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

Law: Reactive or Proactive?

May 8-9, 2019 - Montreal, Canada

We are pleased to present the 12th Annual Graduate Law Conference and the Dean Maxwell and Isle Cohen Seminar on International Law. The aim of these events is to offer an academic forum for graduate students, scholars and members of the legal profession, government and industry to exchange ideas and share approaches that bridge the gap between law and other disciplines. View the PDF icon 2019 Conference schedule.

Coming from all over the world, participants will gather in McGill University’s uniquely rich intellectual environment to discuss the theme of ‘Law: Reactive or Proactive?’. This theme acknowledges that tensions in law’s relationship with the past and the future have long animated legal, philosophical and political thought. This year’s programme promises new perspectives – both theoretical and practical – in relation to these old but persistent questions.

Discussions will take place in two different kinds of sessions: panel sessions; and the Dean Maxwell and Isle Cohen Doctoral Seminar.

  • In the panel sessions, the focus will be on the conversation rather than individual presentations. Accordingly, presentations will be kept short and moderators will take an active role in stimulating the exchange.
  • In the Seminar, discussion of each paper will be inspired by a presentation by a discussant followed by a response from the author.

In addition to these discussions, the conference will include keynote speeches from Dr. Oonagh Fitzgerald (Director, International Law Research Program, Centre for International Governance Innovation) and Dr. Genevieve Renard Painter (Assistant Professor, Simone de Beauvoir Institute, Concordia University.

This Conference has been accredited for a total of 13 hours of continuing legal education by the Barreau du Québec and the Chambre des notaires du Québec.

Program: PDF icon 2019 Conference schedule

Registration: eventbrite.ca/e/mcgill-graduate-law-conference-2019-registration-59673036659

Email gradlawconference.law [at] mcgill.ca if you have a question or a comment.

PDF icon Call for papers / Appel à communications 2019

Le droit, réactif ou proactif ?

8-9 mai 2019 - Montréal, Canada

L’Association des étudiant.e.s des cycles supérieurs en droit de la faculté de droit de l’Université McGill est fière de présenter la 12e édition de sa conférence annuelle et le Séminaire en droit international du doyen Maxwell et Isle Cohen. La conférence se veut un forum académique destiné aux étudiant.e.s des cycles supérieurs, aux chercheur.e.s, aux membres du Barreau, du gouvernement et du secteur privé afin d’échanger des idées et partager des approches, et combler le fossé entre le droit et les autres disciplines. Consultez l'PDF icon horaire de la conférence 2019.

Des quatre coins du monde, les participants et participantes se réuniront dans l’environnement intellectuel unique de l’Université McGill pour discuter du thème ‘Le droit, réactif ou proactif ?’. Ce thème reconnaît en particulier que la tension entre le droit, le passé et le futur a longtemps animé la pensée juridique, philosophique et politique. Le programme de cette année engage de nouvelles perspectives, tant théoriques que pratiques, à ces questionnements qui ne sont pas nouveaux mais persistants.

Deux types de séances caractériseront les discussions : les panels de présentations et le Séminaire doctoral du doyen Maxwell & Isle Cohen en droit international.

  • Lors des panels de présentations, les conférenciers et conférencières présenteront leur conférence, suivie d’une discussion avec les participant.e.s et l’audience. Pour ce faire, les présentations seront succinctes et les modérateurs et modératrices auront un rôle actif pour stimuler les échanges.
  • Lors du Séminaire doctoral, la discussion de chaque article sera inspirée de la présentation du répondant.e, suivi d’une réponse de l’auteur.e.

Outre ces discussions, la conférence accueillera également deux conférencières d’honneur, la Dr. Oonagh Fitzgerald (directrice du programme de recherche en droit international, Centre pour l'innovation dans la gouvernance internationale) et la Dr. Geneviève Renard Painter (professeure adjointe, Institut Simone de Beauvoir, Université de Concordia).

Cette conférence est accréditée pour 13 heures de formation continue obligatoire auprès du Barreau du Québec et de la Chambre des notaires du Québec.

Programme: PDF iconhoraire de la conférence 2019.

Inscriptions: eventbrite.ca/e/mcgill-graduate-law-conference-2019-registration-59673036659

Écrivez à gradlawconference.law [at] mcgill.ca pour toute question ou commentaire.

PDF icon Call for papers / Appel à communications 2019

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. The Dean Maxwell and Isle Cohen Doctoral Seminar in International Law are be held in collaboration with the annual 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 on 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.