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The White & Case Canadian National Division Qualifying Tournament of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition


The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition (the “Jessup”) is the largest moot court competition in the world.  It is an annual competition engaging subjects of public international law:

The 2015 Jessup Problem will present questions of treaty interpretation and applicability in the face of changed circumstances; the propriety of counter-measures; and procedural and substantive issues raised by the secession of a province from one country and its annexation by another.

The international rounds will take place in Washington, DC in April 2015.  A full description of the Jessup can be found here.  Canada will be sending two teams to compete at the international rounds.

In order to select those Canadian teams advancing to the competition in Washington, DC, competing Canadian law schools gather for an annual qualifying competition. This year’s competition will take place in Halifax, Nova Scotia from March 5 – 7, 2015.  Fourteen Canadian law schools will be gathering in Halifax to vie to be one of Canada’s representatives to the international rounds.

In order to successfully run the Canadian National competition, we require volunteers to serve as judges for the oral rounds that will take place on March 6 and 7, 2015.  Volunteer judges are provided with background materials to assist them (including a Bench Memorandum).  In many jurisdictions, serving as a moot court judge counts for Continuing Legal Education / Continued Professional Development credit.

Oral round judges participate in panels of three and score the performance of competing schools.

Rounds will take place at the Halifax Trade and Convention Centre and the Nova Scotia Supreme Court building.

Oral round judges are provided breakfast and lunch and are also invited to the final awards gala to be held on March 7, 2015.  Rounds typically last 2.5 hours, and require about the same amount of time for preparation.

Discounted accommodations have been arranged with the Prince George Hotel in Halifax (which is connected to the Halifax Trade and Convention Centre).

If you are interested in serving as an Oral Round judge, please contact the National Administrator, David Quayat, of Lenczner Slaght LLP (  Additionally, please feel free to pass along this email to friends or colleagues who may also be interested in judging.



Trade Law Bureau Job Announcement


Call for papers - The UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions: ten years after its adoption, issues and challenges for cultural policies of States?

When: 28 to 30 May, 2015

Where: Université Laval, Quebec, Canada


The Conference will mark the 10th anniversary of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions adopted in October 2005 by UNESCO’s General Conference. It will allow for a review of the Convention’s achievements and to identify challenges State Parties should consider in the coming years, especially given the current issues and the multiplicity of referentials that are questioning current cultural policies. The Conference will involve national and international interveners, will foster exchanges between established and emerging researchers, policymakers and civil society stakeholders who, in the past 15 years, have collaborated in giving effect to the international legal instrument.


A researcher from the new generation will be selected for each of the following panel.

Submissions placing emphasis on exemplary projects, digital issues and economic development as themes cutting across the following panels will be favoured:

  • Panel 1 : Rethinking the role of cultural policies for the protection and the promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions
  • Panel 2 : Culture as a lever for the development and strengthening of societies
  • Panel 3 : The linkages/relations between the Convention and trade agreements
  • Panel 4 : The Convention faced with new challenges: future actors and priority areas for its implementation


20 minute oral presentations in French or English followed by an exchange session with participants. Each panel will be composed of two established university researchers, one from Canada and one international, one university researcher from the new generation and one civil society representative.

To submit a proposal

Send a document containing the following:

A) Your proposed communication in compliance with the following requirements:

  • Project title
  • Five keywords * Identify the preferred panel of the four
  • Summary not exceeding 400 words (context, objectives, thesis, perspectives)
  • Short bibliography (a minimum of 5 relevant references) in support of the proposal

B) A short bio not exceeding 150 words

C) Complete coordinates (name, surname, title, institution, email, phone number)


Please send your completed application before January 30, 2015 at:

Applicants will be informed of the response of the selection committee after 10 February, 2015.

Travel Grant

Grants worth $2,000 CAD each are being offered by the Centre de la Francophonie des Amériques only for researchers from the Americas residing outside the province of Quebec (United States, Caribbean, Latin America, Canada) who are sufficiently proficient in French.

Financial support is also available for young Canadian researchers who would prefer to present in English. Simultaneous translation will be provided during the Conference.

*Applicants requesting a travel grant should indicate it in their application and send their proposal in French.

For more information, click here.


The Canadian Council on International Law is pleased to co-host a green bag lunch organized by the DFATD Legal Bureau, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, and the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law


Join us for a Green Bag Lunch / Joignez-vous à nous pour un diner causerie with/avec Professor Ed Couzens on the recent ICJ Antarctic Whaling case.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 from 12:00 – 13:30
Salle Rendez-Vous / Rendez-vous Room, 125 Sussex Drive, Ottawa.

Professor Couzens is a visiting professor at the University of Ottawa from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa and soon the University of Sydney, Australia. His research interests include international and national wildlife law, marine law, protection of biodiversity, and climate change.

This “Green Bag Lunch” is a partnership between the DFATD Legal Bureau, the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, Canadian Council of International Law, and the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law.

Please RSVP to by end of day Tuesday, January 20th.


Be careful of what you want, you might just get it! The recent judgment of the ICJ in the Antarctic Whaling case (Australia v Japan, New Zealand intervening) and its aftermath.

The International Court of Justice has seldom been called upon to consider environmental matters - after opening a dedicated Chapter to hear environmental cases in 1993, the Court closed this again in 2006 without it being called upon to hear a single case.

In 2014, however, the Court did rule in an environmental dispute - on one of the most contentious issues in contemporary international environmental law. Many were surprised both that Australia initiated the litigation and that it won the case. The ruling is an obvious embarrassment to Japan and a triumph for Australia, but it remains to be seen which country will be best able to turn the ruling to its advantage in the long-term. That might be where the real interest lies. This presentation will canvass the reasons why Australia initiated the litigation; the ruling itself and its implications for international environmental law; and then events since the ruling.




2015 ESIL Oslo Conference: Call for papers, agora proposals and posters – Deadline 31 January 2015

The 11th Annual Conference of the European Society of International Law will take place in Oslo, Norway, from 10 to 12 September 2015.  The conference will be hosted by the PluriCourts Center on the Legitimate Roles on the Judiciary in the Global Order, University of Oslo.

Entitled “The Judicialization of International Law - A Mixed Blessing ?, the conference will address the international law aspects of the increased judicialization from an interdisciplinary perspective.

The conference will feature plenary sessions with invited speakers, and a number of agorae with speakers selected on the basis of a call for papers and agora proposals. The event will also offer poster sessions for early career scholars following a call for postersThe deadline for the submission of abstracts and proposals is 31 January 2015.

For more information, please visit