Bill Sundhu is a respected speaker and commentator on human rights, justice, diversity, equality and international legal issues. He has extensive knowledge of the Canadian justice system and international human rights law. He is a lecturer, public speaker and frequently sought by the media for commentary on legal and human rights matters.
Bill is motivated by a fundamental principle enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Rights – that all human beings are equal in rights and dignity – and that words on paper must be translated into meaningful action for all persons.
Bill’s interests include writing, sports (hockey, football), music, theatre, gardening, pilates, literature and adventure travel. He speaks 3 languages – English, French and Punjabi.
Speeches & Lectures:
- Invitee, International Criminal Court (ICC), Regional Seminar, ICC List of Counsel, Arusha, Tanzania, 2016
- Presenter: Philosopher’s Café, “ The ‘T’ Word, Terrorism: What does it mean post 9/11?”, Kamloops, 2015
- Lecture & Keynote Speaker: “Human Rights, In Our Modern Era”, Kamloops Adult Learning Society, 2015
- Guest presenter: “A Personal Journey in Human Rights”, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Kamloops, 2015
- Guest Panelist: “Diversity & Pluralism in Legal Profession”, TRU Law School, Kamloops, 2015
- Guest Lectures: “Human Rights: in the War on Terror”, Political Science 121 & 225, Thompson Rivers University, 2015
- Panelist: “Pathway to Justice, Restorative Justice Forum” Kamloops, March 2014
- Facilitator & Presenter: “Training Tunisian Judges in International Human Rights Law”, Human Rights Institute, International Bar Association, Tunis, 2013-2014.
- Guest Lecture: Thompson Rivers University Law School, “Human Rights & Multiculturalism: Universalism v. Cultural Relativism”, sponsor South Asian Law Students Association., February 2013.
- Organizer/Host: City of Kamloops Declaration: “Know Your Neighbour Day” Feature Presentation, “The Universality of Sikhism” (on the birthday of Guru Nanak), November 2012.
- Guest Lecture: University of Ontario Institute of Technology, “Justice and Human Rights Issues In Canada”, Oshawa, Ontario, October 2012.
- Presenter & Panellist: 14th International Symposium World Society of Victimology, Justice for Victims: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Conflict, Trauma and Reconciliation: The Hague, Netherlands, May 2012.
- Guest Speaker: Rotary Club of Kamloops, International Human Rights: The Idea of Our Time, May 2012.
- Guest Lecture: Thompson Rivers University, “From Goering to Gaddafi: The Evolution of Modern International Criminal Law”, October 2011.
- Guest Lecture: Educators Without Borders, University of Fraser Valley, “Racism and the Judicial System: Why Diversity Matters”, April 2011.
- Guest Speaker, Journalism Programme, Thompson Rivers University, “Law and Media”, 2011-2014.
- Keynote Speaker/Lecturer: International Days, Thompson Rivers University, “Human Rights in the U.N. Era” – February 2010.
- Featured Speaker: British Columbia Teachers Association, “Equality and Non-Discrimination: Where are we at in Canada in the 21st Century?” – February 2010.
- Featured Speaker: Philosophers’ Café, Council of Canadians, “When, If Ever, Should Security Trump Liberty?” – September 2009.
- Keynote Speaker: Mosaic of Cultures, British Columbia Expo, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, Canada, “The Obama Presidency: What Does It Mean for Race in Canada?” – April 2009.
- Guest Lecture: Kamloops-Thompson Teachers Association Conference – “Sixty Years After The UDHR: How Are We Doing In Canada?” – February 2009.
- Presentation: Council of Canadians – “How Do We Define International Human Rights in the 21st Century?” – March 2008.
Speaker and interviewee on Justice, Criminal Law and Human Rights:
- The Globe & Mail
- “Daybreak” Show (British Columbia), Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
- Radio CHNL (Kamloops), Kamloops This Week (Newspaper)
- CTV News, Global-TV BC, Canadian Press