MATAS - Co-Chair and Senior Legal Advisor
in Winnipeg, Manitoba, 29 August 1943; son of Harry and Esther
(Steiman) Matas; home address: 1146 Mulvey Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba,
R3M 1J5; office address: 602-225 Vaughan Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba,
R3C 1T7; tel: 204-944-1831; fax: 204-942-1494
University of Manitoba Bachelor of Arts 1964; Princeton University
Masters of Arts 1965; Oxford University Bachelor of Arts (Jurisprudence)
1967 and Bachelor of Civil Law 1968.
qualifications: Middle Temple United Kingdom Barrister
1969; called to Bar of Manitoba 1971.
Law Clerk to the Chief Justice Supreme Court of Canada 1968-69;
member of the Foreign Ownership Working Group, Government of Canada
1969; articled with Thompson, Dorfman & Sweatman 1970-71;
special assistant to the Solicitor General of Canada 1971-72;
associate of Schwartz, McJannet, Weinberg 1973-79; private practice
in refugee, immigration and human rights law 1979-.
appointments: member Canadian delegation to the United
Nations General Assembly 1980; Task Force Immigration Practices
& Procedures 1980-81; member Canadian delegation to the United
Nations Conference on an International Criminal Court 1998; member
Canadian Delegation to the Stockholm International Forum on the
Holocaust, 2000; Director of the International Centre for Human
Rights & Democratic Development which became Rights and Democracy
appointments: Lecturer in Constitutional Law, McGill
University 1972-73; Lecturer in Introductory Economics, Canadian
Economic Problems 1982, International Law 1985, Civil Liberties
1986-88, Immigration & Refugee Law 1989-, University of Manitoba.
activities: Director of the International Defence &
Aid Fund for South Africa in Canada 1990-91; Director of Canada-South
Africa Cooperation 1991-93;
Co-chair Canadian Helsinki Watch Group 1985-;
Director Manitoba Association of Rights & Liberties 1983-87;
Amnesty International: Member of the Standing
Coalition on Mandate of the International Executive Coalition,
1993-1999, Legal Co-ordinator Canadian Section (English speaking
branch) 1980-; member of the anti-impunity working group 2002-
B'nai Brith Canada: Chair League for Human Rights, 1983-85, Senior
Honourary Counsel 1989-, Vice-President 1996-1998;
Canadian Bar Association: member of the Coalition
on the Constitution 1977-78, chair of the Constitutional &
International Law section 1979-82, chair of the Immigration Law
section 1996-97, member of the Working Group on Racial Equality
in the Legal Profession 1994-2000, chair of the Working Group
on the Review of the Canadian Human Rights Act 1999, member of
the Federal Court
Bar Bench Liaison Coalition 1999-, member of the Racial Equality
Implementation Coalition 2000-, and chair 2002-.
International Commission of Jurists: Councillor
Canadian Section 1983-94, Vice-President 1994-2003;
Canadian Jewish Congress: Chair Legal Coalition
on War Crimes 1981-84; Co-Chair, Race Relations and the Law Project
Canadian Council for Refugees: Chair of the Working
Group on Overseas Protection 1989-1991, Member of the international
Expert Group on Carrier Sanctions, 1990-91; Chair of the Task
Force on Overseas Protection, 1992; President 1991-95.
observations - prosecution of Eddie Carthan, Tchula Mississippi,
for Amnesty Interational; sanctuary trial, Tucson Arizona for
International Commission of Jurists; prosecution of Enhadda, Tunisia
for Human rights Watch and International Human Rights Law Group;
sentencing of Grenada seven, Grenada, for Human Rights Watch;
civil suit for compensation of torture victims of Marcos against
the Marcos estate, Honolulu Hawaii for International Commission
Governor-General's Confederation Medal 1992; Jewish War Veterans
Victory in Europe Fifteeth Anniversary Medal 1995; Outstanding
Achievement Award, Manitoba Association of Rights & Liberties
1996; Honourary Doctorate of Law, Concordia University 1996; Dr.
Percy Barsky Humanitarian Award Canadian Shaare Zedek Hospital
Foundation 1997; Centennial Community Service Award of the National
Council of Jewish Women (Winnipeg Section) 1997; Lord Reading
Law Society of Montreal Honouree 1997; League for Human Rights
of B'nai Brith Canada Midwest Region Human Rights Achievement
Award 1999; Community Legal Education Association Manitoba Human
Rights Achievement Award 1999.
"Canadian Immigration Law" 1986; "Justice Delayed:
Nazi War Criminals in Canada" 1987 with Susan Charendoff;
"The Sanctuary Trial" 1989; "Closing the Doors:
The Failure of Refugee Protection" 1989 with Ilana Simon;
"No More: The Battle Against Human Rights Violations"
1994; co-editor "The Machinery of Death" Amnesty International
USA 1995; "Bloody Words: Hate and Free Speech" 2000.
"Bringing Nazi War Criminals in Canada to Justice" B'nai
Brith Canada 1985; "Renaissance in Tunis" 1990; "Nazi
War Criminals in Canada: Five Years After" B'nai Brith Canada,
1992; "Refugee Protection in New States: The Kyrgyz Republic"
Canadian Helsinki Watch Group, 1998; "What Happened to Raoul
can contact Mr. Matas by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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