Conferences, workshops and seminars


15 November 2017: "Emergency Arbitration and Expedited Procedures"

With Andrea Carlevaris (BonelliErede).


L to R: Fred Bachand, Simona Grossi, Fabien Gélinas.

16 November 2016 - "Frontloading in Civil Proceedings"

The Private Justice and the Rule of Law Research Group welcomed Prof. Simona Grossi (pictured above with Prof. Frédéric Bachand and Fabien Gélinas), Loyola Law School (bio), on Wednesday, November 16 at 11:30 am in NCDH 203 as part of Prof. Gélinas' Resolution of International Disputes course. Her scholarship focuses on civil procedure and federal courts. Professor Grossi is currently Chair of the Association of American Law Schools Executive Committee for the Section on Civil Procedure.

19 October 2016 - "Sports arbitration and the World Anti-Doping Agency"

The Private Justice and the Rule of Law Research Group welcomed Julien Sieveking, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Director (bio), Legal Affairs, on Wednesday, October 19 at 11:30 am in NCDH 203 for a talk on sports arbitration and the WADA.

This took place in Prof. Gélinas' Resolution of International Disputes course.


Symposium on Governance & Constitutionalisation in International Arbitration

12-13 March 2015, Faculty of Law, McGill University

The Private Justice and the Rule of Law Research Group and the McGill Arbitration Student Society held a two-day Symposium on March 12-13, 2015. The first day featured an arbitral moot opposing McGill and Queen's, and the second day, a panel with noted arbitration experts.

See the Symposium's Topic and Program [.pdf]


ICC Canada International Arbitration Conference, November 7, 2014

View the program [.pdf] and read the recap (link to external site).

Haig Oghigian speaking on a panel moderated by Ryder Gilliland, and featuring Wolf von Kumberg, Victoria Orlowski and Thomas H. Webster.

The conference took place in the Maxwell Cohen Moot Court at McGill's Faculty of Law.


Comment assurer la rentabilité et l’efficacité de l’arbitrage commercial? May 24, 2013

(In French only) L'Institut de médiation et d’arbitrage du Québec (IMAQ) tenait son 4e colloque à McGill. Parmi les questions abordées: Comment l’arbitrage permet-il de résoudre les litiges commerciaux de manière plus efficace et plus rentable ? La rédaction de la convention d’arbitrage. Le choix des arbitres. L’organisation et la gestion de l’instance arbitrale. Le Québec devrait-il se doter d’une véritable institution d’arbitrage ?

Information (web). Program (.pdf)

At lunchtime, Me Sophie Nappert gave a talk asking if Quebec should consider creating a formal arbitral body.


Arbitration Ethics, June 7, 2012

Simultaneous, interactive video-linked event across Canada (Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa Montreal). View the program [.pdf]

La preuve du droit étranger devant les tribunaux québécois, March 15, 2012

(In French only) Ce mini-colloque a traité de la preuve du droit étranger devant nos tribunaux et tenté de donner des réponses pratiques aux principales questions que celle-ci soulève, en plus d'offrir un regard comparatif avec les approches adoptées dans d'autres juridictions. Dans quelles circonstances les tribunaux peuvent-ils prendre connaissance d'office du droit étranger, et de quelle façon les plaideurs peuvent-ils en faire la preuve? Quelle est la conséquence de l'absence d'une telle preuve? Qu'est-ce qu'un « certificat de jurisconsulte »? Quel est le rôle des experts appelés à témoigner à l'égard du droit étranger? Doivent-il se contenter d'en établir le contenu ou peuvent-il être appelés à appliquer ce droit aux faits en litige? Par ailleurs, quel usage nos tribunaux font-ils de la doctrine et de la jurisprudence étrangère lorsque vient le temps de trancher les litiges?


  • L'honorable Pierre J. Dalphond, Cour d'appel du Québec
  • Pr Frédéric Bachand, Faculté de droit, Université McGill
  • Me Patrick Ferland, Heenan Blaikie


The Model Law After 25 Years: Global Perspectives on International Commercial Arbitration, November 24-26, 2011

The UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration has been extremely successful at fostering transnational understandings in key areas of the law of arbitration. McGill University, in partnership with UNCITRAL, organised this global conference, which took stock of what has been achieved and offered a hard look at the current and future challenges facing the law of arbitration. Speakers addressed recurring issues in the implementation and application of the Model Law and took a close look at the ongoing process of harmonization it set in motion more than 25 years ago.

View the program [.pdf]

Les 25 ans de la réforme de l’arbitrage au Québec, June 17-18, 2011

(In French only) L’année 2011 marquant les 25 ans de la réforme de l’arbitrage au Québec et le domaine de l’arbitrage ayant fait l’objet de développements importants depuis la réforme, les organisateurs ont choisi de poser un regard renouvelé sur l’encadrement législatif de l’arbitrage interne et international au Québec.

