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44th Annual Conference
"International Law: Coherence or Chaos?”

November 5-7, 2015
Ottawa ON

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44th Annual Conference November 5-7, 2015 (Ottawa)


November 5-7 – 2015 Annual Conference:
“International Law: Coherence or Chaos?”

The Canadian Council on International Law is pleased to announce its 44th Annual Conference, International Law: Coherence or Chaos, taking place in Ottawa November 5-7, 2015.

CCIL’s 2015 conference is an opportunity for international law practitioners from academia, NGO’s, the public sector, and the private sector to come together to explore the issue of how international law has grown and whether it has moved towards fragmentation or unification. The conference will feature prominent figures in international law as keynote speakers and present numerous panels with practitioners at the forefront of international law. Joins us  for this exceptional cutting edge program and its unique networking opportunities!

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Edith Brown Weiss
Francis Cabell Brown Professor of International Law
Georgetown University Law School

Donald M. McRae, C.C., F.R.S.C.
Distinguished University Professor and Hyman Soloway Chair
University of Ottawa Faculty of Law

Sir Michael Wood, K.C.M.G



Lessons Learned From Sleeping with Al Qaeda

Organized by the International Commission of Jurists, Canadian

Section, and The Security and Policy Institute of Professional Development, University of Ottawa

Robert Fowler has had a distinguished career as a Canadian diplomat and public servant. In addition to serving as Canada's ambassador to the United Nations ('95-2000) and to Italy (2000-'06), he has also been foreign policy advisor to three prime ministers. Robert was also the Deputy Minister of National Defence and the Prime Minister's Personal Representative for Africa. 

For decades, Robert was a dominant force in Canadian foreign affairs. In one heart-stopping minute, all of that changed. On December 14, 2008, Fowler, acting as the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy to Niger, was kidnapped by Al Qaeda, becoming the highest ranked UN official ever held captive. Along with his colleague Louis Guay, Fowler lived, slept and ate with his captors for nearly five months, gaining rare first-hand insight into the motivations of the world’s most feared terror group. Fowler’s capture, release and subsequent media appearances have helped shed new light on foreign policy and security issues as we enter the second decade of the “War on Terror.” His book, A Season in Hell, is Fowler’s compelling story of his captivity, told in his own words. It is also a startlingly frank discussion about the state of a world redefined by clashing civilizations.

The presentation and following discussion is organized by Errol Mendes, President of ICJ Canada and law professor at the University of Ottawa in partnership with the University’s Centre for Continuing Education and its Security and Policy Institute of Professional Development.

The event will take place on the 12th floor of the Desmarais building.

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The American Society of International Law (ASIL) and its Women in International Law Interest Group (WILIG) are excited to announce the launch of the third year of the Women in International Law Mentoring Program.

Since 2013, over 240 women have participated in ASIL’s mentoring program as both mentors and mentees in 17 cities from Tucson to Singapore. The feedback has been extremely positive, and the current participants have built a strong, inter-connected, and global network. ASIL hopes to reach more women for the 2015-16 program!

The Women in International Law Mentoring Program is the first of its kind in international law and is designed to foster the next generation of female international lawyers. The program connects experienced female international law professionals with female law students and new attorneys interested in professional development in the field of international law. Mentoring takes place locally, in a group setting, with a maximum of four mentees for every mentor. Mentors and mentees meet in person every other month during the course of an academic year to discuss topics and engage in activities designed to help junior women enter and be successful in the beginning years of practicing international law. Upon finishing the requirements of the one-year program, all participants receive a certificate of completion.

ASIL is currently accepting applications for mentees and mentors. In particular, ASIL strongly encourages potential mentors to join the Program. If you are considering participating, please sign up. Mentors truly make this program possible, and ASIL does all that it can to make the experience fulfilling and hassle-free.

To sign up, please fill out an attached mentee or mentor form. You can also find application forms for the 2015-16 program at Please send your completed application form to

The deadline for mentee and mentor applications is June 15, 2015.


Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto: Half-day symposium

The Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto is holding a half-­‐day symposium hosted by the Program on Water Issues

Title:Security Underground: Financing groundwater mapping and monitoring in
Date: Thursday, May 28, 2015 
Time: 11:45am to 5:30pm EST
Location: Campbell Conference Facility, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, 1 Devonshire Place, Toronto, ON


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WTO Conference - Call for Student papers

The Centre for International and Transnational Law (CDIT) of Laval University organises an international conference to mark the twentieth anniversary of the establishment of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the entry into force of the Marrakesh Agreements. The panelists will flesh out critical perspectives on the evolution of the WTO legal system, from 1995 to 2015,

Title of Conference: WTO at 20: Critical Perspectives on an Evolving Legal System
When: 17-19 September 2015
Where: Château Laurier, Quebec City


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Conference Call for Proposal update

Due to the large number of panel and speaker proposals received for the 44th annual CCIL Conference, there will be a delay in the communication of acceptance decisions until May 29.  The tremendous interest applicants have shown in this year’s conference is very exciting.  We appreciate your patience as we review your proposals and apologize for any inconvenience.


Victoria Clark and Debra Steger

Conference Co-chairs