Talking Life & Human Rights With Dennis
Featuring Dennis Edney & Jasper
March 3, 2014
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Dennis is originally from Dundee, Scotland. He is a family man and a defense lawyer noted for his involvement in high-profile cases. He has appeared at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada
and the Supreme Court of the United States
. He was particularly privileged to be appointed as a Foreign Attorney Counsel to represent Omar Khadr
in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
He has received numerous awards for his legal work but none more satisfying than the following tribute as a recipient of the 2008 National Pro Bono Award:
The significance of his commitment is based not only on the tremendous energy, time and personal resources spent advocating on Mr. Khadr’s behalf, but also based on the complexity of the litigation, which was argued before Canadian and U.S. courts and military tribunals. His commitment in the face of potential personal repercussions of representing an unpopular case is a testament to the finest traditions of the legal profession. The fruits of his labour have not only increased access to justice for one individual but impacted human rights the world over.
Dennis says, “With apologies to the poet W.H. Auden, my wife, Patricia, is my north; my south; my east and west. My working week and my Sunday rest.”
His children Cameron and Duncan have changed his life forever.
He loves soccer. Especially when his team is winning.
And on a sober note, he says: “I had believed that God is everywhere until I went to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. I found a child there and promised him I would never leave him. There can be no better understanding of a society’s soul than in the way it treats its own children.”