma people that if they come to Canada, they will be deported. Here is the sign below. We hope that Canada will take note of the recent Human Rights decision from Europe. The recent demonization of the Roma community has come on the heels of xenophobic remarks made by long-time Conservative Party activist Ezra Levant on Sun TV.

Episode 28 (Dec 2011) – Crackdown

Welcome et bienvenue to LegalEase: a monthly Montreal-based and produced radio show on 90.3 FM CKUT. We broadcast law broadly. Le collectif LegalEase est un groupe d’étudiants et étudiantes en droit de la communauté montréalaise. This month the program is entitled, “Crackdown.”

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Students Discuss the Nov 10 Crackdown

“Changed, Changed utterly.” Garrett Zehr examines the recent November 10th police crackdown against student protestors at McGill University in Montreal. Students mobilized against tuition increases and unexpectedly met with Riot police violence. Here is a link to the report prepared by Dean of Law Daniel Jutras Inquiry. Here is a link to the Independent Student Inquiry. For a host of articles and information on the Nov 10, see the McGill Daily’s coverage.

Preeti Dhaliwal interviews McGill law student (and former LegalEase contributor) Melanie Benard who shares her first-person narrative of the November 10 crackdown.

Paul Holden and Mark Phillips close the first half of the show by updating our listeners on the MUNACA strike for the last time. The strike is over, but LegalEase presents a case study on how the strike affected student communities. Namely, LegalEase investigates its own nest in the law faculty – observing the McGill Law Student Association’s Referendum and General Assembly processes, canvassing the opinions of students. Est-ce que c’est un ‘crackdown’ sur la proces démocratique?

In the second segment, LegalEase shifts gears: how can we crack down on corporations using the tools of Canadian criminal law? Rana Alrabi presents two guests on the subject of business and human rights, criminal Corporate Responsibility. Elise Groulx and Helen Dragatsi, two members of the Quebec bar, implore us to look closely at the role of Canadian corporations operating abroad. Me Dragatsi discusses her recent book, “Criminal Liability of Canadian Corporations for International Crimes.” La deuxième invitée, Me Groulx, éxplique les nuances de la commerce et la droit de la personne dans la contexte globale. She predicts the development of international criminal law to enable the prosecution of private corporations who perpetuate global conflict through rogue actions.

The two experts discuss the case Association canadienne contre l’impunité (ACCI) c. Anvil Mining Ltd., 2011 QCCS 1966 where the Superior Court accepts jurisdiction over alleged crimes committed by a Canadian corporation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. For further discussion on this subject, consult recent article by Yale graduate student, James Yap, “Corporate Civil Liability for War Crimes in Canadian Courts
Lessons from Bil’in (Village Council) v. Green Park International Ltd.” published at Journal for International Criminal Justice (2010) 8 (2): 631-648.

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Episode 26: Crimes

Welcome et bienvenue to LegalEase: a monthly Montreal-based and produced radio show on 90.3 FM CKUT. We broadcast law broadly. Le collectif LegalEase est un group des etudiants et etudiantes en droit de la communaute montrealaise. This month the program is entitled, “Crimes.” Listen to the Episode Here: http://goo.gl/wVnjX

This month’s show features a diverse set of programming on the topic of crime. New contributor Mark Phillips conducts an interview Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and how it relates to prisoners in the justice system. Garrett Zehr presents a piece on efforts to charge Bush administration officials with war crimes. Host Preeti Dhaliwal revisits some older content on Insite, in light of the new Supreme Court decision which recently came down on the subject. She also offers an update on the MUNACA strike. Finally, Jesse Gutman breaks down the jargon on the Conservative’s Omnibus Crime bill, the Safe Streets and Communities Act.

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Episode 18 (Jan 2011) – Trials and Tribunals

Welcome et bienvenue to LegalEase: a monthly Montreal-based and produced radio show on 90.3 FM CKUT. We broadcast law broadly. Le collectif LegalEase est un group des etudiants et etudiantes en droit de la communaute montrealaise. This month’s program is entitled, “Trials and Tribunals.” Listen by clicking here.

