Dean Adam Dodek, Professor Errol Mendes and Honourary Doctorate Recipient Cindy Blackstock (D.U. 2018) have been appointed to the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights (RWCHR) Senior Fellows Initiative. The Initiative brings together leading thinkers, writers, scholars, jurists and human rights defenders from Canada and around the world.
The Honourable Irwin Cotler, RWCHR Founder and Chair, said that the Fellows were chosen, “for their singular contributions to the struggle for peace and justice in our time... [working] in common cause, we seek to mobilize a constituency of conscience in defence of our shared values of democracy, human rights, and the protection of the most vulnerable.”
The Initiative is inspired by the humanitarian legacy of Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat who rescued some 100,000 Jews in six months in Hungary in 1944.
From the announcement (edited for clarity):
Adam Dodek is Dean of the Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, and a leading expert in public law, the judiciary, and ethics. He is the Founding Member of the Faculty’s Public Law Group, the Director of The Professionalism Initiative and the Co-Founder of the Legal Writing Academy. A recipient of various awards, he has been recognized as a top educator and lawyer in Canada.
Errol Mendes is a Professor at the Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, President of the International Commission of Jurists Canada Section, and Commissioner on the Ontario Human Rights Commission. He has served as an advisor to Governments, civil society groups, the United Nations, and the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court. He has published extensively in the areas of human rights, constitutionalism, ethics, and global governance. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Walter S. Tarnopolsky Human Rights Award.
Dr. Cindy Blackstock (D.U. 2018) is the Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, and Professor at the McGill University School of Social Work. She is an author of over 50 publications and a widely sought after public speaker. Her work in Indigenous children’s rights and reconciliation has been recognized by the Nobel Women’s Initiative, the Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, Frontline Defenders and many others.
Congratulations to Dean Dodek, Professor Mendes and Dr. Blackstock!
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