Wed, Oct 07, 2015: Bill C 51 and the Federal Election

Please join us for a free public lecture on Wednesday October 7th from 7-9pm in Room UC 144 of University College ( 15 King’s College Circle, Toronto, ON M5S 3H7 ) at the University of Toronto’s St George campus:

Bill C 51 and the Federal Election


Paul Copeland

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A Toronto-based Human rights lawyer, Paul Copeland is widely known as the defence attorney of security certificate detainee Mohamed Harkat, and an avid supporter of legal aid.

Copeland co-founded the Law Union of Ontario in 1974 and was the Vice-President of the Criminal Lawyers Association from 1985-1991 and was for several years the co-president of the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted until the fall of 2008. He has been a Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada since 1990. Since 1988 he has been active working with the democracy movement for Burma.

In June 2006 he argued in the Supreme Court of Canada on behalf of Mohamed Harkat that the security certificate procedure under the immigration and Refugee Protection Act violated the fundamental justice provisions of Section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom. In February 2007 the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously agreed with that argument and held that the procedure violated fundamental justice.

In February 2008 he was granted Top Secret National Security clearance. In June 2008 he was appointed as a special advocate for Mohamed Harkat and for Hassan Almrei in the security certificate proceedings against them. The security certificate in regard to Mr. Almrei was found to be unreasonable by Justice Mosley on December 14, 2010. .The Security Certificate against Mohamed Harkat was found to be reasonable in December 2010.

This event is part of a weekly series of talks entitled: “Vital Discussions of Human Security”. Please see for details on all of our upcoming events. Please see our YouTube channel for videos from past events.