Wed, 1 May 2013
The Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL) is very pleased to invite you to two panel events on Legal Aspects of Implementing the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and International Criminal Justice, Sustainable Development, and Treaty Implementation, followed by the launch of two new CISDL publications & a reception.
The events will take place on Friday May 31, 2013. Please find a schedule and a full description of the panel events below. Entrance is free for the public.
Location: McGill Faculty Club, 3450 McTavish Street, Montreal (Gold Room)
14:00 – 14:15 Welcome by CISDL Senior Director & CISDL Chairperson
14:15 – 15:30 Panel Discussion on Legal Aspects of Implementing the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety
This panel will mark the launch of "Legal Aspects of Implementating the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety" (CUP, 2013), the first book in a new series focused on treaty implementation for sustainable development. Panelists will examine key legal aspects of implementing the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety at national and international levels. They will discuss current legal and political academic debates on biosafety that affect the design of national and international law on biosafety, and recent progress in the development of domestic regulatory regimes for biosafety. Discussion will also touch on legal, political, economic, and practical challenges and solutions around recent efforts to develop and implement domestic biosafety regulations, with a focus on developing countries.
Chair: Prof. Jorge Cabrera, University de Costa Rica, Lead Counsel, CISDL Biodiversity and Biosafety programme (TBC)
Prof Konstantia Koutouki, Faculté de droit, Université de Montréal, Lead Counsel, CISDL Natural Resources Programme
Mr. Frederic Perron-Welch, Programme Coordinator, CISDL Biodiversity & Biosafety Law programme
Dr. Sylvestre Manga, CISDL Research Fellow
15:30 – 15:45 Health Break
15h45 – 17h00 Panel Discussion on International Criminal Justice, Sustainable Development, and Treaty Implementation
This panel will mark the launch of "International Criminal Justice, Sustainable Development, and Treaty Implementation" (CUP, 2013), which provides a serious and timely perspective on how the implementation of international criminal law can protect the interests of future generations. Panelists will discuss the potential and limitations of international criminalisation as a means for protecting the basic foundations of sustainable development; the role of existing international crimes in penalising serious forms of economic, social, environmental, and cultural harm; the indirect linkages that have developed between sustainable development and various mechanisms of criminal accountability and redress; and innovative proposals to broaden the scope of international criminal justice.
Chair: Clémentine Salée, Fellow, Canadian Centre for International Justice & Associate, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Prof. Frédéric Mégret, McGill University, Faculty of Law & Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism
Prof. Amissi Manirabona, Université de Montréal, Faculté de droit
Mr. Sébastien Jodoin, Yale University, Centre for International Sustainable Development Law & One Justice Project
Ms. Katherine Lofts, Centre for International Sustainable Development Law & One Justice Project
17h00 – 17h30 Panel on future directions for Sustainable Development Law Research
This short panel will present upcoming books in the CISDL Cambridge University Press series.
17h30 - 18h30 Reception & Book Launch of:
Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger, Frederic Perron-Welch & Christine Frison, eds., Legal Aspects of Implementing the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2013).
Sébastien Jodoin and Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger, eds., International Criminal Justice and Sustainable Development (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2013).
With presentation by: Markus Gehring, CISDL Lead Counsel on Trade, Investment and Competition Law, Associate Professor and ad personam Jean Monnet Chair in sustainable development law, University of Ottawa
Workshop on “Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Protection in the Climate Change Context”
Wed, 24 Apr 2013
The objective of the workshop organized by the Cambridge Oriental Cultural Association (COCA), University of Cambridge with the support of the Visiting Scholars of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law and the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL), is to contribute to a better understanding of the issues relating to states responsibilities, transfer of technology and intellectual property rights in the climate change context. Constructive solutions will be explored for the ultimate objective of mitigating climate change.
Venue: G24, the Law Faculty, University of Cambridge, 10 W Rd Cambridge
Time: 3-5pm, Saturday, 27 April 2013 (with a cocktail, sponsored by Cambridge University Press, from 5:00 pm)
3.00-3.10 Welcome and background introduction Chair person: Dr Markus Gehring, The Lauterpacht Centre & CISDL
3.10-3.30 Do states have obligations under international human rights law to share life-saving technologies? Speaker: Ms. Margaretha Wewerinke, EUI & The Lauterpacht Centre
3.30-3.50 ESTs transfer in the climate change context Speaker: Mr. Peter Lunenborg, South Centre, Geneva-based IGO
3.50-4.10 The North-South divide over the role of IPR protection in transfer of ESTs and proposal for constructive solutions Speaker: Ms. Wei Zhuang, The Lauterpacht Centre & CISDL
4.10-4.30 Comments Dr Michael Waibel, The Lauterpacht Centre
4.30-5.00 Questions/discussion and closing Dr Markus Gehring, The Lauterpacht Centre & CISDL
Free admittance, please RSVP to Ms. Wei Zhuang <email@example.com>.
