John Packer

John Packer

John Packer is the director of the Human Rights Research and Education Centre and a professore with the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa. He can be reached at john.packer@uottawa.ca.
Sochi, the Olympics, politics, and human rights — againI must admit I’m looking forward to the finals of the men’s ice hockey tournament at the Sochi Olympics. Canada versus Russia would be perfect — with a whiff of nostalgia from 1972 and the Summit Series. Who can forget the thrill of Paul Henderson’s goal for Team Canada that Moscow night with just 34 seconds left to play in game eight of that groundbreaking series?
Monday, 27 January 2014 08:00

The Mandela in all of us

The Mandela in all of usJudging from the over 80 sitting and 30 former heads of state or government, a dozen princes and kings, some 30 sitting foreign or other ministers, and innumerable ambassadors and dignitaries who gathered in the intense rain of Johannesburg on Dec. 10 to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela, the world has something to learn.

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