Government & Governance: Law’s Evolving Role


Chancellor Day Hall NCDH 312-316, 3644 rue Peel, Montreal, QC, H3A 1W9, CA

Join us for the Graduate Law Students Association's annual conference, whose title this year will be Government and Governance: Law's Evolving Role. The main themes will revolve around Law and transnational regimes; Coordinating governance regimes; Law through comparative approaches; and Marginalisation and access to justice.

Prof. David Dyzenhaus (U. Toronto) will give the keynote speech.

Please consult the attached Word document [.docx] for the complete schedule, coffee breaks, etc.


Opening Remarks

May 2: 16:00 – 16:15

Panel 1: Law and transnational challenges

May 2: 16:15 – 18:15

  • Vokhid Urinov (McGill University) - International Tax Information Exchange Regimes
  • Sarah Mountin (McGill University) – Interference with Commercial Communication Satellite Signals: Is It An Armed Attack Under the Law of Armed Conflict?
  • Cecilia Pailhassar (McGill University) – The Arms Trade Treaty: Towards a Lack of Regulation?
  • Stephanie Chipeur – An Analysis of the Canadian Legal Profession’s Discourse Regarding Hourly Billing in the Mid-20th Century
  • Prof. Mohsen al-Attar - Chair

Panel 2: Coordinating Governance Regimes

May 3: 9:15 – 10:45 

  • Virginie Lanceron (Panthéon-Assass) – The Coordination in Public Law
  • Kirsten Mikadze (McGill University) - Wagging the Dog?: Investor-State Dispute Settlement and the Evolving Role of Non-State Actors in Environmental Regulation
  • Judy Stewart (University of Calgary) - The Role and Function of Bridging Organizations in Governance of Regional Social-Ecological Systems
  • Prof. Jaye Ellis - Chair

Panel 3: Law through comparative approaches

May 3: 11:00 – 12:30

  • John Hursh (McGill University) - The State and the Citizen in North Africa: A Postcolonial Legal History of Morocco, Tunisia, and Sudan
  • Michael Leach (McGill University) – The Tyranny of the `Post’ in Post-Conflict Discourse: A Comparative Study of Legal Reconstruction in Afghanistan, East Timor, Kosovo and South Sudan
  • Futsum Abbay (McGill University) – National Legal Frameworks for the Protection of Disability Rights and Their Challenges in Implementation in Africa
  • Prof Victor Muniz-Fraticelli - Chair

Panel 4: Marginalisation & access to justice

May 3: 14:00 – 15:30

  • Juan Pinto (McGill University) - The Duty to Consult and its effects on the Legal Empowerment of Indigenous peoples: A critical perspective on Judicial Activism
  • Bradley Alexander (McGill University) - No Place in Law: How the Law Dislocates Marginalized Actors From the Places Where They Can Generate Power
  • Thomas Harrison (Queens University) - Access to Justice vs. Access to the Justice System
  • Prof Evan Fox-Decent - Chair

Keynote Speech: The "Public Conscience" of the Law

May 3: 15:45 – 17:00

  • David Dyzenhaus (U. Toronto) - The "Public Conscience" of Law

Closing Remarks

May 3: 17:15 – 17:30

Contact Information

Kuzi Charamba
President, GLSA
Kuzivakwashe.Charamba [at]