Britain, Brexit and Treaty Exits
March 2019 -- Many thanks to the Association of Professors Emeriti at the University of Alberta for hosting a presentation on the legal aspects of Britain's exit from the European Union. This invited talk was delivered as part of the Association’s speaker series on current events, prompting many timely questions on the legal consequences of exiting economic integration treaties.
Halifax Colloquium on Extradition Law Reform
September 2018 -- Many thanks to Professor Rob Currie at the Schulich School of Law for bringing together experts from academia, the criminal defence bar, and national human rights organizations for a colloquium on much needed extradition law reform. The colloquium was held at Dalhousie University’s MacEachen Institute for Public Policy and Governance, with financial support from the Canadian Partnership for International Justice.
Explaining Extradition Law for the Podcast "Hearsay"
February 2019 -- My thanks to the student organizers of the podcast 'Hearsay' for the invitation to participate in a discussion on extradition law. The Hearsay podcast is a public outreach initiative sponsored by Pro Bono Students Canada, the Faculty of Law at the University of Calgary, and CJSW 909.9 FM.
Chatham House Roundtable on Peace and Security at Columbia U
November 2018 -- Delighted to participate in a two-day roundtable on current issues of peace and security in international law, organized by the international think tank Chatham House, in collaboration with the Human Rights Institute at Columbia Law School and the China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL). The roundtables bring together academics from Australia, Canada, China, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.
"Extradition after Diab" Panel at the CCIL Annual Conference
November 2018 -- Many thanks to the organizers of the 47th annual conference of the Canadian Council on International Law (CCIL) for including a panel on "Extradition after Diab", resulting in a call for extradition law reform to be guided by the principles of fairness, balance and transparency, recognizing the liberty rights at stake in any extradition request.
Thrilled to be a part of an engaging panel with Don Bayne, counsel for Dr Hassan Diab and Professor Rob Currie, Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University, ably moderated by Professor Craig Forcese, Faculty of Common Law at the University of Ottawa.
Chatham House Roundtable in Beijing on Emerging Issues
June 2018 -- Delighted to return to Beijing to participate in a two-day roundtable on emerging issues in international law, including the role for China in Arctic affairs, organized by the international think tank Chatham House (The Royal Institute of International Affairs). Many thanks for the feedback on my presentation concerning the adoption of a resolution on mutually beneficial cooperation in the field of human rights at the UN Human Rights Council (A/HRC/37/L.36).
April 2018 -- Many thanks to the organizers of the annual “Osgoode Constitutional Cases Conference” for my inclusion in a conference agenda comprised of several very interesting panel discussions on current topics of constitutional law, as well as a keynote address by the former Chief Justice of Canada, the Rt Hon Beverley McLachlin. Hosted by Osgoode Hall Law School, the conference was held at the Toronto Reference Library.
ICRC-Cardozo Workshop on International Law and National Security
June 2018 -- Many thanks to the Washington Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy, and the Cardozo Law Institute in Holocaust and Human Rights, for hosting the third annual papers workshop on “Revisiting the Role of International Law in National Security” at the Cardozo School of Law in New York. Delighted to contribute invited remarks on the use of digital evidence, including open source information from social media, in the investigation and prosecution of international crimes.
Treaties, Brexit and the Constitution
March 2018 -- Delighted to present on “The Practicalities of Parliamentary Engagement in Treaty-making” at a conference on "Treaties, Brexit and the Constitution" at Jesus College, University of Oxford, co-organized with the House of Commons Library, with the Brexit discussions leading to renewed interest in the topic. For a recent UK House of Commons Library briefing paper on Parliament’s role in ratifying treaties, see here.
ELLA and the Charter
May 2018 -- My thanks to the members of the Edmonton Lifelong Learners Association (ELLA) for the very warm reception for my talk on “Interpreting the Charter”. Delighted to support the efforts of this not-for-profit, volunteer-run organization offering non-credit courses for those over 50.
Academic Life: Honolulu and International Humanitarian Law
February 2018 -- My thanks for the invitation from the Washington Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and United States Pacific Command (USPACOM) to participate in "The Transpacific Workshop on International Law and Armed Conflict" at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu, Hawaii. The workshop offered a unique opportunity to hear views and updates from around the Indo-Pacific region, and to discuss the current challenges for international humanitarian law in the naval warfare context. Many thanks again to the organizers, and to the crew of the USS Hopper for a ship's tour.