Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada LRWC

Lawyers Rights Watch Canada LRWC is a committee of Canadian lawyers who promote human rights and the rule of law by providing support internationally to human rights defenders in danger. LRWC promotes the implementation and enforcement of international standards designed to protect the independence and security of human rights defenders around the world. LRWC:

  • campaigns for lawyers whose rights, freedoms or independence are threatened as a result of their human rights advocacy; and,
  • produces legal analyses of national and international laws and standards relevant to human rights abuses against lawyers and other human rights defenders;
  • works in cooperation with other human rights organizations … (Homepage).

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Address: LRWC, 3220 West 13th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C., Canada V6K 2V5;
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About: LRWC was incorporated as a non-profit society on June 8, 2000 and LRW(LR)C was incorporated January 2, 2002, pursuant to the provisions of the Canada Corporations Act. LRWC is run by volunteers and funded solely by membership fees and donations from individuals. Donations are gratefully accepted.

Lawyer’s Rights Watch Canada Constitution:

  • To provide support internationally to lawyers whose rights, freedoms, or independence are threatened as a result of their human rights advocacy
  • To promote and protect lawyers’ right to engage in independent advocacy
  • To preserve and enhance the rule of law
  • To encourage governments and other institutions to respect fair trial rights including the rights of lawyer to engage in independent advocacy
  • To encourage ratification and implementation of international human rights treaties that impact on legal advocacy rights and the integrity of legal systems
  • To encourage constitutional and legislative amendments necessary for conformity with international human rights standards relevant to the independence of lawyers and judges, the integrity of the legal systems and fair trial rights
  • To provide research and public legal analyses with respect to the above
  • To complement the support to lawyers from other human rights organizations

Lawyer’s Rights Watch (Legal Research) Canada:

  • To do legal research on jurisprudence, national laws and international laws and standards related to the integrity of legal systems and the right of lawyers and other human rights defenders to engage in independent advocacy
  • To make such research available to the public
  • To provide public legal education on the above topics

Board of Directors: April 2009 – April 2010.

Lawyers Rights Watch Canada:

  • Kelley Bryan, Law Society of Upper Canada, Toronto, ON
  • Paul D. Copeland, ex-Officio Bencher – Law Society of Upper Canada, Toronto, ON
  • Marjorie Cohn, California Bar, Professor of Law, Thomas Jefferson School of Law and President of the National Lawyers Guild, San Diego, CA
  • Gail Davidson, Law Society of BC, Vancouver, BC
  • Richard C. Gibbs QC, Life Bencher – Law Society of BC, Prince George, BC
  • Leo McGrady QC, Law Society of BC, Vancouver, BC
  • Maureen Webb, Law Society of Ontario, Ottawa, ON

Lawyers Rights Watch (Legal Research) Canada:

  • James Tate, Law Society of BC, Vancouver, BC
  • Catherine Morris, Associate, Adjunct Professor, University of Victoria and member – Law Society of BC, Victoria, BC
  • Constance Marlatt, Law Society of Upper Canada, Toronto, ON
  • Isabel Stramwasser, Law Society of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
  • Cara Gibbons, Law Society of Upper Canada, Toronto, ON
  • Michael Jackson QC, Law Society of British Columbia, Professor of Law, University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC
  • Gail Davidson, Law Society of British Columbia, Vancouver BC

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