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Lawyers Protest in Pakistan

The BBC is reporting that late Thursday night a convoy of lawyers left the eastern Pakistan city of Lahore to converge on the capital Islamabad to demand the reinstatement of judges who were removed last November. The government is undecided as to how to reinstate the judges, or even if they should. The lawyers are planning a peaceful sit-in after their 270 km motorized trip through various towns along the way to Islamabad.

According to the BBC report:

Organisers said the struggle of the lawyers had now reached a “decisive phase”. The lawyers have been joined by some civil

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Posted in: Practice of Law, Substantive Law

Benazir Bhutto Dead – Situation in Pakistan Heats Up

I heard it on Twitter first coming into the office this morning, then word has slowly spread throughout the news agencies. Former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto, has been killed in a suicide bombing at one of her political rallies. The power of the wiki is evident–her page on Wikipedia was updated immediately with the news.

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Related Slaw posts:

Musharraf and the Judges (Nov. 4/07)
News re: Pakistan via the Google AJAX News Bar (Nov. 8/07)
Human Rights Blog Tracking List of Arrestees in Pakistan (Nov. 14/07)
CBA March in Solidarity with the Defenders of . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

CBA March in Solidarity With the Defenders of the Rule of Law in Pakistan

On Sunday, November 25, the Canadian Bar Association is organizing a protest march to the Supreme Court of Canada building in Ottawa as a a show of support for the lawyers and judges of Pakistan.

“CBA President Bernard Amyot will lead the procession of CBA Bar Leaders, lawyers, law students and other members of the legal community from across Canada. The County of Carleton Law Association is also giving its full support to the march to the steps of the Supreme Court of Canada. Bar Leaders will address the marchers and participants will have the opportunity to sign a petition

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Posted in: Substantive Law

Human Rights Blog Tracking List of Arrestees in Pakistan

HRCP Blog, the blog of the independent NGO Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, has been documenting the repression of members of that country’s legal, human rights and academic communities since President Musharraf imposed a state of emergency earlier this month.

One of the major targets of what has been described as a coup has been the increasingly independent-minded judiciary of the South Asian country.

The blog has been trying to make sure that the names of people arrested remain in the public eye.

Cross-posted to Library Boy. . . . [more]

Posted in: Technology: Internet

News Re Pakistan via the Google AJAX News Bar

At the top of Slaw’s home page you should see an experiment with the new Google AJAX News Bar. I’ve asked it to return news of “Pakistan” “Musharraf” or “Bhutto”, giving you the search term, the source and the title to the item. Linked news items are set to open in a new window.

I won’t leave this in place forever, but I thought it might be of interest first of all because it demonstrates a new way of displaying a news search and second because of the concern I’m sure we all have about the state of law . . . [more]

Posted in: Uncategorized

Protect Afghanistan’s Truth-Tellers: Human Rights Defenders in a World of Diplomatic Doublespeak

In 2021 the world has witnessed the abject failure of international organizations to curtail even the most grave human rights violations, including war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide (“atrocity crimes”). The situation in Afghanistan is one case in point.

In countries around the globe, international human rights law is routinely violated with impunity. Many are wondering what “human rights” mean when politicians and diplomats toss out the term with ease while remaining reckless or complicit in the face of human rights violations and atrocities.

Canada must act urgently to match words with actions

There increasingly grave concerns . . . [more]

Posted in: Justice Issues

Too Many New Lawyers? Build a Wall?

Over the last few years, there has been much debate about how to deal with the significant increase in the numbers of Canadian and foreign law school graduates seeking licensing in Ontario. While the number of articling positions has significantly increased, the number of applicants has increased even more quickly. The Law Practice Program (LPP) was established several years ago as an additional pathway to address this shortfall and to pilot a new approach to experiential training.

With a recent proposal to terminate the LPP facing substantial opposition, the Law Society of Upper Canada is now developing “long-term recommendations for . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Ethics

Stamping Out Systemic Discrimination in the Legal Professions

This weekend we celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Black Law Students Association of Canada (BLSAC). The organization is one that has held special importance to me throughout law school and following, and one to which I credit much of my momentum in this field.

The conference was held this year in Toronto at the DoubleTree Hilton, immediately adjacent to the construction site of the new provincial courthouse, and historic site of the British Methodist Episcopal Church, one of the key locations of the Underground Railroad.

The Julius Alexander Diversity Moot this year was held at the Ontario Court . . . [more]

Posted in: Practice of Law: Future of Practice

Summaries Sunday: Maritime Law Book

Summaries of selected recent cases are provided each week to Slaw by Maritime Law Book. Every Sunday we present a precis of the latest summaries, a fuller version of which can be found on MLB-Slaw Selected Case Summaries at cases.slaw.ca.

This week’s summaries concern:
Criminal Law – Courts – Practice

Ishaq v. Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration) 2015 FCA 212
Courts – Practice
Summary: Ishaq was a Pakistani national who had been granted Canadian citizenship. Her religious beliefs required her to wear a niqab (a veil that covered most of her face). A 2011 change in government . . . [more]

Posted in: Summaries Sunday

Summaries Sunday: Maritime Law Book

Summaries of selected recent cases are provided each week to Slaw by Maritime Law Book. Every Sunday we present a precis of the latest summaries, a fuller version of which can be found on MLB-Slaw Selected Case Summaries at cases.slaw.ca.

This week’s summaries concern:
Mechanics’ Liens – Contracts – Creditors and Debtors – Aliens

Olson (Stuart) Dominion Construction Ltd. v. Structal Heavy Steel 2015 SCC 43
Mechanics’ Liens – Statutes
Summary: A general contractor (Dominion) applied for an order that the $15,570,974.53 lien bond it had filed in order to obtain removal of a builder’s lien, filed by . . . [more]

Posted in: Summaries Sunday

Summaries Sunday: Maritime Law Book

Summaries of selected recent cases are provided each week to Slaw by Maritime Law Book. Every Sunday we present a precis of the latest summaries, a fuller version of which can be found on MLB-Slaw Selected Case Summaries at cases.slaw.ca.

This week’s summaries concern:
Courts – Practice – Civil Rights

Maple Ridge Community Management Ltd. v. Peel Condominium Corp. No. 231 2015 ONCA 520
Courts – Practice
Summary: The parties entered into a contract appointing Maple Ridge Community Management Ltd. as the property management company for Peel Condominium Corp. No. 231 for a three year term. Pursuant to . . . [more]

Posted in: Summaries Sunday

Monday’s Mix

Each Monday we present brief excerpts of recent posts from five of Canada’s award-­winning legal blogs chosen at random* from forty-one recent Clawbie winners. In this way we hope to promote their work, with their permission, to as wide an audience as possible.

This week the randomly selected blogs are 1. The Court  2. Combat Sports Law  3. ABlawg.ca 4. FamilyLLB  5. Administrative Law Matters

The Court
The Sorry Tale of Mr. Henry

Mr. Henry is an average person with an average life. Then one day, he is convicted of 10 sexual offences, declared a dangerous offender and sentenced to . . . [more]

Posted in: Monday’s Mix