The Graduate Students in Law Association (GSLEDD) hosted its 7th annual graduate student conference on May 11-12, 2017. Under the moniker “Law at the Tipping Point: Conflicts, Challenges and Changes,” the conference brought together graduate students from across Canada to examine pressing legal issues across a variety of fields.
The conference brought together 22 students from a variety of law schools across the country and beyond, including Dalhousie University, McGill University, Laval University, the University of Toronto, the University of Saskatchewan and SciencePo Paris. The Dean of the Civil Law Section, Céline Lévesque, and the Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies, Sochetra Nget, opened the conference with a word of welcome. The event revolved around presentations and thematic discussions focusing on points of convergence between international law and domestic law, law and technology, environmental challenges from a legal perspective, the protection of vulnerable groups and various issues at stake in Aboriginal law. This year, students were encouraged to approach their research topics within the context of current crises, developing ways to address them through legal solutions.
Thematic panels were chaired by professors from the Faculty of Law, or PhD students in the final phase of their studies. The moderators then launched the discussions and invited the participants to ask questions. The exchanges were extremely fruitful and allowed students to connect their subjects with those of their colleagues, in addition to developing a network of academics across the country.
Following tradition, the conference also welcomed a keynote speaker on the first day, Professor Peter Oliver, who discussed the concept of sustainability in law, bridges between theorists and practitioners, and the role of future considerations in the interpretation of law. Participants were also invited by the conference organizing committee to continue their discussions in a less formal atmosphere at Le Café restaurant at the National Arts Centre.
The Executive of the GSLEDD, which organized the event, is pleased with the results of this conference and would like to thank all the donors who helped to make the event happen. The conference was ultimately a complete success, carrying on a strong tradition of exceptional graduate student conferences at the Faculty of Law, and paving the way for future success.
Congratulations to GSLEDD and the organizing committee!