The Right to Dignity in Canadian Law

CIAJ’s 46th Annual Conference, entitled “The Right to Dignity in Canadian Law,” will discuss dignity as a fundamental human right. The conference will cover the many facets of the concept of dignity, from moral and philosophical notions to its uses as a legal norm. Discussion of the topic will be grounded in eminently pertinent issues such as the role of dignity in gender identity and reproductive rights, as well as medical assistance in dying, elder care, disability, and equality rights. The role of dignity will also be discussed in the context of the Canadian criminal justice and carceral systems, particularly with regards to Indigenous Peoples, restorative justice, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and reconciliation.

Participation in this program is accredited in provinces where CLE requirements for lawyers are mandatory, and is approved under Section 41 (1) of the Judges Act.

Honorary Chair: The Right Honourable Richard Wagner, P.C., Chief Justice of Canada

Keynote Speaker: R. Maria Shepherd, Principal, Sr. Paralegal, Notary Public, Shepherd Advocacy & Litigation; Co-Director, Innocence Canada

Registration, Program Overview (PDF) and Speakers List on CIAJ’s website: