Trade Agreements and Sustainable Development in an Age of Rising Protectionism

Friday, February 9, 2018 09:00to16:00
Thomson House Ballroom, 3650 rue McTavish, Montreal, QC, H3A 1Y2, CA

The McGill Journal of Sustainable Development Law (MJSDL) is hosting its 5th annual colloquium, where speakers will explore the intersections of trade law and sustainable development, within the context of rising protectionism and trade agreement (re)negotiations.

Topics of focus include: international arbitration and investor-state dispute resolution, food system localization in the face of trade agreements, and the convergence of international trade law with Indigenous laws and customs, as it relates to nation-to-nation trade and commerce.

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9:00-9:30 Participants arrive; light breakfast served

9:30-10:00 Introductory remarks

10:00-11:30 Panel: The implications of investor-state arbitration on sustainable development

  • Alexandra Logvin & Alexandre Toso, Fasken Martineau
  • Karine Péllofy, Centre québécois du droit de l'environnement
  • Hadrian Mertins-Kirkwood, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
  • Moderated by: Professor Kun Fan, Faculty of Law, McGill University

11:30-13:00 Lunch

13:00-14:30 Workshop: Food system localization in the face of trade agreements, with Dr. Rod MacRae, York University

14:30-14:45 Short break

14:45-3:45 Keynote lecture with Wayne D. Garnons-Williams, Chair of the International Inter-tribal Trade and Investment Organization

15:45-16:00 Closing remarks by the MJSDL Editor in Chief

A request for accreditation for 5 hours of continuing legal education for jurists has been made to a recognized provider.


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