David Matas is a international human rights, refugee and immigration lawyer in private practice in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He also holds a position as an adjunct professor in Immigration & Refugee Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba. In addition, Mr. Matas currently acts as Senior Honorary Counsel for B’nai Brith Canada.
Mr. Matas was also appointed as a member of the Canadian delegation to the United Nations Conference on the Establishment of an International Criminal Court; the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research; and the Organization on Security and Cooperation in Europe Conferences on Antisemitism and Intolerance.
He received the Manitoba Bar Association Distinguished Service Award in 2008, the Order of Canada in 2009, the Canadian Bar Association National Citizenship and Immigration Section Achievement Award in 2009; and the International Society for Human Rights Swiss Section Human Rights Prize in 2010. Mr. Matas has also authored several publications, including "Justice Delayed: Nazi War Criminals in Canada" with Susan Charendoff, Summerhill Press, 1987 .
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