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Law students recognized for contributions to social justice

University is not just a place to secure a career, says Tanya Basok, “It’s a place to become a good global citizen and break down the walls of injustice.”

Director of the Centre for Studies in Social Justice, she bestowed its 2012 Student Social Justice Project of the Year Award on the Charter Project. Formed in observance of the 30th anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the group promotes understanding of this landmark document.

“It is very important to raise awareness among the Canadian people about the resources available to protect their rights,” Dr. Basok said Wednesday at an awards ceremony in the law school. “We value the contributions of these law students to raising discussion of the Charter and its role in advancing social justice.”

Michael O’Brien, a co-founder of the project, said the recognition was an honour. He said the Charter Project’s mission reflects Windsor Law’s commitment to access to justice.

“We tried to meet that commitment through educational efforts in schools, online, and through the media.”

The Project has produced a series of public service announcements featuring Canadian celebrities now airing in movie theatres across Canada, and videos of legal experts discussing the impact of the Charter on law and society. Watch them online.

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