STU Among Canada’s Best in Moot Court at 2020 Osgoode Cup

St. Thomas Moot Court was among the top teams at the Osgoode Cup—a national undergraduate competition in Toronto.

Husoni Raymond, who was named Top Advocate at the event, and teammate Brandon Case finished second, while STU teams of Sarie Lakes and Victoria Loucks, and Valeria Espinal and Marc Edgar advanced to the quarterfinals.

“This is only STU’s second year competing at the competition, so it’s an honour to have finished second after our university won the whole thing last year,” Case said. “Husoni and I were undefeated on the first day of the competition with a 4-0 record and won all of our elimination rounds until the final round.”

Participants were arguing a case concerning professional misconduct in the courtroom based on the Supreme Court of Canada case Groia v. Law Society of Upper Canada. Students debated the appropriate standard of review and what considerations should be made when evaluating whether a lawyer’s conduct in the courtroom amounts to professional misconduct. Read more…

STU Moot Court Places Two Teams Among Top 20 in the American Moot Court Association  

St. Thomas University Moot Court finished the year among the top 20 teams in the American Moot Court Association.

Husoni Raymond and Elizabeth Tuck, and Grace Baker and Megan Cormier tied for 17th place at the American Moot Court Association National Tournament out of 474 teams that competed nationwide throughout the season.

Olivia Ricketts and Brandon Case finished 33rd.

“The competition seems to get harder each year,” Raymond said. “Elizabeth and I invested a lot of time preparing for the competition and we did our best in each round, so I’m proud of how far we were able to go.”

Throughout the national event, Raymond and Tuck faced teams from Georgia State University, the United States Air Force Academy, and the University of Chicago. The highlight of the tournament though was winning their round against the team from Patrick Henry College that won the Tommies’ Tournament in December. Read more…

Justice Beverley McLachlin to Deliver Lodhi Lecture   

Former Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin will deliver the Lodhi Lecture at St. Thomas University on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 7pm. The lecture will take place in the Kinsella Auditorium, McCain Hall.

In her talk, “Truth be Told: One Canadian’s Journey Through Life and the Law,” she will speak about her journey from rural obscurity through the legal system, and will offer reflections on life and the law. Read more…

STU Moot Court Earns 12 Speaker Awards and Three Bids to National Tournament in Regional Competition  

St. Thomas University Moot Court had another successful season of regional competition, earning 12 speaker awards and three bids to the American Moot Court Association National Tournament in Louisiana.

Husoni Raymond and Elizabeth Tuck, Brandon Case and Olivia Ricketts, and Grace Baker and Megan Cormier will represent St. Thomas at the national competition where they will compete against the best mooters in the American Moot Court Association. Read more…

Fourth-Year Student Elizabeth Tuck Awarded Rhodes Scholarship to Attend Oxford   

Fourth-year student Elizabeth Tuck from Mount Pearl, NL, has been awarded a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship to pursue post-graduate studies at the University of Oxford.

The Rhodes Scholarship is the oldest and one of the most prestigious international scholarships and provides recipients funding to study at Oxford. It is awarded annually to only 11 students across Canada.

“I was shocked,” she said about getting the phone call. “I yelled and paced back and forth, and then called everyone. It was a lot of feelings all at once. I was crying; my friends were crying. It was surreal. It still is.”

Tuck is completing a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Human Rights and majors in Political Science and Great Books. She plans to continue her research on how different social identities—particularly gender—affect policy during her studies at Oxford. Read more…

Dr. Amanda DiPaolo Receives AAU Distinguished Teaching Award  

Human Rights Professor Dr. Amanda DiPaolo has been awarded the Association of Atlantic Universities Distinguished Teaching Award – an honour which recognizes outstanding teaching over a number of years.

DiPaolo is the fifth STU professor to receive this prestigious award from the association, which represents the 16 universities in Atlantic Canada.

