Governing Our Commons: What Matters to Us Today


Chancellor Day Hall NCDH 312-316, 3644 rue Peel, Montreal, QC, H3A 1W9, CA
Free for students; 186$ for non-students

Organized by the graduate students of McGill University’s Faculty of Law, this conference offers an academic forum for graduate students, other scholars, members of the legal profession, government and industry to consider, exchange and develop new ideas, concepts and approaches that bridge the gap between law and other disciplines.

The theme for this year’s conference is “Governing Our Commons: What Matters to Us Today”. In the words of the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP): “The ‘Global Commons’ refers to resource domains or areas that lie outside of the political reach of any one nation State. International law identifies four global commons namely: the High Seas; the Atmosphere; Antarctica; and, Outer Space.” However, we use the term in a far broader sense, as meaning anything or anyone in which the public at large has a common interest.

The panels will cover the following “sub-themes”: International Humanitarian and Refugee Law • Air and Space Law • General International Law • Transnational Labour Law • International Criminal Law • Law and the Social Sciences • Human Rights • Law, Information, and Technology • Law and Social Justice • Environmental Law

Conference participants will have the opportunity to share in McGill University’s rich intellectual culture, with its vibrant graduate community, and to meet Professors Noah Weisbord (College of Law, Florida International University) and Sajal Lahiri (Department of Economics, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale), our keynote speakers.

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This seminar is accredited by a recognized provider for 13 hours of continuing legal education.