The search for reconciliation through accountability

Marie Manikis, Policy Options Politiques, 7 April 2020

Marie ManikisWe must address discretionary failures by prosecutors and police that perpetuate violence against Indigenous people. There must be redress.

“In December 2018, an Inuk woman, the victim of domestic violence, called the RCMP to protect her safety. Instead of being helped, A(M) was arrested, detained, charged and found guilty of drinking in violation of her bail conditions. A similar situation, the case of K(M), had unfolded a year earlier, the justice of the peace in Iqaluit who handled the A(M) case noted. Both situations are typical examples of the systemic problems of under- and overpolicing of Indigenous communities that are in part responsible for the overrepresentation of Indigenous people in the criminal justice process.” Keep reading…

Renouvellement de mandats pour Andrea Bjorklund et Frédéric Mégret

Nouvelles de la Faculté, 3 avril 2020

Andrea BjorklundLa Faculté de droit a le plaisir d’annoncer que la professeure Andrea K. Bjorklund a été reconduite à la Chaire L. Yves Fortier en arbitrage international et droit commercial international pour sept ans à compter du 1er juillet 2020, et que le professeur Frédéric Mégret a été renouvelé dans son mandat comme titulaire d’une Chaire William Dawson pour cinq ans à compter du 1er mai 2020. Lire l’annonce complète…

Reclaiming Universal Economic and Social Rights in a Convulsed Legal and Economic Order

Dorothy Estrada-Tanck (visiting professor), CHRLP Blog, 31 March 2020

In her contribution to the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism Blog, O’Brien Fellow in Residence Dorothy Estrada-Tanck asks what elements of human rights need to be better protected? She proposes that a higher standard of economic, social, and cultural rights need to be protected along with civil and political rights. In particular, she writes that the right to housing is a fruitful example of such development. Read her post…

COVID-19 Symposium: Returning “Home” – Nationalist International Law in the Time of the Coronavirus

Frédéric MégretFrédéric Mégret, OpinioJuris, 30 March

“One of the most characteristic symptoms of globalization was the fairly significant expatriation of large numbers of nationals for life, work and adventure. This was frequently coupled with a discourse emphasizing the fraying of national identification and the relativity of state affiliation… What has been striking about the coronavirus epidemic is the rapidity with which many émigrés, particularly those with the privilege of mobility, have sought refuge in their country of origin. In turn, what has been remarkable in those states is the combination of further closing borders to foreigners whilst going out of their way to repatriate nationals.” Keep reading…

Should you snitch on your neighbours for flouting physical distancing rules? Here’s some advice

Daniel WeinstockJohn MacFarlane, CBC News, 28 March 2020

Turns out there’s an etiquette to dealing with someone flouting rules that defy basic social behaviour.

Daniel Weinstock, who was among the experts who weighed in on navigating physical distancing rules during COVID-19, remarked that “informing against our neighbours is highly corrosive to social relations, in ways which may continue to have echoes after this crisis is over.” Keep reading…

Commentary: The coronavirus pandemic has shattered the status quo on drug development. We should build on that

Richard Gold, Fortune, 26 March 2020

“If, like me, you need a mental break from the COVID-19 pandemic, let’s take an excursion to the future, when we emerge from it. Specifically, let’s think about how the world can build on this moment to develop a more open and effective drug discovery system: a system that will allow us to develop vaccines and treatments not only for future pandemics, but also for the pandemics of heart disease, cancer, and brain and nervous system diseases that already exist.” Keep reading…

Robert Leckey remporte le Prix de la principale pour le rayonnement médiatique

Nouvelles de la Faculté de droit, 12 mars 2020

Robert LeckeyLa Faculté de droit a le plaisir d’annoncer que le jury du Prix de la principale pour le rayonnement du savoir dans les médias et auprès du public a primé le doyen Robert Leckey comme premier lauréat de son Prix « Change-Maker ». Ce prix, pour lequel on ne peut candidater, est attribué dans des circonstances exceptionnelles à une personne exemplaire dont l’engagement auprès du public et des médias a entraîné d’importants changements sociaux. Lire l’annonce complète…

The Best Law Schools in Canada 2020: McGill takes 2nd

Ava Harper, University Magazine, 4 March 2020

In this year’s University Magazine rankings, the Faculty of Law placed 2nd overall out of 10. The ranking comes from data from The QS World University Rankings 2020, where McGill came in 28th this year. View the complete rankings…

Why selling off the International Space Station would be a tricky mission for the U.S.

Nicole Mortillaro, CBC News, 4 March 2020

Ram JakhuThe International Space Station is considered a shining example of the uniting power of science. (…) But in its proposed 2019 budget released last month, the United States, the biggest financial backer of the ISS, indicated it will stop funding the station in 2025, and instead look at transitioning the orbiting laboratory to commercial enterprises. (…)

But experts say it’s not quite that simple. For starters, the U.S. doesn’t have the authority to go ahead and privatize the entire space station. The U.S. could essentially rent out its share of the station, says Ram Jakhu, who teaches international space law at McGill University in Montreal. “The U.S. may use its part for private purposes … so the whole idea of saying privatizing [the station] is wrong.” Keep reading…

Podcast – This is Bill 21: The Legal Claims

Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) McGill podcasts, 4 March 2020

Welcome to the third episode of This is Bill 21 – a miniseries aimed at introducing listeners to Quebec’s controversial secularism law, Bill 21. In this episode, Robert Leckey, Dean of the Faculty of Law at McGill University joins us to shed light on the legal claims of the Bill. Listen on Spotify…

Afflux des réfugiés aux portes de la Grèce – Entrevue avec François Crépeau

Le 24/60, Radio-Canada, 2 mars 2020

Depuis quelques jours, des milliers de migrants affluent vers l’île de Lesbos. Que faire pour régler cette nouvelle crise migratoire? Écouter l’extrait…

Daniel Jutras nommé recteur de l’Université de Montréal

Nouvelles de la Faculté de droit, 26 février 2020

Daniel Jutras.C’est avec autant de fierté que de tristesse que la Faculté de droit a annoncé que le professeur Daniel Jutras, O.C., Ad. E., quittera l’Université McGill pour accéder au poste de recteur de l’Université de Montréal à compter du 1er juin 2020. Lire la suite…

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Interview with Payam Akhavan – A potential “turning point” for international human rights

Sylvain Comeau, McGill News, February 2020

Payam Akhavan speaking before the ICJ at The Hague. Detail of a Wikimedia photo by Pluralism123.Recently Professor Payam Akhavan joined the legal team representing the government of Gambia, a small African state. Gambia filed a legal action before the International Court of Justice (ICJ), on behalf of the Rohingya. In late January, the ICJ issued an order requiring Myanmar to cease and desist from genocidal acts against the Rohingya. The decision is intended to protect 600,000 Rohingya who are still in Rakhine state, their homelands. He recently spoke to the McGill News about his involvement in the case. Read the interview…