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Summer Law Institute – new workshops confirmed!

August 29th & 30th at the Oxford Innovation Centre, 315 Front Street West, Toronto

The 2023 Summer Law Institute program is almost complete! You won’t want to miss this year’s exciting line up of workshops and speakers. Book early and take advantage of our special early bird rates!

  • Register by July 21st at the Early Bird rate of $75
  • Register after July 21st at the regular rate of $99

For information and to register, visit the Summer Law Institute webpage.

Newly confirmed sessions include: 

Artificial Intelligence in the classroom

Friend or foe;tool or threat? What role, if any, does and should Artificial Intelligence play in the classroom? Join us for an exploration of one of the biggest topics of the day,legal or otherwise.Our panel includes some of the foremost thought leaders and practitioners on the subject: 

  • Mark Daley – Western University’s first chief digital information officer
  • Abdi Aidid  – University of Toronto law professor and author of :The Legal Singularity: How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Law Radically Better.

Housing as a Human Right Panel

There are few topics more top of mind these days than housing. As life gets less and less affordable, individuals and families are being pushed to the financial brink. A homelessness crisis has become visible and urgent. What is the law’s role in solving this societal issue? How effective are recent pieces of legislation and government initiatives at targeting the causes of the crisis? And what are the practical solutions that will allow us to ensure a right to housing for all?

  • Diana Chan McNally – Community Worker, Educator, and Advocate
  • Bryony Halpin – Senior Policy Analyst, Ontario Human Rights Commission

Tour of the New Toronto Courthouse

The New Toronto Courthouse opened in March 2023. The largest courthouse in Ontario, it amalgamates six criminal courts under the Ontario Court of Justice and specialty courts for drug treatment, youth, and mental health. It boasts 63 courtrooms including a multiple-accused, high-security courtroom. It also features an Indigenous learning centre, the first of its kind in an Ontario courthouse.

Panel on Bail Reform – C-48: does it go too far or not far enough?

In response to calls for tougher crime laws, especially as they relate to repeat offenders, the federal government has proposed  Bill C-48. This bill would make it harder for certain individuals to be released on bail. Join us for what is sure to be a robust discussion on one of the hot-button legal issues of the day.

  • Tyler King, PhD student, University of Toronto
  • Shakir Rahim, Director of Criminal Justice, Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA)
  • Dr. Jane Sprott, Professor of Criminology, Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU)
  • Donardo Jones, Assistant Professor, University of Windsor, Faculty of Law

Canadian Civil Liberties Association: Teaching Critical Thinking Through Rights-Based Education

Nat Paul, Director of Education at the Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust (CCLET) will demonstrate CCLET’s in-class workshop designed to teach students about their rights and develop their critical thinking skills. Learn about CCLET’s resources for teachers, as well as interesting cases and legal issues.

Top 5 Significant Cases of the Past Year

Justice Lorne Sossin of the Court of Appeal for Ontario shares his picks for the top five cases of the past year that are of the greatest importance and interest to educators..

Preview of OJEN’s New Resources

OJEN staff introduce new resources to support classroom teaching and learning.

Stay tuned for more information.. Make sure to register for our early bird rates!

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