Hard Cases: The Limits of Law
May 3-4, 2018 - Montreal, Canada
It is our great pleasure to announce that the McGill Faculty of Law's graduate community will be hosting its 11th Annual Graduate Law Conference in May. This year, the theme is "Hard Cases: The Limits of Law" and the conference will be organized along five fields of research: (1) international and transnational law; (2) social justice; (3) environmental law; (4) science and innovation; (5) legal theory. Please find below our Call for Submissions as well as our Call for Poster Presentations. All questions may be directed to the organizing committee at the following address: gradlawconference.law [at] mcgill.ca.
The Dean Maxwell & Isle Cohen Seminar on International Law
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 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.