View the program [.pdf]

CCJM Inaugural general assembly: Building a community of leaders in judicial mediation, June 16-17, 2011

Presented by the Canadian Conference of Judicial Mediation (CCJM) in collaboration with the research team Private Justice and the Rule of Law, this event gathered numerous Canadian experts in judicial mediation. The CCJM aims to develop and improve an integrated judicial mediation system in all areas of law (civil, commercial, fami ly, penal and criminal) and proceedings (trial courts and courts of appeal). View the program [.pdf]. 

Seidel v Telus, May 5, 2011

Seminar presented by Professors Frédéric Bachand, Fabien Gélinas and Geneviève Saumier, Faculty of Law, McGill University.


International Arbitration Round Table - Usages in Theory and Practice, March 4-5, 2010

View the program online [.pdf],

Commercial Arbitration - Principles, Pathways and Pitfalls, January 19, 2010

Pensée d’Avance | Think Ahead series continuing legal education conference at McGill.

  • Thomas Carbonneau (Professor - Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law)
  • Armand de Mestral (Professor - McGill University)
  • Fabien Gélinas (Professor - McGill University)

Prof. Armand de Mestral, Me James Wood, Prof. Rosalie Jukier, Prof. Tim Charbonneau & Prof. Fabien Gélinas.


Arbitration Workshop (Vietnam delegation), McGill University, November 30 – December 2, 2009

Presented in collaboration with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the Government of Vietnam, and chaired by Fabien Gélinas (Professor - McGill University.

  • Frédéric Bachand (Professor - McGill University)
  • Stephen Drymer (Partner and Chair of the International Arbitration Team - Ogilvy Renault LLP)
  • Louise Otis (former Judge, Court of Appeal of Quebec)
  • Geneviève Saumier (Professor - McGill University)
  • Martin Valasek (Partner - Ogilvy Renault LLP)
  • Anne Marie Whitesell (International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution - Dechert LLP

15 Years of NAFTA Chapter 11 Arbitration, September 25, 2009

Joint McGill University International Arbitration Institute (IAI) Conference. See the programme [.pdf].

Arbitration Workshop in Vietnam, August 24-28, 2009

  • McGill participated in a workshop for parliamentarians in Vietnam as part of the process for a comprehensive review of that country's arbitration law. Professor Fabien Gélinas was the McGill instructor in this workshop.

International Arbitration Round Table, June 4-6, 2009

  • Round table discussion where European and Canadian international arbitration specialists critically analyzed Emmanuel Gaillard’s Les aspects philosophiques du droit de l’arbitrage international, and also discussed ongoing controversies regarding the proper role of public order in this field.

Towards New Models of Procedural Law, Cyberjustice within the Legal IT Conference, April 20-21, 2009

Presented in collaboration with the Centre de recherche en droit public (CRDP). See the complete program [.pdf]. Moderated by Fabien Gélinas (Professor - McGill University).

  • Harold Épineuse (Institut des hautes études sur la justice)
  • Pierre Noreau (Professor - Université de Montréal)
  • Roderick Macdonald (Professor - McGill University

L’affaire Smart Systems Technologies et le rôle du siège en arbitrage international, April 1, 2009

A Wainwright Civil Law Workshop presented by professors Alain Prujiner (Université Laval) and Frédéric Bachand (McGill).

Alain Prujiner (3rd from right), Pierre-Gabriel Jobin and Frédéric Bachand (rightmost)


ICC Arbitration Workshop, McGill University, April 30 – May 2, 2008

Presented in collaboration with the Institute of Comparative Law (ICL), the United States Council for International Business (USCIB), the Canadian Chamber of Commerce (CCC) and Fasken Martineau.

Did the Supreme Court of Canada Finally "Get" it Right in Bruker v. Markovitz?,  March 7, 2008

Wainwright Civil Law Workshop - McGill Graduate Legal Studies Conference with:

  • Rosalie Jukier (Professor - McGill University)
  • Christelle Landheer-Cieslak (Professor - Université Laval)
  • Shauna Van Praagh (Professor - McGill University)

Professors Rosalie Jukier, Christelle Landheer-Cieslak, Pierre-Gabriel Jobin (moderator), and Shauna Van Praagh.


International Arbitration in China Conference, December 12, 2007

  • "CIETAC Arbitration Practice": Yu Jianlong (Vice Chairman and Secretary General - CIETAC)
  • "Key Issues in Chinese Arbitration Law": Fei Ning (Managing Partner - Haiwen & Partners, Shanghai)
  • "Foreign Investment in China": Yang Xiao Chuan (Founding Partner - The Law Offices of Jiahe, Beijing)

Yang Xiao Chuan, Fei Ning & Yu Jianlong came to speak about arbitration in China at the Faculty of Law.

Presented in collaboration with the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), the Institute of Comparative Law (ICL) and the law firm of Ogilvy Renault LLP.

Arrêt Dell Computer de la Cour suprême du Canada, October 12, 2007

Wainwright Civil Law Workshop with:

  • Frédéric Bachand (Professor - McGill University)
  • Pierre-Claude Lafond (Professor - Université du Québec à Montréal)
  • Geneviève Saumier (Professor - McGill University)