This info session is a repeat of the one held on Oct. 2nd. Applications are now open for the 10th annual Israel & International Law program, with a deadline of Feb. 15, 2020. The program runs May 4 – 25, 2020.
Adelina Iftene, Schulich Law
Punished for Aging: Vulnerability, Rights and Access to Justice in Canadian Penitentiaries
Dr. Iftene will discuss her new book. Built around the experiences of older prisoners, Punished for Aging looks at the challenges individuals face in Canadian penitentiaries and their struggles for justice. Through firsthand accounts and quantitative data drawn from extensive interviews, this book brings forward the experiences of federally incarcerated people living their “golden years” behind bars. These experiences show the limited ability of the system to respond to heightened needs, while also raising questions about how international and national laws and policies are applied, and why they fail to ensure the safety and well-being of incarcerated individuals. In so doing, Adelina Iftene explores the shortcomings of institutional processes, prison-monitoring mechanisms, and legal remedies available in courts and tribunals, which leave prisoners vulnerable to rights abuses.
Some of the problems addressed in this book are not new; however, the demographic shift and the increase in people dying in prisons after long, inadequately addressed illnesses, with few release options, adds a renewed sense of urgency to reform. Working from the interview data, contextualized by participants’ lived experiences, and building on previous work, Iftene seeks solutions for such reform, which would constitute a significant step forward not only in protecting older prisoners, but in consolidating the status of incarcerated individuals as holders of substantive rights.
‘Legal knowledge’ and ‘knowing’ in in the courtroom, often referred to as the law of evidence, has undergone radical transformation over the last ten years. 2019 marks the ten year anniversary of the landmark case of R v Grant, which reoriented the test for exclusion of evidence at trial due to the state’s Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms breaches as a balancing act in which the seriousness of the state conduct is measured, and on which the impact on the protected interest of accused persons were used to assess whether evidence should be excluded or included in a trial based on society’s interests in the adjudication of the merits of the criminal matter. What does the conception of knowledge mean in modern criminal legal proceedings? How has knowing and constructing criminal responsibility changed in the legal context over the last ten years in light of changes in evidence law, conceptions of vulnerability and enhanced digital and informational connectivity? How do we visualize criminality in the information age? This conference aims to discuss and unpack these questions.
Most persons resident in Canada understand that to be found criminally responsible when accused of a criminal offence, the Crown must prove the physical and mental elements of the offence against an accused person beyond a reasonable doubt. The corpus of that assessment is based on documents, testimony, objects and items that are admitted into the proceedings. Their relevance, materiality and inculpatory and exculpatory nature must be weighed and assessed. Unparalleled connectivity, state surveillance capabilities, Canada’s commitment to truth and reconciliation with Indigenous communities, and anxieties pertaining to large scale security calamities (like terror events) have altered the landscape in which crime is investigated, and in which evidence is subsequently discovered, and admitted. The discovery of evidence and its admission at trial are the building blocks of legal knowledge in the investigative and trial processes, and changes in these processes could well have dramatic effects in respect of the construction of criminal responsibility.
We welcome scholars, students and practitioners of criminal law (lawyers and judges) together for this conference about the latest knowledge developments in the criminal law and cognate disciplines.
Please register for this conference at the Robson Crim website here.
The Solomon Greenberg Moot is Robson Hall’s annual internal advocacy competition. Competitors are the top students from last winter’s 2nd-year Advocacy class. Winners from the Solomon Greenberg go on to compete in the Western (MacIntyre) Cup.
All are welcome to cheer on the teams at the Law Courts.
Research in Manitoba’s Legal Community: Lightning Talks 2020
Date: Wednesday March 4, 2020
Location: University of Manitoba, Robson Hall
The MBA Legal Research Section invites law students and professors to present their recent or ongoing legal research projects. Each presenter will have five minutes to present, followed by a five minute question period. We are hoping to create a forum in which legal practitioners, students and academics can come together to learn about the interesting legal research that is occurring within the Manitoba legal community. Refreshments will be provided.
Please contact Heather Fast at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in presenting at our event. Your participation is greatly appreciated.