DiPaolo says STU is an ideal environment to encourage teaching excellence.

“The culture at STU is one where students can feel like they matter,” she said. “When I was a student at St. Thomas University, I always felt like I mattered to my professors because they put so much effort into providing me with a quality education. That is now what I am trying to do for our students today.” Read more…

Emily Williams to Attend Prestigious Human Rights Course in Switzerland  

Emily Williams, a class of 2019 graduate, has been accepted into the Lucerne Academy for Human Rights Implementation program at the University of Lucerne in Switzerland.

The three-week program is normally reserved for law students and lawyers. Williams credits her acceptance in part to the education and opportunities she received while at St Thomas.

“The valuable experiential learning that I was able to engage in while at STU helped my application stand out and I believe played a key role in why I was accepted,” Williams said.

The program focuses on the domestic implementation of human rights law. During her program in Switzerland, Williams will continue her experiential learning with day trips to Geneva to see the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, as well as the Human Rights Council and the European Court of Human Rights in France. Read more…

Ready for the Next Challenge: Emma Walsh accepts offer from McGill Law School 

Emma Walsh is one step closer to making the move from Moot Court to the courtroom.

After receiving offers from multiple law schools—including the University of Toronto, the University of Ottawa, and York University—the Oakland, Maine, native accepted her offer from McGill and will begin her law degree in the fall.

“It was my experience at STU that made me want to go to McGill,” Walsh said.

“McGill is one of the smallest law faculties I applied to and they’re focused more on how you think. It’s going to be bringing in theoretical perspectives as well as the things I’ve learned to love doing through the study of Political Science and Human Rights.” Read more…

STU Moot Court Students Kelly Brennan and Brianna Workman Win Osgoode Cup

Kelly Brennan and Brianna Workman have been crowned national undergraduate moot court champions.

The pair won the Osgoode Cup—an annual competition for undergraduate students held at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto—after facing teams from the University of Toronto, York University, Carleton University, and Humber-Guelph.

“We had a lot of judges asking ‘who this New Brunswick team is,’ but they aren’t asking anymore,” Brennan said.

“We had the chance to show the rest of Canada how St. Thomas moots and how incredible our team and program really is. It really was a huge privilege,” Workman added. Read more…

Students Channel Passion for Global Issues at Harvard National Model United Nations

Student delegates from around the world had one thing in common at the recent Harvard National Model United Nations in Boston—a passion to use what they’re learning to affect global change.

Students from STU’s Model United Nations course spent the conference representing the interests of Venezuela.

“This experience has allowed me to see the world with open eyes,” fourth-year student Emilie Hanlon said. “I was able to make connections with people from all over the world, and some of my closest allies throughout the conference were from Venezuela. We were able to have real and deep conversations about the crisis going on there.” Read more…

STU Moot Court Sets New Program Record at National Championship

St. Thomas University Moot Court set a new program benchmark at the 2019 American Moot Court Association National Championship in Orlando, Florida.

Two STU teams finished in the top 10—Emma Walsh and Brianna Workman placed fifth and Jarrod Ryan and Husoni Raymond placed ninth—three teams earned brief writing awards, and two STU Mooters were recognized as top oralists.

Walsh and Workman’s fifth place finish is the highest ever achieved by a STU team. Read more…

Lodhi Panel Discussion: Recent Human Rights Developments in Canadian Legislation

Senator McPhedran, Senator Dyck, and Senator Pate will make up the Lodhi panel which will discuss recent human rights developments in Canadian legislation, Wednesday, January 23 at 7:00 pm in the Kinsella Auditorium.

Each senator will speak about a particular human rights development before the floor is opened for questions. Read more…

STU Moot Court Qualifies Two More Teams for National Tournament

St. Thomas University Moot Court has qualified two more teams for the American Moot Court Association National Tournament in Orlando, Florida.Alaina Mejia and Matt Oram, and Abbie LeBlanc and Telina Debly earned their spot at the national event during a regional competition in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. Read more…

The Team to Beat: STU Moot Court Finishes First, Third, and Fourth at Tampa Regional

St. Thomas University Moot Court was the team to beat at the South Atlantic Regional in Tampa, Florida.

