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Public Record - 2007 Raoul Wallenberg International Human Rights Symposium

Annual symposium hosted by York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, Ont., January 18–19, 2007. The symposium is held in celebration of Raoul Wallenberg’s life and humanitarian contributions to Nazi-occupied Hungary during World War II.

In this January 18th session, a panel of speakers discuss appropriate responses to domestic terrorist threats in democratic societies.

Dorit Beinisch (president of the Supreme Court of Israel) speaks about balancing security and human rights in times of national crisis. Ian Callinan (High Court of Australia) outlines key pieces of Australian anti-terrorism legislation put in place after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States. Lord Walker of Gestingthorpe (United Kingdom House of Lords) focuses on the differing national security priorities of government ministers and judges, which he claims are based on their respective degrees of accountability to the public.

Patrick Monahan (dean of York University’s Osgood Hall Law School) makes opening remarks. John C. Major (former commissioner for the Inquiry into the Investigation of the Bombing of Air India Flight 182) moderates and chairs the panel. After speaking, the panellists field questions from audience members.

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