2017 Conference

We are delighted to welcome Prof. Balakrishnan Rajagopal from MIT as this year’s keynote speaker. Prof. Rajagopal’s  Friday April 28 evening talk will start with opening remarks by Toronto Group Co-founder Prof. Umut Özsu at 4:30pm at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law’s Jackson Building, in the Prof. AV Dicey room. As an expert on international law, development, and critical approaches, he will provide a very interesting talk titled “Climate Change and Human Rights: Some Heretical Thoughts.” The following morning, we start a day of excellent panels from doctoral researchers and Professors acting as discussants that will continue throughout Saturday April 29 at U of T Law’s Falconer Hall. The conference program is available here. Global-society-2

On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the Toronto Group Conference, we ask what the future of international and transnational law could be in resolving divisions within global society.  We aim to re-imagine the practice of international and transnational law as, above all, a space for reconciliation, collective action and robust participation – one that responds to and is inclusive of critical, but neglected voices.  As a community of young legal scholars from across the globe, we will explore a number of questions that are profoundly relevant to the future of international and transnational law. For example, how can we foster new relationships in international law, while connecting the values, norms and expectations of diverse groups?  How can we redress injustices and be forward looking?  Is it possible to address unequal power in international law and the exclusion of a variety of voices and stakeholders?  Is it possible to maintain self-determination and identity, while finding common ground? And how to ensure the law’s resilience and sustainability, through true participation?

There are a number of topics that can fit within this year’s conference theme. A non-exclusive list of subject areas is listed below.

  • Post-conflict and post-colonial contexts
  • Dispute resolution, from corporate to family law
  • Indigenous law
  • Global development
  • Natural environment and animal rights
  • Sustainability of laws and relationships
  • Collective action
  • Transformation and structural influences or constraints
  • Truth-telling
  • Relational character of law
  • Migration
  • Racialization
  • Impoverishment
  • Self-determination and identity.

We are very grateful for the support of our sponsors The Jack & Mae Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime, and Security, the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, the University of Toronto Graduate Law Society,  the York University Graduate Students Association, and the University of Toronto Graduate Students Union.