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Mariane Gravelle

La contribution du juge LeBel à l’avancement du droit au Canada

Par Mariane Gravelle juillet 10, 2017 10 juillet 2017

La contribution du juge LeBel à l’avancement du droit au Canada

 

Ayant occupé pendant près de quinze ans l’un des postes judiciaires les plus convoités, l’ancien juge de la Cour suprême du Canada Louis LeBel eut l’occasion de contribuer grandement à l’avancement du droit au pays. Les jugements qui portent son nom, empreints de ses antécédents au sein de la tradition civiliste, ont su mouler la société canadienne d’aujourd’hui.

Sa carrière distinguée fit l’objet d’une conférence organisée par l’ABC Québec en octobre 2015, à partir de laquelle sont issus les articles qui forment le nouveau numéro spécial de La Revue du Barreau canadien et qui sont cités ci-dessous. En cette occasion, lors d’un discours en l’honneur de son ancien collègue, la juge en chef Beverley McLachlin explique que

C’est sans doute à travers ses jugements que la plupart d’entre vous connaissez le juge LeBel. Son œuvre à la Cour d’appel du Québec et à la Cour suprême du Canada représente une contribution énorme à la vie du droit au Québec et au Canada. […] Presque tous les domaines du droit ont été touchés par la marque personnelle du juge LeBel.  (p. 477)

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North Korea and the legality of nuclear tests

Par Mariane Gravelle juillet 5, 2017 5 juillet 2017

North Korea and the legality of nuclear tests

A large number of sanctions imposed on their nation as a result of previous missile-launch tests does not seem to have deterred the North Korean government from engaging in yet another test of that nature. On July 4th, Pyongyang launched what they claimed to be an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) into the waters bordering Japan. Especially concerning is the fact this latest missile – if fired on the right trajectory – could potentially reach Alaska.

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Child labour

Working towards eradicating child labour

Par Mariane Gravelle juin 13, 2017 13 juin 2017

Working towards eradicating child labour

 

It’s an uncomfortable notion to entertain: the idea that the clothes we wear, the food we eat and the technology that makes our lives easier each day may have been brought to reality – in one small way or another – by the hands of a child. Rare are those who want to support child labour but the fact remains that it still endures, even in 2017.

June 12 – the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) World Day Against Child Labour – offers the opportunity to shine a light on this practice. A report by the same organization offers an insight into the prevalence of – and current trends in – child labour around the world. Examining data collected from 2000-2012, the ILO estimates that 168 million – or 11 per cent – of the world’s children are engaged in some form of child labour. The organization has been collecting data with the view of “eliminating all the worst forms of child labour by 2016”. When the report was published in 2013, the ILO expressed doubt regarding the achievement of that goal and urged the international community to increase their efforts to reduce child labour.

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CASL

Canadian government suspends right to private right of action under CASL

Par Mariane Gravelle juin 8, 2017 8 juin 2017

Canadian government suspends right to private right of action under CASL

 

Under Canada’s anti-spam law, or CASL, new provisions were to come into force on July 1 that would expose non-CASL compliant organizations to lawsuits brought by affected individuals in response to violations. But in a cabinet order dated June 2, 2017, Parliament has halted this this process indefinitely, effectively suspending the private right of action. This decision has been met with mixed reactions.

Lawyer Barry Sookman welcomes the news:

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Access to justice

Newfoundland’s new small claims legal aid clinic

Par Mariane Gravelle mai 9, 2017 9 mai 2017

Newfoundland’s new small claims legal aid clinic

 

Even getting through small claims can be a nightmare for litigants who represent themselves. Thankfully there is help in St. John’s.  The Newfoundland and Labrador Small Claims Legal Assistance Clinic. This clinic is born of a partnership between the CBA Newfoundland & Labrador branch and the Public Legal Information Network of NL (PLIAN) and is helmed by Joe J. Thorne (CBA-NL Pro Bono Chair), Ashley Woodford (Executive Director of the CBA-NL branch), and Kevin O’Shea (Executive Director of PLIAN).

The clinic, which also includes ties to the provincial court and the Newfoundland and Labrador Law Society, was set up to fill an existing gap in the institutional pro bono sector of the profession. Says Joe J. Thorne, “$25000 [the maximum claim amount allowed in small claims court] is a lot of money for people, but maybe not enough to retain a lawyer.” Clinic officials hope their services will help those clients who would benefit from legal advice but may not be in a position to pay for them.

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