2017 Charles D. Gonthier Memorial Lecture
Friday, June 23, 2017 from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL), in collaboration with the Charles D. Gonthier Legacy Committee, extends an invitation to the 2017 Charles D. Gonthier Memorial Lecture which will take place at the McGill University Faculty Club in Montreal on Friday, June 23, 2017.
The Gonthier Memorial Lecture Series was initiated in light of the significant impact that Supreme Court Justice Charles D. Gonthier had upon several generations of Canadian and international jurists in promoting a responsible, just and equal society. He was also a founding member of the CISDL Board of Governors.
Prominent speakers selected by a committee of experts are invited to speak on a theme related to emerging law, justice and sustainability concerns. This year, we have the pleasure of welcoming Ms. Irene Khan, Director-General of the International Development Law Organization (IDLO), and Hon Justice Guy Canivet, Vice-Chair of the IOC Ethics Commission, former member of the French Constitutional Court and President of the Cour de Cassation of France.
The event will be preceeded, from 5h00PM to 6h00PM, by a Welcome Reception by Law faculties and Law Firms at the McGill Faculty of Law. Attendance at the Welcome Reception and the Memorial Lecture are free of charge upon registration.
The Memorial Lecture will be immediately followed by a Banquet Dinner at the McGill Faculty Club. Proceeds from the dinner will be used to fund the Memorial Lecture. Charitable tax receipts will be provided for Banquet Dinner registrants.
Participants are also invited to make a donation to the Gonthier Memorial Lecture. Charitable tax receipts will be provided to all donors.
About the Speakers:
Irene Khan is the Director-General of the International Development Law Organization (IDLO). The first woman to hold this office, she was elected by Member Parties on November 17, 2011 and formally took her position on January 1, 2012. Ms. Khan was born in Bangladesh, and she studied law at the University of Manchester and Harvard Law School. She is an international thought leader on human rights, gender and social justice issues. She was Secretary General of Amnesty International from 2001 - 2009. Prior to that, she worked for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees for 21 years at its headquarters and in various field operations. She was a Visiting Professor at the State University of New York Law School (Buffalo) in 2011, and she sits on the boards of several international human rights and development organizations. She is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees and prestigious awards, including the City of Sydney Peace Prize in 2006 for her work to end violence against women and girls. Her book, The Unheard Truth: Poverty and Human Rights, has been translated into seven languages.
Guy Canivet is Vice-Chair of the IOC Ethics Commission, a former member of the French Constitutional Court, and President of the French Cour de Cassation. Justice Canivet has a long and distinguished career in law as a jurist, professor, and scholar. Beginning his career as an auditeur de justice, and later a juge d’instruction, Justice Canivet has, throughout his career, developed extensive experience promoting justice and developing the law. Justice Canivet has been a key voice expressing the importance of duty, judicial independence, and equality; first as a member of the Court of Appeal, eventually as Premier President of the Court of Appeal, and later as Premier President of the Cour de Cassation. He is an accomplished professor at both the Université Paris V – René Descartes and the Sorbonne, and Vice-Chair of the Ethics Committee of the International Olympic Committee. Now, as he has throughout his career, Justice Canivet continues to play a significant role in broadening equality and ensuring justice, both in the French judiciary and on a larger, international stage.