Russell Tribunal on Palestine

First, contributor Rana Alrabi interviews Frank Bara, who leads the London-based Russell Tribunal on Palestine. The Tribunal is a citizen’s tribunal which aims to raise awareness and bring up issues of international law: http://www.russelltribunalonpalestine.com/en/

Second, we turn to McGill’s very own IPLAI – an interdisciplinary collaboration in the Arts. This segment is from Mark Antaki of McGill Faculty of Law who focuses on Socrates’ Apology as a “great trial”. http://www.mcgill.ca/iplai/

IPLAI McGill

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LegalEase – CKUT 90.3 Montreal – April 2010 Episode 10 – Silent Labourers

Welcome to LegalEase – a Montreal-based, produced and broadcast radio show concerning “The Law”. This month’s episode is entitled: Silent Labourers.

Mae Nam looks at the International Labour Organization’s 90th Anniversary conference at McGill, interviewing Prof. Peggy Smith of Iowa University about the conditions of Domestic Workers. Daniel Mayer, in his fourth segment on Francophone rights, looks at the relationship between Quebec and the Francophone community outside Quebec through the lens of a recent Supreme Court case, Nguyen v. Quebec (Education, Recreation and Sports), 2009 SCC 47. Finally, LegalEase discusses the life of a little-known Superior Court judge with Michael Bookman, with some thoughts on the writing of Canadian Legal history.

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LegalEase Episode 8 – February 2010 – The Legitimatrix

Welcome to LegalEase – a Montreal-based, produced and broadcast radio show concerning “The Law”. This month’s episode is entitled: The Legitimatrix.

Professor Sherwin


True to content, Professor Richard Sherwin’s lecture carries the same name. He gave the annual Beatty lecture in 2010 – it was entitled: LEGITIMATRIX: LAW, ETHICS AND THE DIGITAL NEO-BAROQUE. How are new visual technologies are transforming the practice and theory of law? This raises new questions, such as: What authorizes visual meaning as a matter of law? LegalEase sat down with the Professor and picked his brain.

Daniel Mayer continues his four part series on ‘French Canadian identity outside Quebec’, focusing his second installment on the cultural and political development of Franco-Ontarien identity in the 20th Century.

Franco-Ontarian Flag

LegalEase catches up with Nafay Choudhury to learn about the recent Omar Khadr decision from the Supreme Court of Canada. Choudhry attended the pleadings in 2009 for the case and has valuable insights to share.
Omar Khadr

Check out the Khadr decision here: Canada (Prime Minister) v. Khadr, 2010 SCC 3

Our final segment features a new student-run international law blog called, “Legal Frontiers”. Law student Dan King tells us a little bit about the project. Check it out at www.legalfrontiers.ca

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Episode 6 – December 2009 – Mining for Law

This is the first update in a while, but its a good one. Hold on to your socks and stockings.

McKay in Action

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Welcome to LegalEase – a Montreal-based, produced and broadcast radio show concerning “The Law”. Episode 6 is divided into two parts.

First, contributor Phil Duguay will look at various aspects of the recent Canadian parliamentary initiative Bill C-300 on Mining. Duguay interviews the bill’s primary author, member of parliament Hon. John McKay (Scarborough—Guildwood, Lib.).

In short, the purpose of the Act is to, “ensure that corporations engaged in mining, oil or gas activities and receiving support from the Government of Canada act in a manner consistent with international environmental best practices and with Canada’s commitments to international human rights standards.”

UAEM

Universities Allied for Essential Medicines: Our drugs. Our labs. Our responsibility.

Second, we will play some footage from a recent discussion Panel entitled: Improving Global Access to McGill’s Health Innovations. The theme is the equitable licensing of drugs. We will hear from Ms. Rachel Kiddell-Monroe, the President of the Board for Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM).


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