Special Plenary Sessions

Wednesday, May 13

Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Special Plenary Session on “Advancing Protection and the Rights of Refugees in a Global Era of the Criminalization of Migration”


Deborah Anker, Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Harvard Law School Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program;

Lorne Waldman, Barrister and Solicitor, President of Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers (CARL);

Sharry Aiken, Professor, Associate Dean, Research & Graduate Studies, Faculty of Law, Queen’s University;

Peter Goodspeed, award winning Journalist, The National Post, 2014 Atkinson Fellow in Public Policy, The Toronto Star;

Andrew Brouwer, Barrister and Sollicitor, Legal Aid Ontario, Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers (CARL)

Thursday, May 14

Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm

CARFMS-International Association of Refugee Law Judges (IARLJ) Special Plenary Session on “The State of International Refugee Law in the World Today”


Justice Katelijne Declerck, Council for Aliens Law Litigation, Belgium and President of IARLJ;

Justice Russel Zinn, Federal Court of Canada;

Justice Judith Putzer, Asylum Court Vienna, Austria;

Judith Gleeson, Senior Immigration Judge, Upper Chamber, UK Immigration Appeal Tribunal;

Justice Isaac Lenoala, Constitutional Chamber, High Court, Kenya, and the UN Special Court of Sierra Leone

Friday May 15

Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Special Plenary Session on “Fostering the Belonging of Migrants in Their Host Countries”

Participants :

Harald Bauder, Director, Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement;

Loly Rico, President, Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR);

Debbie Douglas, Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI);

Nicholas Keung, Journalist, The Toronto Star