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Equality and the Canadian Charter of Rights

In association with Canadians in Europe UK Chapter

Speaker: The Honourable Claire L'Heureux-Dubé, Former Justice, Supreme Court of Canada
Chair: Dr Kate Malleson
February 2003

Canada celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Charter of Rights in 2002. The Charter enabled Canadians to move aggressively in the areas of gender and sexual equality. As a result, Canada's experience with landmark equality decisions and human rights cases is formidable.

Appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada in April 1987 (retired 1 July 2002), Madame L'Heureux-Dubé - one of three women on Canada's highest court of appeal - has had a long and distinguished career as a lawyer, jurist, and specialist in family law. She is well known as a staunch advocate for society's most vulnerable and, more impressively, for her trademark spirited dissenting opinions.

Canadians in Europe, a non-profit association established in 1999, brings together Canadians and Europeans from the public, private and non-governmental sectors to discuss contemporary issues in science, culture, business and social policy. With chapters in France, Belgium and the United Kingdom, it is the only public affairs association of its kind.

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