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Date of Birth: 1943
Graduation: 1960

David Matas

David Matas is an internationally renowned human rights lawyer. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Manitoba (1964), a Masters of Arts from Princeton University (1965), a Bachelor of Arts (1967) and a Bachelor of Civil Law (1968) from Oxford University. He worked as a law clerk to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada (1968-1969) and he was the special assistant to the Solicitor General of Canada (1971-1972). He has represented Canada as a delegate at several international conferences including the United Nations Conference that created the International Criminal Court (1998) and the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust. Since 1997, Matas has been the Director of the International Centre for Human Rights & Democratic Development. He has also taught law and economics courses at Mcgill University and the University of Manitoba. He has held many prominent positions including the Director of the International Defence & Aid Fund for South Africa in Canada, Director of Canada-South Africa Cooperation, and the Director of the Manitoba Association of Rights & Liberties. In 2010, Matas was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for his work that examined the Chinese government’s role in the harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners’ organs. He is a member of the Order of Canada (2009).
“With President David Matas the U.N. club has been exceedingly active.” Kelvin Yearbook 1960