After Arar: Workshop Series on Security Intelligence and Human Rights (2006-2007)

In 2007 (Winter/Spring of the 2006-07 academic year and Fall/Winter of the 2007-08 academic year), the Nathanson Centre organized a series of five workshops entitled “After Arar: A Workshop Series on Security Intelligence and Human Rights.”  The series critically examined the issues raised by the experience of Maher Arar at the hands of Canadian, American, and Syrian state authorities and by the findings of the federal Commission of Inquiry conducted by Justice Dennis O’Connor, and through them the larger problems related to security intelligence and human rights in the contemporary context.   The goal of the series was to promote discussion of contemporary transnational intelligence and security policies and practice, accountability, and human rights.

All workshops were webcast live.  The videos of each session have been archived, and can be accessed below at the end of the details on each workshop and its panelists.

Transnational Intelligence-sharing and Reciprocity Dynamics

Panel 1 – January 31, 2007

Panelists: James Sheptycki, Professor of Criminology, York University; Stephen Grey, Journalist and Author of Ghost Plane: The True Story of the CIA Torture Program [New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2006]; Lorne Waldman, Senior Counsel, Maher Arar Legal Team

Transnational Intelligence-sharing and Reciprocity Dynamic panel discussion

Community-State Relations and Canadian Intelligence Activity

Panel 2 – February 21, 20077

Panelists: May Farrales, B.C. Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines; Inspector Wayne Hanniman, RCMP Community Outreach Program; Faisal Kutty, Vice-Chair and Counsel to the Canadian Council on American Islamic Relations

Community-State Relations and Canadian Intelligence Activity panel discussion

Issues at the Interface of Journalism and National Security

Panel 3 – March 21, 2007

Panelists: Julian Falconer, Senior Partner Falconer Charney LLP, Maher Arar Civil Litigation Team; Paul Knox, Journalist, Chair of Ryerson University School of Journalism; Andrew Mitrovica, Journalist, Professor of Journalism, Sheridan College

Issues at the Interface of Journalism and National Security panel discussion

Security Intelligence and the Right to Know

Panel 4 – October 26, 2007

Panelists: Paul Cavalluzzo, Commission Counsel, O’Connor Commission of Inquiry into the Actions of Canadian Officials in Relation to Maher Arar; James Stribopoulos, Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School; Barbara Jackman, Jackman and Associates, Counsel in security certificate cases including Suresh, Jaballah, Majoub, and Counsel for El Maati and Nureddin

Security Intelligence and the Right to Know panel discussion

Intelligence and Intelligent Governance: Institutional Design and Reform After Arar

Panel 5 – December 3, 2007

Panelists: Fred Hildebrand, Officer in Charge, Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET), RCMP; Ron Atkey (Partner, Oslers Law Firm: Former Chairman, Security Intelligence Review Committee; Margaret Beare, Professor of Sociology and Law, York University, former Director of the Nathanson Centre

Intelligence and Intelligent Governance: Institutional Design and Reform After Arar panel discussion

In addition to the five workshops held in Toronto, the Nathanson Centre also organized and sponsored a panel at the 2007 Annual Meeting of CASIS (Canadian Association for Security and Intelligence Studies) in Calgary.  The September 29, 2007, panel, “The Evolution of Global Electronic Surveillance: Technology, Policy, Human Rights”  was chaired by Reg Whitaker, Distinguished Research Professor (Emeritus), York University and Adjunct professor of Political Science, University of Victoria.  Panelists were Patrick Radden Keefe, Century Foundation and World Policy Institute; Maureen Webb, International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group and Lawyer’s Rights Watch Canada; and Professor Pina D’Agostino, Osgoode.