The Corporate Citizen & COVID-19: The State of the Corporation and Corporate Law

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT (UTC–04:00)
Public Event: Virtual Event

Presented by CIGI and the Human Rights Research and Education Centre

This four-part virtual panel series is presented by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) in collaboration with the Human Rights Research and Education Centre at the University of Ottawa. The series celebrates the publication of CIGI’s newest book, Corporate Citizen: New Perspectives on the Globalized Rule of Law, which explores the legal frameworks and standards of conduct for multinational corporations.

This session provides an update on the role of the multinational corporation as a key engine of the economy and the state of the law governing multinational corporations. Expert panellists will discuss the increased intervention in the post-COVID-19 world of governments in the economy, concerns about working conditions, protection of national supply chains for essential goods, the shift to virtual work, the stresses on some sectors and so forth. They will consider how government and industry action in the coming months to address socio-economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic could reshape the corporation.



  • Tabatha Bull, President and CEO, Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business
  • Richard Janda, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, and Associate Member, School of Environment, McGill University
  • Lucas Mathieu, Judicial Fellow, International Court of Justice
  • Christopher Nicholls, W. Geoff Beattie Chair in Corporate Law, Director of Business Law at Western Law, Co-Director of Western Universitys Interdisciplinary Centre for Financial Innovation and Risk Management 
  • Sara Seck, Associate Professor of Law, Dalhousie University

View the other sessions in this series: