2013 ISAAC PITBLADO LECTURES

HUMAN RIGHTS CHALLENGES & ACHIEVEMENTS
November 22nd & 23rd, 2013
Fort Garry Hotel, Winnipeg

Jointly presented by The Law Society of Manitoba, the Manitoba Bar Association and the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Law

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Our 2013 Pitblado Lectures delves into challenging and current human rights issues including:

  • Section 15 – where we are with equality jurisprudence?
  • The Supreme Court of Canada – has it now articulated a workable approach for assessing equality rights claims?
  • The Charter v. Human Rights Codes recent jurisprudence – how should legislators and judges assess competing Charter and Human Rights Code claims, particularly religious rights cases?
  • Equality Claims brought by First Nations – what are the challenges under the Canadian Human Rights Act?
  • Human Rights Commissions and Tribunals – what does the future look like?
  • International human rights law – does it matter in your Manitoba practice?

Practical guidance will also be provided on the tests for discrimination, new legislation and policies, and whether your firm needs a human rights practice management check-up!  

The Lectures will touch on issues relevant to Human Rights, Labour and Employment and Immigration law practitioners as well as those that practice First Nations / Aboriginal law and Civil Litigation.

This program may be reported for up to 9.5 hours of eligible CPD activity, including 1 hour of Ethics, Practice Management or Professional Responsibility (EPPM).

Keynote Speakers

The Honourable C. Lynn Smith

Will be presenting on Equality Issues

Marcia Kran

Will be presenting on the relevance of International Human Rights Law to a Manitoba law practice

Gwen Brodsky

Will be presenting on Proving Discrimination

Paul Champ

Will be presenting on Discrimination and First Nations

Professor Ken Norman

Will be presenting on the future of Human Rights Commissions

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