The three STU teams nearly swept the top spots—finishing first, third, and fourth in the 40-team competition—and each earned bids to the American Moot Court Association National Tournament in Orlando, Florida, January 12-13.

Kelly Brennan, of Burlington, ON, and Kayla Doody, of Paradise, NL, were crowned champions after defeating the College of Holy Cross in the final round. Partners Emma Walsh and Brianna Workman, and Olivia Ricketts and Elizabeth Tuck were semifinalists at the competition. Read more…

Bob Rae to Deliver Vigod Memorial Lecture in Human Rights

Politician, lawyer, mediator and writer Bob Rae will deliver the Vigod Memorial Lecture in Human Rights. The lecture will take place on Wednesday, September 26 at 7pm in the Kinsella Auditorium at St. Thomas University.
In his lecture, “Human rights in the age of populism,” Mr. Rae will speak about the spread of populism in different contexts both domestic and international, and the challenge it poses to the rule of law and human rights. Read more…

STU Moot Court Places First Overall

The STU Moot Court team returned from a regional competition in Albany, NY with multiple speaker awards, the competition’s first place title, and at least two bids to the National Moot Court Competition in Dallas, Texas in January 2018.
Emma Walsh and Brianna Workman placed first overall in Albany. Walsh, a second-time mooter and third-year student, was named top orator at the event. Workman, a first-time mooter and third-year student, came third. Husoni Raymond, first-time mooter and second-year student, and Emily Williams, second-time mooter and third-year student, also brought home orator awards—seventh and eighth place, respectively. Read more…

Heading Back to Geneva: STU Students Qualify for Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition for the second straight year

For the second year in a row, students from St. Thomas University qualified for the Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition in Geneva, Switzerland. Williams and Xavier submitted two legal briefs to the competition that were selected among the top ten in the Western European and Others region to earn a spot at the international event.  Last year, STU’s team—represented by LeBlanc and Navy Vezina—won first place at the competition and were the first Canadian team to do so. Read more…

Professor Pam Palmater to Deliver Vigod Memorial Lecture in Human Rights

Professor Pam Palmater will deliver the Vigod Memorial Lecture in Human Rights at St. Thomas University. The lecture will take place Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 7:00 pm in the Kinsella Auditorium. Read more…

Public Lecture – “The Human Right to a Healthy World” by Silver Donald Cameron

Silver Donald Cameron will speak about “The Human Right to a Healthy World” on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 at 2:30 pm in the Ted Daigle Auditorium in Edmund Casey Hall. The lecture is co-hosted by the Environment and Society Program and the Atlantic Human Rights Centre.
Air, water, food—these are the sources of life. Without them, we die. In more than 180 nations, citizens are legally entitled to these essential elements of life. The GreenRights multi-media project ( examines dramatic, innovative legal battles all over the world and questions why this right to a healthy environment is not protected in Canada or the United States. Read more…

Moot Court World Champions: Navy Vezina and Abbie LeBlanc use creative arguments to capture Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition

Navy Vezina and Abbie LeBlanc became the first-ever Canadian team to win the Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition hosted at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. The STU duo edged the University of Buenos Aires in the final round to finish first out of 38 teams. “There were gasps and there were tears. It was a very shaky, slow-motion type moment, but it was definitely one of the best of my life,” Vezina said of the win. Read more

STU Global Brigades Returns from Panama – Angela Bosse Reflects on Volunteering at Legal Clinics and Leading Human Rights Workshops

