Beverly McLachlin, Trinity College, 6th May

The Right Honourable, Deputy Governor General, Privy Councillor (not to mention Chief Justice of Canada) Beverly McLachlin will give a lecture in the School of Law, Trinity College Dublin next month (information here). The topic is “Human Rights Protection in Canada” and all are welcome, but please take the time to email the School if you wish to attend. The event takes place on Tuesday week (May 6th) and I’m not going to be around, so please enjoy it on my behalf…

It promises to be a very interesting talk. For extra credit, you could prepare by reading some of Chief Justice McLachlin’s opinions (helpfully collated on Wikipedia here). We already had a former Supreme Court of Canada judge visiting us this year (Louise Arbour, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights). The questions at that event were excellent – and some of Arbour’s comments rightfully made the news the following day. I’m not sure if the Irish media has a huge awareness of who Chief Justice McLachlin is, but she and her Court are well worth looking at, even while all the ‘North American’ focus is on Hillary vs Barack episode 29480. (And I can’t end this post without another plug for The Court, Osgoode Hall’s Supreme Court blog.

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