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French and the Law Symposium 2020 - CANCELLED

March 20, 2020, 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Symposium 2020 Droit et langue française

Equity for Francophones: Accessing Justice and Education

The Law Society is following public health recommendations, therefore the Symposium 2020 Droit et langue française​ event is cancelled until further notice. Please check the event page for future updates.

We cordially invite you to Symposium 2020 Law and the French Language, co-hosted by Massey College and the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. The Symposium is in honour of the Journée internationale de la francophonie. The event will be in French.
  • March 20, 2020
  • 9:30 am-3:30pm
  • Massey College, 4 Devonshire Place, Toronto, ON M5S 2E1

For this inaugural year, the Symposium is entitled: “Equity for Francophones: Accessing Justice and Education”. It aims to explore the situation in Canada and abroad for French-speakers who are seeking both access to justice and access to education. While for each there are many legal protections in place, there are often obstacles and challenges that arise in practice. These obstacles can be overcome, but facilitating dialogue is a critical first step in both identifying where intervention is necessary and brainstorming solutions.

The Symposium will feature a Keynote Address by Fernand de Varennes, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues. Mr. de Varennes will touch on some important policy concerns relating to minority language rights in Canada and abroad. In addition, there will be two panels focusing on the areas of access to justice and access to education, respectively. We hope the discussions sparked by these panels will allow us to reflect on the current situation for French-speakers in Canada and abroad, and brainstorm solutions to current obstacles in order to achieve equity.

The French and the Law Symposium is designed to exist in an interdisciplinary space where scholars of different backgrounds may gather to discuss pressing issues pertaining to francophone language and culture from a multitude of different perspectives.

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