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News from the CCIL

September 11, 2019

The Hague, September 2-3, 2019

Current Challenges to International Law: The Role of Societies of International Law CCIL was pleased to participe in and support the second World Meeting dedicated to international law and the role sister societies play as institutions. The Hague meeting followed the first debates that the sister societies already had in France in 2015. The World Meeting was organised under the auspices of the Academy of International Law and in cooperation with the Global Network of Societies for International Law. CCIL presented a panel on the questioning of current models of international economic cooperation. CCIL's workshop took stock of the situation and stimulated a discu...

June 26, 2019

Ottawa, Ontario – Statement by President Marie-Claude Boisvert concerning the arrest and detention of Professor Maurice Kamto in Cameroon

The Canadian Council on International Law expresses its deepest concern over the continued incarceration of international legal colleague Professor Maurice Kamto, a distinguished professor and dean of law, and his colleagues who were arrested and jailed in January 2019 apparently because they were members of an opposition political party. Professor Kamto is known world wide for his legal scholarship, his advocacy before the International Court of Justice, representing Cameroon in its highly successful litigation regarding land and maritime boundaries, as we...

June 18, 2019

We are pleased to announce that this year’s conference will feature Professor Dapo Akande (University of Oxford), Professor Payam Akhavan (McGill University) and Judge Kimberley Prost (International Criminal Court) as keynote speakers. Registration is now OPEN. Don’t delay to ensure you get the early bird rate.

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June 4, 2019

The conference on theory and practice of international law was held on May 29-31, 2019 at the Bader International Study Centre Herstmonceux Castle (Queen's University), East Sussex, UK The conference featured keynotes by Kim Prost, the Canadian Judge on the International Criminal Court, and Stephen de Boer, Ambassador at the Canadian Mission to the WTO, and panels on subjects ranging from international commercial arbitration and international trade law to international criminal law.

April 16, 2019

Deadline: Friday, May 17, 2019

The 48th annual conference of the Canadian Council on International Law will take place in Ottawa on October 24-25, 2019  The theme of this year's conference is "Diversity and International Law"

Academics and practitioners are invited to submit proposals for sessions (e.g. panel discussions), or for conference papers or presentations. Any area of international law may be the subject of a proposal, so long as it is in keeping with 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 research in progress are especially encouraged to...

March 18, 2019

International Law Social: March 20, 2019
5-7 p.m.
D’Arcy McGee’s, Ottawa

The International Law Social is designed to provide 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, practitio...

March 8, 2019

On Friday March 15, 2019 from 11:30 to 12:50  in Room 359 of Fauteux Hall at the University of Ottawa, Assistant Deputy Minister and Legal Adviser of Global Affairs Canada, Alan H. Kessel, will give a presentation entitled “ RESPONDING TO EMERGING CHALLENGES TO THE RULES-BASED INTERNATIONAL ORDER ” as part of the International Law Group Speaker Series for the 2018-19 academic year. He will present in English. (See attached for more details)

We hope you will consider attending.

International Law Group Co-chairs

J. Anthony VanDuzer

Patrick Dumberry

Pacifique Manirakiza

March 1, 2019

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our friend Maurice Danby Copithorne, Q.C., LLD, who received the John E. Read Medal for his outstanding contribution to international law and human rights throughout his career as professor, Canadian diplomat, Legal Advisor to the Department of External Affairs and UN Special Representative on Human Rights in Iran (1995-2002). 

Full obituary can be viewed here.

February 20, 2019


On Wednesday, February 27, 2019 from 11:30 to 12:50  in Room 351 of Fauteux Hall at the University of Ottawa, Professor Craig Forcese will give a presentation on his recent prize winning book: DESTROYING THE CAROLINE: THE FRONTIER RAID THAT SHAPED THE RIGHT TO WAR. Professor Forcese’s talk is jointly sponsored by the International Law Group Speaker Series and the Social Justice Speaker Series. He will present in English. (See attached for more details)

On Thursday February 28, 2019 from 11:30 to 12:50  in Room 302 of Fauteux Hall at the University of Ottawa, Human Rights Lawyer, Djaouida Siaci, will give a presentatio...

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