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CANCELLED See You in Court: Defending Civil Liberties in an Uncivil Era

23 March 2020 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 am

See You in Court: Defending Civil Liberties in an Uncivil Era
Indictment, Court Override Bills, and Issues Behind the Headlines

Sharon Abraham-Weiss, Executive Director of ACRI
In conversation with Nathalie Des Rosiers

This event is now taking place online on Monday, May 23rd at 12 PM Eastern Time. For more information and registration, click here.

Gowling WLG, First Canadian Place, 100 King St West #1600, Anishinaabe Boardroom
Breakfast: 8:00 AM
Program: 8:30-9:30 AM
Eligible for CPD credits

A “peace” plan that advocates annexation. A sitting Prime Minister indicted. Three deadlocked elections in one year. A “court override” proposal and the Nation-State Law. The worrying trends in Israeli democracy continues to accelerate.

At this pivotal moment, the head of Israel’s oldest and largest civil liberties agency comes to Toronto to share her analysis and work from the front lines. As illiberal populism in Israel takes aim against the pillars of democracy – a vibrant media, independent judiciary, active civil society, and separation of powers – so too are progressive Israelis pushing back in defense.

Sharon-Abraham Weiss, Executive Director of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, will speak with renowned Canadian lawyer Nathalie Des Rosiers for an in-depth and frank analysis of Israeli democracy, and the lessons we in Canada can learn about using the law to protect human rights and civil liberties. Please join us as we launch NIFC’s new community for progressive lawyers.

If you can’t attend but would like to join future Lawyers Circle events, email info@nifcan.org.

About Us

The New Israel Fund of Canada supports projects and programs in Israel that strengthen and safeguard civil and human rights, bridge social and economic gaps, and foster tolerance and religious pluralism for all of its residents.

Our Lawyers Circle: Amy Block, Maurice Green, Roni Hoffman, Ari Kaplan, Jon Katz, David Lepofsky, Michael Mitchell, Corey Shefman, Joseph Steiner

About Our Speakers

Established in 1972, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel is the country’s oldest, largest human rights organization, and the only one dealing with the entire spectrum of rights and civil liberties issues in Israel and the Occupied Territories.

Sharon Abraham-Weiss is the Executive Director of ACRI. As a staff attorney previously, Sharon represented ACRI in many key cases, among them dealing with land issues, socio-economic dignity, and worker’s rights. She’s founded and led a legal clinic and a feminist legal agency. She’s been selected by The Marker and Haaretz newspapers as one of the most prominent and influential women leaders in Israel.

Nathalie Des Rosiers is the Principal of Massey College. Previously, she was Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry and the Member of Provincial Parliament for Ottawa-Vanier.  Prior to entering politics, she was the Dean of the Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, at the University of Ottawa. She also served as the General Counsel for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, a national organization that acts as a watchdog for the protection of human rights and civil liberties in Canada. She is a recipient of the Order of Canada and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.


23 March 2020
8:30 am - 9:30 am
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