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The rule of law and social justice

2018 Rule of Law Lecture

Do technology and social media act as a tool for bringing about justice and supporting the rule of law or are they at risk for being a tool for exercising mob justice?

Can the law and the justice system keep up with our continuously changing society?

Throughout history, social justice has helped to shape laws and policies to achieve greater equality. Join former Supreme Court of Canada Justice and litigator Ian Binnie, CC, QC, dean of the Peter A. Allard School of Law Dr. Catherine Dauvergne, and National Post columnist Jonathan Kay for a lively dialogue, moderated by Jennifer Chow, QC, on how the rule of law and social justice interact and intersect.

Event information

Thursday, June 7, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
UBC Robson Square, Theatre
800 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC

Free admission. Registration is required.
RSVP by email to or call 604.443.5772

The event will be webcasted live and attendees may be captured on video. 

Attendance at this event provides one hour of continuing professional development credits for lawyers.

2018 Rule of Law Lecture video

The Honourable Ian Binnie served for nearly 14 years as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada and authored more than 170 reasons for judgment. He currently is counsel at Lenczner Slaght based in Toronto, Ontario. He has served in public service roles such as as Canada's Associate Deputy Minister of Justice and Special Parliamentary Counsel to the Joint Committee of the Senate and the House of Commons on the Meech Lake Accord. He has appeared before the International Court of Justice and various international tribunals, and has acted as Canadian representative in high-profile disputes involving France and the U.S.

Dr. Catherine Dauvergne is the dean of the Peter A. Allard School of Law at UBC. Dean Dauvergne has been working in the area of refugee, immigration, and citizenship law over the past quarter of a century. In 2012, she was named a Fellow of the Trudeau Foundation for her contributions to public discourse in Canada. She has authored three books and is an editor or co-author of four other volumes, including Canada’s immigration and refugee law casebook. Much of her work engages feminist critique and the place of women in refugee, immigration and citizenship laws.

Jonathan Kay is a Canadian journalist, columnist for the National Post and assistant editor of Quillette. His freelance articles have appeared in various U.S. publications, including Commentary magazine, the New York Post, Harper's, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, The New Republic and Newsweek. He received his law degree from Yale Law School and became a member of the New York bar in 1998. Prior to joining the National Post, he worked as a lawyer with the New York City office of Goodman Phillips Vineberg.


Jennifer Chow, QC is a Bencher and member of the Ethics Committee, Equity and Diversity Advisory Committee and Rule of Law and Lawyer Independence Advisory Committee.