Justice and Accountability Conference Schedule

Thursday, March 30, 2017


8:30-9:00                  John McMahon, Director General, Vanier College


Opening remarks


9:00-10:00               Introduced by: John McMahon, Director General, Vanier College


Dr. Charles Small, Director, Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy


                                    Genocidal Antisemitism and the Crisis of Modernity: The Contemporary Challenges to Human Rights and Democratic Principles


10:00-11:00             Introduced by: Brandon Silver, Director of Projects, Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights


Professor Karen Eltis, Law Professor, University of Ottawa


Hate Speech in the Digital Age


11:00-11:30             Break


11:00-12:00             Introduced by: Professor Irwin Cotler, Chair of the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights


Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs (TBC)


Foreign Affairs: Justice and Accountability and the Current Political Climate



12:00-1:00               Introduced by: Moses Gashirabake, Rwandan survivor, law student at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin (Bar Candidate 2016/2017)


Dr. Marina Sharpe, Steinberg Post-Doctoral Fellow in International Migration Law and Policy, Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, Faculty of Law, McGill University


From Non-interference to Non-indifference: The African Union and the Responsibility to Protect


1:00-2:00                  Lunch


2:00-3:30                  Panel Discussion: Community Perspectives: Justice and Accountability


Moderator: Sue Montgomery, Writer and advocate for women’s rights


Viken Attarian, Armenian, Former Chairman of the Armenian General Benevolent Union

Professor Roman Serbyn, Ukrainian, Professor Emeritus of Russian and East European History at the University of Quebec at Montreal

Moses Gashirabake, Rwandan, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin (Bar Candidate 2016/17)

Dafina Savic, Roma Sinti, Human Rights Coordinator, Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre and Director of Romanipe


3:30-4:00                  Professor Irwin Cotler, Chair of the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights,


Holocaust, Genocide, Human Rights: Pursuing Justice and Accountability


4:00-4:30                  Introduced by: Bruce Kent, Son of Holocaust survivor, Vice President and Director of RBC Dominion Securities, Member of the Board of Directors of the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights


Closing: Sidney Zoltak, Holocaust Survivor



Friday, March 31, 2017


9:00-10:00               Introduced by: Ian Hamilton, Executive Director, Equitas– International Centre for Human Rights Education


Dr. Alaa Murabit, UN High-Level Commissioner: Health and Employment Growth, UN SDG Global Advocate


Peace and Justice: Community Building


10:00-11:30             Panel Discussion: Justice and Accountability: None is Too Many:  How Far Have We Come?


Moderator: Ian Hamilton, Executive Director, Equitas– International Centre for Human Rights Education


Professor Irving Abella, Professor Emeritus, Department of History, York University

                                    Honourable Marlene Jennings, Former Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for International Cooperation, former Parliamentary Secretary to the Solicitor General of Canada, former Member of Parliament, and former Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister

Me David Berger, Immigration lawyer and Former Member of the House of Commons

Salma Siddiqui, (TBC) Head of Canadian Progressive Muslim Organizations


11:30-12:30             Lunch


12:30-1:30               Introduced by: Louise Otis, former Judge of the Court of Appeals of Quebec, international mediator and arbitrator, Adjunct Professor at McGill Universitys Faculty of Law


Senator Murray Sinclair


Indigenous People: Justice and Accountability


1:30-2:30                  Introduced by: Naomi Kramer, President of the Holocaust Education and Genocide Prevention Foundation


Kimberly Mann, Chief of the Education Outreach Division of the United Nations Department of Public Information Global Outreach, United Nations: Genocide Education


Education for Inclusiveness


2:30-3:00                  Break


3:00-4:30                  Panel Discussion: Pursuing Justice for Political Prisoners


Moderator: Paul Karwatsky, CTV News


Ensaf Haidar, President and Co-founder of the Raif Badawi Foundation for Freedom

Mireille Elchacar, Activist and member of Amnesty International since 2000, Coordinator of the Sherbrooke group

Kate Barth, Legal Director of Freedom Now

Professor Irwin Cotler, Director of the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights


4:30-5:00                  Closing: John McMahon, Director General, Vanier College


Never Again Declaration


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