Jeffry House

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Jeffry A. House (born December 29, 1946) is a lawyer in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He is best known for his efforts on behalf and representation of fugitive American soldiers and Native Canadian protesters.

American soldiers[edit]

House has represented American soldiers applying for refugee status in Canada after they deserted the American military during the Iraq War (2003–present), including Jeremy Hinzman, Josh Key, Kyle Snyder, and Brandon Hughey. The cases of Jeremy Hinzman and Brandon Hughey have been heard and rejected by the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, refused at the Federal Court of Canada, refused at the Federal Court of Appeal, and refused at the Supreme Court of Canada.[citation needed]

The presence of US Army deserters in Canada is being widely reported in the international news media, as well as in Canada and in the United States. During the Vietnam War, upwards of 50,000 U.S. draft evaders and military deserters found refuge in Canada.[citation needed]

Native protesters[edit]

House has represented Native protesters involved in the Ipperwash Crisis in Ipperwash Provincial Park, Ontario in 1995, especially Nick Cottrelle and Warren George, with the matter ending in an acquittal of the accused.


Jeffry House grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After a year as an exchange student in Norway, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1969. House was drafted into the US Armed Forces during the Vietnam War. In January 1970, House evaded the military draft and moved to Canada.[citation needed]

He received a Master's Degree in Political Theory from York University and a Law Degree from the Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He has practiced law for three decades. For six years, House served on the quasi-judicial tribunal enforcing the Ontario Human Rights Code. His decisions involve an early gay rights case in which spousal benefits were awarded to same sex partners (Clinton & Mercaz), and the Northwestern General Hospital case, where Crown disclosure obligation was held to apply in Human Rights cases.[citation needed]

In 1991, he was counsel on the Osborne decision in the Supreme Court of Canada which struck down the law which prevented public employees from participating in after-work political activities.


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Further reading[edit]

  • Amnesty International Report; Canada: Why there must be a public enquiry into the police killing of Dudley George [1]
  • One Dead Indian: The Premier, the Police, and the Ipperwash Crisis by Peter Edwards; ISBN/ISSN: 9780771030475 [2]

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