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A unique, practical program focused on assessing, balancing and resolving human rights issues, delivered by a highly distinguished faculty of Canada’s leading experts. This program sold out last year - reserve your spot early to avoid disappointment!

How deeply do you understand the complex world of human rights?

Interpreting and applying human rights legislation presents a complex and often unique set of challenges. At the same time, failure to comply with human rights laws can be very costly to organizations, both in terms of money and time spent defending claims, as well as the resulting reputational damage should an individual’s claim be upheld by the tribunal.

This comprehensive program was designed to give you the knowledge and practical skills to competently and confidently handle day-to-day challenges, as well as more complex human rights issues.

Day 1 (May 7, 2018)
Human Rights Theory and Practice

Day 2 (May 8, 2018)
Duty to Accommodate/Dealing with Competing Rights

Day 3 (May 9, 2018)
Evidence in Human Rights Matters/Simulation Exercise

Day 4 (May 10, 2018)
Evidence in Human Rights (cont.)/Remedies

Day 5 (May 11, 2018)
Advanced Topics in Human Rights Law and Practice


Program Director

  • Patrick Case, LSM, LL.B., LL.M., Adjunct Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School of York University

Advisory Board

  • Antonella Ceddia, Solicitor – Litigation Group, City Of Toronto, Legal Services Division
  • Shelagh Day, President & Senior Editor, Canadian Human Rights Reporter
  • Fo Niemi, Executive Director, Centre for Research-Action on Race Relations (CRAAR)
  • Dora Nipp, Human Rights Education & Change Specialist, Ontario Human Rights Commission
  • Geri Sanson, Sanson Law Office Professional Corporation
  • Susan Ursel, Ursel Phillips Fellows Hopkinson LLP


  • Lisa Addario, Member, Canadian Industrial Relations Board
  • Raj Anand, WeirFoulds LLP
  • Sarah E. Atkinson, Lawyer, Workplace Investigator, Mediator, Workplace Resolutions
  • Kim Bernhardt, Bernhardt Arbitration & Mediation
  • Danielle Bisnar, Cavalluzzo LLP
  • Josée Bouchard, Vice-Chair, Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario
  • Cory Boyd, Rubin Thomlinson LLP
  • David Butt, Barrister and Solicitor
  • Patrick Case, LSM, LL.B., LL.M., Adjunct Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School of York University
  • Antonella Ceddia, Solicitor, Litigation Group, City Of Toronto, Legal Services Division
  • Njeri Damali Campbell, Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP
  • Rajesh Dhir, Legal Director, Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation
  • Kelly Doctor, Goldblatt Partners LLP
  • Mahejabeen Ebrahim, Consultant, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Peter Engelmann, Goldblatt Partners LLP
  • Melany Franklin, Mediator, Sideroad ADR
  • Amelia Golden, Golden Investigations
  • Sharmaine Hall, Executive Director, Human Rights Legal Support Centre
  • Matthew Horner, Counsel, Ontario Human Rights Commission
  • David Lepofsky, O.C., O.O., Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto Law School and Osgoode Hall Law School of York University
  • Marian Y. MacGregor, Equity Advisor, Equity Initiatives, The Law Society of Ontario
  • Amanda Pask, Cavalluzzo LLP
  • Andrew Pinto, Pinto Wray James LLP
  • Holly Reid, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
  • Bruce Ryder, Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
  • Jo-Ann Seamon, Senior Counsel & Manager of Legal Services, Human Rights Legal Support Centre
  • Grace Vaccarelli, Lawyer, Human Rights Legal Support Centre
  • Alan Whyte, Cunningham, Swan, Carty, Little & Bonham LLP
  • Dianne Wintermute, Staff Lawyer, ARCH Disability Law Centre



Fees include attendance, program materials, continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments for each of the 5 days of the program. The price does not include accommodations. Please inquire about group discounts and financial assistance. Payment plan details below. Dress is business casual.

Program Changes

We will make every effort to present the certificate program as advertised, but it may be necessary to change the dates, location, speakers or content with little or no notice. In the event of program cancellation, York University and Osgoode Hall Law School’s liability is limited to reimbursement of paid fees.

Substitutions, Cancellations and Refunds

Substitution of registrants is permitted at any time. If you are unable to find a substitute, a full refund is available if a cancellation request is received in writing 21 days prior to the program date. If a cancellation request is made with less than 21 days notice, a $150 administration fee will apply. No other refund is available.


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Program Details

Questions on program registration?
Please contact the Registration Team at osgoodepd@osgoode.yorku.ca

Questions on the program content?
Please contact the Program Lawyer:
Paul Truster at ptruster@osgoode.yorku.ca

Program Details

Date & Time

May 7-11, 2018


Pantages Hotel Toronto
200 Victoria Street
Toronto, ON

Fee per Delegate

$2,795 plus HST

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Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • Human Rights Professionals
  • Human Resources Professionals
  • Human Rights Lawyers
  • Employment and Labour Law Practitioners
  • In-House Counsel
  • Trade Union Representatives
  • Employment and Labour Law Practitioners
  • Diversity/Equity Officers
  • Disability and Return to Work Managers
  • Human Rights and Equity Consultants

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“I found myself learning from each of the instructors (which were all, without exception, excellent). Thank you!”

Geneviève Chabot, Yukon Human Rights Commission

“The presentations were timely and on point and use of the law was relevant and appropriate. All the presenters were…excellent”

Joelle St. John, Senior Parliamentary Counsel, Government of Barbados

Hotels & Parking

If you require accommodations in downtown Toronto, OsgoodePD has arranged Corporate Rates with several hotels within walking distance of our downtown conference centre.

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