We are well down the path of planning the 41st Annual Conference of the Canadian Council on International Law (November 8-10, 2012). On-line registration will open very soon.
This year's theme is "international law and crises and emergencies". Crises and emergencies come in many forms. They may be financial, environmental or purely political, as states break apart, governments are ousted or armed conflicts occur. International reactions to emergencies and crises are the stuff of high politics. In some instances, international law may prove a useful tool in the decision-making of states confronting such calamities. In other cases, it seems woefully inadequate and plays at best a supporting role. What part is there for international law in dealing with crises and emergencies? Is international law capable of providing useful guidance during catastrophes? Or is it instead burdened with feet of clay?
Join us in November as we debate these issues. Highlights will include:
- Plenary speeches from Philippe Sands, QC, University College London and Daniel Bellemare, Former Chief Prosecutor for the UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon and Jennifer Hillman, former member of the WTO Appellate Body.
- A plenary discussion of the role of the UN Security Council, including David Malone, President of the International Development Research Council, and Rohan Mukherjee of Princeton University.
- Workshops on practice before international tribunals, job searches for students, and student international law moots.
- Panels related to: International humanitarian and criminal law in times of conflict and natural disasters; Economic and financial crises and law related to them, specifically on international investment, trade, and labour law; International law applicable to environmental crises; Corporate social responsibility in times of crises; and Aboriginal law in situations of crisis.