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2019 JANUARY 14
Annual Lecture - Patricia J. Williams

The McGill Law Journal is delighted to welcome Patricia Williams for our Annual Lecture. The lecture will take place on January 14th, 2019, Room 100 (Moot Court), New Chancellor Day Hall.


More details will come.


2018 NOVEMBER 04
Programming Governance/ Governing Programming: Regulatory Challenges on the Edge of Technology

The McGill Law Journal is pleased to invite scholars, lawyers, students, and business entrepreneurs to its Annual Symposium titled, “Programming Governance/ Governing Programming: Regulatory Challenges on the Edge of Technology.”

From the business realm to the legal field, new technologies are disrupting long-established ways of governing society. How are cryptocurrencies, AI, and blockchain, to name a few, challenging legal orders across continents, and how should we govern the not-yet governable in the fields of tax, privacy, and corporate law? 

Join the McGill Law Journal on November 4, 2018, at the Faculty of Law of McGill University for a conference marked by exciting panelists, who will critically discuss contemporary challenges facing new technologies at the intersection of the law and business. An innovative lunch & tech fair will also be provided, where leading scholars and experts will engage with entrepreneurs’ most pressing questions in the field.
To register and stay informed about this event, please follow this link

In the interest of open scholarship, there is no charge to attend this event.

Accreditation for the event is provided for by the Barreau (4.5).

2018 JANUARY 19
McGill Law Journal Symposium: Fiduciaries of Humanity and International Law


Can we redefine public international law through the lens of the fiduciary model?

The McGill Law Journal (MLJ) invites you to a symposium entitled "Fiduciaries of Humanity and International Law." Using the theory of international law from Fiduciaries of Humanity as a touchstone or springboard, leading scholars on international law will engage critically the most significant issues of international law today. 

Public international law has embarked on a new chapter. Over the past century, the classical model of international law, which emphasized state autonomy and interstate relations, has gradually ceded ground to a new model. Under the new model, a state’s sovereign authority arises from the state’s responsibility to respect, protect, and fulfill human rights for its people. In Fiduciaries of Humanity: How International Law Constitutes Authority, Evan J. Criddle and Evan Fox-Decent argue that these developments mark a turning point in the international community’s conception of public authority. Under international law today, states serve as fiduciaries of humanity, and their authority to govern and represent their people is dependent on their satisfaction of numerous duties, the most general of which is to establish a regime of secure and equal freedom on behalf of the people subject to their power. International institutions also serve as fiduciaries of humanity and are subject to similar fiduciary obligations. The authors apply the fiduciary model to a variety of current topics and controversies, including human rights, emergencies, the treatment of detainees in counterterrorism operations, humanitarian intervention, and the protection of refugees fleeing persecution.

Organized by the McGill Law Journal, in collaboration with the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, and with financial support from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council.


2017 NOVEMBER 20
McGill Law Journal Francophone Conference: Artificial Intelligence & its Legal Challenges


The McGill Law Journal would like to invite you to a French conference on Artificial Intelligence & its Legal Challenges, which will take place on November 20 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm at Room 312 at the McGill Law Faculty.


Our panelists, Mr. Eric Lavallée, lawyer and trademark agent at Lavery Avocats, and Ms. Christelle Papineau, student researcher at the Laboratory of Cyberjustice at the Public Law Research Center of the Université de Montréal, will discuss current issues and discuss some challenges that arise with advancements in artificial intelligence in the legal world: the current state of legislation, how practice and education are affected and how they adjust. The conference will be moderated by Professor Moyse, Director of the Center for Intellectual Property Policy.


The event is accredited by the bar (1.5h).

Refreshments will be served.

Please register on eventbrite by November 17, 2017.

Places are limited.

2017 MARCH 09
McGill Law Journal Symposium

The McGill Law Journal, "Reconceiving Relationships, (Re) Building Bridges". The symposium will take place on March 9 th , 2017 from 10 am to 4:30 pm in the Moot Court, McGill University, Faculty of Law (3644 Peel Street). A breakfast and lunch will be served.

The symposium will explore the complex interactions between law, society and the environment. The symposium will provide dialogue on legal issues relating to the environment, including: legal narratives on nature; Critical perspectives on environmental justice; Jurisdictional debates over land governance; And private law responses to environmental challenges.

