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News from the CCIL

Dear sister societies,

The Global Network of Societies for International Law is one of the forums where the pandemic crisis the world is undergoing will be discussed. 

At the moment two debates have been planned:

One will be focusing on Regional Organisations and Covid-19. 

It is organised by the French Society of International Law (Hélène de Pooter) and speakers will come from the African Academy of International Law Practice, the Indonesian Society of International Law, the ILA Brazil, the European Society of International Law, the French Society of International Law, the Portuguese Society of International Law and the ILA Global Health Law Committee.

It will take place on May 27 (2-3.30)...

May 21, 2020

On April 8, 2020, the CCIL sadly lost one of its Honourary Life Member, Edward Graham Lee. Ted was involved in different capacities over the years, including as CCIL President in 1994-1996. In 2008, he was awarded the John Read Medal in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the cause of international law and organization. A career diplomat, he served Canada for almost 40 years in that capacity. Upon his retirement in 1993, he taught international law at the University of Ottawa, and authored numerous articles published in Canadian law journals.

On behalf of CCIL, we offer our condolences to his family and loved ones.

Our next CCIL Bulletin will offer a tribute to Ted.

From his obituary...

April 27, 2020

The CCIL community was saddened by the passing of Allan Gotlieb on April 18, 2020. Most people will remember him as a distinguished Canadian international lawyer, and in particular one who has made a lasting mark on Canada-US relations as Ambassador to the US in the 1980s. However, few may know that he was one of the members of the first Executive Board of CCIL. Specifically, he was elected at the June 5, 1972 meeting where the CCIL was established. Over the years, he was a speaker and participant in some of the CCIL conferences.

On behalf of CCIL, we offer our condolences to his family and loved ones.

Our next CCIL Bulletin will offer a tribute to Allan Gotlieb.

From his obituary:
A Rhodes sch...

April 22, 2020

Given the outbreak of COVID-19 and the present need for online educational materials and resources, the United Nations Audiovisual Library of International Law (AVL) is a unique online multimedia resource, which provides high quality international law training and research materials free of charge and can be accessed in the vicinity of any home at: https://legal.un.org/avl/.

Additionally, the Audiovisual Library of International Law is available as a podcast at: https://soundcloud.com/un_avl. It can also be accessed on Apple and Google devices through their respective preinstalled podcast application by searching: “Audiovisual Library of International Law”.

While the AVL team is currently not...

April 6, 2020

COVID-19 Update: April 6, 2020

The submission deadline has been extended to Friday July 10, 2020 and books may now  be submitted electronically (in PDF format) to: ccil-ccdi@intertaskconferences.com with the subject line:  CCIL Scholarly Book Award Submission.  Details...

March 20, 2020

To recognize the work of Canadian scholars of international law, CCIL conducts a biannual competition for scholarly books that make a substantial contribution to the international law literature. Any member of CCIL may submit a book published during the two calendar years prior to the year of the award. Thus, books eligible for the 2020 award will be published in 2018 or 2019. More Details...

March 20, 2020

The International Law Social provides an informal atmosphere for lawyers, students, and professors working in international law in Ottawa to meet, network, enjoy some great food and even better company. Initiated by the International Law Group at the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa in the Fall of 2013, this Fall and Winter event has quickly become a major success.

It is an excellent opportunity for students to meet international lawyers from government, law firms, NGOs and businesses. They can learn, first-hand, about real life practice and career opportunities in international law.  Similarly, practitioners can interact with professors and lawyers-to-be in an informal setting and networ...

February 28, 2020

UPDATE: March 17, 2020 - Given the latest developments in respect of the coronavirus situation in Canada, including the Canadian Government’s decision of today’s date to temporarily close the borders to all foreigners except for US citizens, the ICC YAF – CCIL – YCAP event scheduled for April 30th in Montreal has been postponed. We are monitoring the situation to confirm a new date and will be in touch soon with further details.


The ICC Young Arbitrators Forum (ICC YAF), the Canadian Council on International Law (CCIL) and Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners (YCAP) are pleased to invite you to join our eminent panelists in an i...

February 12, 2020

Deadline extended to Monday, March 23, 2020

The 49th annual conference of the Canadian Council on International Law will take place in Ottawa on October 29-30, 2020. 

The theme of this year's conference is "International Law in 2020: Fit for Purpose?"

Academics and practitioners from the public, private and non-profit sectors are invited to submit proposals for sessions (e.g. panel discussions), for conference papers or presentations. A proposal may cover any area of international law, as long as it fits into the conference's theme, broadly construed. Both theoretical and practical contributions, in French, English or both, are welcome. Early-career academics and those wishing to present resear...

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