Justice Ian Binnie’s background
From 1982 to 1986, Ian Binnie served as Canada’s Associate Deputy Minister of Justice. He was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada in 1998 where he served until his retirement in 2011. But his reputation extended well beyond Canada. In 1984 he was appointed to practice before the International Court of Justice and, in 2003, became a Commissioner of the International Commission of Jurists.
Following Judith Collins’ public criticisms of Ian Binnie’s report, Robert C Brun, QC, President of the Canadian Bar Association, released a statement to the Herald on Sunday:
“He is held in the highest esteem by both the legal community and the judiciary for his integrity, skill, and experience. He is praised for his honesty and intellect, and his reputation extends well beyond Canada’s borders.
“(As) an elected member of the International Commission of Jurists, he has appeared before the International Court of Justice and various international tribunals in governmental litigation matters, and has acted as Canadian representative in high-profile disputes involving France and the US.”
Mike Hosking’s interviews with Ian Binnie
- After Judge Ian Callinan’s report was leaked to the media on 18 February, 2016, radio talkback host, Mike Hosking, rang up Ian Binnie in Canada to get his comments. Listen here.
- After Callinan’s report was released in August 2016, Hosking spoke to Binnie again. Listen here.
Kim Hill’s interview with Ian Binnie