When The Global Rules Break Down – Insights and Ideas for the Future of International Law and Justice

Monday, April 8, 2019 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
CIGI Campus Auditorium, 67 Erb Street West, Waterloo, Canada
Public Event: Community Event
Apr 8

As a modest actor on the world's stage, Canada has long benefited from the rules-based international order. Yet, almost daily we now hear of ways in which this system is breaking down such as in trade, peace and security, human rights and the environment. In this public panel discussion, renowned experts in international law and justice will consider key examples of the political and technological challenges facing the international legal order. They will also provide their insights into why this systemic breakdown is occurring, in what ways is it dangerous and destructive, and how it could be beneficial to rebuild a more responsive, inclusive and just international order. Drawing from dramatic examples of contestation on the world stage these experts will provide their insights into how the international order needs to evolve to bring us closer to a global system of justice for all.

A public panel will be held from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM.


Oonagh Fitzgerald, Director, International Law Research Program, Centre for International Governance Innovation 

Panel Members

  • Thomas Cottier, professor emeritus of European and international economic law at the University of Bern, and former managing director of the World Trade Institute 
  • Victoria Donaldson, Counsel to the WTO Appellate Body, currently on leave on assignment to the UK government
  • James [Sákéj] Youngblood Henderson, Research Fellow, Native Law Centre of Canada
  • Beverley Marian McLachlin, Retired Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada PC CC CStJ 

This event will be followed by a reception from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM.