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G20 Workshop

October 6, 2010 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Project G20 Inaugural Panel:

Protecting Rights in the Aftermath of the G20 Summit in Toronto

Project G20, a student-led working group of the David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights, invites the legal community and the public at large to attend its inaugural panel entitled “Protecting Rights in the Aftermath of the G20 Summit in Toronto.”
On June 26-27, 2010 Toronto hosted the summit for the Group of 20 (“G20”) nations. Anticipating the large scale protests that would precede and coincide with the summit, the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario and the City of Toronto coordinated to establish a substantial security infrastructure and perimeter around the summit site. As many started gathering in Toronto prior to the weekend summit, complaints about improper police conduct became increasingly frequent. On June 26, as many as 10,000 people gathered in protest. While the vast majority demonstrated peacefully, a small group of black-clad individuals broke away from the main crowd, vandalizing stores and banks in the downtown core and setting fire to abandoned police vehicles. For the remainder of the weekend, the police adopted aggressive measures to control the demonstrations that subsequently lead to the arrest of more than 1,000 people, the largest mass arrest in Canadian history.
This inaugural panel will address the many allegations of breaches to Charter rights during the G20 week and add perspective to the debate about the proper balance between society’s fundamental freedoms and the state’s security interests.

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Panel Discussion with:

Cara Zwibel is Director of the Fundamental Freedoms Program at the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. She is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School and received her Master’s in Law from New York University where she was an Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar. Cara was a judicial clerk to the Honourable Ian Binnie at the Supreme Court of Canada and subsequently worked at a large national law firm practicing in the areas of public law, health law and commercial litigation. She has co-authored published articles on the rule of law in the Supreme Court of Canada and on Charter advocacy.

Professor Kent Roach is Prichard-Wilson Chair of Law and Public Policy at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, with cross-appointments in criminology and political science, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto and of Yale, and a former law clerk to

Justice Bertha Wilson of the Supreme Court of Canada.

Irina Ceric is a staff lawyer at Parkdale Community Legal Services and a PhD candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School. A long-time community activist, she currently works primarily with the Law Union of Ontario’s Movement Defence Committee and the Global Balkans Network.

The panel will be moderated by Professor David Schneiderman.


Event date: Wednesday, October 06, 2010, from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
Location: Room FLB, Flavelle House, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto


October 6, 2010
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm