Focus Week Workshops

The Faculty has recently introduced Focus Week Workshops to the curriculum. The one-credit workshops are taught in an intensive period and offer an opportunity to critically analyze and develop relevant skills for experts in the law, such as negotiation, mediation, project management, community mobilization, policy analysis, empirical research, entrepreneurship, financial analysis, and the like.

All other courses (except 1st year and Legal Ethics & Professionalism in the fall term, and Advocacy in the winter term) are suspended during the week. Graduate students will have Communication 1 and Communication 2.

Attendance is the all Focus Week Workshops is mandatory, any absences must be approved by the sao.law [at] mcgill.ca (SAO )and supporting documents may be required.

Focus Week Workshops are graded pass/fail

Winter Law Focus Week Workshops: February 19-23, 2018 (Add/drop Feb 12, 2018 3PM. No withdrawal, bu emailing the sao.law [at] mcgill.ca (subject: FWW%20Winter%202018) (SAO).

The Faculty of Law would like to acknowledge the McCarthy Tétrault Fund for Innovative Legal Education in support of Focus Week Workshops.

**Multiple workshops with different content may run in parallel during Focus Week. Students may not register in more than one course taught during a given Focus Week, but may take more than one Focus Week Workshop over the course of their studies.**

Focus Week Workshops-Semaine d’ateliers thématiques


Winter 2018

2L-3L-4L & Graduate Students can register for both Labour Negotiation 1 and Labour Negotiation 2

LAWG 550 Law Focus Week Workshop: Labour Negotiation 1 (1 credit)

Section 001-009: Justice Louise Otis

Date: Feb 19 (9:00-12:00 & 13:00-15:00), Feb 20 (9:00-12:00 & 13:00-15:00), Feb 21 (9:00-11:00)

Description: 

This 2 1/2-day intensive course explores the basics rules and skills of assisted conflict resolution processes in labour law.  In a dynamic and interactive environment, students will also get an opportunity to reflect on the role of the lawyer assisting a party to a negotiation, conciliation or mediation and the legal norms and ethical guidelines governing all parties involved.

The course provides an brief overview of the foundations of Quebec and Canadian labour law. Then it  covers conflict resolution and specifically discusses negotiation, conciliation and mediation: origin, practices and traditions in the context of labour disputes.

Through role-play exercises, live demonstrations and discussions with experts, students will have the opportunity to practice the basics skills required for effective dispute resolution and learn from the experience of experts in that field.

Method of Evaluation: Students are required to write a final paper  no longer than 5 pages. Class attendance, preparation of role-plays, exercises, active participation in the practical exercises and simulations (75%) and the final paper (25%) are all assessed.

Languages: English and French. Papers and simulations can be presented in French or in English by students.


LAWG 551 Law Focus Week Workshop: Labour Negotiation 2 (1 credit)

Section 001-009: Justice Louise Otis

Date: Feb 21 (13:00-15:00), Feb 22 (9:00-12:00 & 13:00-15:00), Feb 23 (9:00-12:00 & 13:00-15:00) 

Description: This advanced workshop covers negotiation and mediation in Labour law in private and public  sector.  There will be an emphasis on the practical, and classes will be taught using a blended-delivery method that includes lectures, panel discussions and role plays.

Method of Evaluation: TBA


LAWG 552 Law Focus Week Workshop 3:  Food Safety Governance in a Globalized World (1 credit)

Section 001-009: Prof. Nandini Ramanujam

Date:  Feb 19 (9:00-16:00) & Feb 21 (9:00-16:00)

Description:Food safety, which refers to the conditions and practices that preserve the quality of food to prevent contamination and foodborne illnesses, has become a transnational issue governed through a variety of domestic and international institutions (WHO, FAO, Codex Alimentarius, EFSA, etc.). The reduction of trade barriers between countries has amplified this dynamic. In this context, how should policy and law makers adopt a balanced approach between food safety regulation and free trade? What institutional mechanisms could enhance transnational, regional and domestic food safety governance? In order to tackle these questions, the following participative modules aim to equip students with a broad and versatile understanding the 21st century’s global food safety challenges.

Method of Evaluation: Participation 50 and a 500 words reflection piece on my course discussion thread (50 per cent).


LAWG 553 Law Focus Week Workshop 4: eDiscovery (1 credit)

Section 001-009: Brian Pel

Date: Feb 19 (9:30-12:00 & 13:00-15:30), Feb 20 (9:30-12:00 & 13:00-15:30), Feb 21 (9:30-11:30)

Description: Electronic evidence is important is virtually all adjudicative legal proceedings in every jurisdiction and forum. This focus course will provide an overview of the best practices, legal principles and case law regarding electronic evidence that is applicable in Canadian civil and common law jurisdictions.

Using a combination of lecture and hands-on experience in leading data analysis and review platforms, this program will provide an understanding of the significant impact electronic evidence and technology has on legal process and rules of court; the importance of professional competence with legal technology; and, and legal and practical issues for managing adjudicative matters in a digital age.

Grades will be based on an in-class test, multiple choice and short answer using a test legal database in Relativity.  All students will need to bring laptops with wireless internet connection.

Method of Evaluation: Short 6 page paper due approx. 2 weeks after the last day of class. Details to be confirmed by the instructor.


LAWG 554 Law Focus Week Workshop 5: International Patent & Innovation Strategy (1 credit)

Section 001-009: Asa Moshe Kling

Date: Feb 19 (15:00-18:00), Feb 20 (15:00-18:00), Feb 21 (15:00-18:00) & Feb 22 (13:30-17:25)

Description:International Patent & Innovation Strategy” will be taught by Asa Kling, a high-profile public servant, former head of the Israeli Patent office, and the 2017-2018 CIPP Professor in Practice. This cutting-edge seminar is designed for law and non-law students and aims at exploring the international and political landscape which directly impacts policy on innovation. The seminar is part of Innovation Week, a week-long event organized by the Center for Intellectual Property Policy (“CIPP”) and its partners on intellectual property, innovation policy, and international development. Registered participants will be automatically invited to the other events of Innovation Week, including discussions with leading Montréal IP & Tax lawyers, a seminar with Professor Gold on innovation, as well a public policy seminar on the patent box.

Method of Evaluation: Participation & Reflection piece


LAWG 555 Law Focus Week Workshop 6: Qualitative Approaches to Socio-Legal Research (1 credit)

Section 001-009: Prof. Sébastien Jodoin

Date: Monday Feb 19 from 10:00-13:00, Tuesday Feb 20 from 10:00-13:00 & Friday Feb 23 from 10:00-12:00

Description:This integration course will introduce students to key qualitative approaches and methods in the study of law and society. It will be especially helpful to undergraduate and graduate students that are interested in conducting qualitative socio-legal research during their studies as well as for students who may work with qualitative approaches in their future studies or careers.

Method of Evaluation: Participation & Field Experience Report