February 17, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
The Supreme Court of Canada on Monday began hearing arguments in a series of five cases challenging human smuggling laws within Canada. Section 117 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, the law at issue in all five cases, criminalizes the act of knowingly assisting an undocumented ...[read more]
January 31, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged the Canadian government on Friday to institute an independent national inquiry into violence against women in the country. HRW also urged the government to establish greater accountability for cases of police misconduct. HRW found that the police have failed to ...[read more]
November 25, 2013
by Elizabeth Hand
JURIST Guest Columnist Jason Huang, University of Windsor Faculty of Law Class of 2016, discusses recent British Columbia Court of Appeals decision, Carter v. Canada, upholding the ban on assisted suicide...In the recent British Columbia Court of Appeal (BCCA) case Carter v. Canada (Attorney ...[read more]
October 10, 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen
The Court of Appeal for British Columbia on Thursday upheld Canada's law against doctor-assisted suicide. Justice Lynn Smith for the Supreme Court of British Columbia had ruled last year that the provisions of Canada's Criminal Code unjustly violate the rights to life, liberty and equality. She ...[read more]
September 8, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar
A judge for the Supreme Court of British Columbia on Friday declined to dismiss a class action lawsuit filed by disabled members of the Canadian military seeking to invalidate a veteran compensation law that limits payments to disabled veterans. Last year disabled veterans joined together to ...[read more]
March 31, 2013
by Sarah Steers
On March 31, 2011, the Supreme Court of Canada agreed to review a ruling from the Court of Appeal of British Columbia, which would permit standing for Sheryl Kiselbach, a former sex worker from Vancouver, if affirmed. Kiselbach initiated a lawsuit challenging anti-prostitution laws in 2007, but ...[read more]
January 5, 2013
by Samuel Franklin
A judge for the Provincial Court of British Columbia on Friday ruled that the federal government's mandatory-minimum sentence for the possession of a loaded and prohibited firearm is arbitrary and fundamentally unjust. Judge James Bahen ruled in the case of Glenn Harley Tetsuji Sheck, a 29-year- ...[read more]
September 29, 2012
by Kimberly Bennett
On September 29, 2011, two rights organizations filed an indictment against former US president George W. Bush with the Canadian Department of Justice for allegations that he commissioned a torture program during his time in office. The indictment was the second of the year; the first was filed in ...[read more]
August 8, 2012
by Sung Un Kim
A Canadian federal court judge on Tuesday ordered a judicial review of the nation's prison grievance system. Justice Anne Mactavish for the Federal Court of Canada held that the backlog in the grievance system is contributing to the increased violence and tension in the nation's prisons. The case ...[read more]
July 13, 2012
by Sung Un Kim
The Canadian government on Friday announced that it will appeal the decision of the Supreme Court of British Columbia striking down a ban on physician-assisted suicides. The Honourable Rob Nicholson for Niagara Falls, the Minister of Justice and the Attorney General of Canada made a public ...[read more]

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