Access to Inclusive & Open Justice for Sustainability: Contributions of Law, Policy & Governance to SDG 16


Faculty Club Old McGill Room, 3450 rue McTavish, Montreal, QC, H3A 0E5, CA
Free, but RSVP required.

Join this roundtable discussion of law, policy, and governance contributions to the achievement of inclusive institutions and access to information in the context of Canadian and international sustainability initiatives! RSVP on Eventbrite. Organized by the McGill Journal of Sustainable Development Law and the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law.


13:30 - 14:00 — Arrivals
- Masters of Ceremonies: Ms. Morgane Larnder Besner & Ms. Rebecca Schur

14:00 - 14:15 — Welcome and Opening Remarks
SDG 16 seeks to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, to provide access to justice for all, and to establish effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. The UN High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development will review progress on SDG 16 among others this year (08-19 July, NYC). How can we, as sustainable development lawyers, scholars and policy makers, help to advance this ambitious, crucially important agenda by 2030?

- Co-Chairs: Prof. Marie-Claire Cordonier & Maitre Pierre Gonthier

14:15 – 14:30 — Opening Guest Speaker
- Ms. Janet McIntyre, Justice Canada

14:30 – 14:40 — Special Presentation: Promoting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through respect of First Nations Treaties in Canada
- Dr. Alex Harrington with Ms. Tara Dawn Atleo & Ms. Darlene Coyle

14:40 – 15:30 — Roundtable 1 | Local Legal Innovations for SDG 16
- Prof. Chidi Oguamanam, University of Ottawa*
- Dr. Alexandra Harrington, Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA) / CISDL
- Mr. Bill Shipley, CISDL / Mr. Arsalan Ahmed, University of McGill (Intervenor)*
- Mr. Daniel Powell, MJSDL (Intervenor)

15:30 – 16:20 — Roundtable 2 | International Law Contributions to SDG 16
How to ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms, in accordance with national legislation and international agreements; broaden and strengthen the participation of developing countries in the institutions of global governance and promote and enforce non-discriminatory laws and policies for sustainable development worldwide?

- Prof. Sumudu Atapattu, University of Wisconsin
- Prof. Markus Gehring, University of Cambridge
- Dr. Maya Prabhu, Yale University
- Ms. Geneviève Westgate, MJSDL (Intervenor)
- Mr. Erick Kassongo, CODED (Intervenor)*

16:20 – 16:30 — Closing Remarks
- Co-Chairs: Prof. Marie-Claire Cordonier & Maitre Pierre Gonthier

16:30 – 17:00 — Special Reception: Contributions of Law, Policy & Governance to the SDGs in Canada

- Publications Launch: Toolkits on Law, Policy & Governance Contributions to SDG 4 Education, SDG 7 Energy, SDG 13 Climate Action & SDG 15 Biodiversity across Canada (CISDL, 2019)
- Book Celebration: Genetic Resources, Justice and Reconciliation, edited by Prof. Chidi Oguamanam (CUP 2018)

* weblink participants