Symposium to provide forum of exchange for key decision makers on the issue of balancing civil liberties with with effective anti-terrorism measures

Since 9/11, Western democracies have responded to the threat of terrorism with varying degrees of effectiveness, and varying degrees of compliance with human rights standards.

The Symposium on Counter-Terrorism and Civil Liberties, hosted at McGill’s Faculty of Law on March 4 and 5, 2010, will provide a forum for leading policy makers, lawyers, academics, emerging scholars and students on the issue of balancing civil liberties and Charter rights with effective anti-terrorism protection.

High-profile speakers at the symposium include Warren Allmand, Alfred Alan Borovoy, Paul Champ, François Crépeau, Paul Dewar, Pearl Eliadis, Craig Forcese, Paul Kennedy, Simon Potter, Noël St. Pierre and Alexandre Trudeau.

Given recent jurisprudential developments in counter-terrorism cases, organizers believe it is a timely occasion to revisit the tenets behind counter-terrorism – and to create an interdisciplinary forum for key decision-makers to come together to discuss how Canada can strike a balance between protecting civil liberties and protecting against terrorism.

The Symposium on Counter-Terrorism and Civil Liberties is presented by several groups at McGill’s Faculty of Law, including the Human Rights Working Group, the Muslim Law Students Association, the Comparative Constitutional Law Society, the Arab Law Students Association and the Center for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism.

Symposium on Counter-Terrorism and Civil Liberties
When: Thursday, Mar. 4 at 6 p.m. to Friday, Mar. 5 at 5 p.m.
Where: Maxwell Cohen Moot Court (room 100), 3644 Peel Street, McGill Faculty of Law, Montreal
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This event is free and open to the public, but registration is mandatory. To view the schedule and to register, please visit the symposium web site.