A People’s Interrogation of Law and Human Rights
Saturday, March 10, 2012 - 15:00
Speakers: Frank Barat, Faisal Bhabha
3:00 - 5:00 PM
3:00 - 5:00 PM
Location: Ryerson University, Library Building, Room 72, 350 Victoria St.
Hosted by Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR) - Ryerson, and Students Against Israeli Apartheid
Frank Barat is a Human Rights activist based in London. He is the coordinator of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine, a popular tribunal created in 2009 to expose and examine Israel's impunity in regards to its treatment of the Palestinian People. He has edited two books; 'Gaza in Crisis' with Noam Chomsky and Ilan Pappe, and 'Corporate Complicity in Israel's Occupation' with Asa Winstanley. He has also participated in the book 'Is there a court for Gaza?' with Daniel Machover. He writes for Counterpunch, Al Jazeera English, The Electronic Intifada, The New Internationalist, the Palestine Chronicle, Ceasefire Magazine and other publications. He has often travelled to Palestine/Israel.
Faisal Bhabha has researched and published in the areas of human rights, equality, multiculturalism, national security and access to justice. Previously, he sat as Vice-chair of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. He holds an LL.M. from Harvard Law School and carried on a varied public and private law practice, appearing before administrative boards and tribunals and at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada. He also advised or represented numerous public interest organizations and NGOs in matters related to constitutional law and human rights. Professor Bhabha’s perspective on legal research and education is global. He has spent time living and working abroad, including advocating for human rights in the Middle East, and researching comparative discrimination law in South Africa. Professor Bhabha’s current research focuses on diversity in legal education and in the legal profession. He has served as a member of the Equity Advisory Group of the Law Society of Upper Canada and has been involved in a number of local and international initiatives concerning justice and development.