‘Culture’ Panelists & Moderator

Mark J FreimanDr. Mark J. Freiman (moderator) practices law at the firm of Lerners LLP in Toronto.

He appears regularly in high profile cases at all levels of the Canadian legal system.

Mr. Freiman served as Lead Commission Counsel for the Commission of Inquiry into the Investigation of the
Bombing of Air India Flight 182, and as lead counsel for the Canadian Human Rights Commission in the proceedings against Ernst Zundel and his internet hate site.

From 2000 to 2004, Mr. Freiman was Deputy Attorney General for Ontario. He had previously served as Law Clerk to Chief Justice Brian Dickson and as Senior Policy Advisor to then Attorney General Ian G. Scott, Q.C.

He has been President of Canadian Jewish Congress and is currently President of the Canadian Peres Centre for Peace Foundation.

Mr. Freiman is co-author of The Litigator’s Guide to Expert Witnesses, and frequently writes, teaches and speaks on topics related to national security, human rights law and media. He has been the recipient of numerous academic awards and has also taught extensively at the university level. He is currently Adjunct Professor of Law at Osgoode Hall Law School.

In addition to undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Toronto, Mr. Freiman also holds a PhD. in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University.

faisal kuttyMr. Faisal Kutty is an associate professor and director of the International LL.M. Program at Valparaiso University Law School in Indiana and an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University. He is a co-founder and currently serves as counsel to KSM Law, a Toronto-based law firm.

He studied economics at York University and completed his JD at the University of Ottawa. He holds an LL.M. from Osgoode Hall, from where he also completed all of his course work toward his Ph.D.

During his 18-year legal career he has represented dozens of individuals and institutions caught up in anti-terror investigations and national security matters.

He co-founded and served as general counsel for the Canadian Muslim Civil Liberties Association (CMCLA) while still a law student.  He also co-founded and served as vice-chair and legal counsel to the Canadian Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIRCAN) now known as the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM).  He also served as the Islamic law and culture consultant for “The Little Mosque on the Prairie,” an award winning internationally acclaimed sitcom on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).

He is a regular commentator on anti-terrorism law, national security, Islamic law, constitutional law, human rights and Muslims. He has been quoted in numerous academic and non-academic publications and by media outlets around the world.  His Opeds have appeared in The Toronto Star, The National Post, The Globe and Mail, Al Jazeera, Arab News, Alahram, Indian Express and numerous other publications. He also blogs at the Huffington Post.

He is co-chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Islamic Law and serves as an executive committee member of the Section on International Human Rights Law.  He is also a Director of the American Society of Comparative Law.

For the past five consecutive years, he has been included in The Muslim 500: The 500 Most Influential Muslims in The World., compiled by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre in Amman, Jordan, in cooperation with Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University.

KStantonDr. Kim Stanton graduated from the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law and practiced litigation at a national law firm in Vancouver after a clerkship at the British Columbia Supreme Court. Prior to law school, she worked at a human rights commission and on a legal team preparing a genocide case before the International Court of Justice. She has worked with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Gaza Strip and with the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development in Accra, where she was an Official Observer of Ghana’s National Reconciliation Commission. In Canada, she established her own law practice, focusing on constitutional and Aboriginal law. Kim completed her Masters of Law on the subject of amnesties, constitutions and truth commissions, and her Doctorate of Juridical Science on the topic of truth commissions and public inquiries in established democracies, both at the University of Toronto, where she is a Senior Fellow of Massey College. Kim was appointed to two administrative tribunals (the Ontario Health Professions Appeal and Review Board and Health Services Appeal and Review Board) in 2012. She is the Legal Director of the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF), a national equality rights organization.

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