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Craig Forcese wins ASIL Certificate of Merit

Posted by irwinlaw on January 10, 2019 in authors and awards.

Irwin Law wishes to congratulate Craig Forcese for being selected by the American Society of International Law (ASIL) as a recipient of the Certificate of Merit for a preeminent contribution to creative scholarship for his book Destroying the Caroline: The Frontier Raid that Reshaped the Right to War (Irwin Law Inc, 2018).

In their report, the ASIL Committee wrote:

"At 369 pages, Forcese’s book is a comprehensive and engaging account of how a 19th century military action along the United States-Canada border came to inform today’s international legal doctrines on the use of military force against non-state actors, and when anticipatory self-defense claims can be used as a pretext for war. The Caroline was a steamboat used to transport insurgents during the 1837 rebellion in Upper Canada. A Canadian militia attacked and sunk the steamboat in the United States waters. The diplomatic settlement that followed helped solidify the international legal principle of the inherent right to self-defense. By retelling this centuries’ old narrative, Forcese opines on what the Caroline case’s understanding of the right to war and the right to self-defense mean for today’s battles and drone strikes, noting how far we’ve come or strayed from the original meaning of the Caroline settlement."

Craig Forcese is the author or coauthor of numerous books on Canadian law and public international law, including:

Once again, Irwin Law would like to congratulate Craig Forcese on this wonderful achievement.

David Kerzner speaks at tax summit

Posted by irwinlaw on July 26, 2017 in authors and tax law.

On July 6, David Kerzner, co-author of International Tax Evasion in the Global Information Age, addressed the annual HLB International Tax Summit on "Tax Evasion: Strategies for International Organizations in the New Age of Global Regulatory Compliance" in Toronto, whose members include accounting firms from 140 countries. According to Kerzner, financial organizations seeking to avoid scandals, especially in the new frontier of online payment platforms, need to include global regulatory compliance as part of their company’s culture.

Authors weigh in on Omar Khadr debate

Posted by irwinlaw on July 26, 2017 in authors and criminal law.

Omar Khadr’s case has commanded the July news headlines, and our Irwin Law authors have weighed in on the outcome. For your reading pleasure, we’ve listed some clippings featuring their commentary below:

  1. CBC.ca: What 3 legal minds say about the Omar Khadr settlement - featuring commentary from Lorne Sossin
  2. From Craig Forcese’s National Security Law Blog: A Once & Final Parsing of the Legal Context for the Khadr Settlement and Twelve Points about the Khadr Saga
  3. National Post: The Canadian government brought Omar Khadr home from Guantanamo Bay. Was that enough? Lorne Sossin weighs in
  4. CBC.ca: Can the Speer family collect Khadr's settlement money? Stephen Pitel comments
  5. CBC's Metro Morning radio show: Lorne Sossin discusses what the law teaches us about the Khadr settlement
  6. The Globe and Mail: Stephen Pitel discusses legal battle and payout to Omar Khadr
  7. The Globe and Mail: Co-author of International and Transnational Criminal Law (2/e) Rob Currie comments on the Khadr settlement

David Vaver and Kent Roach invested into the Order of Canada

Posted by irwinlaw on May 12, 2017 in authors and awards.

Our sincere congratulations to David Vaver and Kent Roach, who were both invested into the Order of Canada today.

From the Governor General of Canada Order of Canada Investiture Ceremony press release:

"Kent Roach has made outstanding contributions to protecting our civil liberties. A long-time professor at the University of Toronto, he is also a skilled litigator who has participated in some of the most significant Charter rights cases of the last few decades. His far-reaching involvement in social justice has spanned forums as diverse as the Ipperwash, Arar and Air India inquiries, as well as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. In recent years, he has also emerged as a leading figure in counterterrorism studies whose voice is among the most influential in contemporary debates on the limits of security."

"David Vaver is Canada’s preeminent scholar of intellectual property law. A professor at Osgoode Hall, professor emeritus at Oxford University, and the former director of the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre, he has improved society’s ability to contend with the legal implications of technological change. He is relied on by the courts for the balance that his work strikes between the rights of intellectual property holders and users, and he has served as an advisor to governments around the world seeking to modernize their intellectual property regimes."

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