April 1, 2015. Unexpectedly, the executives of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) have abruptly cancelled the 2015 Annual Conference of the Military Law Section which would have had the rare opportunity to hear from two giants in the field of reforms to military justice systems in Canada and elsewhere, the Honourable Mr. Justice (ret’d) Gilles Létourneau and Eugene Fidell, a Visiting Lecturer and Senior Research Scholar at the Yale Law School. The CBA executives also curtly turned down our own offer to step up to the plate and arrange, in cooperation with the CBA, a conference to permit military law professionals to come together in a congenial way in the September-October 2015 timeframe to address matters of concern or interest to the greater military law family.
JAG NOW OUTRANKS CEO CBA
Ironically, these cancellations took place after the JAG and the CEO CBA had established very strong and unique bonds as well a solid professional relationship as a result of the appointment of Hoyles as Honorary Colonel of the JAG Branch. As a Major-General, the JAG now outranks the CEO CBA. Therefore on things military, one can only presume that cancellation of the Annual Conference, for instance, would not have been done against the wishes of the JAG. Perhaps the reverse may also be true.
MDLO IS NOW ARRANGING FOR A MILITARY LAW CONFERENCE IN FALL 2015
Plans are underway to arrange for a Conference on Canadian Military Law in the Fall 2015. Readers should stay tuned.