International Law

Canada Must Protect Its Children And Respect International Law

Tara Collins | Posted 06.30.2016 | Canada Politics
Tara Collins

The Egyptian regime is barring the Al-Qazzaz family from returning to their home in Canada, and has seized a significant amount of their assets, including the family business. The case has drawn lots of international criticism, and it's not hard to see why, given that it involves the violation of several United Nations instruments.

Scalia: A Supporter of Canadian Regulatory Sovereignty?

Mark Warner | Posted 02.22.2016 | Canada Politics
Mark Warner

While it may be tempting for some Canadian commentators to dance on the grave of a recently departed conservative jurist, it is worth pausing and reflecting on the fact that on the international comity so important to successive Canadian governments, Scalia's textualism arguably led him more often to be found on our side and leading his more liberal colleagues to our side.

Trade Restrictions Can Give The Paris Agreement Some Teeth

Andre Arnet-Zargarian | Posted 01.11.2016 | Canada Business
Andre Arnet-Zargarian

Much attention is paid to the fact that, like its predecessors, the Paris Agreement is "toothless" because it isn't backed up by an enforcement mechanism. This pessimism is understandable. Without clear and binding targets, how can any of the signatories be assured that their sacrifices will lead to meaningful emissions reductions? How can they know that the potentially difficult transition towards renewable energy will be a shared burden? The bad news is that the Paris Agreement is unlikely to introduce strict targets or develop an enforcement mechanism in the foreseeable future.

United Nations Geneva Cooking-Up Some Peace

Shannon Skinner | Posted 04.14.2015 | Canada Impact
Shannon Skinner

The United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland has recently published a unique cookbook, Recipes for Peace, Rights & Well-being, which shares the secrets of many "recipes" for its peace and humanitarian initiatives that have changed the world, combined with superb recipes from some of Geneva's most celebrated chefs.

The "Right" to Be Forgotten & Digital Leviathans

Heather Roff | Posted 04.08.2015 | Canada Politics
Heather Roff

We hear every day that technology is changing rapidly, and that we are at risk of others violating our rights through digital means. We hear about c...

Why Has Our Supreme Court Barred Civil Claims by Canadians Tortured in a Foreign State?

Renu Mandhane | Posted 12.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Renu Mandhane

The International Human Rights Program (IHRP) at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights were interveners before the Supreme Court and argued that the right to a remedy is protected under international law, and is a principle of fundamental justice under the Charter (which protects life, liberty and security of the person). The Supreme Court rejected that argument.

International Rules Aren't Made to Be Broken

Michael Møller | Posted 10.20.2014 | Canada
Michael Møller

The international rules that determine how we should be governing the affairs of the world don't seem to matter much these days. A well-organized society is based on agreed-upon rules of the game. Setting them aside and trampling on them only brings chaos that will affect us all sooner rather than later.

The New Indigenous Peoples Being Slaughtered

Mark Taliano | Posted 09.21.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Taliano

Israel's largely American-supplied war machine--though Canada is increasingly adding to the mix -- is perpetuating the imperial cycle of conquest: a technologically advanced force is imposing its monstrous will on a vilified, relatively defenceless people.

Remembering Rwanda's Pain and the World's Shame

Ziyaad Mia | Posted 05.26.2014 | Canada Impact
Ziyaad Mia

In the annals of human evil, Rwanda's genocide takes a special place. With a kill rate of about six people a minute for more than three months, it's likely one of the fastest mass slaughters of humans in history. Most were hacked to death by machete, partly because the perpetrators found it cheaper than using bullets.

Ukraine Is Another Example of a Dangerous World of Clashing Hegemons

Errol P. Mendes | Posted 05.18.2014 | Canada
Errol P. Mendes

When the history of the early decades of the 21st Century is written, it may well be called the era of multiple clashing hegemons. The most recent glo...

Political Corruption Affects Real People

Akaash Maharaj | Posted 01.29.2014 | Canada Politics
Akaash Maharaj

Every year, political corruption kills as many as 140,000 children worldwide, by depriving them of medical care, food, and water. Yet, far too often, the perpetrators of the most outrageous acts of corruption are able to use their illicit wealth and power to pervert the very laws and institutions that should call them to account.

Why I Am Committed to Ending Teenage Sex Trafficking

Senator Mobina Jaffer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Senator Mobina Jaffer

Teenage sex trafficking is a worldwide problem and therefore all governments need to be involved. That is why I believe I need to be involved as a law maker from Canada. I need to do my share in raising awareness of trafficking of children and being a force in changing Canadian laws so that we can help those abroad.

Will Israel and Palestine Move Beyond an Eye for an Eye?

Josh D. Scheinert | Posted 12.26.2012 | Canada
Josh D. Scheinert

This week has seen an upsurge in violence between Israelis and Palestinians. In 24 hours, 79 rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel. Arsen Ostrovsky asks, "My country is under attack, do you care?" The responses to his piece have been disturbing. Israel's occupation of Palestine is wrong. But a denunciation of illegal-Palestinian rocket attacks on Israeli civilians need not be prefaced by a resuscitation of each ill that Israel has inflicted on Palestinians. Victimhood must be inclusive.

Canada's Misguided Crackdown on Human Smuggling

Josh D. Scheinert | Posted 12.04.2011 | Canada
Josh D. Scheinert

The Preventing Human Smugglers from Abusing Canada's Immigration System Act (Bill C-4) does anything but what its title suggests. It is not about preventing human smuggling; it is about callously punishing those who may or may not have been smuggled in an attempt to gain a better life.