What: UNACTO MONTHLY MEETING featuring the powerful documentary THE PEACEKEEPERS

Time: 6:30 PM Sharp

Who: Featuring a talk from UN Lawyer Jasteena Dhillon

Where: 100 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON, M5H 2N2

New City Hall, Room: Council Chambers

Closest Subway: Queen Subway Station

Note: Open to everyone. Please register in advance by emailing: volunteersunacto@gmail.com

Jasteena Dhillon

She is a professor of law at Humber and adjunct professor in the Faculty of Law, University of Windsor. Jasteena graduated from University of Toronto in Sociology in 1990 and of University of Windsor Law School in 1995 in Canada. She holds a Masters of Law in International law from Leiden University in the Netherlands. Jasteena holds a NATO SECRET clearance.


Jasteena has worked in community development and advocacy on violence against women and with immigrants/refugees from 1989 – 1999. From 1995-1996, Jasteena was a lawyer with the Office of the Children’s Lawyer representing children in welfare, family/civil matters.

Jasteena’s work with women, children and youth in the community has earned her recognition from her peers in the movement, wherein she received a community commitment award from Emily Stowe Shelter for Women. Jasteena has and continues to speak on and provide training on global issues and violence against women in Canada in the institutions, government and non-profit sector including, Canadian Forces College, Law Society of Upper Canada, Social Services Networks, Colleges and Universities.

From 1999 until 2009, Jasteena worked internationally in conflict, post-conflict and transitional countries and regions on justice and human rights issues. Her first engagement was in South Africa to work with Mandela’s office on the South African constitutional drafting process. Since then she has continued to work internationally legal and development expert in conflict, post-conflict and transitional crisis areas around the world, including in Afghanistan, Southern Sudan, Iraq, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Bosnia, Croatia, Macedonia and the Occupied Palestinian Territory for international non-governmental organizations, the United Nations and North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

In these international settings, Jasteena has worked specifically on rights and development for women, children, refugees, IDPs in conflict and post-conflict settings, with a special emphasis on issues ranging from development of rule of law institutions and governance, the role of customary and sharia legal systems, human rights and humanitarian law , duties and responsibilities of national and international actors in building judicial and political institutions and civil-military interaction strategy and tools in the evolution of states and regions from crises to stability.

After 10 years in the field, in North America, first to work for the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) on civil-military relations for the Asia and Africa regions. After one year, she went onto Harvard Kennedy School, where she was a Fellow at the Carr Centre for Human Rights Policy, for Afghanistan/Pakistan program as a research fellow on issues like informal justice and human rights in the tribal areas.

In 2010, Jasteena started teaching international law at the Faculty of Law in Windsor and took on a position as Law Professor Humber ITAL. She teaches law in the law and global business studies. Jasteena continues her research and writing on international human rights, humanitarian law, and conflict, transition issues in her academic writing, research and presentations in Canada and around the world.

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