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.
Armand de Mestral has been a CIGI senior fellow since 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.
Basil Ugochukwu is a research 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 is a CIGI senior fellow who contributes to projects relating to contemporary trade and investment legal and policy issues. These include the Brexit process between the United Kingdom and the European Union, and innovations in international trade and investment 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.
Mark Jewett is a senior fellow with CIGI's 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.
As director of CIGI’s International Law Research Program, Oonagh Fitzgerald established and oversees CIGI’s international law research agenda, which includes policy-relevant research on issues of international economic law, environmental law, intellectual property law and innovation, and Indigenous law.
Patrick Leblond is a CIGI senior fellow with the Global Economy Program. He is an expert in global economic governance and international political economy, regional economic integration, financial regulation, and business and public policy. At CIGI, Patrick specializes in the investigation of international trade in the areas of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.
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.
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.