Travelling to Panama as a member of STU Global Brigades was an experience that challenged Angela Bosse intellectually and personally.  The STU group spent a week assisting foreign lawyers with pro-bono cases and holding workshops on human rights in rural communities.   “I learned so much from Global Brigades before I even boarded the plane to Panama. We prepared for months, reading documents, learning Spanish, trying to challenge our perspectives and assumptions,” Bosse said. Read more

St. Thomas Moot Court Earns Select Spot at International Moot Court Competition in Europe

Navy Vezina and Abbie LeBlanc will represent St. Thomas University at the Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition in Geneva, Switzerland from July 18 to 21, 2017. The international competition is open to undergraduate and masters of law students. The top five teams from each of the five regions (based on United Nations regions) qualified to attend.  Canada—and St. Thomas—is part of the Western European and Others region. Along with St. Thomas, the top five for this region include Yale Law School, the University of Oxford, Universitat del Piemonte Orientale in Italy, and the University of Lucerne in Switzerland. Read more…

Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Human Rights Act in 2017

The program of events scheduled to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the New Brunswick Human Rights Act was unveiled today.

On Sept. 15, 1967, the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick was one of the first in the country to pass a law protecting its residents against discrimination and promoting true equality for all in a modern society.

To mark the 50th anniversary of the act, the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission will host the mid-year meeting of the Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies, present a Human Rights Award, and underscore the contribution of youth by establishing a Youth Human Rights Award. Read more…

Public Lecture: Dr. Costanza Musu on “Understanding the Final Status Issues in Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations” 

Dr. Costanza Musu, Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa, will deliver the lecture “Understanding the Final Status Issues in Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations. What Role for the International Community, What Role for Canada?” on Tuesday, March 21 at 7 PM in Brian Mulroney Hall, Room 102.

Musu’s research interest lies in conflict resolution and security studies; the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; the European Union and foreign policy; and Transatlantic Relations in the field of security and defense. Read more…

Advocating for Balance Between Privacy and Security: Dr. Szurlej Speaks to Standing Committee On Public Safety and National Security  

Human Rights professor Dr. Christina Szurlej believes Canada’s national security framework needs to balance the right to privacy with other fundamental freedoms.

Szurlej, Endowed Chair in Human Rights at St. Thomas, focused on that message when she spoke to the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security regarding the Security of Canada Information Act, which was introduced as part of the Anti-terrorism Act.

“Any restriction of human rights and freedoms entrenched in the Constitution must be proportionate,” Szurlej said. “Only two people have died from terrorism in Canada over the last decade. If the risk is so low, broad restriction of the rights of every Canadian is disproportionate.” Read more…

Moot Court Team Earns Bid to Nationals for Second Straight Year 

The St. Thomas moot court team finished 22nd of 350 teams from across the United States and nabbing multiple speaker and brief writing awards.

St. Thomas competed at two regional events, in Fitchburg, MA and Boston, MA, where they qualified two teams for the American Moot Court Association nationals at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida. During nationals, it was announced St. Thomas students Alex Monteith and Navy Vezina earned third place nationally in the brief writing competition.  Read more…

Faculty Book Launch – “Mad Men The Death and Redemption of American Democracy”

A book launch celebrating the publication of the book “Mad Men The Death and Redemption of American Democracy” will take place on Friday, November 25 at 2:30 pm.  The event is sponsored by the Great Books Department and the Office of Research Services and will take place in the Rotunda (Room 318) in Brian Mulroney Hall. Refreshments will be served.
Mad Men captivated audiences with the story of Don Draper, an advertising executive whose personal and professional successes and failures took viewers on a roller coaster ride through America’s tumultuous 1960s. Read more…

Sally Armstrong to Deliver Vigod Memorial Lecture in Human Rights  

Sally Armstrong will deliver the Vigod Memorial Lecture in Human Rights at St. Thomas University. The lecture will take place on Thursday, November 17 at 7PM in the Kinsella Auditorium. She will speak about “Why Women’s Rights Are Your Business: The Dollars and Sense of Investing in Women and Girls.” Sally Armstrong is an award-winning author, journalist and human rights activist. She has covered stories in zones of conflict all over the world. From Bosnia and Somalia to Congo and Afghanistan, her eyewitness reports have earned her the Amnesty International Media Award three times over, as well as acclaim all over the world.  Read more…

