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January-December 2021

Louise Otis lays out the case for negotiating an agreement that correlates minimum tax with climate change, in an article for Bloomberg.

October 29, 2021: Read the full article, co-written by Louise Otis, Brigitte Alepin and Lyne Latulippe.

Professor Andrea Bjorklund talks third party funding at the 2021 ICC Canada Conference

October 22, 2021: As part of Canadian Arbitration Week at the 2021 ICC Canada Conference, Professor Andrea Bjorklund participated in a debate on third party funding, discussing whether the issues associated with third party funding in international arbitration have been adequately dealt with through our current rules framework, or whether greater normativity is required. To read a summary, click here.

Professor Richard Janda warns of liability risk in absence of university-wide vaccine mandate.

September 28, 2021: Read his interview in the McGill Tribune, interview in the McGill Daily, and an open letter from 35 McGill Faculty of Law professors.

Richard Gold pens Globe and Mail op-ed arguing that McGill must do more to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks on campus.

September 21, 2021: Read the full op-ed.

Professor Richard Gold advocates for stronger COVID-19 measures at McGill.

August–October 2021: Professor Gold argued that failure to impose vaccination mandates ‘discriminates against those with a disability, contrary to Article 10 of the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms’ in a letter to school officials as reported by the Montreal Gazette; he spoke at a panel on vaccine mandates hosted by McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy (see the summary by the McGill Daily); he stated that there was a lack of warning for professors in regards to in-person teaching in an interview with the McGill Daily; he supported a student-led contact-tracing initiative in an interview with the McGill Tribune; and was quoted in articles by CTV Montreal, CBC News and other news outlets on the topic.

Professor Ignacio Cofone quoted in the Toronto Star about the invasiveness of facial recognition surveillance.

August 3, 2021: “As Ignacio Cofone, an assistant professor from the Faculty of Law at McGill University, puts it, ‘facial recognition is inescapable, invisible, and ubiquitous, making it the most invasive surveillance mechanism ever invented.’” Read the full article.

Professor Adelle Blackett to chair federal Employment Equity Act Review Task Force

The July 14, 2021: Professor Adelle Blackett was appointed chair of Canada’s new Employment Equity Act Review Task Force, which will study, consult, and advise the Minister of Labour on the ways in which the federal Employment Equity Act can be modernized. Read McGill’s announcement and the official news release.

Armand de Mestral offers his thoughts on the expulsion of a U.S. ship near the Paracel Islands in

July 14, 2021: “Armand de Mestral, a law professor and expert in international law at McGill University in Montreal, told ‘the United States is on better ground’ in asserting its rights to innocent passage.” Read the full article.

Sunny Handa quoted in Toronto Star on ransomware attacks.

June 17, 2021: “Handa is part of a new industry of professionals helping companies respond to a growing number of ransomware attacks, when hackers use malware to break into companies’ IT systems, lock up or steal information and then demand a ransom payment for its return.” Read the full article.

Professor Allison Christians offers thoughts on major G7 tax agreement to CBC.

June 5, 2021: “Allison Christians, a tax law professor at McGill University, said the G7 deal was not in the spirit of a years-long process spearheaded by the OECD, known as the Inclusive Framework.” Read the full article.

Professor Darren Rosenblum writes in Forbes “The Best Mother’s Day Gift Is The American Families Plan.”

May 9, 2021: Read the full article.

Professor Ignacio Cofone comments on Apple software update that gives users the option of stopping apps from tracking their location.

April 29, 2021: Read the full comment.

Professor Richard Gold shares his thoughts on World Intellectual Property Day.

April 23, 2021: Read the full comment.

Professor Pierre-Emmanuel Moyse quoted in a Radio-Canada piece about intellectual property rights when university courses are delivered online.

April 10, 2021: "Le professeur de droit à l'Université McGill, Pierre-Emmanuel Moyse, souligne que même si la Loi canadienne sur le droit d'auteur stipule que les œuvres créées dans le cadre d'un contrat d'emploi appartiennent à l'employeur, les professeurs ne sont pas des employés comme les autres. »" Read the Radio-Canada article.

Professor Allison Christians appears on TVO episode “How Should Super Rich-People Be Taxed?”

March 31, 2021: Listen to the episode.

Professor Darren Rosenblum writes Washington Post op-ed: "Misgendering students is not ‘academic freedom’: it’s an abuse of power.”

March 31, 2021: Read the full op-ed.

Professor Geneviève Saumier quoted in CBC article “8 months after Canadian Grand Prix cancelled, no explanation for stalled refunds.”

March 26, 2021: “Saumier says she's surprised no one has filed a class action lawsuit yet, as it needs only one ticket holder to proceed.” Read the full article.

Professor Allison Christians interviewed in CBC article about the CRA sending details of bank accounts to the IRS.

March 22, 2021: “Allison Christians, chair in tax law at McGill University, said banks are reporting more accounts than necessary in order to protect themselves.” Read the CBC article.

Professor Richard Janda pens op-ed about the Camara public inquiry.

Feburary 24, 2021: Read the full op-ed.

Professor Allison Christians secures a place in the International Tax Review’s Tax 50

February 5, 2021: Allison Christians was included in ITR’s Global Tax 50, which highlights the most influential figures and events in fiscal policy over the past year. Read her ITR feature.

Professor Richard Janda calls out systemic racism in the SPVM after the arrest of M. Camara in op-ed for La Presse.

February 7, 2021: Read the full op-ed.

Professor Adelle Blackett appears on CBC Ideas with Nahlah Ayed arguing in defence of domestic workers.

February 1, 2021: Listen to the episode here.

Professor Ignacio Cofone participates in panel that discusses personal privacy and public health during COVID-19, moderated by Professor Lana Khoury.

January 19, 2021: Read a summary of the panel discussion.

January-December 2022

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