International/ crossborder law


  • OCA rules on Islamic marriage contract

    OCA rules on Islamic marriage contract

    Nov 13, 2017

    The Court of Appeal has determined that part of an Islamic marriage contract was part of net family property under the Ontario Family Law Act. The appeal in Bakhshi v. Hosseinzadeh concerned whether property conveyed under an Islamic marriage contract — or Maher — should be excluded from net family property, which is the monetary value of parties’ net worth that is equalized between spouses when they separate.

  • OCA lifts roadblock for Chevron case

    OCA lifts roadblock for Chevron case

    Nov 13, 2017

    The Court of Appeal has set aside an order that could have ended a group of Ecuadorian plaintiffs’ attempts to enforce a US$9.5-million judgment against Chevron in Ontario. In October, a judge ordered the plaintiffs to post more than $900,000 as security for costs of the proceeding, as they had failed to show their claim had a good chance of success.

  • Know your rights at the border

    Know your rights at the border

    Oct 30, 2017

    Technology is wonderful. Laptop computers are getting lighter. Storage capacity on laptop computers, smartphones, USB keys and other electronic devices are up in the terabytes. What this means is that everyone, including lawyers, can travel with vast amounts of personal data and client documents dating back to or before the purchase of an electronic device.

  • New framework to be used for foreign claimants

    New framework to be used for foreign claimants

    Oct 30, 2017

    The Ontario Court of Appeal has outlined a new framework to be used when deciding if there is jurisdiction over foreign claimants within a global class action that originates in this province.

  • Judge rules 44-month delay in corruption trial is all right

    Judge rules 44-month delay in corruption trial is all right

    Oct 23, 2017

    An Ontario Superior Court judge has ruled that a 44-month period from the time charges were laid until the expected end of trial is not unreasonable, in part because it is a rare prosecution under the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act.

  • Speaker's Corner: Terror ruling may impact Khadr case

    Aug 14, 2017

    Recently, the Ontario Court of Appeal substantially upheld the Superior Court’s decision in Tracy v. Iran. Previously, the Superior Court had recognized U.S. default judgments in favour of victims of terrorist groups sponsored by the Iranian government and, in turn, ordered that Iran’s state assets located within Canada be paid to the victims. The decision was the first of its kind in Canada under the Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act.

  • Focus: Lawyers unhappy with preclearance bill

    Jun 19, 2017

    Three Canadian Bar Association sections have flagged concerns with a federal bill aimed at boosting trade and speeding up the pre-clearance process.

  • Focus: Immigration detention under fire

    Jun 19, 2017

    Lawyers say a recent Federal Court of Canada case shows the need for Canada to overhaul the way the country deals with the detention of immigrants.

  • Focus: Coalition helps people hurt by travel ban

    Jun 19, 2017
  • Focus: Investigation expected to clarify border search rights

    Jun 12, 2017
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