GLSA Annual Conference

Law and the City: 14th Annual McGill Law Graduate Conference, 6-7 May 2021

Law and the City: 14th Annual McGill Law Graduate Conference

6-7 May 2021

The Graduate Law Students Association (GLSA) of McGill University’s Faculty of Law is pleased to announce the 14th annual McGill Graduate Law Conference on the theme of law and the city. The conference will take place on the 6th and 7th of May 2021 at McGill University in Montréal.

Due to the uncertainties regarding travel and possibility of in-person activities, the conference will take place in a hybrid format: primarily online, with some in-person activities planned for those able to meet in Montreal. The Conference Committee will disclose the exact format of the conference a month before the conference based on the recommendations of Québec's public health department.

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Le droit et la ville

6-7 mai 2021

L’Association des étudiant.e.s des cycles supérieurs de la Faculté de droit de l’Université McGill est fière d’annoncer la tenue de la 14e édition de sa conférence annuelle. Cette conférence ayant pour thème « le droit et la ville » se tiendra les 6 et 7 mai 2020 à l’Université McGill, située au cœur du centre-ville de Montréal.

En raison de l’incertitude liée aux voyages et aux activités en mode présentiel, la conférence adoptera un format hybride : principalement à distance, avec quelques activités en personne pour les participant.e.s pouvant se rendre à Montréal. Le comité de la conférence dévoilera le format exact un mois avant la tenue de l’événement en se basant sur les recommandations émises par la santé publique du Québec.

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The Dean Maxwell & Isle Cohen Seminar on International Law

A picture of Isle and Maxwell Cohen
Isle 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 portrait 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.

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