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SPECIAL INVITATION TO REGISTER: Human Rights, the Sustainable Development Goals & the Law - Online International Legal Symposium (15 May 2020)

last modified Apr 29, 2020 09:10 PM

As countries consider new policies and laws for post-pandemic recovery which can advance the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), informed dialogue among experts, academics and practitioners, building skills in rights-based approaches and engaging SDG-focused institutions offers a key opportunity for learning and impact.

The 2020 Online International Symposium on Human Rights, the SDGs & the Law convenes leading experts in human rights, the SDGs and related fields with emerging scholars to chart a way forward that bridges the gaps in research and practice, on May 15, 2020, activates this opportunity for impact.

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This one-day online symposium is co-hosted by the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism and the Centre International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL), in partnership with the University of Montreal Law Faculty, the University of Waterloo School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED), the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA), the University of Chile Law Faculty, the University of Costa Rica Law Faculty, the International Law Association of Canada, the McGill Journal of Sustainable Development Law (MJSDL), Canada's Sustainable Development Solutions Network and other world-class universities and institutions,  activates the opportunity.

Confirmed co-hosts and 2020 Gonthier Lecturers include:

  • Dr. Elizabeth Mrema (Acting Executive-Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity and Director of Environmental Law, United Nations Environment Programme);
  • Hon Justice Prof Marcel Szabo (Judge, Constitutional Court of Hungary and former Ombudsman for Future Generations);
  • Rt Hon. Chief Justice Richard Wagner, PC, Supreme Court of Canada;
  • Prof. François Crépeau (Director, Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, Hans & Tamar Oppenheimer Chair in Public International Law, McGill University);
  • Prof. Nandini Ramanujam (Executive Director & Program Director, McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism);
  • Prof. Marie-Claire Cordonier-Segger (Senior Director, CISDL / Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor, University of Cambridge / Full Professor of Law, University of Waterloo);
  • Prof. Alexandra Harrington (Lead Counsel & Research Director, CISDL / Fulbright Canada Chair in Global Governance, BSIA).

Further invited/confirmed keynote speakers include:

  • Prof. Payam Akhavan (Professor, McGill University & Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague);
  • Hon. Justice Louise Arbour (former UN Human Rights Commissioner & Justice, Supreme Court of Canada);
  • Prof. David Boyd (United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment;
  • Hon. Minister François-Philippe Champagne (Minister of Foreign Affairs, Government of Canada).

Confirmed senior expert co-chairs & speakers also include:

Prof. John Knox (Professor, Wake Forest Law & former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment); Dr. Ashfaq Khalfan (Director of Law & Policy, Amnesty International & Chair, CISDL Board of Governors); Prof. Christina Voigt (Full Professor of Public and International Law, University of Oslo / Chair of the IUCN WCEL´s Specialist Group on Climate Change); Prof. Sebastien Jodoin (McGill University & Canada Research Chair in Human Rights & Environment); Prof. Maya Prabhu (Associate Professor, Yale University; Yale Center for Asylum Medicine / Yale Institute for Global Health Fellow, CISDL Lead Counsel); Dr. Oonagh Fitzgerald (Member of the Board, ILA-Canada); Dr. Markus Gehring (Director of Studies & Lecturer, University of Cambridge / Lead Counsel, CISDL); Prof. Jorge Cabrera (Environmental Law Professor & Postgrad Program Director, University of Costa Rica / Lead Counsel, CISDL); Prof. Konstantia Koutouki (Professor, University of Montreal / Lead Counsel CISDL); Prof. Valentina Duran (Environmental Law Professor & CDA Co-Director, University of Chile / Lead Counsel, CISDL) and others.

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