About Errol Mendes

Professor, Faculty of Law, Common Law Section

Errol Mendes

The Munk Leaders’ Debate: Opportunity Missed

The Munk Leaders’ Debate was supposed to be about foreign policy, but at many times it was really about a three-man horse race. That race was about which progressive horse could finish first, or whether the conservative horse would end up winning by solidifying his base with the fear of terrorists and Putin. Only in a few precious moments that one of the thre… Read More

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Tories’ Anti-Terror Bill Undermines Values It’s Meant to Protect

Published in the Toronto Star, February 2, 2015 When a prime minister announces one of the most draconian anti-terrorism bills in his nation’s history — and does this not in the national legislature, but at an election-type campaign stop in a riding his party hopes to hold in a looming election — Canadians should be worried about the democratic stabil… Read More

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This Isn’t the Kind of War Bombs Can Win

Published in iPolitics, October 7, 2014 For starters, let’s stop calling them Islamic State. As President Barack Obama has pointed out, the mass murderers in black cutting a bloody trail through Iraq and Syria are neither truly Islamic nor a state. Second, let’s recognize that the fight against ISIS is less about bombs and bullets and more about legiti… Read More

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Harper Goes to the UN for Domestic Consumption in 2015

Published on National Newswatch, September 22, 2014 In the week of September 22, 2014, Stephen Harper will address the UN General Assembly, the global forum that not only he has shunned in his almost nine years of office but also one that his Foreign Minister, John Baird, has so infamously dismissed as a debating club for dictators. So one can be rightly quest… Read More

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Ukraine: Another Example of the Dangerous Clash of Hegemons

A previous version of this essay was published in the Huffington Post on March 18, 2014 When the history of the early decades of the 21st century is written, it may well be called the era of multiple clashing hegemons. The most recent global crisis, triggered by President Putin’s decision to invade the Ukrainian region of Crimea on the pretext of protecting… Read More

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With Syria, the US and Britain Are Trapped in the Past

Published in the Huffington Post Canada, September 16, 2013 William Faulkner’s most brilliant insight was his quip that “The past is never dead, it is not even past.” It is the past that is now befuddling the most strategic thinkers in President Obama’s administration as well as the bevy of deep thinkers at Harvard and other unive… Read More

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Corruption in Africa, Corruption in Canada: Different Scale, Same Problem

Published in the Globe and Mail, July 1, 2013 The trip to East Africa with an attempt to climb Mount Kilimanjaro was a check off my bucket list. But the professional lessons I learned from that trip were also an important addition to my list of insights. Everyone we encountered was fatalistic about the depth of corruption that is suffocating the ability of thei… Read More

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Intervening in Syria Would be Illegal. It Would Also be Right.

Published in the Globe and Mail, May 1, 2013 If the United States becomes convinced that Bashar al-Assad’s regime has started using chemical weapons against its own citizens, the “red line” set down by President Barack Obama will have been crossed. If the U.S. initiates military action as a consequence, it will provoke the same questions of legality… Read More

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Canada’s Diplomatic Tantrum in the Desert

Published in iPolitics, April 9, 2013 A little more than two weeks ago, Canada became the only nation on the planet to walk away from the UN Convention to Combat Desertification. The decision to withdraw — making Canada the only nation outside the main global effort to combat devastating droughts in Africa and elsewhere — was taken quietly by cabinet on t… Read More

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Canada’s Reputation is Tainted by Bribery and Abuse. Only Boards Can Rescue It.

Published in the Globe and Mail, March 5, 2013 The reputations of Canadian companies operating abroad are under serious attack. The attention of governments and the global private sector is being drawn to recent headlines such as “SNC bribery probe widens to Algeria,” “Bangladesh government accuses SNC exec of bribery,” “Griffiths Energy gu… Read More

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