The South Asian Bar Association of Toronto (SABA) presented Osgoode Hall Law School Professor Aaron Dhir with its 2009 Young Practitioner Award at its annual awards dinner on Nov. 18 at Le Méridien King Edward Hotel in Toronto. SABA is the Greater Toronto Area’s premier legal organization dedicated to promoting the objectives of South Asian members of the legal profession.
Right: Aaron Dhir
The keynote speaker for the event was former Supreme Court of Canada justice Frank Iacobucci. Other guest speakers were Ontario Attorney General Chris Bentley and MPP Harinder Takhar, minister of government services. Attendees included members of the judiciary, members of the South Asian diplomatic community, lawyers from major law firms in the city, and representatives of the Ontario Bar Association and select corporations. Legal and ethnic media were also present.
Dhir, who joined Osgoode in 2007, teaches in the field of business law. His research interests include corporate law theory and the intersection of transnational business activity with international human rights norms.
He has participated in various policy reform initiatives and was invited by the federal government in 2006 to act as an expert at the National Roundtables on Corporate Social Responsibility. In 2007, he participated as an invited expert in corporate accountability-related consultations held by the United Nations secretary general’s special representative on human rights and transnational corporations and the United Nations special rapporteur on the right to health.
In addition to the Young Practitioner Award, awards were handed out in three other categories: Lifetime Achievement Award, Female Practitioner of the Year, and Male Practitioner of the Year.