CISDL Invitation to a series of workshops on the Legal Preparedness for Sustainable Development of Biofuels in the Americas
Tue, 2 Apr 2013
Biofuels are considered one of the most promising alternative energy sources of the new millennium, bringing new opportunities for developing countries to embrace high improvements in climate change mitigation, economic growth, rural development and energy security. All of these benefits have brought government’s attention to the biofuels production in mid-long term, expecting to replace totally or partially the use of fossil fuels for transport. However, biofuels represents innumerous threats and possible negatives impacts both in the environment and the economy of the countries, supposing a remarkable challenge for the policy-makers to design a legal framework to avoid the impacts and take advantage of the well-known benefits provided by biomass energy. This series of workshop is organized by the Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala and Universidad Tecnológica de Honduras, Universidad Francisco Gavidia, Universidad APEC, in collaboration with CISDL and OAS, in preparation for the sustainable development of Biofuels in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Dominican Republic bringing together leading academics, policy-makers and students from various disciplines, to share findings, set a new legal research agenda and new collaborative projects.
The dates and locations of the workshops are as follows:
April 8th, Universidad de San Carlos. Guatemala City, Guatemala Poster Program
April 11th, Universidad Tecnológica de Honduras.Tegucigualpa, Honduras Poster Program
April 23th, Universidad Francisco Gavidia. San Salvador, El Salvador Poster Program
April 26th, Universidad APEC. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Poster Program
For more information, please email to Mr. Rodrigo Mella (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mon, 18 Mar 2013
The Continuing Legal Education Team of the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL), in partnership with the Canadian Branch of the International Law Association, is happy to announce the launch of the new CISDL-ILA Continuing Legal Education Website, available at http://cle.cisdl.org/
This new website offers a number of enhanced features, including a better quality and functionality of videos, as well as an improved website navigation.
The CISDL-ILA Course includes five, five-hour course modules that are available to practitioners registered with the Quebec Bar Association, the Law Society of Saskatchewan, the Law Society of New Brunswick, and the Law Society of British Columbia. Each of the five modules available is worth five credits towards the Continuing Legal Education - Continuing Professional Development requirements. The modules available in English are as follows:
Module 1. Public International Law: Key Developments for Canadian Lawyers
Module 2. Private International Law: Key Developments for Canadian Lawyers
Module 3. Emerging Issues in Trade & Investment Law: Briefing for Canadian Lawyers
Module 4. Emerging Issues in International Law on Climate Change: Briefing for Canadian Lawyers
Module 5. Emerging Issues in International Law on Human Rights: Briefing for Canadian Lawyers
For more information, please contact email@example.com
Mon, 4 Mar 2013
We are very pleased to inform you that in the next few days, the Center for International Sustainable Development Law-International Law Association Continuing Legal Education team will be launching a new website for its online CLE courses. This new website features enhanced usability, improved video streaming, and jurisdiction-specific content. Our new website will be available in the coming days at the same URL as our former website, at http://www.cisdl.org/continuing_education/
For any questions, please contact the CLE team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wed, 16 Jan 2013
Invitation - CISDL Event on the topic: “Doha 2012: Highlights, achievements, and challenges ahead.”
Monday, January 21, 2013
Room 202, Law Faculty, McGill University, 3644 Peel Street Chancellor Day Hall
The Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL) invites all those interested to a special event on a post-United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Climate Change Legal Experts will present the outcomes of the UN Climate Conference in Doha in December 2012 as well as the challenges lying ahead.
The 2012 United Nations Climate Change Conference produced the “The Doha Climate Gateway”, a collection of documents containing the extension of the Kyoto Protocol until 2020; some progress with regards the Green Climate Fund; and lastly, the articulation for the first time of the principle of “loss and damage.” The panel will focus on the specific achievements of the Conference and their impacts. Experts, including CISDL delegates, will also provide their own experience from Doha.
Ms. Katia Opalka: Adjunct Professor, McGill School of Environment.
Prof. Konstantia Koutouki: Lead Counsel at CISDL Natural Resources Program, Professor of Law at Université de Montréal.
Mr. Alexandre Genest: Part-time Professor at the Faculty of Law, Civil Law, University of Ottawa. PhD Researcher, University of Ottawa and University of Leiden.
Mr. Sébastien Jodoin: Lead Counsel at CISDL, PhD Candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
Ms. Katherine Lofts: Associate Fellow at CISDL.