The Toronto Group is a collaboration between graduate students at Osgoode Hall Law School and the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto.  In 2017, we celebrated our 10th year anniversary. The Toronto Group aims to create a forum for graduate students and early career academics to disseminate their research and engage with a broad international community of scholars. Our areas of focus include legal, social and political theory; public and private international law; and constitutional law and politics. Every year, we hold a major conference in Toronto, Ontario.

Our upcoming conference was held at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University from March 1 to 2, 2018.  The theme of the conference is “Boundaries, Conflicts and Alliances: Interactions between International, Transnational and Comparative Law”.

See below on this page for the Program.

Poster_Feb. 19

Thursday, 1 March 2018 – 5:00 p.m.

Keynote: Professor Adelle Blackett (McGill University)

“Social Regionalism and its Discontents”

Moderator: Professor Mariana Mota Prado (University of Toronto)

Friday, 2 March 2018

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Registration (Room 2027)

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Breakfast (Room 2028)

9:30 a.m. – Welcoming Remarks by the Organizing Committee & Introductions

 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Panel I: Domestic Law in the Transnational and International Context

  1. Jenny Poon (University of Western Ontario):

“Dynamism of Non-Refoulement: Implications for Future International Protection?”

  Discussant: Professor Umut Özsu (Carleton University)

  1. Aravind Ganesh (Max Planck Institute for Procedural Law, Luxembourg & VU Amsterdam)

“Wirtbarkeit: Cosmopolitan Right and Innkeeping”

 Discussant: Emily Kidd White (Osgoode Hall Law School)

  1. Rachel Zeliger (Hebrew University of Jerusalem/Freie Universität Berlin)

“What’s a Donor to Do? A Legal Analysis of Responses to National Laws Constraining the Inflow of Philanthropic Funds”

 Discussant: Professor Robert Wai (Osgoode Hall Law School)

12:00 p.m. – 1:40 p.m. – Lunch Time Keynotes

Professor Umut Öszu (Carleton University) & Professor Honor Brabazon (University of Toronto)

(Lunch will be served)

1:40 p.m. – 3:40 p.m. Panel II: Actors in International Law – A Multilevel Governance Perspective

  1. Jean-Christophe Bédard-Rubin (University of Toronto)

“The Hidden Possibilities of Constitutional Ecumenism”

Discussant: Professor Faisal Bhabha (Osgoode Hall Law School)

  1. Rahina Zarma (Osgoode Hall Law School)

“The Role of Sub-Regional Courts in the Production of Environmental and Socio-Legal Change in Africa (1989-2017)”

Discussant: Professor Richard Stacey (University of Toronto)

  1. Allwell Uwazuruike (University of Central Lancashire)

“The Withdrawal of African States from the ICC: A Regional Perspective”

 Discussant: Professor Anna Su (University of Toronto)

3:40 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Coffee Break

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Panel III: Plural Normative Orders

  1. Sandrine Brachotte (Sciences Po/University of Toronto)

“Conflicting Rationalities: Using Private International Law to Deal with ‘Unsolvable’ Cases – The example of the UK case Jivraj: An imbroglio of state law, Ismaili ethos, and arbitration principles”

 Discussant: Professor Kerry Rittich (University of Toronto)

  1. Jorge Luis Fabra-Zamora (McMaster University)

“Law Beyond the State: A Hartian Conceptual Framework”

Discussant: Professor Mariana Mota Prado (University of Toronto)

  1. Óscar A. Lema Bouza (European University Institute)

“Diaspora Laws and Jurisdiction: An Interaction of International Law and Human Rights Law”

Discussant: Professor Heidi Matthews (Osgoode Hall Law School)

Starting at 6:15 p.m. Participant Get-Together and Social

@ “Underground” (York University Student Centre, 4700, Keele Street, Toronto)