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Fri, May 15


Online Symposium

Human Rights, the Sustainable Development Goals & the Law

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Human Rights, the Sustainable Development Goals & the Law
Human Rights, the Sustainable Development Goals & the Law

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May 15, 2020, 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM EDT

Online Symposium

About the Event


As countries consider new policies and laws for post-pandemic recovery which can advance the global 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.

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, this one-day online symposium activates opportunity for impact!

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); Prof Payam Akhavan (Professor McGill University); Ms. Janet McIntyre (Deputy Director General, Justice Canada).

Further invited keynotes include:

Dr. David Boyd, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment; Hon Minister François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Government of Canada; Hon Justice Louise Arbour, Judge Ad-Hoc, International Court of Justice / Former Justice, Supreme Court of Canada; Hon. Minister David Lametti (Minister of Justice, Government of Canada).

Confirmed senior expert co-chairs & speakers also include:

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 other distinguished global experts.

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