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After 9/11, the US pressured other states to integrate their police, intelligence and military with US security systems and policy. According to Maureen Webb, Canada has been in the forefront of complying states. She shares her views on how measures such as Project AO Canada (which left Maher Arar and other Canadians exposed to torture), the Anti-terrorism Act, the Smart Border Agreement, the Security and Prosperity Partnership, the Safe Third Country Agreement, the Security Certificates system, global surveillance initiatives and the military mission in Afghanistan have resulted in Canada violating international legal obligations to refugees, immigrants, criminal suspects, prisoners of war and Canadian citizens. Ms. Webb also discusses consequences for Canadians and the cost to democracy. (A special lecture offered by Lawyers Rights Watch Canada and UBC Continuing Studies, originally presented on 15-March-2008.)
Professor Marjorie Cohn analyzes the six major ways she feels the Bush administration has violated US and international law. In her view, since 9/11 the Bush administration has used the "war on terror" as an excuse for the illegal invasion of other countries, torture, illegal spying on Americans, summary executions and willful killing, the Guantánamo Gulag and refusal to execute the law. Professor Cohn also discusses political responses and explains legal remedies. (A special lecture offered by Lawyers Rights Watch Canada and UBC Continuing Studies, originally presented on 23-Feb-2008.)
The Honourable Claire L'Heureux-Dubé traces the development of international human rights and humanitarian law from the early days of the League of Nations, to the formation of the United Nations and the historic signing of the UN Charter, to the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and on to the creation of the major human rights instruments and their incorporation into domestic legal systems around the world. (A special lecture offered by Lawyers Rights Watch Canada and UBC Continuing Studies, originally presented on 26-Jan-2008.)