Diversity Unities Us: STU Recognized for Inclusive Community 

STU student Felomena Deogratsias, BA ’18, is no stranger to racism and discrimination.
There was the time she was told to leave the swimming pool during a school field trip because they thought her dark skin would “dirty the water.” Or the time a stranger yelled at her because she didn’t look “Canadian” enough. Or the time she was told that it was a “historical fact” that black people were more dangerous than white people.
Today, Deogratsias chooses to use her voice to raise awareness and help others understand the danger of discrimination. Read more…

Human Rights Speaker Series – Dr. Tom Bateman will speak on “Conflicting Charter Rights: Freedom of Religion and Equality Rights”

Dr. Tom Batemn, Political Science professor at STU, will be the guest speaker in the latest event in the Human Rights Speaker Series. He will speak about “Conflicting Charter Rights: Freedom of Religion and Equality Rights” One of the great challenges faced by liberal democracies is their respect for the associational prerogatives of their citizens. Individual freedom is highly prized but difficulties arise when individuals associate with groups and communities whose guiding principles are considered illiberal by others. Read more

Human Rights Speaker Series with Dr. Karen Robert 

The fourth Human Rights Speaker Series hosted by the Atlantic Human Rights Centre, featuring the research of STU faculty whose work relates to the field of human rights.

The next lecture is entitled: Death Comes in a Ford Falcon: Human Rights and Memory in Argentina with Dr. Karen Robert on March 23, 2016 from 11:30-12:50 pm in the Ted Daigle Auditorium.

Respect and Diversity: STU Partners with Schools to Celebrate Diversity

STU student Felomena Deogratsias, BA’18 is no stranger to racism and discrimination. There was the time she was told to leave the swimming pool during a school field trip because they thought her dark skin would “dirty the water.” Or the time a stranger yelled at her because she didn’t look “Canadian” enough. Or the time she was told that it was a “historical fact” that black people were more dangerous than white people.

Deogratsias shared her experiences with more than 200 middle school and high school students, their educators, school administrators and community members at the Respect and Diversity Conference. The event was organized by Anglophone School District East and held in partnership with St. Thomas University. Read more

Dallaire Urges Youth toward Activism, The Aquinian, February 23, 2016

Roméo Dallaire says Canada’s young people are in position to make Canada a more “activist nation” that can help prevent atrocities and dislocation we’re now seeing across the Middle East and Africa.

“I believe that the generation without borders should establish a sort of right of passage from countries like ours that can take a leadership role because we have the capacity to do it,” the humanitarian and retired general told an overflowing audience in Kinsella Auditorium at St. Thomas University Thursday.

“Generation without borders” are people under 25 years of age. Dallaire said social media have made borders irrelevant for communication and the exchange of ideas for millennials. This generation needs to travel the world, join NGOs and help shape Canada’s future foreign policy, he said. Read more

Roméo Dallaire to Deliver Lodhi Memorial Lecture

There are disturbing parallels between the Rwandan genocide and the current refugee crisis in Syria, says Lieutenant-General, the Honorable Roméo Dallaire, former head of the United Nations peacekeeping force in Rwanda. Dallaire will be at St. Thomas University on February 18 to deliver the Lodhi Memorial Lecture entitled “R2P and the Syrian Conflict: Lessons Learned from Rwanda.” Read more

Human Rights Week Presentation, Trivia Night, and Pizza

STU alumna Kathryn Edgett, BA ’11, will be on campus as part of Human Rights Week to give a presentation entitled, “Knowing Your Rights.” The event will be followed by a trivia night and pizza and will take place on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 6 pm in the Great Hall, located on the second floor of George Martin Hall. In her presentation, Edgett will explain your rights under the New Brunswick Human Rights Act at an introductory level. Read more

Arguing Their Way to California: STU Moot Court Makes it to American Nationals

In just its second year, St. Thomas University’s moot court team has earned a place in the National Moot Court Collegiate Championships in Long Beach, California. STU placed two teams in the top eight of the regional competition at Fitchburg, MA in November. Now, students Stefen Savoy, Marlee Charlton, Madison Makepeace and Lauran Haas will be representing St. Thomas in California in January.

