Lincoln Alexander Law professor joins Court Challenges Program’s human rights expert panel

Ed Béchard-Torres will serve on the panel for a term of three and half years

Lincoln Alexander Law professor joins Court Challenges Program’s human rights expert panel

Lincoln Alexander School of Law recently announced that Ed Béchard-Torres was appointed a member of the Court Challenges Program’s human rights expert panel for a three and half year term.

The Court Challenges Program provides individuals and groups in Canada with financial support to bring cases of national significance related to constitutional and quasi-constitutional official language rights and human rights before the courts. The panel is primarily responsible for allocating funding to support ground-breaking human rights litigation in cases of federal importance.

Béchard-Torres is an assistant professor at Lincoln Alexander Law. His research focuses on how courts contribute to economic transformation in Colombia, South Africa, and India and how to nurture social entrepreneurship in Canadian law. He is broadly interested in the relationship between law and political economy.

Before joining Lincoln Alexander Law, Béchard-Torres served as a scholar-in-residence for the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at New York University. He previously clerked for Supreme Court of Canada Justice Suzanne Côté and Quebec Court of Appeal Justice Pierre Dalphond and practised commercial litigation in leading firms in Quebec.

He is currently completing a Doctor of Civil Law degree at McGill University, where he earned his law degree and taught contract law. He also holds a Master of Laws degree from the University of Cambridge.

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