We are saddened to announce the passing of Maurice Copithorne, QC, LLD, who slipped away peacefully in his sleep early in the morning on February 14, 2019. As a beloved husband, father, grandfather, teacher, mentor and friend, he will be greatly missed and remembered for his thoughtfulness, worldly knowledge, patience and curiosity.
The Board of Directors of the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy (ICCLR) is pleased to announce the appointment of Joanna Nefs as its Executive Director. Ms. Nefs comes to us from Toronto, where she obtained a wealth of experience in law and in the non-profit sector. Currently a provincial prosecutor in Ontario, Ms. Nefs was formerly a project lead and duty counsel with Legal Aid Ontario and a criminal defence counsel in private practice. In 2009, she founded the Fair Change Community Legal Clinic in Toronto, of which she continues to be the Executive Director. Fair Change is a student legal clinic focused on the homeless. She was also an intern with the United Nations in New York, conducting research and working in the area of persons with disabilities. In addition to her current prosecutorial duties, Ms. Nefs is an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University. Her academic qualifications include a Master’s degree in Public and International Affairs and a Juris Doctor.
We at ICCLR are very pleased that Ms. Nefs will be joining the Centre, which is one of two institutes in Canada that are a part of the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Network. Housed within the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia, ICCLR represents a partnership of government, university and the private sector focused on project work in areas including anti-corruption, access to justice, restorative justice, violence against women and children, and corrections. Charter and corporate members include the Government of Canada, the Province of British Columbia, the Law Foundation of British Columbia, the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law, and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
The ICCLR is pleased to announce the appointment of Vincent Yang as a Senior Associate of the Centre. Dr. Yang is a Professor of Law and Personal Chair in International Law at the University of Saint Joseph, Macau. He has taught university courses in law, international relations, criminology and criminal justice since 1984. He was called to the Bar in Shanghai in 1985 and practiced law in China from 1985-1990. He was also formerly the Canadian Program Director at the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy during 1995-2010, an International Expert to UN OHCHR and an expert member of the Government of Canada delegation to the Canada-China Human Rights Dialogues. To learn more about his work visit his Associate profile here
The ICCLR is pleased to announce the appointment of Hayli Millar as a Senior Associate of the Centre. Dr. Millar is an Associate Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of the Fraser Valley, British Columbia (Canada). She holds postgraduate degrees in criminology (M.A.) and law (Ph.D.) and has lived and worked internationally as a consultant to the United Nations and as a gender and development specialist for the Asian Development Bank. To learn more about her work visit her Associate profile here.