Author Archives: Kathleen Mahoney

About Kathleen Mahoney

Professor Kathleen E. Mahoney, F.R.S.C., LL.B. (University of British Columbia), LL.M., (University of Cambridge), Diploma, International Institute, Comparative Human Rights Law, (Strasbourg), Member of the Bar Associations and Law Societies of Alberta and Manitoba. Kathleen Mahoney’s research interests are Human Rights, Humanitarian Law, Judicial Education and Aboriginal Law. In her pioneering work in judicial education, she has authored numerous foundational papers and organized conferences, workshops and collaborative international projects in Geneva, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Tanzania, Namibia, Spain, Israel, China, Vietnam, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the United States, and the United Nations to improve the quality of judicial decision making. She was a founder of the Women's Legal Education and Action Fund and participated in many ground breaking cases furthering equality in Canada. She successfully argued for a harms based approach in the leading cases on hate speech and pornography in the Supreme Court of Canada. She was counsel for Bosnia Herzegovina in their genocide action against Serbia in the International Court of Justice with the result that the definition of genocide was changed to include mass rapes and force pregnancy as a genocide offences and crimes against humanity. She was Chair of the Board of Directors of the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development for 6 years. She was named an expert advisor to the Interaction Council, an organization of former heads of state. She was the Chief Negotiator for the Assembly of First Nations achieving the historic Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement, the largest settlement in Canadian history. She was the primary architect of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and led the negotiations for the historic apology from the Canadian Parliament and from Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican. Among her many awards and distinctions, Professor Mahoney was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a Trudeau Fellow, a Sir Alan Sewell Fellow (Australia), a Human Rights Fellow (Harvard), and a Fulbright Fellow. She received the Canadian Bar Association and Alberta Bar Association Distinguished Service Award. The University of Calgary awarded her the Excellence Award for Inspiration and Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Research. She received the Alberta Centennial Medal for her contribution to the advancement of human rights. She was awarded the Bertha Wilson Touchstone Award in recognition of her outstanding accomplishments in the promotion of equality in Canada, and the Governor General's Medal in Recognition of the Person’s Case.

The Indian Residential School Settlement: Is Reconciliation Possible?

PDF Version: The Indian Residential School Settlement: Is Reconciliation Possible? Matter considered: The Indian Residential School Settlement Being the Chief Negotiator for the Assembly of First Nations instigating and completing the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement, cannot be described in words. … Continue reading

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The Role of the “Noble Savage” in Environmental Social Activism

PDF version: The Role of the “Noble Savage” in Environmental Social Activism Context of discussion: Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines Project This blog is to discuss what I call the “The Role of the Noble Savage” in the pursuit of environmental … Continue reading

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The Harm of Hate Speech: Are Media Responses Knee Jerk, Impulsive and Thoughtless?

PDF version: The Harm of Hate Speech: Are Media Responses Knee Jerk, Impulsive and Thoughtless? Case commented on: Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission v Whatcott, 2013 SCC 11 (CanLii). It is difficult to find balanced or thoughtful responses from the media … Continue reading

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Where does legitimate religious expression end and hate speech begin?

PDF Version: Where does legitimate religious expression end and hate speech begin? Alan Hunsberger, a Wildrose candidate who ran for election for the provincial legislature in Alberta, believes the Edmonton Public School Board’s policy of adopting anti-bullying policies to protect … Continue reading

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The Safe Injection Site Precedent: Parliamentary Supremacy vs. Democratic Values?

Case Considered: Canada (A.G.) v PHS Community Services Society, 2011, SCC 44 PDF Version: The Safe Injection Site Precedent: Parliamentary Supremacy vs. Democratic Values? The recent SCC ruling in Canada (A.G.) v PHS Community Services Society (Insite)  caused quite a … Continue reading

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