Dennis Edney is a Canadian defence lawyer based in Edmonton, Alberta. Originally from Dundee, Scotland, he is 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, for Fahim Ahmad, and for representing the entire Khadr family.
Edney received his law degree in 1987 from the University of Northumbria and has since appeared at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada and the United States Supreme Court. He was appointed as Foreign Attorney Consultant by the U.S. Pentagon to participate in the legal defense of Omar Khadr, at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba.
Edney has lectured extensively, with emphasis on the Rule of Law, to organizations, universities and conferences throughout North America. He served as keynote speaker on behalf of Amnesty International 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).
In 2008 he received the Canadian National Pro Bono Award and in the same year was named by Alberta Venture magazine as one of 50 Alberta’s most influential people. He received the 2009 Human Rights Medal awarded by the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia for work that “has helped to promote and further human rights”.
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.
On December 10, 2013, the 65th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, he was recognized by the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights in Edmonton, Canada.
On September 19, 2014, when the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, in Winnipeg, was first opened, Edney participated in a human rights panel about Omar Khadr’s case at the nearby Manitoba Children’s Theatre. Edney was also presented with an award for his work from the Winnipeg Peace Alliance.
Dennis Edney and Patricia Edney star in the 2015 Canadian documentary Guantanamo’s Child: Omar Khadr, which looks at Edney’s advocacy for Omar Khadr and features interviews in Edney’s home, where Khadr resided as a guest after being released on bail in 2015.