Social Justice and Human Rights is an interdisciplinary, interreligious and cross-sectoral conference presented
by the ICS  Centre for Philosophy, Religion and Social Ethics  in partnership with  Emmanuel College.
What Is Justice and Why Does It Matter?

Dr. Nicholas Wolterstorff  V W
Noah Porter Professor of Philosophical Theology Emeritus, Yale University

Linking Fates Together: Universalism and Contextualism, Human Rights and Social Justice

Dr. Melissa Williams   V W
Professor of Political Theory and former Director of
the Centre for Ethics at the University of Toronto
Religion and Human Rights in Canada: Judaism, Christianity and Islam

The Very Rev. Hon. Lois Wilson   C
CC, OC, former moderator of the United Church of
Canada and spokesperson for human rights and
interfaith issues

Dr. Abdulaziz Sachedina   V
Frances Myers Ball Professor of Religious Studies at
University of Virginia and expert in Islamic law and

Rabbi Michael Stroh   W
Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Har Zion, Past President of the Toronto Board of Rabbis and teaches at Kolel: Adult Centre for Liberal Jewish Learning

Concurrent sessions will take place on both days of the conference. The topics currently planned are:

Tensions when rights-claims conflict
Tensions in the adjudication of justice
Status of economic, social and civil rights
Rights of Children – protection vs. self-determination
Rights of Refugees and Immigrants
Rights of People with Disabilities
Sustenance Rights: housing, food, health care
Environmental Rights: justice in creation-care
Aboriginal rights - group and individual rights
Women and Rights
Must Love and Justice Be Forever at Odds?

Dr. Nicholas Wolterstorff
Noah Porter Professor of Philosophical Theology Emeritus at Yale University and author of Justice: Rights and Wrongs. Open to the general public with a separate fee.  Details >>

Public Engagement and Advocacy - Networking and Discussion

An informal sharing session for practitioners, facilitated by the Office of Social Justice, CRCNA.  See details on the Session Descriptions page.
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Also See
• 1st Promo Video

• 2nd Promo Video