Webcast of Khadr Hearing at Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of Canada is hearing Prime Minister of Canada, et al. v. Omar Ahmed Khadr tomorrow, November 13 — a Friday the 13th, as it happens. There is a webcast of the hearing scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. EDT.

You can read the SCC Case Information Summary to get a quick overview of the matter. The appellant’s (i.e. government’s) factum is online [PDF], as is that for Khadr [PDF].

The appeal is from a judgment of the Federal Court of Appeal: Canada (Prime Minister) v. Khadr, 2009 FCA 246 (CanLII), which in turn was an appeal from a Federal Court trial decision: Khadr v. Canada (Prime Minister), 2009 FC 405 (CanLII)

There are as well ten intervenors:

  • Amnesty International (Canadian Section, English Branch)
  • Human Rights Watch
  • Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children and Justice for Children and Youth
  • British Columbia Civil Liberties Association
  • Criminal Lawyers’ Association (Ontario)
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Avocats sans frontières Canada
  • Barreau du Québec et Groupe d’étude en droits et libertés de la Faculté de droit de l’Université Laval
  • Canadian Civil Liberties Association
  • National Council For the Protection of Canadians Abroad


  1. Do you know if the intervenor facta are available online?

  2. They’re not on the SCC site, Padraic, so you’d have to go to the websites of the intervenors to see if you could find them there. You might also look at these two sites, which contain a lot of material on Khadr’s case:
    The Omar Khadr Project
    The Omar Khadr Case