Professor Benjamin Perrin

Major Publications

Modern Warfare: Armed Groups, Private Militaries, Humanitarian Organizations and the Law

Date: 2012 (Hardcover); 2013 (Paperback)
Publisher: UBC Press

Today's armed conflicts have outpaced the laws governing them, making this edited volume by Prof. Perrin an essential part of the contemporary debate on the future of international humanitarian law and the proliferation of non-state armed groups, private military and security companies, and humanitarian organizations.

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Human Trafficking: Exploring the International Nature, Concerns, and Complexities

Date: 2012
Publisher: CRC Press (Taylor and Francis LLP)

This edited volume by Profs. John Winterdyk, Benjamin Perrin, and Philip Reichel is the first multi-disciplinary academic book on the global problem of human trafficking.

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Invisible Chains: Canada's Underground World of Human Trafficking

Date: 2010 (Hardcover); 2011 (Paperback)
Publisher: Penguin Group (Canada)

Prof. Perrin's first book was named one of the top books of the year by The Globe and Mail and has changed Canadian policies on human trafficking.

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News & Announcements

Commentary on Victims Bill of Rights
June 19, 2014

In a report released today by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute for Public Policy, Prof. Perrin applauds the federal government for introducing the Victims Bill of Rights Act (Bill C-32) but cautions that without giving victims the ability to enforce these new rights, the bill’s goals will be neutralized and it will replicate the failure of previous ill-fated attempts at protecting victims.

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National Post Op/Ed on Proposed Prostitution Law
June 9, 2014

Prof. Perrin writes in today’s National Post that Bill C-36 (Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act) has precisely the right objectives, but needs some amendments and concerted action in order to better address prostitution.

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Bill C-36 Prostitution Laws Introduced in Parliament
June 4, 2014

The Hon. Peter Mackay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, introduced Bill C-36 (Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act) in Parliament today proposing reforms to Canada’s prostitution laws to respond to the Supreme Court of Canada decision in Canada v. Bedford.

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National Post Op/Ed on Religious Persecution in China
June 4, 2014

In today's National Post, marking the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, Prof. Perrin writes about the ongoing suppression of fundamental freedoms.

Religious persecution in China is appalling as are efforts to punish lawyers who represent people targeted by Chinese authorities from simply practicing their faith openly. Prof. Perrin also highlights the imprisonment, torture, and disappearance of Chinese human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng and calls for his immediate release.

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Globe & Mail Op/Ed on Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women
May 21, 2014

Prof. Perrin argues that concrete action and law reforms would better address the crisis of missing and murdered Aboriginal women than an inquiry.

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Call for Immediate Release of Human Rights Lawyer Gao Zhisheng
April 24, 2014

Prof. Perrin has written to the People’s Republic of China to intervene in the case of Chinese human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng who has been allegedly detained, tortured, and disappeared in the Chinese prison system. Mr. Gao has faced persecution from authorities in China for representing religious minorities and bringing human rights abuses to light.

The Law Society of Upper Canada’s Human Rights Monitoring Group has also recently called for a resolution to Mr. Gao’s case.  

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Canadian Victims’ Bill of Rights
April 3, 2014

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the introduction of Bill C-32 (Victims Bill of Rights Act) today alongside Peter Mackay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General.

Prof. Perrin provided brief commentary on the proposed legislation in the media, and will be preparing a detailed study of it with proposed amendments in the coming months.

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Globe & Mail Op/Ed on Russia & Crimea
March 26, 2014

Prof. Perrin writes in an opinion/editorial piece in the Globe and Mail
that Russia needs to face significant and long-term diplomatic and
economic consequences for its invasion, occupation, and annexation of
part of Ukraine.

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