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Get involved: International Law Section

There are a variety of ways to get involved with the National Section on International Law. From joining the Executive Committee, to working as an editor on the Canadian International Lawyer (CIL) or contributing an article to the publication, there are opportunities to participate.

Please see below for a few of the ways to become more active in the Section

Co-Chairs of the Public International Law and Private International Law Committees

The Section on International Law has created two new committees: Public International Law and Private International Law. Each committee will have two Co-Chairs, who will be voting members of the Section Executive. The Section is soliciting members interested in filling the Co-Chair positions.

A description of the committees is as follows:

Public International Law:

Public international law deals generally with laws, rules, and principles of general application that govern the conduct of states and international organizations, as well as their relationships with natural and juridical persons. It is contemplated that the work of this committee will be carried out through sub-committees including Trade & Investment, Conflict, and International Development & Human Rights.

Private International Law:

Private international law deals generally with the definition, regulation, and enforcement of rules and regulations that govern private transactions between citizens of different nations. It is contemplated that the work of this committee will be carried out through sub-committees including Private Transactions, Families & Individuals, and Arbitration.

Call for Editors for the CIL

The CIL has two openings on its Editorial Board and is soliciting interest from members who are willing to serve as:

  1. Treaty Editor responsible for the Treaty section of the journal, and
  2. Member-at-Large to assist in the solicitation of contributions to all sections of the journal, especially the Book Review section, and other tasks as they arise.

Call for article contributions to the CIL

The CBA National Section on International Law is currently seeking contribution to all the sections of the CIL Vol. 10(2) scheduled for April 2015 and later issues.

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 a book review section.

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 and the Instructions to Authors : http://www.cba.org/CBA/Sections_International/main/cil.aspx (please click the “online” link to access the search page).

Please note: The CIL is now published in an online, searchable format. Section members who would like to receive a hardcopy of the Journal are kindly asked to contact the CBA at: CIL@cba.org.

Call for Committee members

The International Law Section invites you to join its 5 Section Committees. For more information on the Committees please visit the Section’s Committee webpage.

Section members can join the Committees online by joining the relevant committee listservs. To participate please visit the CBA Listserv Enrolment page (CBA membership number is required). Please contact Jennifer McKenzie if you are unable to find the Committee you wish to join.


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.

Canadian International Lawyer Journal

The Canadian International Lawyer journal is always accepting submissions for upcoming editions. Articles should focus on issues relevant to international legal practitioners. Instructions to authors can be found here. Those wishing to submit articles should contact CIL@cba.org.

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:

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 Jennifer McKenzie 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 

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The Section is currently looking for articles for its next newsletter. If you would like to contribute to the next edition, please contact Noemi Gal-Or.

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This Section deals with any aspect of International Law, its development and application in domestic law, that is of special interest to Canada, such as international environmental law, the actions of United Nations and other international organizations the field of international law, international legal conventions, international economic law and international trade and business transactions.

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