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Department of Justice Canada
Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Section
275 Sparks Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A OH8

Tel: (613)946-5969(?)
Fax: (613)952-7370(?)

September 20, 1999

Dear Participant:

This is to cordially invite you to a Conference being hosted by the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Section of Canada's Department of Justice, to be held November 1, 1999.

The purpose of the Conference is to bring together government and non-government people whose work or studies focus on war crimes issues. It is hoped that the Conference will provide individuals with different perspectives and areas of expertise a forum for the frank exchange of ideas on ways to ensure Canada does not become a safe haven for war criminals. Five individuals from outside government, each a recognized expert in his or her chosen field, have been invited to make presentations on specific areas of the law to an audience of invited government and non-government individuals. Additionally, three government representatives will make presentations of their work on behalf of the Federal Government. Following each presentation, time has been allotted for questions and comments. It is hoped that these questions and comments will trigger discussion and debate during the health and meal breaks - discussion and debate will continue on well after the end of the Conference to the benefit of all concerned.

Attached you will find an agenda and list of participants for your information and use. The conference will be held at the Government Conference Centre, 2 Rideau Street, Ottawa (across from the Chateau Laurier). Coffee will be available from 8:30, with a welcome address from the Assistant Deputy Attorney General commencing at 9:00.

Please confirm your attendance by telephone or e-mail (John_McManus@justice.gc.ca) at your earliest convenience. I look forward to seeing you at the Conference.

Yours truly,

John McManus
Counsel

[John.McManus@justice.gc.ca]?

WAR CRIMES SECTION - DOJ
CONFERENCE - NOVEMBER 1, 1999

Agenda

8:30 hrs - arrival and coffee

9:00 hrs - a short welcome address from Mr. John Scratch, Assistant Deputy Attorney General for Citizenship and Immigration

9:20 hrs - an address by Mr. Paul Vickery, Director, War Crimes Section, Department of Justice outlining the mandate and activities of the Section.

9:50 hrs - an address by Mr. Craig Goodes, Senior Director, War Crimes and Security, CIC on the mandate and activities of the Section.

10:15 hrs - questions

10:30 hrs - an address by Mr. William Fenrick, Senior Legal Advisor on International Law, Office of the Prosecutor, ICTY, on practical ways to improve cooperation between Canada and the ICTY.

11:00 hrs - questions
11:15 hrs - coffee
11:30 hrs - an address by Mr. Michael Crane, a Toronto based immigration lawyer on using the Immigration Act to keep war criminals out, or to expel them in the event they get in - a practitioner's perspective.

12:00 hrs - questions
12:30 hrs - Lunch

13:30 hrs - Panel

- an address by Mr. Jacques Lemire, Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section, DOJ, on the Extradition Act, a Canadian Government perspective

- an address by Dr. Sharon A. Williams, F.R.S.C. Professor of International Law, on Canada's Extradition Act

14:15 hrs - questions
14:30 hrs - coffee

14:45 hrs - Panel
- an address by Me Daniel Prefontaine, Chief Executive Officer, International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice, on the use of Criminal Law in our work

- an address by Mr. Bill Schabas, Professor, UQAM, on the use of Criminal Law in our work

- an address by Mr. Irwin Cotler, Professor, McGill University and director, InterAmicus, on the use of Criminal Law in our work (invited)

16:00 hrs - questions
16:15 hrs - wrap up

Attendees

War Crimes - DOJ

Terry Beitner
Wilma Kuiper
Lynn Lovett
Johanne McGoldrick
John McManus
Tim Morin
Dan Poulin
Max Wolport
Bettina Birn
Markus Eikel
Ralf Ogorreck
Ron Schmalz
Jan Eric Schulte

War Crimes - CIC

Craig Goodes
Joe Rikhof
Anette Gauthier
Pat Retsinas
Elisabeth Snow
Stephan Stebelsky
Tony Simulik
Tom Quiggan
Valerie Hicks

RCMP

Insp. John Dube
Sgt. R. Goguen
Cpl. Paul Richards

Criminal Law Section

W. Corbett
Peter Lamont
Jacques Lemire

Criminal Law Policy Section:  Donald Piragoff

Human Rights: Johanne Levasseur

International Assistance Group: Kim Prost

Office of the Judge Advocate General: Col. Kim Carter, D/Law Crim

Dean Peter Leuprecht, Faculty of Law, McGill University
Prof. Ed Morgan, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto
Prof. John Currie, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa
Mr. David Matas, Counsel
Mr. Jack Silverston[e], Counsel
Mr. Eugene Czolij, Counsel

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
WAR CRIMES CONFERENCE
NOVEMBER 1, 1999

GUEST LIST

Speakers

Mr. John Scratch
ADAG, CIC

Mr. Paul Vickery
Director, War Crimes Section, DOJ

Mr. Jacques Lemire
Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section, DOJ

Mr. Craig Goodes
Senior Director
War Crimes and Security, CIC

Mr. William Fenrick
Senior Legal Advisor on International Law
Office of the Prosecutor, ICTY

Dr. Sharon Williams, F.R.S.C.
Professor of International Law

Mr. Michael Crane
Private Practioner - Immigration Law

Mr. Daniel C. Prefontaine
Chief Executive Officer
International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy

Mr. William Schabas
Professor, University of Quebec at Montreal

Mr. Irwin Cotler
Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill University
Director, InterAmicus (invited)