Best Interests of the Child: When Freedom of Religion and Equality Rights Collide 

Jun. 13, 2018
Toronto ON

OBA Family Law and SOGIC PROGRAM | 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

In questions of custody and access, how does the Court consider and weigh the impact on a child of potentially discriminatory behaviour in assessing the child’s best interests? When the potentially discriminatory behaviour is based in religious beliefs, what place does freedom of religion take?

The Court of Appeal of England and Wales recently tackled these difficult questions in Re: M (Children). In that case, the Court set aside a trial decision which denied direct contact to a transgendered father where the trial judge found that the children would be ostracised from their ultra-orthodox Jewish community.

Join our expert panel to explore this challenging decision, and how freedom of religion, human rights and equality law come into play in the analysis of the best interests of the child.

To view the case, click here.

To view faculty bios, click here.

PROGRAM CHAIRS

Adrian Ishak, Senior Corporate Counsel, Salesforce
Eric Sadvari, Goldhart & Associates

PROGRAM SPEAKERS

Philip M. Epstein, Q.C., Epstein Cole LLP
N. Nicole Nussbaum, Barrister and Solicitor
Joanna Radbord, Martha McCarthy & Company LLP
Dr. Françoise Susset, Psychologist & Advocate, Institute for Sexual Minority Health

PROGRAM DETAILS

Date: Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Time: 5:00 pm Registration
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Program
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Networking Reception
Location: Twenty Toronto Street Conferences and Events
20 Toronto Street, 2nd Floor | Toronto, ON | M5C 2B8
 

PROGRAM PRICE

CBA Member: $55* | CBA Student Member: $25* | Non-Member: $80*

*plus applicable taxes

 

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