Canadian Civil Liberties Association – Rights Watch

Project Summary

The student on this project will be assigned a particular Canadian jurisdiction to monitor and will do so by reviewing significant reports by rights-protecting and other public bodies. The student will review the report(s) and provide the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) with a memo summarizing the key civil liberties issues that are raised in the report. The purpose of the memo is to allow CCLA to monitor key civil liberties issues in all jurisdictions across the country and consider issues and areas for future advocacy and/or litigation.

Number of Students and Prerequisites

– 1 student
– Must have an interest in civil liberties and government accountability
– Must be self-motivated, engaged in current events and/or politics, and enjoy writing

Area of Law

– Human Rights Law
– Constitutional Law

Legal Skills

– Delivery of legal information
– Legal research and writing

Project Type

Legal Research and Writing Project

Timeline and Time Commitment

Student volunteers on this project are expected to volunteer from October 2020 to March 2021 (excluding December 2020). PBSC students are expected to volunteer 3-5 hours per week. Additional hours are at the students’ discretion. Overall, all PBSC projects are easily manageable alongside academic demands.

Required Training

All training for this project is schedule and provided by PBSC Calgary and the organization. This training will take place in September-October 2020, and will not conflict with students’ course schedules.

In addition to CCLA’s specific training, the following PBSC training sessions are mandatory to volunteer on this project:
– PBSC Process Overview
– PBSC Ethics and Professional Responsibility Training
– PBSC Anti-Oppression Training
– Westlaw Research Strategies Training

Specific dates and times will be provided once volunteers are placed on their respective projects.

COVID-19 Contingency Plan

Student volunteers on this project will conduct all of their project-related work, training sessions, and meetings remotely for the duration of the project. The possibility of in-person work, training sessions, and meetings is subject to directives from the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Law and Alberta’s public health authority.

How to Apply?

Applications for the 2020/2021 year are now closed. The application deadline for the 2021/2022 cycle will become available August 2021.