The International Law Research Program (ILRP) at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) hosted a one-day graduate conference themed Canada @ 150. This conference examined the history and practices of International Law in Canada over the past 150 years as they relate to each of the ILRP themes: environmental law, economic law, intellectual property law and Indigenous law. This conference sought to determine whether, and to what extent, international law in Canada has grown or has been challenged in the past 150 years and how these challenges can be overcome in the future. This conference featured international law graduate students, researchers and experts who provided insights on law and innovations to support global governance initiatives over the next 50 years.
The purpose of this graduate student conference was to provide ILRP scholarship recipients the opportunity to showcase their research as it relates to current international law rules, instruments and institutions, and to explore how these concepts may be captured over the course of Canada's history. ILRP scholarship students come from a wide array of Canadian legal institutions and brought a breadth of knowledge to these panels. Experts in the field joined the conference as discussants and moderators.
Armand de Mestral is a senior fellow at CIGI. He is an expert in international economic law, and professor emeritus and Jean Monnet Chair in the Law of International Economic Integration at McGill University.
Markus Gehring is a CIGI senior fellow focusing on international economic law, trade and climate change, as well as trade, investment and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He is also the Arthur Watts Senior Research Fellow in Public International Law with the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and a fellow of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge.
Oonagh E. Fitzgerald was director of international law at CIGI from April 2014 to February 2020. In this role, she established and oversaw CIGI’s international law research agenda, which included policy-relevant research on issues of international economic law, environmental law, IP law and innovation, and Indigenous law.