The panels will include:

  1. Environmental Harm, Environmental Justice, Rights, Remedies and Resistance

  2. People and Power: Pathways to Protecting Indigenous Land Rights

  3. A system of movement: common law responses to environmental challenges

Our invited presenters are:

* Michel Bélanger, University of Montreal

* Natasha Bakht, University of Ottawa

* Deborah Curran, University of Victoria

* Lynda Collins, University of Ottawa

* Gaële Gidrol-Mistral, UQAM

* David Grinlinton, University of Auckland

* Paule Halley, Université Laval

* Dayna Scott, York University

* Adrian Smith, Carleton University

* Sarah Vanuxem, Nice University Sophia Antipolis

To register for your free ticket, please visit the following Eventbrite link:


This reading has been accredited by a recognized provider for 4.5 hours of continuing legal education.

Looking forward to seeing you on the 9th! 

2017 FEBRUARY 20
Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship
You are cordially invited to the McGill Law Journal's Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The conference will take place on February 20, 2017 at 1:00 pm in the Faculty of Law, 3644 Peel Street, Room 312 of New Chancellor Day Hall. Lunch will be served.
Join the McGill Law Journal on February 20, 2017, where we will explore the critical legal issues (local, provincial, national, international) currently faced by young businesses in Montreal, as well as the challenges and opportunities they present for lawyers.
Here's a preview of the discussion:
"Today's emerging companies are the corporations of tomorrow! Montréal's entrepreneurial ecosystem is expanding with the emergence of multiple businesses and the creation of innovation centers. More and more lawyers and firms are adjusting their services and are themselves becoming innovators by offering legal services tailored to the needs of emerging companies. Will Montreal be the next Silicon Valley? What role could lawyers play in the growth and development of innovation in Montréal? "
Our panelists will be:
* Me Mona-Lisa Prosper, Partner, Propulsio Business Advisors 360o LLP
* Me Nathalie Beauregard, Partner, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, N.C.R.L./s.r.l.
* Mr. Davide Pisanu, General Manager, Cirque du Soleil.
This lecture has been accredited by a recognized provider for 90 minutes of continuing legal education.
Looking forward to seeing you on February 20th!

2016 OCTOBER 05
McGill Law Journal Annual Lecture feat. Prof. Mari Matsuda


The McGill Law Journal is proud to present icts Annual Lecture, qui will feature Professor Mari Matsuda from the University of Hawai'i. This year's lecture is titled  The Next Dada Utopian Visioning Peace Orchestra: Constitutional Theory and the Aspirational. 


A cocktail will follow in the Atrium. 


To register for your free ticket and for more details, please visit  this link.


A Widely-read writer and self-Described activist scholar, Professor Matsuda is Noted for siding with the underdog. As a founding practitioner of critical race theory, she Describes the role of racism and --other forms of subordination in shaping law. Her books, Including Where is Your Body, Words That Wound, and We Will not Go Back, remain popular with young activists. 


*This lecture has been accredited by a recognized provider for 90 minutes of continuing legal education.

2016 FEBRUARY 19
McGill Law Journal Symposium: Indigenous Law and Legal Pluralism


The McGill Law Journal is pleased to invite scholars, students, lawyers, and community members to its Annual Symposium, which will feature the authors of the Journal’s forthcoming special issue on “Indigenous Law and Legal Pluralism.”


The symposium aims to explore the identification of Indigenous law, the (in)ability of Canadian state law to recognize it, and its role in legal education among other key themes.


The papers presented at the symposium—several by leading scholars in the field—will mark an important contribution to this burgeoning area of legal thought. The invited panelists and discussants will engage with the vital questions that Indigenous law raises for Indigenous communities and non-Indigenous Canadians as they navigate their ongoing relationships.


To register and stay informed about this event, please follow this link.


All are welcome. In the interest of open scholarship, there is no charge to attend this event.


Barreau du Québec accreditation pending.





9:30 - Registration


10:00 - Introductory Remarks

Professor Hoi Kong, Associate Dean Academic (McGill University, Faculty of Law)


10:30 PANEL I – Identifying and Grounding Indigenous Law (Moot Court)

  1. Hadley Friedland (University of Alberta, Faculty of Law)
  2. Robert Clifford (York University, Osgoode Hall)

Discussant: René Provost (McGill University, Faculty of Law)


11:50 - Lunch (Atrium)


1:15 PANEL II – Theories of Judicial Respect (Moot Court)

  1. Lara Ulrich and David Gill (University of Victoria, Faculty of Law)
  2. Kirsten Manley-Casimir (University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law)

Discussant: Kirsten Anker (McGill University, Faculty of Law)


2:35 - Break


2:50 PANEL III – Rapports, conflits et coexistence des droits autochtones et étatiques (Moot Court)

  1. Geneviève Motard (Faculté de droit, Université Laval)
  2. Sébastien Grammond (Faculté de droit, Université d’Ottawa)

Discussant: Jean Leclair (Faculté de droit, Université de Montréal)


