Putting the State on Trial: The Policing of Protest during the G20 Summit

Nathalie Des Rosiers, Margaret Beare and Abigail C. Deshman

April 2015
UBC Press
ISBN: 9780774828307

Abstract:

Canada is often lauded as a model democracy that values the constitutional rights of its citizens. So when over a thousand people -- most of whom were peaceful protesters or hapless bystanders – were violently arrested and then detained without charge during the G20 Summit in Toronto in 2010, many Canadians felt shock and outrage.

Putting the State on Trial: The Policing of Protest during the G20 Summit examines the political, social, and economic conditions that "allowed" the policing of the G20 Summit to culminate in human and civil rights violations. Written by a multi-disciplinary group of scholars and legal practitioners, this book contextualizes events before, during, and after the summit from a range of perspectives.

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About the Author:

At the time of her election as MPP for Ottawa-Vanier, Nathalie Des Rosiers was Dean of the Faculty of Law-Common Law at University of Ottawa.  She has served as the General Counsel for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, (CCLA) a national organization that acts as a watchdog for the protection of human rights and civil liberties in Canada, from 2009 to 2013.

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