Gail Davidson is a human rights activist working to promote understanding of and compliance with international human rights and humanitarian law. She writes and speaks on these issues and participates in advocacy and education. She is the founder and executive director of Lawyer Rights Watch Canada and was the co-founder, with Michael Mandel of Lawyers against the War. Gail received the UBC Great Trekker Award (UBC Alma Mater Society 2004) and the Courage in Law Award (UBC Indigenous Law Students’ Association, 2013). LRWC received the Renate Shearer (UN Association of Vancouver and the B.C. Human Rights Coalition 2004). Gail has been a member of the Law Society of British Columbia since 1979 and currently a retired member.
International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
- Founder and Executive Director of Lawyers Rights Watch Canada (LRWC), a committee of lawyers and others who promote human rights and the rule of law internationally by advocacy, legal research and education. LRWC has Special Consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. LRWC is a volunteer-run organization.
- Co-founder and chair of Lawyers against the War, a Canada-based committee of jurists and others who oppose war, promote adherence to international humanitarian law and opposes impunity for violators.
Great Trekker Award: Gail was the recipient of the 2004 Great Trekker Award for her contributions to human rights and her work with University of British Columbia (UBC) students. The Great Trekker Award is presented by the Alma Mater Society to an alumna/us of UBC who has: achieved eminence in her/his chosen field of activity; made a worthy and special contribution to the community; and rendered particular service to UBC students.
Courage in Law Award: Gail received the Courage in Law award in March 2013 from the UBC Indigenous Law Students for her work education, advocacy and research regarding issues important to indigenous peoples.
Renate Shearer Memorial Award: LRWC received the 2004 Renate Shearer Award in recognition of "the exceptional work they do in promoting international standards aimed at protecting the rights and the safety of human rights defenders world wide."