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Saturday Morning at the Law School: Terrorism, Bill C-51 and Canada’s Ongoing Efforts to Remake our National Security Laws

Date & Time:
May 27, 2017 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Murray Fraser Hall 3360

The Faculty of Law and the Canadian Institute of Resources Law invite you to attend a free public lecture on Terrorism, Bill C-51 and Canada's Ongoing Efforts to Re-Make our National Security Laws.

With the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2015 — commonly known as Bill C-51 — Canada introduced its most substantial package of reforms to our terrorism law and practice since September 11, 2001. These reforms produced a great deal of controversy — and their fair share of applause. Since the 2015 election, the Liberal government has been reviewing Bill C-51 and Canada's national security laws and practice more broadly with a view towards another substantial update to Canada's laws — one that could be even more substantial than Bill C-51. This lecture will discuss the major controversies around Bill C-51 and Canada's current national security laws and have a look at some of the more controversial changes being considered by the government.

This event is free but registration is requested. Register now.

Michael Nesbitt is an assistant professor at the University of Calgary's Faculty of Law, and a Fellow with the Centre for Military, Security and Strategic Studies. He teaches and researches in the areas of national security law, criminal law, and international law and organizations. He engages regularly with the media on his areas of research. He has appeared before the House Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security, where his testimony was quoted favourably in the committee's report on amending Bill C-51 (Canada's Anti-Terrorism Act 2015), entitled Protecting Canadians and their Rights: A New Roadmap for Canada's National Security (May 2017).
Before joining the Faculty of Law in July 2015, he practised law and worked on Middle East policy, human rights, international sanctions and terrorism for Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs. Previously, he completed his articles and worked for Canada's Department of Justice, where his focus was criminal law. Nesbitt has also worked internationally for the United Nations' International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in the Appeals Chamber.

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