Thursday, January 18, 2007

The Raoul Wallenberg Symposium 2007

Part I: Thursday Morning Session

Keynote Address: The Honourable Irwin Cotler

  • Danger of ignorance and apathy
  • Darfur
Legal and Judicial Perspectives on Public Security Issues
The Honourable John C. Major (Moderator)

The Honourable Dorit Beinisch, President of the Supreme Court of Israel

  • Summary of the effectiveness of the Supreme Court, and what special rules (e.g. no standing requirement, real-time decisions, court of first and last instance) have made it more effective
  • Summary of three major controversial opinions: Human Shield/Early Warning, Security Fence, and Directed Killings

The Honourable Ian Callinan, High Court of Australia

  • Terrorism will always require increased security--naive to think otherwise
  • But must ensure that the Cromwellian does not turn to the Orwellian

The Right Honourable Lord Walker of Gestingthorpe, House of Lords

  • Judges have freedom to act without continued attacks by the media
  • Must take the long view of history
  • There is and should be tension between the legislature and judiciary

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