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McGill Journal of Sustainable Development Law - 4th annual colloquium - January 20th 2017

Sat, 14 Jan 2017

The McGill Journal of Sustainable Development Law is holding its 4th annual colloquium, “The World After the Paris Agreement”, on January 20th. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. and the event runs until 4:30 p.m. at the Thomson House Ballroom, McGill University (3650 rue McTavish, Montréal). Lunch will be provided. Admission to the event is free, but registration via Eventbrite is appreciated.

Le 4 novembre 2016 a marqué l’entrée en vigueur de l’Accord de Paris. Ayant fait l'objet d'un plus grand nombre de ratifications dans un an que l’accord Kyoto en une décennie, l’Accord de Paris a donné à la lutte contre le changement climatique un essor encore jamais vu. L’optimisme ressenti est presque tangible. Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called it “a momentous occasion,” reflecting “the consensus of governments that robust global cooperation, grounded in national action, is essential to meet the climate challenge.” 

Pourtant, les défis demeurent nombreux en ce qui concerne la mise en œuvre de l'Accord. La question suivante demeure : « que nous réserve l’avenir? ». Drawing on insights from their own work, our panelists will engage with this question in an interdisciplinary conversation about what the Paris Agreement means for the future of climate change policy in Canada and abroad. Find out more information on our panelists on our event Facebook page.

Please note that this event is accredited by a recognized provider for 5 hours of continuing legal education/ Formation d’un dispensateur reconnu aux fins de la formation continue obligatoire pour une durée de 5 heures.

Message from CISDL Senior Director on the passing of HE Judge CG Weeramantry

Fri, 6 Jan 2017

Message from CISDL Senior Director on the passing of HE Judge CG Weeramantry

Dear friends and colleagues

Judge Christopher Gregory Weeramantry was an extraordinary and international inspiring jurist, an insightful scholar, a talented educator, a kind and gracious gentleman, and a deeply beloved mentor and friend.

He passed away this week, surrounded by family and friends.

His creativity, engagement and deep sense of responsibility, ethics and history were well known and deeply appreciated in our field.

His vision, insight, and dedication has made a lasting impression on international law, inspiring many young scholars and jurists to work towards peace, justice, and sustainable development. Across the world, and across generations, his works will be remembered and cherished. The Judge truly made a difference to our world, advancing peace, education, and research, and reminding us of the spirit of the law, with our responsibilities towards the most vulnerable peoples and our Earth.

Judge Weeramantry will be deeply missed and honoured by many.

It is very hard to imagine him gone.

We are sending all our deepest condolences to his family, along with all our respect for a life very, very well-lived. We deeply appreciate that it was possible to contribute to a special manuscript for him, together with many others, and to learn that the messages sent brought joy to the Judge and his family over the final months of his life.

Among his commitments, the Judge was a founding Chair of the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL, and then for 16 years, Patron of the Centre, which is based at McGill University in Canada, which, with affiliates in the Universities of Cambridge, Nairobi and Chile, works to advance sustainable development through legal scholarship and empowerment. Additionally, the Judge was a Founding Councillor for the World Future Council.  Just a few weeks ago, the Judge’s final corrections and approvals arrived for Sustainable Development in International Courts and Tribunals, which he was editing with us for Routledge. This volume will provide a testament to his legacy as a jurist and humanitarian, with a special dedication to honour his memory.

In the next months, we shall consult with the Weeramantry International Centre for Peace Education Research, McGill, Cambridge, Monash, his colleagues from the Courts and his other institutions, also his family and friends, in order to establish a memorial to honour his legacy.

Very kind regards,


Prof Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger, DPhil (Oxon) MEM (Yale) BCL & LLB (McGill) BA Hons

Senior Director, Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL)



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