The Rule of Law in an Age of Fear

Omar Khadr’s Defence Lawyer

It was the case that captured Canada. Omar Khadr, a Canadian detained by American forces at the age of 15 and incarcerated in Guantanamo Bay for 10 years, plead guilty to war crimes and to the murder of U.S. Army Sergeant Christopher Speer. In 2010, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the Canadian government’s interrogation of Khadr at Guantanamo Bay had violated the most basic norms of humane treatment of detainees. After his repatriation to Canada to serve out the remainder of his sentence, the Alberta Court of Appeals refused to block his release. On July 7, 2017, the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed a $10.5 million settlement had been reached in the civil suit leveled by Omar Khadr as a result of his treatment.

Few stories have galvanized as much vitriol, partisanship, and division in Canadian politics. Join the Hart House Debates & Dialogue Committee as they host Mr. Dennis Edney, the defence lawyer to Omar Khadr.

When: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017, 7 pm
Isabel Bader Theatre
93 Charles Street West
Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2C7
Cost: Free / Registration required

Mr. Dennis Edney, QC | Mr. Edney is listed as counsel in various reported cases, and has made multiple appearances before the Supreme Court of Canada, most notably R. v. Mills and Canada v. Khadr. He was given leave to file an amicus brief before the U.S. Supreme Court in Rasul v. Bush, and in 2004, was appointed foreign attorney consultant by the U.S. Pentagon to participate in the defence of Omar Khadr. Edney earned his law degree from the University of Northumbria in 1987, and has appeared at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada and the United States Supreme Court. He practices criminal, constitutional and human rights law. The recipient of a number of awards and distinctions, Edney holds the National Pro Bono Award (2008) for his commitment to the Omar Khadr case, and the fight for access to justice and human rights. In 2009, the lieutenant governor of British Columbia awarded Edney with a human rights medal for fighting to uphold the Rule of Law without personal gain.

For further information, please contact Aceel Hawa, President of the Hart House Debates & Dialogue Committee at

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