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Professor Obiora Okafor, the inaugural York Research Chair in International and Transnational Legal Studies at York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School is convening a ground breaking conference in the history of Canada-Anglophone cooperation in the arena of human rights. The interdisciplinary conference is entitled:  “Canadian/Anglophone African Human Rights Engagements: A Critical Assessment of the Literature and a Research Agenda Conference”

The Conference will connect Canadian and Anglophone African scholars and practitioners whose work focuses to a significant degree on the Canadian/Anglophone Africa human rights engagements and allow them to closely debate the topic and test ideas. The event will bring together Canadian and Anglophone African scholars from Nigeria, Botswana, Kenya, Zambia, Rwanda, Uganda, South Africa, Tanzania, Ghana, United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

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Hosted by Osgoode Hall Law School in conjunction with Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, this conference will provide an opportunity for critical reflections, discussions, engagements and exchange of ideas over a large array of scholarly literature on the Canada-Anglophone human rights agenda. Its foremost goal will deepen an interdisciplinary, transnational, trans-occupational and public conversations and collaborations on this theme. Its other purpose will be to articulate and interrogate the obtaining status, attained achievements, problems encountered and prospects of the grand Canadian-Anglophone human rights project.

The Conference is convened with the assistance of Okey Williams Kalu and Jake Okechukwu Effoduh (PhD Candidate and LLM Candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School respectively)

Join the conversation on twitter from the 8th to the 10th of December 2016 with the hashtag #E-CASSARE. For more information http://caahre.info.yorku.ca

EVENT PROGRAMME:

Thursday 8th December 2016

Venue: Faculty Common Room (Room 2027), Ignat Kaneff Building

8.30 am – 9.30 am         Breakfast   

                                     Room 2027 Ignat Kaneff Building

9.30 am – 10.30 am               Opening Remarks/Announcements
Professor Francois Tanguay-Renaud

Director of the Jack and Mae NATHANSON CENTRE on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security

Professor Obiora Okafor 

Conference Convenor, Professor & York Research Chair in International and Transnational Legal Studies, Osgoode Hall Law School

Mr. Okey Kalu

Conference Coordinator, PhD Candidate, Osgoode Hall Law School

Session I: Canada in the African Human Rights World

10.30 am – 12.30pm             Canada in Africa: An Overview of some Canadian Development Projects in West Africa (presentation via Skype)

Professor Olabisi Akinkugbe

Assistant Professor, University of New Brunswick

Threading a Fine Line: Canada and the Quest for Environmental Rights in Africa

Dr. Basil Ugochukwu

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation

                                     Discussants:

Dr. Nadege Compaore, SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Social Science, York University

Ms. Saratu Bissallah-Alao, Research Fellow, Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies

12.30 pm – 2.30pm               Lunch

Room 2027 Ignat Kaneff Building

2.30 pm – 4.30pm                Session II: Canadian Anglophone African Engagements in the Human Rights and Health Area

Reproducing Women’s Health Rights: Canadian-African Human Rights Engagement, Indigeneity and the Spaces Beyond the (Norm Life) Cycle.

Professor Irehobhude Iyioha, PhD

Visiting Assistant Professor and Assistant Adjunct Professor, Faculties of Law and Medicine & Dentistry, University of Alberta.

Canadian/Anglophone African Human Rights Engagement: A Critical Assessment of the Literature on Health Rights    

Mr. Uche Ngwaba

PhD Candidate in Health Law, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

4.30 pm – 5.30pm        Session III: Concluding Discussions/Announcements

Professor Obiora Okafor

Conference Convenor, Professor & York Research Chair in International and Transnational Legal Studies, Osgoode Hall Law School

Mr. Okey Kalu

Conference Coordinator, PhD Candidate, Osgoode Hall Law School

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Friday, 9th December, 2016

Venue: Founders College, Assembly Hall

8.30 am – 9.30 am               Breakfast

Founders College, Assembly Hall

9.30 am – 11.00 am              Session IV: Nigeria

Human Rights Discourses in Nigeria Across Time: Trajectory, Successes and Potentials for Foreign Engagement

Dr. Solomon Ukhuegbe
Senior Lecturer, University of Benin, Nigeria
In Search of Accountability: A Critical Assessment of the Literature on the Immunity of State Officials in International Law for Human Rights Violations

