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Fostering a Scholarly Network: The "Four Societies" Initiative 




















The Seventh biennial ‪#‎FourSocieties Conference took place in Tokyo, Japan on July 2–3, 2018. The Conference was hosted by the Japanese Society of International Law, at the prestigious Waseda University. The Conference hosts presenters and senior scholars from the American Society of International Law (‪#‎ASIL), the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law (‪#‎ANZSIL), the Japanese Society of International Law (‪#‎JSIL), and the Canadian Council on International Law. This session of the Four Societies continued to promote the original objective of the CCIL and JSIL in 1990 of bringing young scholars of international law together. Through the Conference, many young scholars have made friendships and professional associations which have lasted throughout their careers. ...Read more about the 2018 Conference


The Four Societies Initiative

The CCIL, in association with the American Society of International Law (ASIL), the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law (ANZSIL) and the Japanese Society of International Law (JSIL), participates in an innovative initiative involving new and emerging scholars, and others, from each of the four international law societies.  A workshop is hosted every two years for the presentation of original works and the exchange of views.  There have been seven events to date: New Zealand (2006); Canada (2008); Japan (2010); USA (2012); Australia (2014); Canada (2016) and Japan (2018).

We are delighted to hear that selected papers from the sixth workshop will become a book to be published by Cambridge University Press. We congratulate the editors Neil Craik, Cameron Jefferies, Sara Seck, and Tim Stephens.

Past Canadian participants in the “Four Societies” initiative include:

Round 1 (New Zealand, 2006): Natasha Affolder (University of British Columbia), A. Neil Craik (University of Waterloo), Craig Forcese (University of Ottawa), Joanna Harrington (University of Alberta)

Round 2 (Canada, 2008): Barnali Choudhury (Queen Mary University of London), Jaye Ellis (McGill University), Graham Mayeda (University of Ottawa), Christopher Waters (University of Windsor)

Round 3 (Japan, 2010): Ljiljana Biuković (University of British Columbia), Charles-Emmanuel Côté (University of Laval), Robin Hansen (University of Saskatchewan), Dwight Newman (University of Saskatchewan)

Round 4 (USA, 2012): Catherine Gribben (Canadian Red Cross), Ilario Maiolo (Canadian Red Cross), Ibironke Odumosu-Ayanu (University of Saskatchewan), Katie Sykes (Thompson Rivers University)

Round 5 (Australia, 2014): Cameron Jefferies (University of Alberta), Tahnee Prior (Balsillie School of International Affairs), Sujith Xavier (University of Windsor)


Round 6 (Canada, 2016): Patricia Galvao Ferreira (CIGI); Matthew Levine (University of Toronto); Nicolas Lamp (Queens University); Maria Panezi (CIGI)

Round 7 (Japan, 2018): Charles-Emmanuel Côté ( Laval University); Armand de Mestral ( McGill); Miriam Cohen (University of Montréal); Ryan Gauthier (Thompson River University );. Zhannah Voukitchevitch (University of Ottawa) et Jason MacLean (University of Saskatchewan)

Resulting Publications: