School of Policy Studies

School of Policy Studies
School of Policy Studies

Securing Human Rights Through Legislation

Grégoire Webber

Canada Research Chair in Public Law and Philosophy of Law, Faculty of Law, Queen's University

Thursday January 16, 2020,  12:00 pm 
Robert Sutherland Hall, 138 Union Street, Room 202

All are Welcome.


Gregoire Webber, January 16, 2020 [image]

 

Grégoire Webber

Canada Research Chair in Public Law and Philosophy of Law, Faculty of Law, Queen's University

Abstract: It has long been assumed that the promise of the Charter is in providing a judicial check on government and Parliament against rights-infringing action. But there is another, more fundamental and more significant, promise in the Charter: that of political responsibility for rights and freedoms.

Biography:  Grégoire Webber is Canada Research Chair in Public Law and Philosophy of Law at Queen’s Law, cross-appointed to the Department of Philosophy, and Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Professor Webber is a graduate of McGill University with bachelors of civil law and common law and of the University of Oxford with a doctorate in law, where he studied as a Trudeau scholar. Professor Webber clerked for Justice André Rochon of the Quebec Court of Appeal and Justice Ian Binnie of the Supreme Court of Canada. 

Professor Webber's commitments to public service have included working as a senior policy advisor with the Privy Council Office, serving as Legal Affairs Advisor to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and working as a legal agent of the Department of Justice. He is co-founder and Executive Director of the Supreme Court Advocacy Institute, which provides free advocacy advice to counsel appearing before the Supreme Court of Canada. For his role in co-founding the Institute, the Governor General of Canada awarded Professor Webber a Meritorious Service Medal.