Dr. Udoka Nwosu-Owie

Senior Lecturer, Baze University, Nigeria

Canadian-Nigerian Co-Operation in the Area of Anti-Corruption, 1999-2011: Rhetoric and Substance 

Professor Paul Ocheje

Associate Professor, University of Windsor

Discussants:

Dr. Opeoluwa Badaru, Critical Research Laboratory in Law & Society, Osgoode Hall Law School

Ms. Rahina Zarma, PhD Candidate, Osgoode Hall Law School

11.00 am – 1.00 pm              Session V – South Africa/Botswana

Evaluating Canadian/South African Collaborative Human Rights Initiatives

Dr. Moses Phooko

                                      Senior Lecturer, College of Law, University of South Africa

Canadian/Botswanan Human Rights Engagements: A Critical Assessment of the Literature and a Research Agenda

Dr. Ramadi Dinokopila

Senior Lecturer, University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana

Discussants:

Ms. Halima Doma Kutigi, Lecturer, Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Nigeria

Ms. Nkechi Eneh, Justice Ministry, Nigeria

1.00 pm – 3.00 pm                Lunch

Founders College, Assembly Hall

3:00 pm – 5.30 pm                Session VI – Zambia/Uganda

Canadian/Zambian Human Rights Engagements: A Critical Assessment of the Literature and Research Agenda

Ms. Misozi Lwatula

Lecturer, School of Law, University of Zambia

Canadian/Ugandan Human Rights Engagements: A Critical Assessment of the Literature and Research Agenda

Dr. Zahara Nampewo

Senior Lecturer, School of Law in Makerere University.

Discussant:

Mr. Okey Kalu, Conference Coordinator, PhD Candidate, Osgoode Hall Law School

5.30pm – 6.00pm                 Session VII: Concluding Discussions/Announcements

Professor Obiora Okafor

Conference Convenor, Professor & York Research Chair in International and Transnational Legal Studies, Osgoode Hall Law School

Mr. Okey Kalu

Conference Coordinator, PhD Candidate, Osgoode Hall Law School

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Saturday 10th December 2016

Venue: Faculty Common Room (Room 2027), Ignat Kaneff Building

9.30 am – 10.30 am               Breakfast        

                                      Room 2027 Ignat Kaneff Building

10.30 am – 12.30 am             Session VIII – Ghana

Business & Human Rights in the Ghanaian Extractive Industry: The Quest for Corporate Accountability

Professor Uwafiokun Idemudia

Associate Professor, Department of Social Science, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University

&

Ms. Cynthia Kwakweyah

MA Candidate, Interdisciplinary Program at York University

A Critical Assessment of universalism, difference and cultural exceptionalism in Human Rights Discourse and Practice in Ghana

Professor Sylvia Bawa

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University

 

Discussant:

Professor Ibironke Odumosu-Ayanu, Associate Professor, College of Law, University of Saskatchewan

Professor Sirleaf, Matiangai, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh

12.30 pm – 2.30 pm              Lunch

Room 2027 Ignat Kaneff Building

2.30 pm – 4.30 pm                Session IX – Kenya/Tanzania

Canada’s Human Rights Moments in Kenya’s Constitutional Transformation AgendaProfessor Sylvia Kanga’ra

Professor of Law, University of Washington

Canada/Tanzanian Human Rights Engagements: A Critical Assessment of Literature and a Research Agenda

Ms. Julena Jumbe Gabagambi

PhD Candidate, Open University of Tanzania

Who Will Remember the Children? – The International Human Rights Movement and Juvenile Justice in Africa

Professor Faisal Bhabha

Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School

         &

Cristina Candea

JD/MA Philosophy, Law and Philosophy Candidate, Osgoode Hall Law School

Discussants:

Mr. Maxwell Miyawa, PhD Candidate, Osgoode Hall Law School

Mr. Jake Okechukwu Effoduh, LLM Candidate, Osgoode Hall Law School

4.30pm – 5.00pm                 Session X: Concluding Discussions/Announcements

Professor Obiora Okafor

Conference Convenor, Professor & York Research Chair in International and Transnational Legal Studies, Osgoode Hall Law School

Mr. Okey Kalu

Conference Coordinator, PhD Candidate, Osgoode Hall Law School

 

Source: http://talkmediaafrica.com/2016/12/05/event-canadiananglophone-african-human-rights-engagements-conference-8th-to-10th-of-december-2016/