Accountability in Administration and Human Rights

This Research Seminar and lunch is proudly hosted by the Faculty of Law.

When:   Friday, 22 March, 2019
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm (Lunch is provided)
Where: Faculty of Law, Case Study 2 (4_3_41), Bond University

Enquiries: [email protected]


Ontario Ombudsman Paul Dubé will discuss his evolving role in enhancing governance through the promotion of access to justice, accountability, and fairness. He will explain an Ombudsman’s work in the context of administrative law, using examples from the more than 21,000 cases his office deals with every year. The Ontario Ombudsman’s Office is world-renowned for its work, particularly in conducting systemic investigations, which have resulted in sweeping reforms for services for adults with developmental disabilities in crisis and newborn screening, among others. Mr. Dubé will explain how his office also promotes respect for human rights in the assessment of issues like solitary confinement practices and, as of May 1, 2019, the rights of children and youth.

About the Speaker

Mr. Paul Dubé became Ontario's seventh Ombudsman in 2016. Since then, he has released reports on major systemic investigations with more than 200 recommendations - all of which have been accepted by government. 

Mr. Dubé received his Bachelor of Laws at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and his Juris Doctor degree in law at the University of Windsor. He specialized in criminal litigation, demonstrating an unwavering commitment to the protection of rights conferred by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. As a result of work with Legal Aid New Brunswick, Mr. Dubé was a co-recipient of the Canadian Bar Association Pro Bono Award in 2003.

In November 2016, Mr. Dubé was named the International Ombudsman Institute’s Regional President for North America.