McCarthy Tétrault lawyer named Special Advocate for Security Certificates Process
February 22, 2008
Barbara A. McIsaac
Toronto, February 22, 2008 — McCarthy Tétrault partner Barbara McIsaac was today named special advocate for Bill C-3 (Security Certificates under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act) by the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. Twelve other lawyers with extensive expertise in this area were also named.
Established as part of the government’s legislation to improve the security certificates process, which is meant to protect Canadians from threats while respecting individual rights and freedom, the group of special advocates will work to protect the interests and rights of those subject to security certificates, ensuring these individuals are adequately represented during closed proceedings.
"Barbara’s singular expertise and experience in this area makes her particularly well-suited for this important responsibility," said W. Iain Scott, CEO and Chair of McCarthy Tétrault. "We support the work she will be doing to assist in strengthening a process that is of great concern to Canadians."
The special advocates were selected by the Minister of Justice after being recommended through an independent process.
About Barbara McIsaac
Barbara McIsaac, Q.C., is the Managing Partner of McCarthy Tétrault’s Ottawa Office and is a senior member of the firm’s Litigation Group. Ms. McIsaac practises mainly in the areas of public and administrative law and commercial litigation. She is one of Canada’s leading experts in privacy law and co-author of The Law of Privacy in Canada, the foremost Canadian privacy law text. She served as Senior Counsel to the Somalia Inquiry and Senior Counsel for the Government of Canada for the Arar Inquiry. She regularly advises private sector clients and governments and government agencies on issues relating to legislative mandates, jurisdiction and the conduct of investigations.
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