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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 eight events to date: New Zealand (2006); Canada (2008); Japan (2010); USA (2012); Australia (2014); Canada (2016); Japan (2018) and USA (2022).

The Eighth International Four Societies Conference which was to be held June 16-17, 2020, Berkeley, California was postponed due to the pandemic was held virtually August 15-16, 2022 with the theme "Areas Beyond national jurisdictions". 

Canadian participants in the “Four Societies” initiative

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 Gribbin (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 (Queen's University), Maria Panezi (CIGI)

Round 7 (Japan, 2018):  Miriam Cohen (University of Montréal), Ryan Gauthier (Thompson River University), Zhannah Voukitchevitch (University of Ottawa), Jason MacLean (University of Saskatchewan)

Read more about the 2018 Conference​.

Round 8 (held virtually, 2022):  Keith MacMaster (Dalhousie University), Tamar Meshel (University of Alberta), Mulry Mondélice (Royal Military College Saint-Jean), Vivek Krishnamurthy (University of Ottawa)

Resulting Publications

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