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Viscount Bennett Memorial Lecture 


The rule of law in an age of fear

The lecture will take place on Oct. 26 at 5:30 p.m. in the Mary Louise Lynch Room, Ludlow Hall.

The 2017 Viscount Bennett Memorial Lecture will be given by Dennis Edney QC, the lawyer for former Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr.

Mr. Edney earned his law degree from the University of Northumbria in 1987, and has appeared at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada and the United States Supreme Court. He practices criminal, constitutional and human rights law.

The recipient of a number of awards and distinctions, Mr. Edney holds the National Pro Bono Award (2008) for his commitment to the Omar Khadr case, and the fight for access to justice and human rights. In 2009, the lieutenant governor of British Columbia awarded Edney with a human rights medal for fighting to uphold the Rule of Law without personal gain.

Mr. Edney is listed as counsel in various reported cases and has made multiple appearances before the Supreme Court of Canada, most notably R. v. Mills and Canada v. Khadr.  He was given leave to file an amicus brief before the U.S. Supreme Court in Rasul v. Bush, and in 2004, was appointed foreign attorney consultant by the U.S. Pentagon to participate in the defense of Omar Khadr.

In 2011, Mr. Edney was appointed bencher at the Law Society of Alberta. He also received the honorary title of Queen’s Counsel for exceptional merit and contribution to the legal profession. Edney was awarded the prestigious Gerald L. Gall award by the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human rights (2013), the Winnipeg Citizens Award for his contribution to human rights and justice (2014) and the Paul Harris Fellowship by the Rotary Club of Canada (2014). He was named one of Canada’s 25 Most Influential Lawyers by Canadian Lawyer (2015) and received the Friend of the Muslim Community Award (2016).