July 7, 2005
Toronto Law Clinic Victorious in Canadian Supreme Court
Noah Novogrodsky, the Director of the International Human Rights Clinic at the University of Toronto, shared this news of a recent clinic victory with the law clinic listserve: The International Human Rights Clinic (IHRC) at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law was instrumental in securing the recent unanimous decision from the Canadian Supreme Court in the case of Citizenship & Immigration Canada v. Mugesera. The case involved the deportability of a Rwandan alleged to have incited genocide.
The IHRC's submission urged the Supreme Court of Canada to consider case law from the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and other sources of international customary law. IHRC argued that the Federal Court of Appeal had failed to apply international legal standards applicable to crimes against humanity and the offense of incitement to genocide. The Court also issued a scathing opinion addressing respondent's claim that "an extensive Jewish conspiracy was hatched to ensure . . . that the respondent Mugesera and his family would be deported."
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