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Hon. Professor Irwin Cotler

Hon. Professor Irwin Cotler, MP studied at McGill University where he received a BA, a law degree, and worked as an editor at the McGill Law Journal), and then continued his education at Yale University. Cotler has served on the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and its sub-Committee on Human Rights and International Development, as well as on the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. In 2000, he was appointed special advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs on the International Criminal Court. He is considered an expert on international law and human rights law. Professor Colter is also a Co-Chair on the International Academic Board of Advisors for ISGAP, the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy. In December of 2003, he was appointed to Cabinet as Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. As Minister of Justice, Cotler tabled Canada’s first-ever National Justice Initiative Against Racism, in parallel with the government’s National Action Plan Against Racism.