Human rights lawyer Jacques Gauthier to deliver annual Jean-Gabriel Castel keynote address

Jacques Gauthier, an international human rights lawyer, will deliver this year’s keynote address at the annual Jean-Gabriel Castel Conference on International Law & International Organizations at the Glendon campus.

Jacques Gauthier
Jacques Gauthier

Gauthier’s bilingual talk, “International Law and the Issue of Sovereignty over Jerusalem”, will take place Wednesday, March 12, at 7:30pm in Glendon’s BMO Conference Centre, Glendon Hall. He will present historical facts that are foundational in understanding the competing sovereignty claims in respect to the city of Jerusalem under international law.

Gauthier,  is the principal and founder of Gauthier & Associates, an international law firm established in Toronto in 1984. He is the Founder of the Canadian foundation Justice for Children and Youth. He received an award for dedicated service to the profession from the Canadian Bar Association (Ontario) in 1989. In 2011, his presentations included the Dutch Parliament (The Hague, May 31), the European Parliament (Brussels, June 1) the Italian Senate (Rome, July 1), The Legion of Honour Museum (Paris, July 5), the Basel Conference (Basel, August 29 to 31), as well as presentations before the US Congress in Washington and Columbia
University in New York (Fall of 2011).

Gauthier has also acted as legal counsel to a number of states including Spain, Mexico and France, which made him a Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite in 2000. He has served as the acting chair and vice-chair of the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development and led a human rights mission to China in November 2009 on behalf of this organization.

The conference is open to everyone, but seating is limited. To RSVP, e-mail

More about the annual Jean-Gabriel Castel Conference on International Law & International Organizations

The Jean-Gabriel Castel Lecture was created in 2004 to honour Professor Jean-Gabriel Castel, an internationally acknowledged jurist and now emeritus Distinguished Research Professor in international law at York’s Osgoode Hall Law School. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and officer of the Order of Canada. For a decade, Professor Castel had taught international law to Glendon’s undergraduate students in the International Studies Program.