SAVE THE DATE!
2013 International Law Conference: Emerging Issues in International Corporate Social Responsibility, Corruption and Compliance
Friday June 7, 2013
Marriott Hotel, Ottawa, ON
Monique Pongracic-Speier, Ethos Law Group LLP, Vancouver
Socially responsible business practices and strict adherence to anti-corruption measures are increasingly required of Canadian businesses and organizations. This one-day conference will examine the pertinent legal issues in a holistic way and give participants tips and skills to deal effectively with them in practice.
Speakers, panel presentations, and workshop sessions will focus on: advising companies operating across borders; multi-jurisdictional compliance issues; the emergence of anti-corruption and corporate social responsibility issues in trade litigation; remedies for rights violations; and other hot topics.
The conference keynote address will be given by Patricia O’Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and Legal Counsel to the United Nations.
For more information please visit the conference website.
We look forward to seeing you in Ottawa on June 7!
Canadian International Lawyer
Dear Section member,
The CBA National Section on International Law is pleased to announce the release of the Canadian International Lawyer (CIL) Volume 9, No. 1, in an online searchable format. The next issue is scheduled to be published in the summer of 2013.
The CIL includes in-depth feature articles, case commentaries, up-to-date information on legislation and treaties of concern to Canadian lawyers, practice notes, and informative display advertising.
As a member of the Section, you can access the Journal using your CBA member ID number and password for free. To access the CIL page: http://www.cba.org/CBA/Sections_International/main/cil.aspx (please click the “online” link to access the search page). Articles are available in the language in which they were submitted.
PLEASE NOTE: The CIL is now being published in an online searchable format. Section members who would like to receive a hardcopy version of the Journal (comprising vol. 9, No 1 and 2) are kindly asked to send a request to the CBA at: CIL@cba.org.
Thank-you and happy reading,
Chair, National Section on International Law
The international conference on NON-STATE ACTOR RESPONSIBILITIES: EMPIRICAL FINDINGS AND THEORETICAL CONSIDERATIONS, co-chaired by the Institute for Transborder Studies and the Non-State Actor Committee of the International Law association, will take place in Richmond (Vancouver), BC, Canada, on June 26-28, 2013.
The conference will address the obligations and responsibilities of non-state actors with a view to understanding the complexity of non-state actors’ international legal personality, their responsibility and compliance with international law, and the associated legal consequences. Focus is placed on the following five categories of non-state actors: non-governmental organizations (NGOs), multinational/transnational corporations (MNCs), certain organized armed opposition groups, sui generis entities such as the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and organised indigenous peoples’ groups.
For further information and registration please see www.kwantlen.ca/its.
Anti-Corruption Team launches website
The CBA’s Anti-Corruption Team (CBA-ACT) has launched a website that is designed as an educational anti-corruption resource centre. The site provides access to global anti-corruption legislation of interest to Canadian lawyers, specific case law, international resources and conventions, and articles written by experts on the topic.
The CBA-ACT is a joint committee of the International, Business, and Competition Law Sections as well as CCCA.
Visit the new anti-corruption website
It is time again to put together a newsletter for the International Law Section.
Please consider providing a submission for the next edition. We are looking for articles of interest to all Section members:
- updates on recent/upcoming activities including substantive developments in your jurisdiction;
- case summaries;
- new legislation.
Here are a few guidelines to help with your submission:
- Articles only need to be between 300 and 1,000 words.
- Articles over 1,000 words must be accompanied by a summary or précis (100-300 words).
- Articles can be submitted in French or English.
Please send your submissions to me at Noemi.Gal-Or@kwantlen.ca. Please also canvass your co-workers and colleagues and ask if they would be interested in making a submission to the newsletter.
Thank you very much for your participation in creating a must-read newsletter for our Section.
Communications Officer, National Section on International Law
Background on The Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes Between States and Nationals of Other States (ICSID Convention)
What it is - why it matters - and why lawyers should care that it gets ratified in Canada.
If you haven’t already done so, I urge you to consider joining one or more of the Section's Committees. The Committees are essentially interest groups and are the best way to get the most out of your Section membership. The Committees activities include teleconferences, brown bag lunches, policy initiatives, listserves communications, newsletters, organizing presentations and postings on the Section’s website. The Committee’s are the premier way for you to network and exchange with leading practitioners who share your interests.
Committee membership is free to all Section members and while your active participation is more than welcome membership involves no time commitment. All Committee members are automatically enrolled in the corresponding Committee listserv.
List of Committees
Join a Committee. Please contact Gathoni Njuguna if you are unable to find the Committee you wish to join.
There is no better way to keep abreast of Section activities and network with other international practitioners than signing up with one or more of the Section’s Committees. The Committees truly are a key portal for your international practice.
Past Chair of the International Law Section
Canadian International Lawyer
Two editions of the Canadian International Lawyer journal are distributed as a service to members of the National Section on International Law. Those wishing to submit articles should contact Elo Tulving-Blais.