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The conference will be held in person in Ottawa at 111 Sussex Drive (except where indicated). 

Program times are Eastern Standard Time (Ottawa, Canada)

The detailed program including speaker bios will be available via the CCIL Conference App. Stay tuned! Program speakers are subject to change.


08:00-09:00 | Coffee service

09:00-09:05 | Welcome

09:05-10:05 | Opening Keynote

Shifting Paradigms and the Rule of Law in International Trade

  • Ujal Bhatia

10:05-10:50 | Health Break

10:50-12:20 | Concurrent Sessions 1

The law of armed conflict and States: disseminating and convincing to better limit the suffering of war

  • Julia Grignon, Université Laval

  • Mathilde Doucet, Université Laval

  • Jennifer Lachance, Université Laval

  • Thomas Roos, Université Laval

The Pursuit of Common Goals and the Organs of the United Nations

  • Eran Sthoeger, Brooklyn Law School

  • Eirik Bjorge, University of Bristol Law School

  • Payam Akhavan, Massey College, University of Toronto

  • Lucia Solano, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Colombia

Solidarity in Global Health Law

  • Roojin Habibi, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University

  • Robert Volterra, Volterra Fieta

Is Canada Playing Fair? Supply Management for Dairy Products and Tariff-Rate Quota Administration

  • Speakers TBC

12:20-13:20 | Lunch

12:20-13:20 | Careers in International Law

(networking lunch for students only)

13:30-14:30 | Keynote

Courts and Climate Conversations

  • Natasha Affolder, University of British Columbia

14:40-16:10 | Concurrent Sessions 2

The Future of Investment Arbitration

  • Andrea Bjorklund, McGill University

  • Jean-Michel Marcoux, Carleton University

  • Kyla Tienhaara, Queen’s University

  • Paul Fauteux, CMKZ, s.e.n.c.r.l.

  • Shane Spelliscy, Global Affairs Canada

Detention of Foreign Nationals to Influence Foreign/Domestic Policy?

  • Chris MacLeod, Cambridge LLP

  • Alex Neve, Amnesty International

  • Irwin Cotler, Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights

Lines in the Sand and Snow (Canada-Saudi Relations)

  • Christopher Waters, Faculty of Law, University of Windsor

  • Hassan Ahmad, Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia

  • Maureen Irish, Faculty of Law, University of Windsor

  • Kirsten Stefanik, Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada

  • Sharath Voleti, Department of Justice - Ontario Regional Office

International Legal Aspects of Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

  • Speakers TBC

16:10-16:30 | Health Break

16:30-18:00 | Concurrent Sessions 3

The WTO’s 12th Ministerial Conference and the Future of Multilateral Trade Cooperation

  • Alice Tipping, International Institute for Sustainable Development

  • Gabrielle Marceau, World Trade Organization

  • Amrita Bahri, ITAM University

Commercial Actors and the Future of International Space Law

  • Mac Evans, former President, Canadian Space Agency

  • Ram Jakhu, McGill University

  • Timiebi Aganaba, Arizona State University

  • Curtis Schmeichel, Global Affairs Canada

  • Michael Byers, University of British Columbia

Children's Rights and International Law

  • Speakers TBC

The Role of Restrictive Measures in International Law and the Importance of Safeguarding Principled Humanitarian Action

  • Sophie Rondeau, Canadian Red Cross 

18:15-20:00  | Legal Advisor's Reception at 125 Sussex


08:00-09:00 | Coffee service

09:00-10:30 | Concurrent Sessions 4

Can Canada Close Human Rights Governance Gaps in Global Business?

  • Emily Dwyer, Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability

  • James Yap, Canadian Lawyers for International Human Rights

  • Penelope Simons, University of Ottawa

Extradition after Meng

  • Neil Boister, University of Canterbury

  • Robert Currie, Dalhousie University

Carbon Pricing and Border Adjustments: From Talk to Action

  • Maria Panezi, University of New Brunswick

  • Caroline Marful, Queen’s University

  • Brigid Martin, University of New Brunswick

  • Emma Pandy-Szekeres, University of New Brunswick

  • Isabelle Nazarian, Queen’s University

Solidarity and Enlightened Self-Interest in International Law: Lessons Learned from Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

  • Idil Atak, Toronto Metropolitain University

  • Chile Eboe-Osuji, Toronto Metropolitain University

  • Hilary Evans Cameron, Toronto Metropolitain University

  • Jennifer Orange, Toronto Metropolitain University

  • Uche Ngwaba, Toronto Metropolitain University

10:30-10:50 | Health Break


10:50-12:20 | Concurrent Sessions 5

New aspects of sanctions in international law in the conflict in Ukraine 

  • Vladyslav Lanovoy, Université Laval

  • Mulry Mondélice, Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean

  • David Pavot, Université de Sherbrooke

Whither Jus Cogens: The Law and Politics of Genocide in International and Domestic Fora 

  • Scott Fairly, Cambridge LLP

  • Fannie Lafontaine, Université Laval

  • William Schabas, Middlesex University

  • Nicolas Rouleau

Mineral Exploitation of The Deep Seabed: Solidarity, Commonalities and Self-Interests as Drivers of a New Regulatory Framework

  • Bruno Gelinas-Faucher, Université de Moncton

  • Patrice Laquerre, Global Affairs Canada

  • Catherine Blanchard, Utrecht University

  • Keith MacMaster, Dalhousie University

The Role of Indigenous Communities in Canadian Foreign and Defence Policy

  • Preston Lim, Court of Appeal for Ontario

  • Wayne Garnons-Williams, Garwill Law

12:20-13:30 | Lunch

12:45 | CCIL AGM

13:30-15:00 | Concurrent Sessions 6

Perspectives from Fort Pearson: Updates from the Global Affairs Canada Legal Bureau

  • Carolyn Knobel, Global Affairs Canada

  • Louis-Martin Aumais, Global Affairs Canada

  • Anna Kapellas, Global Affairs Canada

  • Rebecca Netley, Global Affairs Canada

  • Stephen Randall, Global Affairs Canada

Democracy, Rule of Law & HR of LGBTI

  • Melanie Bejzyk, Global Affairs Canada

Emerging Technologies and International Law: Challenges and Opportunities

  • Brian Cox, Cornell Law School

  • Isabella Spano, Doctoral Candidate

  • Tanya Krupiy, Newcastle University

15:00-15:20 | Health Break

15:20-16:20 | Closing Keynote

How will Russia’s invasion of Ukraine affect the wider international legal order? How have these developments affected international law’s role in the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic?

  • The Honorouble Bob Rae, Ambassador to the United Nations

16:30-18:30 | Closing Reception at 50 Sussex Drive