4:10 Break


4:30 PANEL IV – Indigenous Law and Legal Education (Moot Court)

  1. Aaron Mills (University of Victoria, Faculty of Law)
  2. John Borrows (University of Victoria, Faculty of Law)

Discussant: Shauna Van Praagh (McGill University, Faculty of Law)


5:50 - Thank You

Fraser Harland, Editor-in-Chief, McGill Law Journal


6:00 - Cocktail Reception

2015 OCTOBER 26
McGill Law Journal Annual Lecture feat. The Hon. J. Suzanne Côté


The McGill Law Journal is proud to present its Annual Lecture, which will feature the Honourable Justice Suzanne Côté of the Supreme Court of Canada. Titled The Firsts: Breaking the Glass Ceiling and Provoking Changes, her bilingual lecture will address the role of women in the Canadian legal profession. Justice Côté will talk about her path in following the foundation set by pioneering women lawyers, the unique perspective brought by women judges, and the importance of supporting equality for women at every opportunity.


A cocktail sponsored by Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP will follow


Justice Suzanne Côté was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada in December 2014. Before her nomination she was a partner at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP where she was head of Montreal office’s Litigation Group. L'Honorable Juge Côté a aussi été reconnue à de nombreuses reprises comme l'une des meilleures avocates plaidantes au Canada. Elle a aussi enseigné à l'Université de Montréal, à l'Université du Québec à Rimouski ainsi qu'à l'École du Barreau du Québec.


To register for your free ticket and to stay informed about this event, please visit this link.


*This seminar is accredited by a recognized provider for 2 hours of continuing legal education (#1010474)

2015 MARCH 25
McGill Law Journal Annual Lecture - Featuring Mélanie Joly
Former Montreal mayoral candidate, Me Mélanie Joly will present her vision of a policy that conforms to the challenges of the 21st century including climate change, increased income inequality and technological changes. In this context, she will explain why and how relationships between government levels should be reformed and what the implications of such changes would be. In other words, she will advocate for greater recognition of and appreciation of cities in the Canadian constitutional landscape.
A reception will follow.
The McGill Law Journal notes, in the interest of transparency, that Me Joly recently declared her candidacy to run for the Liberal Party of Canada nomination in a Montreal riding. The McGill Law Journal does not endorse any political party or candidate, and the Annual Lecture is a non-partisan event.
To register for your free ticket and to stay informed about this event, please visit this link

*** Barreau accreditation is pending.

2015 JANUARY 30
McGill Law Journal Symposium

Democracy, Federalism and the Rule of Law: The Implications of the Senate Reference

Friday, January 30, 2015

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Reception to follow)

The McGill Law Journal invites scholars, students, lawyers and the general public to its 2015 symposium on “Democracy, Federalism and the Rule of Law: The Implications of the Senate Reference”.

Held in conjunction with the Journal’s forthcoming special issue on the Senate Reference, this symposium will explore and evaluate the impact of the Senate Reference on democracy, federalism, constitutional amendment, the political process, and electoral politics.

The papers presented at this symposium will represent the first major scholarly assessment of this important decision. The invited panelists and discussants, who represent a broad cross-section of views on the Senate Reference, will take doctrinal, historical, constitutional, comparative and theoretical perspectives on the Senate Reference, and will draw connections to other recent public law decisions, including the Supreme Court Act Reference.

The symposium will begin at 8:30 AM and will conclude at 5:00 PM on Friday January 30, 2015 at McGill University’s Faculty of Law. A reception will follow.

In the interest of open scholarship, there is no charge to attend this event.

To register and to stay informed about this event, please visit:

For questions, please contact Nicole Leger at

Please click here for the symposium's programme.

2014 NOVEMBER 11
Conférence Francophone

The McGill Law Journal invites you to its Annual Francophone Lecture featuring Marc Mayrand, the Chief Electoral Officer of Elections Canada, and his predecessor, Jean-Pierre Kingsley. The lecture will take place on November 11th, 2014 at 5pm in the Moot Court. A reception will follow.

Mr. Mayrand and Mr. Kingsley will discuss the topic of «electoral law and article 3 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms». In 1982, article 3 of the Charter constitutionalized the right to vote in Canada. After more than 30 years of Charter jurisprudence, what has been the practical impact of section 3 on the Canadian electoral process? Which current issues might affect Canadians’ right to vote? Mr. Kingsley will examine how the Supreme Court’s section 3 jurisprudence has influenced the Canadian electoral system, while Mr. Mayrand will discuss current voting rights issues in Canada.