Charlton, from Lawrencetown, NS, is a Human Rights and History major. She was also recognized with a speaker award—placing 18th out of 108. Charlton’s plan has always been to pursue a career in law, and she saw taking the moot court course as a way to get her feet wet. “It’s been one of the most rewarding classes I’ve had at St. Thomas. I was hoping it would help solidify the decision that I wanted to go to law school and it definitely has,” she said. Read more

Human Rights Speaker Series – Reflecting on Disability Rights 25 Years after the Americans with Disabilities Act, Dr. Fikru Gebrekidan

In the 1990’s, US President George H. Bush signed the American with Disabilities Act. The passing of the act was a watershed point in itself, as it represented the climax of many decades of grassroots mobilization and social activism. Within the United States, the passing of the ADA meant having to imagine disability differently, often through the social model perspective. At the international level, the ADA became the gold standard for a new series of human rights regimes, leading to the 2007 United Nations Covenant on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Read more

Human Rights Speaker Series – “Canada and the World after the 2015 Election”

The Atlantic Human Rights Centre invites you to the inaugural lecture of its Human Rights Speaker Series – “Canada and the World after the 2015 Election.” Read more

Vigod Memorial Lecture – Alex Neve on “After the Election: Where Next for Canada and Human Rights?”

The secretary general of Amnesty International Canada, Alex Neve, will deliver the Vigod Memorial Lecture on November 4 at 6:00 pm in the Ted Daigle Auditorium, Edmund Casey Hall. “It is an honour for the Atlantic Human Rights Centre to welcome Alex Neve to deliver the Vigod Lecture. We are looking forward to hearing updates on Amnesty International’s ongoing campaigns Stop Torture, No More Stolen Sisters and Open for Justice,” said Dr. Christina Szurlej, professor in the Human Rights Program and director of the Atlantic Human Rights Centre. Read more

International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearance 

An enforced disappearance occurs when an individual is arrested, detained, abducted or otherwise deprived of liberty outside of the protection of the law by the State or with State complicity. No one knows of his or her whereabouts, or whether he or she is alive. It constitutes a hybrid violation of rights, including the right to liberty and security, prohibition of torture, inhumane and degrading treatment or punishment, the right to a fair trial and, in some cases, the right to life. Under the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, there are no exceptions or justifications for an enforced disappearance.

Yet, halting enforced disappearances worldwide is far from over. In Mexico alone, over 26,000 individuals disappeared from 2006 to 2012; three years later, 43 students “disappeared” from Ayotziapa College. ​Don’t let victims of enforced disappearance be forgotten. These and all other enforced disappearances must be investigated and those responsible held accountable. Victims and their families deserve to know the truth, and should receive due restitution and compensation.

Moot Court Gives Lindsay McLellan, BA’15, a Rare Advantage for Law School

Lindsay McLellan, BA’15, will begin law school this fall with a significant advantage over her first-year peers—court room experience in front of real judges. St. Thomas offers the only undergraduate moot court program in Canada, and McLellan represented the university in two international competitions—one in Fitchburg, MA, and the other in Chicago, IL.

“Being involved in the program enabled me to stand out among a sea of worthy candidates during the competitive law school application process,” McLellan said. “The opportunity to have a hands-on learning experience where I was able to use my education in a practical way was something I couldn’t pass up.” Read more