Past events - 2017

March 23 and 24, 2017: Canadian Federalism and its Future/Le fédéralisme canadien et son avenir

The "Canadian Federalism and its Future: Actors and Institutions" colloquium was organized in the broader context of the 150th anniversary of the Canadian confederation by the Groupe de recherche sur les sociétés plurinationales (GRSP) in partnership with McGill University's Peter MacKell Research Chair on Federalism and the McGill and Laval University faculties of law. Taking place over two days, the conference started at McGill University in Montreal, continued on a train to Quebec City, and ended at the Musée de la civilisation in Old Quebec City. See a write-up of the colloquium and some photos in Focus online (McGill Law's e-monthly).

March 22, 2017: Baxter Competition Symposium

The three finalists of the Baxter Family Competition on Federalism presented their papers at McGill University's Faculty Club in front of many of the jury members who have selected them.

March 27, 2017: Constitutional Moment with Cheryl Saunders

The Regroupement Droit, changements et gouvernance welcomed a talk on "Constitutional Architecture for Divided Societies" with Cheryl Saunders, Professor Emeritus, University of Melbourne. This event took place in Prof. Poirier's class.

February 24, 2017: Constitutional Moment with Naomi Metallic

 urgence d’agir. Naomi Metallic 

The Regroupement Droit, changements et gouvernance welcomes a talk on « Revitalisation des langues autochtones et réconciliation : urgence d’agir » with Naomi Metallic, Assistant Professor and Chancellor's Chair in Aboriginal Law and Policy at the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie. Find out more.

Past events - 2016


November 25, 2016: Vers un esprit sain en partage des compétences ? Normativity in Health and Criminal Jurisdictions in Canada

A Constitutional Moment talk with Professor Alana Klein, Faculty of Law, McGill University. Kindly note this talk takes place at Université de Montréal.

This year, the Matinées constitutionnelles / Constitutional Moments series, which is co-organised by McGill Law and the Centre de droit public de l’Université de Montréal (RDCG), will be devoted alternatingly to federalism and linguistic rights.

Time, place: 11h30, Salon François-Chevrette, Université de Montréal. Find out more...

October 28-29, 2016, Ottawa - Constitutional Politics in Multinational States

A Groupe de recherche sur les sociétés plurinationales conference, organized by André Lecours (Ottawa U.), Johanne Poirier (McGill U.) and Guy Laforest (Laval U.)

See the program and the project description [.pdf].  This conference is closed to the public, but interested persons can contact the Chair.

October 26, 2016, McGill: Gestion de l’immigration et politiques d’intégration dans des Etats fédéraux : Belgique et Canada

A MacKell Chair in Federalism Conference with Catherine Xhardez, PhD Candidate at Sciences Po Paris. Discussant: Daniel Weinstock.

Time, place: 12:30-14:00, NCDH 316. Find out more...


November 16, 2016, McGill: The Impact of BREXIT on Linguistic Issues in the EU

A Constitutional Moment talk with Stéphanie Chouinard, postdoctoral researcher and lecturer, Faculté de droit, Université de Montréal.
Time, place: 12:30-14:00, NCDH 201. Find out more...


April 6, 2016
PAPILLON, Martin, « Le fédéralisme est-il un modèle viable de gouvernance autochtone? », Faculty of Law, McGill. 

March 31, 2016
LEVRAT, Nicolas, « Gouvernance européenne et migration », Faculty of Law, McGill, in collaboration with the Oppenheimer Chair.


March 16, 2016
LEVRAT, Nicolas, “The Impact of Globalisation on Multinational Federations”, Les Matinées constitutionnelles, Faculty of Law, McGill, in collaboration with Centre de recherche en droit public (CRDP) at Université de Montréal.


December 8, 2015
TOMKIN, Adam (Edinburgh University), “Britain’s Territorial Constitution: Can The Union Hold?”.

November 23, 2015
WELDON, Laurel (Purdue University), “Gendered Federal Systems:
Informal Institutions, Intersectionality and Change”, (co-organized with the Annie MacDonald Langstaff Workshop), Faculty of Law, McGill.

October 26-27, 2015
VINTRO, Joan (Faculté de droit, Université de Barcelone), « Les bases juridiques et politiques de l’accession d’une Catalogne indépendante à l’Union européenne ».

August 11, 2015
World Federalist Movement - Canada, in collaboration with the McGill Center for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism: “From Global to Local : the Importance of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to Reconciliation in Canada", by Senator Murray Sinclair, the former Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.