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Ottawa, October 31, 2018

On October 31, 2018, the World Court of Human Rights Development Project presented at the Human Rights Center of the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law. The event was sponsored by the International Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association and allied organizations. Mark Oettinger keynoted. Toronto lawyer Scott Fairley moderated a panel which included retired Canadian Supreme Court Justice Ian Binnie, McGill University Faculty of Law Professor Daniel Turp, and Jeannine Lesperance, Legal Counsel, Avocats Sans Frontieres. The conference produced several innovative ideas for additions to the Treaty of Lucknow, including: (a) investing the United Nations Security Council with enforcement powers over the decisions of the Court; (b) charging the Court with active support of the regional human rights judicial structures of Europe, Africa and the Americas, and with development of an Asian regional human rights court; (c) clarification of the duty of abstention in the context of political/non-justiciable questions; and (d) expanding the Court’s scope of remedies into the area of reparations.