Department of Justice Canada

Department of Justice Canada

February 23, 2015 08:00 ET

Minister MacKay Attends Global Law Summit in UK

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwired - Feb. 23, 2015) - Department of Justice Canada

Minister of Justice and Attorney General Peter MacKay today began a three-day working visit to the United Kingdom, where he will attend the Global Law Summit, take part in discussions and bilateral meetings, and meet with Canadian law students at the University of Leicester Law School.

Minister MacKay will be a delegate to the Global Law Summit and will meet with legal professionals and business and government representatives to affirm the Government of Canada's conviction that the use of sound legal systems and the rule of law promotes stability and helps combat global terrorism. Minister MacKay will have the opportunity to meet with senior officials from private practice, academia, justice systems and the judiciaries from around the world.

Speaking to students at the University of Leicester Law School, including more than 200 Canadian students, Minister MacKay will offer his thoughts on the importance of Canada's legal system, his passion for the law, and his perspective on the historical importance of Canadians studying abroad as a way to build bilateral understanding of legal systems and cultures. At Leicester, he will have the honour of announcing a prize to be awarded to the Canadian law students' moot court competition.

Quick Facts

  • Minister MacKay will attend the Global Law Summit that will include addresses from:
    • Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary General, United Nations
    • Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Chairperson, National League for Democracy in Burma
    • Boris Johnson, Mayor of London
  • The Peter MacKay Cup will be awarded annually for the mooting competition for Canadians studying law in the United Kingdom

Quotes

"The world is threatened by terrorism and violent extremism like never before. The rule of law is one of our chief defences against terrorism. Our shared values of freedom and democracy are shielded when like-minded nations work together to promote justice."

- Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General

Associated Links

Global summit http://globallawsummit.com/

University of Leicester law school http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/law

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Contact Information

  • Clarissa Lamb
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Justice
    613-992-4621

    Media Relations
    Department of Justice
    613-957-4207