2012 Isle and Max Cohen Seminar on International Law

2015 McGill Law Graduate Conference

2015 McGill Law Graduate Conference

2015 McGill Law Graduate Conference

GLSA Annual Conference

Governing Our Commons: What Matters To Us Today
May 13-14, 2017 - Montreal, Canada


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The 2017 Conference

Saturday, May 13, 2017 (Dean Maxwell and Isle Cohen Seminar on International Law) & Sunday, May 14, 2017

Third Floor, New Chancellor Day Hall, Faculty of Law, McGill University, 3644 Peel St, Montreal, QC H3A 1W9

This seminar is accredited by a recognized provider for 13 hours of continuing legal education
Formation d’un dispensateur reconnu aux fins de la formation continue obligatoire pour une durée de 13 heures

The graduate students of McGill University’s Faculty of Law are pleased to announce their annual graduate law conference, “Governing Our Commons: What Matters to Us Today”. This conference offers an academic forum for graduate students, other scholars, members of the legal profession, government and industry to consider, exchange and develop new ideas, concepts and approaches that bridge the gap between law and other disciplines.

Conference participants will have the opportunity to share in McGill University’s rich intellectual culture, with its vibrant graduate community, and to meet Professors Noah Weisbord (College of Law, Florida International University) and Sajal Lahiri (Department of Economics, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale), our keynote speakers.

The theme for this year’s conference is “Governing Our Commons: What Matters to Us Today”. In the words of the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) (online:http://www.unep.org/delc/GlobalCommons/tabid/54404/): “The ‘Global Commons’ refers to resource domains or areas that lie outside of the political reach of any one nation State. International law identifies four global commons namely: the High Seas; the Atmosphere; Antarctica; and, Outer Space.”

However, we use the term in a far broader sense, as meaning anything or anyone in which thepublic at large has a common interest.

The panels will be moderated mainly by members of the McGill Faculty of Law and will coverthe following “sub-themes”:

International Humanitarian and Refugee Law • Air and Space Law • General International Law • Transnational Labour Law • International Criminal Law • Law and the Social Sciences • Human Rights • Law, Information, and Technology • Law and Social Justice • Environmental Law

Contact: governing.our.commons [at] gmail.com

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C’est avec plaisir que les étudiants aux cycles supérieurs de la Faculté de droit de l’Université McGill annoncent la tenue de leur conférence annuelle. Cette conférence constitue, pour les communautés académiques, juridiques et gouvernementales ainsi que pour le secteur privé, l’occasion de débattre, d’échanger, et de développer de nouvelles idées, concepts et approches afin de construire des ponts entre le droit et d’autres disciplines.

Ceux qui participeront à la conférence auront la chance de profiter de la richesse du milieu intellectuel de l’Université McGill, de concert avec sa communauté vivante d’étudiants aux cycles supérieurs.

Le thème de la conférence est « Gouverner notre patrimoine commun : ce qui nous importe à l’ère moderne ». Selon le Programme des Nations Unies pour l’environnement (PNUE) (en ligne : http://www.unep.org/delc/GlobalCommons/tabid/54404/) (c’est nous qui traduisons) : « Le patrimoine commun de l’humanité réfère aux ressources se trouvant en dehors de l’influence politique de toute nation. Le droit international identifie quatre types de patrimoines communs, soit : les hautes mers, l’atmosphère, l’antarctique et l’espace. »
Toutefois, nous choisissons d’employer le terme « patrimoine commun » dans un sens plus général ; en effet, nous choisissons d’élargir le sens de ce mot afin d’y inclure toute forme de patrimoine physique, intellectuel ou humain portant une importance particulière pour le grand public.

Les panels seront pour la plupart animés par des membres de la Faculté de droit McGill et recouvreront les « sous-thèmes » suivants :

Droit international humanitaire et des réfugiés • Droit aérien et spatial • Droit international général • Droit transnational du travail • Droit international pénal • Droit et sciences sociales • Droits humain • Droit, information, et technologie • Droit et justice sociale • Droit de l’environnement

Contactez-nous au : governing.our.commons [at] gmail.com

The Dean Maxwell & Isle Cohen Seminar on International Law

A picture of Isle and Maxwell CohenIsle and Maxwell Cohen

On the day that would have been Maxwell Cohen’s 100th birthday, McGill’s Faculty of Law hosted a special celebration in honour of the late Dean of Law whose tenure was pivotal in establishing McGill at the forefront of legal education. It also marked the launch of the Dean Maxwell and Isle Cohen Doctoral Seminar in International Law, created through the generous contributions of JoAnne Sulzenko (Dean Maxwell and Isle Cohen’s daughter), alumni and friends, as well as from support of the Faculty of Law.

The seminar is intended to create a forum for the very best graduate students in international law at McGill and elsewhere, who will come to the Faculty of Law to share ideas and present their research. It is our pleasure to announce that this year's McGill's prestigious Dean Maxwell and Isle Cohen Doctoral Seminar in International Law is to be held in collaboration with the GLSA Conference as the Faculty has chosen to combine both the Annual Conference and the Seminar in one distinguished event.


Maxwell Cohen was pivotal in establishing McGill at the forefront of legal education in Canada, as Dean of the Faculty from 1964 to 1969, and had a profound influence on international law through his many roles and responsibilities in the legal community at large.

Cohen variously served as a member of the Canadian delegation to the UN, President of the Canadian Branch of the International Law Association, and a member of the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law. From 1974 to 1979 he chaired the Canadian section of the International Joint Commission, while from 1981 to 1985 he was the Canadian judge ad hoc for the International Court of Justice.

Cohen was also a significant influence of the drafting of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, while the anti-hate section of the Canadian Criminal Code is generally attributed to his work as Chairman of the federal Minister of Justice’s Special Committee on Hate Propaganda.

**Pastel by Eva Prager

About McGill's Annual Law Graduate Conference

Established in 2008, McGill’s Annual Graduate Conference in Law has quickly grown beyond its originally North American focus to become truly international in character. A product of the Faculty’s commitment to original, innovative research and the cultivation of future legal scholars, the Conference welcomes graduate students from around the world with these two ends in mind.

Accordingly, the Conference is not only built around rich intellectual exchange, but also the development of its participants – as communicators, community members, and thinkers. Each spring, with these goals in mind, conference organizers look to build on the success of previous years in a continued effort to establish McGill as the site of Canada’s leading graduate conference in law.




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