Open For Business: Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement
April 25, 2014
Hear from representatives of Canada and the European Union involved in the negotiation of the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement ("CETA").
CBA instrumental in Canada ratifying ICSID convention
The CBA applauds Canada’s ratification of the ICSID Convention (Convention on the Settlement of International Investment Disputes between States and Nationals of Other States). The CBA has urged that the Convention be ratified since 2005, and through those advocacy efforts, played an important role in getting it on the government’s agenda. “Ratification of the ICSID Convention, the leading international institution for the settlement of investor-state disputes, enables Canadian investors abroad to access binding arbitration to resolve investment claims and obtain an arbitral award that each member of the Convention – 150 countries including Canada, as of December 1st – is committed to recognize as binding and to enforce as if it were a final judgment of that country’s courts”, says Barry Leon of Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP, chair of the working group on ICSID.
The convention will become law in Canada on Dec. 1, 2013, thirty days after ratification. Canada becomes among the 150 States that have ratified the ICSID convention, demonstrating its widespread acceptance as the world’s leading international arbitration institution.
CBA submissions and resolution on behalf of ICSID Convention:
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 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.
CBA International Law Section updates
The Canadian International Lawyer Journal (the Journal) Volume 9, No. 2, is now available.
As a member of the Section, you can access the Journal using your last name and CBA ID. 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). If you have any access problems, please email: CIL@cba.org
We are now accepting submissions for the next edition at CIL@cba.org. Articles should focus on issues relevant to international legal practitioners. Instructions to authors can be found here.
Thank-you and happy reading.
Visit the Anti-Corruption Team website!
The CBA’s Anti-Corruption Team (CBA-ACT) website 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 Charities, International, Business, and Competition Law Sections as well as CCCA.
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.
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 CIL@cba.org