Lawyers Without Rights public forum: November 22

archival photosWhat happens when politics interfere with the right to justice?

The Law Society will present a free, evening public forum on Thursday November 22 at Simon Fraser University, Harbour Centre, in partnership with the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies and the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre. The forum, presented in association with the travelling exhibit Lawyers Without Rights, will examine why it is so important to have a legal system that is independent of politics, what happened in Germany and what is happening around the world today in societies where the independent legal system is threatened.

Moderated by CBC’s The National reporter Duncan McCue, the forum will bring together an international panel of legal experts:

Leo Adler, Toronto lawyer and director of national affairs for Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies since 1999;

Dr. Norbert Westenberger, vice-president of the German Federal Bar;

Joel Levi, founder of Lawyers Without Rights and the 2007 Israel Bar Association distinguished lawyer of the year;

Professor Stephen Toope, president and vice-chancellor of the University of British Columbia since 2006 and an international expert in human rights law.

Since its inception, the Lawyers Without Rights exhibit has been presented around Europe, Israel, the US and more recently Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto. Lawyers Without Rights will run from November 1 to 25 at Harbour Centre Tower atrium and at the University of Victoria from November 28 to December 9, with a round-table discussion on November 29.

Presented in association with CBC, the Lawyers Without Rights public forum will take place November 22 at Simon Fraser University, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St. in Vancouver from 6 pm to 8:30 pm with a reception immediately following. The exhibit is supported in part by the Law Foundation of BC, and the reception is sponsored in part by the Vancouver Bar Association. To register for the free forum, email before November 15 or call 604-669-2533.