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Lawyers Without Borders Canada (CBSA) is a non-governmental international cooperation organization whose mission is to support the defense of the human rights of the most vulnerable groups or individuals by strengthening access to justice and legal representation. CBSA wishes to contribute to the defense and promotion of human rights and the rule of law, the fight against impunity, the strengthening of the security and independence of human rights lawyers, the holding of trials equitable and ongoing training of justice stakeholders and members of civil society.


Areas of intervention

Strategic Litigation

Strategic human rights litigation involves leading iconic cases before national and international courts to create or influence case law in a manner conducive to the effective realization of human rights. It aims to produce a social impact through the law by testing existing legal structures, strengthening judicial institutions, supporting the development of legislation and legal interpretation that promote full respect for human rights and by provoking public debate and civic education. Strategic litigation can thus encourage changes in social, institutional and cultural behavior towards respect for human rights.

CBSA devotes a large part of its work to supporting the strategic litigation of iconic cases by being involved in some of the most significant cases internationally. By strengthening the capacity of its partners to represent victims in cases involving former dictators, CBSA actively contributes to justice and societal change by fighting impunity for those most responsible for serious human rights violations.

Civil and political rights

CBSA supports local partners in realizing the rights to life, liberty and security, freedom of thought and conscience, expression and opinion, assembly and association and other fundamental rights especially by international law.

Right to a fair trial

The free exercise of the legal profession and respect for the independence of the judiciary are essential to fair trials. In order for vulnerable people to benefit from effective legal representation, CBSA works on the implementation of international standards for the protection of the security and functions of lawyers, judges and other judicial officers.

Economic, social and cultural rights

The effective implementation of economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR) along with civil and political rights is one of the biggest challenges for so-called "emerging" states. Respect for ESC rights, particularly for Aboriginal communities whose intimate relationship with the territory is inseparable from their identity, has been CBSA's main concern for several years. Despite current standards and progress, Aboriginal people continue to be stigmatized in their dealings with the justice system.

Legal Aid and Legal Aid Services

CBSA partners with various local partners to provide legal aid and legal aid services, primarily in the greater metropolitan area of ​​Port-au-Prince. The results demonstrate the importance of these multidisciplinary outreach services, which are free and focused on the needs of the most vulnerable groups, mostly women victims of gender-based violence, but also minors and internally displaced persons.

International Justice

The integration of international standards and the application of the jurisprudence of supranational tribunals such as the International Criminal Court (ICC) by justice actors are at the heart of CBSA's mission. In the same vein, a significant portion of CBSA's work is directed towards the use of transitional justice mechanisms to establish or re-establish the rule of law following deep-seated crises that have resulted in serious human rights violations.


In order for justice stakeholders to benefit from best practices and thus enhance their ability to defend human rights, training is an essential component of all CBSA programs. Designed and implemented in collaboration with local partners, training activities are tailored to the specific needs of the beneficiaries.

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