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How well do you understand the complex world of human rights and your corresponding obligations? 

Together with practical strategies and solutions from expert, multi-disciplinary faculty, this one-of-a-kind Certificate provides an overview of key human rights issues in education.

Over two intensive modules, this one-of-a-kind, focused and practical Certificate, provides an overview of the key issues, together with practical strategies and solutions from an expert, multi-disciplinary faculty.

Module 1 – February 28 and 29th, 2020

  • Theories of Rights
  • The Human Rights Revolution
  • Understanding Theories of Discrimination
  • The Bigger Picture: Exploring the Substantive Purposes of Human Rights in Canada
  • The Canadian Human Rights System: An Analysis of How New Human Rights Laws are Administered in Canada

Module 2 – April 3 and 4th, 2020

  • Disability Rights: Accommodation and Accessibility
  • The Duty to Accommodate: Theory and Practice
  • Intersectionality
  • Competing Rights
  • Handling Human Rights Complaints
  • Significant Pressure Points in Public Education
  • Cross-Board Issues and Solutions
  • Bringing Board Action Plans to Life:  Strategies for Success



  • Patrick Case, LSM, LLB, LLM, Assistant Deputy Minister, Education Equity Secretariat, Ontario Ministry of Education

Past Faculty Include:

  • Christopher Achkar, Principal, Achkar Law
  • Anthony Anirud, Human Rights Commissioner, York Region District School Board
  • Cory Boyd, Rubin Thomlinson LLP
  • Margaret Correia, Senior Policy Advisor, Ministry of Education
  • Mahejabeen Ebrahim, Lakehead Board of Education
  • Fay Faraday, Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
  • Atonino Giambrone, Vice Principal, Toronto District School Board
  • Amelia Golden, Golden Investigations
  • Yola Grant, Associate Chair/Adjudicator, Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario
  • Anya Kater, Senior Policy Advisor (Acting), Ministry of Education
  • Mile Komlen, Managing Director, Ethical Associates, Inc.
  • Roger Love, Client Services Manager (Applications) and Legal Counsel, Human Rights Legal Support Centre
  • Amanda Pask, Cavalluzzo Shilton McIntyre Cornish LLP
  • Jeff Poirier, Senior Policy Analyst, Ontario Human Rights Commission
  • Luke Reid, Staff Lawyer, ARCH Disability Law Centre
  • Bharat Saini, Advisor, Human Rights, Equity & Diversity, Centre for Human Rights, Equity & Diversity Humber College
  • Vidya Shah, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, York University
  • Knia Singh, Ma’at Legal Services
  • Njeri Damali Sojourner-Campbell, Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP
  • Alice Te, Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario
  • Susan Ursel, Ursel Phillips Fellow Hopkinson LLP
  • Grace Vaccarelli, Lawyer, Human Rights Legal Support Centre



Fees include attendance, program materials, lunch and break refreshments.

Program Changes

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

Cancellations, Rainchecks and Substitutions

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:
Heather Gore Liddell at HGoreLiddell@osgoode.yorku.ca

Program Details

Date & Time

February 28 & 29, April 3 & 4, 2020
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST (each day)
In Person Only


Osgoode Professional Development Centre,
1 Dundas St. W., 26th Floor Toronto, ON

Fee per Delegate

$1,995 + HST

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Printable Registration Form

Eligible CPD Credit Hours

Who Should Attend

  • School Administrators (Principals, VPs)
  • Supervisory Officers
  • School trustees
  • Superintendents of Education
  • Directors of Education
  • School board staff including human rights, diversity and equity leads
  • Representatives from Federations, the Ministry of Education, and Ontario College of Teachers

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