The Massey Dialogues – Beverley McLachlin Reflects on Justice in the Era of COVID-19

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The Massey Dialogues – Beverley McLachlin Reflects on Justice in the Era of COVID-19

Thursday, May 14 at 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

Principal Des Rosiers will welcome our Massey College Visitor The Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin to reflect on how the COVID-19 pandemic has and will continue to have an impact on justice. We will be joined in this conversation by Massey Principal Emeritus Hugh Segal and law student and Junior Fellow Avnee Paranjape. Click here to watch the livestream.


The Dialogues are open to the public – we invite everyone to join and take part in what will be a very informative online discussion. Participants are invited to submit questions to the speakers in real time via the youtube channel’s chat function as well as through Twitter with the hashtag #MasseyDialogues. For information about the Massey Dialogues, click here.


The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin served as Chief Justice of Canada from 2000 to mid-December 2017. Ms. McLachlin works as an arbitrator and mediator in Canada and internationally. She brings to those forms of dispute resolution her broad and deep experience from over 35 years in deciding a wide range of business law and public law disputes, in both common law and civil law; her ability to work in both English and French; and her experience and skill in leading and consensus-building for many years as the head of a diverse nine-member court.

In June 2018 she was appointed to the Order of Canada as a recipient of its highest accolade, Companion of the Order of Canada. She has received over 35 honorary degrees from universities in Canada and abroad, and numerous other honours and awards.

The 2,094 Supreme Court of Canada judgments in which she participated – of which she wrote 442 – and her legal writings and speaking, include a wide range of subjects in corporate, construction, financial services, taxation, contract, tort, other areas of business law, as well as arbitration and mediation. Her legal texts include, as lead co-author, the first and second editions (1987 and 1994) of The Canadian Law of Architecture and Engineering. It is generally recognized that the judgments of the Supreme Court of Canada during her tenure have affirmed Canada as a jurisdiction that is very supportive of arbitration.

Ms. McLachlin also sits as a Justice of Singapore’s International Commercial Court and the Hong Kong Final Court of Appeal.


The Honourable Hugh Segal was the fifth Principal of Massey College, and is a political strategist, author, commentator, academic and former senator. His public policy focus for many years has been reforming income security in Canada with a Basic Income guarantee. His foreign policy focus as Chair of the NATO Council of Canada, and Co-Chair of the Democracy 10 International Strategy Forum, grouping the 10 major democracy countries in the defence and promotion of the two core freedoms: from fear and from want. He has written seven books on public policy, and holds honorary doctorates from the University of Ottawa and the Royal Military College. He is an Honorary Captain of the Royal Canadian Navy, and most recently, served as Canada’s Special Envoy. He is a member of the Eminent Persons Group dealing with human rights and rule of law in Commonwealth countries. He wrote the proposal published by Ontario for a pilot project on a Basic Income.


Avnee Paranjape is a third-year Junior Fellow and a third-year law student at UofT. Avnee completed a BA Hons. in English and a BSc. in Biology at the University of Regina before moving to Toronto for a SSHRC-funded MA in English. Prior to law school, she was one of ten university graduates selected for the prestigious Parliamentary Internship Programme in Ottawa. Currently, Avnee is a chair of Massey Quarterly Court (the law fellows’ association), and writes for Ultra Vires, the independent student newspaper of UofT Law. Her broad range of interests includes criminal law, theatre, Canada’s parliament and politics, and scientific literacy.



Thursday, May 14
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
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