Edney in 2007
Originally from Dundee, Scotland, Dennis Edney is a Canadian defence attorney based in Edmonton, Alberta noted for his involvement in high-profile cases, including Brian Mills, R. v. Trang, as defence attorney for Abdullah and Omar Khadr, who were captured in the War on Terror, Fahim Ahmad, and represents the entire Khadr family.
Appeared at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada and the United States Supreme Court. Appointed as Foreign Attorney Consultant by the U.S. Pentagon to participate in the legal defense of Mr. Omar Khadr, at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Received the 2008 National Pro Bono Award. Recipient of the 2009 Human Rights Medal awarded by the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia for work that “has helped to promote and further human rights”. Named by Alberta Venture magazine as one of 50 Alberta's most influential people for 2008. In 2011, appointed as a Bencher of the Law Society of Alberta. Also, received the honorary title of Queens Counsel for exceptional merit and contribution to the legal profession. In 2011, he was fired by Omar Khadr.
Lectured extensively with emphasis on the Rule of Law, to organizations, universities and conferences throughout North America. Keynote speaker on behalf of Amnesty International to speak at Trinity College, Dublin, on the Rule of Law (2005); and in London, England, at the international conference on the “Global Struggle against Torture” (2005).
On September 25, 2007 he appeared on the CBC Radio program As It Happens, where he claimed politics were responsible for the Crown's sudden reversal of process, abandoning the preliminary inquiry, for the Toronto terrorism trial. He is one of the defence attorneys who support the publication ban on information about the trial, while others have decried it.
- Edmonton Journal, Local lawyer in Khadr case unflinching in fight against U.S., January 20
- Shephard, Michelle, "Guantanamo's Child", 2008
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- "CSIS interrogated Khadr: lawyers". CBC News. 2005-02-09.
- "Politics stopped preliminary hearing, says lawyer". CBC News. 2007-09-26.
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