Welcome to a new CBA year! - October 2020

  • October 15, 2020

Tina Parbhakar

I am excited and honoured to serve as the Chair this year and wish to highlight some of our plans and encourage you to get involved.

Given my background in international relations and various types of work on human rights throughout my career, participating in this Section allows me to stay up to date on emerging issues and trends, particularly in legal areas where I have less day to day experience.

Indeed, in these times of physical distancing, getting involved in our Section is a great way to remain connected with colleagues and to continue to develop insights into specific practice areas. I encourage you to take part. Please consider joining one of our committees (see below for details), submitting a member article or contributing to the Canadian International Lawyer (CIL) and following our LinkedIn page.

We have some big plans for this year, including an innovative committee for law students and new lawyers, hosting a thematic legal education series with speakers from around Canada and the world, publishing a business and human rights toolkit, virtual meetings with different government offices throughout the year and the publication of CIL.

Please feel free to reach out to me or to members of the Executive with questions, concerns and feedback throughout the CBA year. In particular, if there are topics or issues you would like to see covered or addressed, do not hesitate to let us know.

Tina Parbhakar
Chair, CBA International Law Section


We are looking for five Section members to volunteer to join each of our three committees this term:

  • Communications Committee
  • Webinar Committee
  • Law Student and New Lawyers Committee

If you’re interested in learning more about any of these committees, please contact Susana May Yon Lee, Communications Officer.


Over the past year, the Section has been working to relaunch our peer-reviewed legal journal, the Canadian International Lawyer (CIL). The aim of CIL is to provide legal articles on topics of interest to Canadian practitioners of international law which range from human rights to humanitarian law and trade.

As part of this relaunch, the Section has streamlined the article review process and developed a new structure. CIL will now include:

  • feature articles;
  • comments on cases, treaties, and legislation;
  • practice notes; and
  • an opinion section called Views from the Bar.

CIL has a new editorial board that is hard at work developing the first issue. The Editorial Board encourages you to submit an article. Please check out the instructions to authors to prepare submissions. Don’t forget to check out past issues of CIL online.


We invite our members to submit articles to be published on the Section’s webpage and LinkedIn page. Articles can be written by Section members, commissioned by them, or co-authored with legal professionals or scholars. Also, we will resume sharing trade clippings on LinkedIn to keep Section members updated on international law developments and trends.

Please contact Susana May Yon Lee to submit an article or for more information.


Want more PD? Check out the CBA’s NEW Skilled Lawyers Series – Corporate stream!

Commercial Insolvency and Restructuring: Essential Skills for Corporate Lawyers to Help Clients through Difficult Times. Oct. 26, 2020 – Feb. 25, 2021 – Online