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The theme of the Canadian Council on International Law Conference is “Canada at 150: The Return of History for International Law”. The key premises and institutions of the international order, which have endured since the end of the Second World War, are increasingly being challenged by powerful states, rising powers, populist movements, non-state organizations and multinational corporations. Fundamental questions are being asked in all areas of international law as to how the international legal framework and institutions may be reshaped.

In this context, the CCIL’s Annual Conference will encourage discussion and analysis on the following questions:

  • What is the impact on international law of these changes? Where does Canada fit in the international order at a crucial point in history?
  • How have experiences over the past 150 years prepared Canada for this evolving environment and affected Canada’s current approach to international law?
  • What should Canada contribute to the reshaping of the international legal framework and institutions and how should Canada engage in this respect?

The International Law Research Program (ILRP) of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is delivering a plenary session that reflects on Canada’s past successes and failures in international law and will consider what the opportunities are for Canada to provide international law leadership now and looking forward another fifty years. The contributions will focus on the ILRP’s core research themes of International Economic Law, International Environmental Law and Intellectual Property Law and Innovation.

In addition, ILRP will present on the following two panel discussions: Canada’s Role in International Environmental Law and The Life Span of a Trade Agreement: NAFTA Revisions.

Event Speakers

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Armand de Mestral

CIGI Senior Fellow

Armand de Mestral is a CIGI senior fellow, effective November 2014. An expert in international economic law, Armand is professor emeritus and Jean Monnet Chair in the Law of International Economic Integration at McGill University.

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Basil Ugochukwu

CIGI Post-Doctoral Fellow

Basil Ugochukwu is a post-doctoral fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program.  He holds an LL.B. (Common Law) from Abia State University, an LL.M. from Central European University in Hungary, a teaching certificate from York University and a Ph.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School. At CIGI, he will research how legal reasoning in environmental cases supports or displaces the efforts to link environmental practices to corporate social responsibility. 

David A. Gantz

CIGI Senior Fellow

David A. Gantz is a CIGI senior fellow currently researching investor state arbitration. He is the Samuel M. Fegtly Professor of Law and co-director of the International Trade Law Program at the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law.

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Hugo Perezcano Díaz

Deputy Director, International Economic Law

Hugo Perezcano Díaz is deputy director of international economic law with the International Law Research Program (ILRP) and was previously a CIGI senior fellow with the ILRP. Prior to joining CIGI, he was an attorney and international trade consultant in his private practice.

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Mark Jewett

CIGI Senior Fellow

Mark Jewett is a CIGI senior fellow with the International Law Research Program. He is counsel to Bennett Jones LLP, where his practice focuses on domestic and international aspects of financial law. At CIGI, he will research and write on sovereign debt and cross-border insolvency.

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Oonagh Fitzgerald

Director of the International Law Research Program

Oonagh Fitzgerald is director of CIGI’s International Law Research Program, overseeing the research direction of the program and related activities. She has extensive experience as a senior executive of various departments of the federal government, including with the Department of Justice and Department of National Defence.

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Sara Seck

CIGI Senior Fellow

Sara Seck has been a CIGI senior fellow with the International Law Research Program since May 2015. She is researching the implementation of business responsibility for human rights with regard to climate change.

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Silvia Maciunas

Deputy Director, Environmental Law, International Law Research Program

Silvia Maciunas is the deputy director of international environmental law, with CIGI's International Law Research Program. In this role, Silvia provides strategic guidance, operations coordination and management of the thematic area. Previously, she was a CIGI senior research fellow from July 2016 to February 2017.