Marc Mayrand is the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada. Before heading Elections Canada, Mr. Mayrand held a variety of positions in the federal public service. Mr. Mayrand holds a Bachelor's degree in Law from the University of Ottawa and a Master's in Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science. 

Jean-Pierre Kingsley was Canada’s Chief Electoral Officer from 1990 to 2007 and President and CEO of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems from 2007 to 2009. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Master's in Hospital Administration, both from University of Ottawa.

2014 APRIL 20
MLJ Survey - Students, we want to hear your thoughts!

Dear colleagues,

It is with great enthusiasm that the Management Board of the McGill Law Journal invites you to formally provide feedback on your interactions with our institution.

We look forward to hearing your thoughts on our ongoing initiatives: Recent issues, new website, podcast series, the Annual Lecture, la Conférence Francophone, recruitment, social media, The Journal: 60 years of people, prose and publications, Opération coup de main, and the Citation Drop In hours.

 The survey only takes a few seconds to complete!

Thank you for participating!


The MLJ Management Board

2014 MARCH 13
MLJ Coffeehouse!

Join the McGill Law Journal for its sponsored coffeehouse!

Come meet our Editorial Board and share your thoughts about ways we can continue to engage you on revelant legal questions of our time. We look forward to hearing your thoughts on our ongoing initiatives: Recent issues, new website, podcast series, Annual Lecture, French conference, recrutement, social media, The Journal: 60 years of people, prose and publications, Opération Coup de Main, and the Citation Drop In hours.

Don’t miss your chance to win raffle prizes!

2014 FEBRUARY 24
McGill Law Journal French Conference: The role and impact of jurists in public debates

The Journal invites you to its annual French conference! This year, the Journal wishes to reflect on the role that jurists play, or should play, in important public debates and to note their influence on the decision-making process.

We are honored to receive Stéphane Dion, parliamentarian and political scientist, Stéphane Beaulac, director of the North-American Common Law J.D. Program at the University of Montreal and Jacques Frémont, President of the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse.

The event will be held on Monday, January 24, from 12:30 until 2:30 pm, in the moot court (room 100) of McGill’s Faculty of Law (3644 Peel Street, Montréal). A reception will follow in the common room.

A request for accreditation by the Barreau du Québec has been made.

R.S.V.P. :

2014 JANUARY 20
Issue 59:2 is now Available

The second issue of volume 59 is now available! Interested in subscribing to the MLJ? Please visit our website at . In the meantime, you can have a look at the abstracts of our newest publication at . Enloy your reading!

2013 DECEMBER 02
Operation Coup de main: winter food, clothing and book drive

The Journal, Opération Coup de Main, and McGill Law Cares are organizing the second annual holiday book, food and clothing drive from November 18 until December 2nd. All donations will be given to: The NDG Food Depot (, Dans la Rue ( and Renaissance (
Please leave your donations in the identified boxes which will be placed around the Faculty of Law:

  • in the basement (near the LSA office);
  • in the atrium;
  • at the Nahum Gelber library;
  • in front of the McGill Law Journal office (room 306);
  • at the SAO.

Lend a helping hand, and give what you can!

2013 NOVEMBER 01
MLJ Alumni Holiday Party

Friday November 1st from 5-7pm in the Atrium of Faculty of Law: Alumni of the Journal are invited to join the Dean of the Law Faculty and current members of the McGill Law Journal for a holiday party to showcase our new digital platforms and to promote the upcoming book written about our institution by JSP Cummins, The Journal: 60 Years of People, Prose, and Publication.

2013 OCTOBER 16
McGill Law Journal Annual Lecture — “Justice and distribution of equal opportunity" - October 16

The McGill Law Journal has the honor to receive Judge Goodwin Liu from the California Supreme Court as part of its annual conference. The Annual Lecture will be held in the Moot Court on Wednesday October 16 at 6pm. A reception will follow the talk.

Justice Liu’s theme will be "Justice and Distribution of Equal Opportunity”. It is commonplace for politicians and policymakers to begin with the premise that there ought to be “equality of educational opportunity”. What does this concept mean? What are its limitations? And does it provide meaningful guidance for public policy? This talk will specifically examine John Rawls’ principle of fair equality of opportunity and the kinds of inequalities it does and does not address.

Justice Goodwin Liu is a graduate of Yale Law School, Stanford, and Oxford. His primary areas of expertise are constitutional law, education law and policy, and the Supreme Court of the United States. In 2010, Justice Liu was nominated by President Obama to the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals prior to being nominated and approved to serve on the California Supreme Court.

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