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CPD (Ottawa): Anti-Terrorism in Troubling Times: National Security and Secret Evidence

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The Philippe Kirsch Institute invites you to a CPD-accredited half-day conference on May 29 from 9am-1pm at the Cartier Place Suite Hotel in Ottawa. This event will feature Special Advocate John NorrisProfessor Craig ForceseExecutive Director of SIRC Michael DoucetLyne Décarie of PPSC and National Security Amicus Curiae Gordon Cameron, among other speakers.

This event is accredited for 30 minutes of Professionalism by The Law Society of Upper Canada

The introduction of intelligence in judicial proceedings has created considerable tension between the competing demands of disclosure and secrecy as secret evidence is now used in a broad range of legal proceedings in Canada. In the emerging policy context that is informed by new laws, cases and the differing views of competing stakeholders and authorities, it has become necessary for practitioners to keep abreast of changing times and carefully examine the complexities of this developing system.

Presentations and case studies on the shifts in secret evidence law and the evolving policy context will include :

  • New and upcoming changes to the laws Bill C-51 & C-44.
  • The role of the Security and Intelligence Review Committee.
  • Evidence concerning national security and defence under s.38 of the Canada Evidence Act.
  • Terrorism trials: strategies, case law and ‘lessons learned.’
  • Terrorism offences in Canada, including new offences for leaving Canada to participate in a terrorist group.
  • Investigative powers of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and role in criminal prosecution.
  • Professionalism and ethics in national security law.

Early bird pricing now available!

For a limited time, we have a discounted price of $200 for the half day CPD-accredited conference (regular price: $240).

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