Hon. Dr. Barry L. Strayer, Q.C., Ph.D., L.L.B. : A former judge of Federal Court of Appeal of Canada and former Chief Justice of Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada, Dr. Barry Strayer studid at University of Saskatchewan (B.A., 1953, LL.B., 1955), Oxford University (B.C.L. 1957) and Harvard University (Doctor of Juridical Science-S.J.D. 1966). Dr. Barry Strayer is a prominent Canadian with a long expertise in constitutional matters. He was a Professor of Law at the University of Saskatchewan in the 1960’s and then was asked to come to Ottawa to advise on reform of the Canadian constitution. He had previously also served as an adviser to the Government of Saskatchewan on this subject. He served the Government of Canada in Ottawa in the Privy Council Office and then as Assistant Deputy Minister of Justice. He was involved with Canadian constitutional reform for some 22 years until the new Constitution and Charter of Rights were adopted in 1982. He was appointed a judge in 1983, serving as a judge of the Federal Court Trial Division and then the Federal Court of Appeal, as well as Chief Justice of the Court Martial Appeal Court, retiring in 2004. During his career he also served as an adviser to the Republic of Seychelles in the drafting of its new constitution in 1979 and to the Government of Hong Kong in the drafting of a Bill of Rights in 1989.
Former Justice Strayer is now a member of the Canadian Project Advisory Committee for the Canadian Bar Association/Nepal Bar Association Developing Democracy in Nepal Project. In this capacity he has provided advice on that project and travelled to Nepal last year to meet and speak with various groups involved with the drafting of a new constitution for Nepal. Please click here to read one of the works of Hon. Strayer on Nepal.