Dennis Edney

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Dennis Edney

Edney in 2007
Nationality Canada
Occupation Lawyer

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,[1][2][3] Fahim Ahmad,[4] and represents the entire Khadr family.[5][5][6]

Edney has Appeared at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada and the United States Supreme Court. He was appointed a Foreign Attorney Consultant by the U.S. Pentagon to participate in the legal defense of Mr. Omar Khadr, at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.[6]

Edney Received the 2008 National Pro Bono Award.[7] He was the 2009 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”. He was named by Alberta Venture magazine as one of 50 Alberta's most influential people for 2008. In 2011, he was appointed as a Bencher of the Law Society of Alberta. He 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.

He has lectured extensively with emphasis on the Rule of Law, to organizations, universities and conferences throughout North America.[6] He was the 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.[8] He is one of the defence attorneys who support the publication ban on information about the trial, while others have decried it.[9]

In addition to his caseload, he is noted for speaking publicly at conferences and engagements on legal matters, including the rule of law as it relates to the war on terror.[7]

Edney has spoken about the personal toll his efforts on Omar Khadr's case has cost him.[6]


  1. Edmonton Journal, Local lawyer in Khadr case unflinching in fight against U.S., January 20
  2. Shephard, Michelle, "Guantanamo's Child", 2008
  3. Man who fought rape shield law cleared of assault
  5. 5.0 5.1 "CSIS interrogated Khadr: lawyers". CBC News. 2005-02-09. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 "Scots lawyer says the sights he witnessed in Guantanamo Bay have left him a broken man". Daily Record and Sunday Mail. 2012-10-27. Retrieved 2012-09-. "Proud of his reputation as a thorn in the side of government, Dennis is one of Canada’s most respected human rights lawyers and his casebook is both high-profile and controversial." 
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Me Dennis Edney, l’avocat d’Omar Khadr dans le dossier de son rapatriement au Canada [Me Dennis Edney, Khadr's lawyer in the matter of repatriation to Canada]". University of Montreal. 2011-03-24. Archived from the original on 2012-10-27. 
  8. "Politics stopped preliminary hearing, says lawyer". CBC News. 2007-09-26. 

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