"Justice and Accountability after the Holocaust"
Wednesday, 9 November 2011
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Irwin Cotler is a member of Canada’s parliament representing Mount Royal, and Canada’s former Minister of Justice and Attorney General. Professor Cotler is a distinguished academic and a prominent human rights lawyer, whose dedication to humanitarian causes has earned him the Order of Canada and many other awards.
He has represented Prisoners of Conscience around the world including Andrei Sakharov and Anatoly Sharansky in the Soviet Union, Nelson Mandela in South Africa, Wole Soyinka, Nobel Laureate and playwright in Nigeria, and Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo in China.Maclean's magazine has referred to Professor Cotler as "Counsel for the Oppressed". He has been a leader in the development of international humanitarian law and has to his credit landmark cases in free speech, freedom of religion, women's rights, minority rights and peace law.
Professor Cotler is Professor of Law Emeritus at McGill University, where he was Director of its Human Rights Programme, and is Chair of InterAmicus, the McGill-based International Human Rights Advocacy Centre. Professor Cotler delivered the keynote address at the Holocaust Remembrance commemoration ceremony at United Nations European Headquarters in Geneva in 2007.