For example, our partner Brian Gover is one of 13 Special Advocates appointed under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act to act as independent counsel protecting the rights of persons subject to security certificates during closed proceedings. Brian’s experience in national security law also stems from his role as Commission Counsel during both the Arar and Air India inquiries.
Stockwoods’ lawyers also act in private national security litigation, including representing three victims of torture in their action for damages against the Government of Canada. Currently, we represent these individuals in their civil actions, as well as in parallel proceedings before the Federal Court and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice relating to the Government’s claims to privilege on the grounds of national security under the Canada Evidence Act. This matter relates to the alleged detention and torture of three individuals in Syria and Egypt and alleges that the Government of Canada wrongly caused their detention and was complicit in their subsequent torture.