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October 20, 2005

Source: University of New Brunswick - Saint John:

Security Measures, Civil Liberties Topics of UNBF Law Lecture

October 20, 2005
UNB Fredericton News Release: D398
Brad Janes, Public Relations Officer (506) 458-7969

The controversial relationship between security measures and civil liberties will be the keynote address of the 27th annual Viscount Bennett Lecture at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton.

Kent Roach, a professor with the University of Toronto’s faculty of law and Centre for Criminology, is the guest speaker.

Prof. Roach’s subject title is Must We Trade Rights for Security?

Sponsored by UNBF’s faculty of law, the longstanding lecture will be held Oct. 27 at 5:30 p.m. in Room 2 of Ludlow Hall. A panel discussion will be held Oct. 28 with Prof. Roach and four other guests from 10 a.m. to noon in Room 2B of Ludlow Hall.

Prof. Roach’s subject matter will explore the current and pressing issue of the relationship between proper security and the rights of the public. Prof. Roach’s most recent volume, published in 2003, is entitled September 11: Consequences for Canada. That text was named one of the five most significant books of 2003 by the Literary Review of Canada.

Elected as a Royal Society of Canada Fellow in Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences in 2002, Prof. Roach has published extensively on democratic dialogue, victims’ rights and politics of criminal justice.

The panel discussion will address different aspects of terrorism and civil liberties.

Prof. Roach will be joined on the panel with Justice Joseph Robertson (Chair) of the New Brunswick Court of Appeal; Sharryn Aiken, a professor in the faculty of law at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., Richard Bell, a partner with the law firm McInnes Cooper and Richard Wiggers, a senior policy advisor of post-secondary affairs for the department of education with the Government of New Brunswick.

The lecture was established under the terms of the will of Viscount Bennett, who was born in Hopewell Cape, N.B. The late Richard Bedford Bennett had a long career as a lawyer, politician and statesmen.

He served as prime minister from 1930 to 1935 and in 1941 was raised to the peerage of the United Kingdom.

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