United Nations names Professor Garry D. Watson to lead trial advocacy team to Rwanda

United Nations names York University Osgoode Hall Law professor to lead trial advocacy team to Rwanda

TORONTO, Nov. 15, 1996 -- A professor at York University's Osgoode Hall Law School has been asked to lead a team of experienced trial advocacy teachers to Kigali, Rwanda to conduct intensive training for prosecutors working for the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

Professor Garry D. Watson, director of Osgoode's Trial Advocacy Programs, was asked by Madam Justice Louise Arbour, Chief Prosecutor for the United Nations International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia, to design and deliver the training program. Watson leaves for Rwanda Tuesday, November 19 for 11 days, with a bilingual teaching team of leading advocates.

"If there is to be a lasting peace in Rwanda, it is important to hold legally accountable those who committed the genocide. I'm pleased that we can help provide the training and skills needed to get on with that job," said Watson who has led the development of trial advocacy training in Canada.

The Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop, directed by Professor Garry D. Watson, is an eight-day course offered annually since 1979. It is regarded as the leading program in trial advocacy in Canada. The Workshop trains recent graduates in basic trial skills through continual participation in simulated trial sessions coupled with individual and group critiques by experienced trial counsel and judges. This intensive program brings to the Law School 96 participants who work with more than 60 instructing counsel and judges. At the culmination of the program, each participant acts as counsel in a full day jury trial held at the Court House.

Garry D. Watson, Q.C., LL.B.(Melbourne), LL.M.(Yale), of the Bar of Ontario