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Antigua and Barbuda and Tuvalu to seek Justice for Climate Change damage before International Courts

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Embassy of Antigua and Barbuda – Press Release

Edinburgh, October 31st, 2021…   The Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda – current Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) – and the Prime Minister of Tuvalu today signed an historic accord that opens the way for ground-breaking litigation before international courts.  This offers a novel legal path to address the severe damage to Small Island States caused by climate change. 

The Agreement establishes a Commission of Small Island States on Climate Change and International Law, creating a body for the development and implementation of fair and just global environmental norms and practices.  The Commission is also authorized to request advisory opinions from the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) on the legal responsibility of States for carbon emissions, marine pollution, and rising sea levels.  

Membership in the Commission is open to all Small Island States whose leaders have long complained about the absence of effective mechanisms for States most responsible for climate change to compensate for the resulting loss and damage. 

At the signing ceremony in Edinburgh, the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, explained that: “Small Island States’ emission of greenhouse gases is negligible, but they bear the overwhelming burden of its catastrophic effects, including persistent destruction, repeated costs of rebuilding and huge debts to finance resilience.  This injustice must end.    We insist that those States most responsible for this dire situation respect their legal obligations to stop global warming and to provide compensation to its victims.  The time for empty promises is over.”  Prime Minister of Tuvalu, Kausea Natano, stressed that: “For us, climate justice is a matter of survival.  Rising sea levels, extreme weather events, the decline of marine resources – these threaten our very existence.  We see better than anyone else what is being done to our beautiful planet.  It is time to put words into action, to save Small Island States, and to save the world from impending disaster.” 

The legal counsel to the Commission, Professor Payam Akhavan of Massey College, University of Toronto, and Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague, said that: “Small Island States are the canary in the coalmine of climate catastrophe.  Their fate is a warning to all humankind that the disastrous consequences of global warming are happening now, not in a distant future.  The fundamental principle of international law not to cause harm to others has now taken on an unprecedented dimension.  This historic initiative to pursue climate justice should be welcome by all who care about the future of our planet.” 

For media enquires please contact: COSIS.COP26@gmail.com

Read the Agreement for the establishment of COSIS. (PDF, 3,6 Mo)

Intership Opening at ASFC

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ASFCAvocats sans frontières Canada (ASFC) est à la recherche d’une personne engagée, dynamique et ouverte sur le monde qui veut contribuer à faire de l’accès à la justice un moyen de changement. Le/la stagiaire en droit appuie l’équipe du siège social d’ASFC pour plusieurs aspects juridiques des programmes de coopération internationale et des appels à propositions.

Titre du poste : Stagiaire en droit
Emplacement : Ville de Québec ou télétravail, selon les fonctions occupées
Date limite pour postuler 30 août 2021 à 23h59
Durée : Quatre mois (avec possibilité de prolongation)
Début : Septembre 2021
Conditions de stage : Stage rémunéré – 20 heures par semaine
Nombre de postes : 2

Consultez l’offre de stage pour en savoir plus.

Earth Day Forum – Ecocide as an International Crime? Global and Canadian perspectives

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Did you know? Support for recognition of an international crime of “Ecocide” – or mass damage and destruction of ecosystems – has been steadily gaining traction at a global level.

By June 2021, an expert panel of international lawyers, convened by the Stop Ecocide Foundation, will have developed a definition of ecocide as a crime that could be enshrined in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, alongside genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression.

Stop Ecocide Canada and the Stop Ecocide Foundation, along with the Canadian Partnership for International Justice, the Canada Research Chair on International Criminal Justice and Human Rights, the International Criminal and Humanitarian Law Clinic, and Université Laval’s Faculty of Law will convene an Earth Day Forum to discuss global and Canadian perspectives on the crime of ecocide.

Join us on 22 April 2021 at 12pm (UTC-4) – Earth Day – for a virtual conversation with panelists including:

  • Lisa Oldring, Co-Chair of the event, Law and Policy Advisor, Stop Ecocide Canada
  • Fannie Lafontaine, Co-Chair of the event, Full Professor, Faculty of Law, Université Laval
  • Jojo Mehta, Co-founder and Executive Director, Stop Ecocide International;
  • Darryl Robinson, Full Professor, Faculty of Law, Queen’s University;
  • Géraud De Lassus Saint-Geniès, Assistant Professor, Faculté de droit, Université Laval.

The Forum will create an initial space for exchange, between academics and practitioners from different disciplines in Canada, on the potential contribution of an international crime of ecocide to long-term ecosystem protection efforts.

Event Registration: https://www.cdiph.ulaval.ca/fr/ecocide

The event will also be streamed on Facebook by the event’s organizers.

Watch replay on Facebook Live.

Earth Day Forum – Ecocide as an International Crime? Global and Canadian perspectives

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Did you know? Support for recognition of an international crime of “Ecocide” – or mass damage and destruction of ecosystems – has been steadily gaining traction at a global level.

By June 2021, an expert panel of international lawyers, convened by the Stop Ecocide Foundation, will have developed a definition of ecocide as a crime that could be enshrined in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, alongside genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression.

Stop Ecocide Canada and the Stop Ecocide Foundation, along with the Canadian Partnership for International Justice, the Canada Research Chair on International Criminal Justice and Human Rights, the International Criminal and Humanitarian Law Clinic, and Université Laval’s Faculty of Law will convene an Earth Day Forum to discuss global and Canadian perspectives on the crime of ecocide.

Join us on 22 April 2021 at 12pm (UTC-4) – Earth Day – for a virtual conversation with panelists including:

  • Lisa Oldring, Co-Chair of the event, Law and Policy Advisor, Stop Ecocide Canada
  • Fannie Lafontaine, Co-Chair of the event, Full Professor, Faculty of Law, Université Laval
  • Jojo Mehta, Co-founder and Executive Director, Stop Ecocide International;
  • Darryl Robinson, Full Professor, Faculty of Law, Queen’s University;
  • Géraud De Lassus Saint-Geniès, Assistant Professor, Faculté de droit, Université Laval.

The panelists’ biographical notes can be found here. (PDF, 800 Ko)

The Forum will create an initial space for exchange, between academics and practitioners from different disciplines in Canada, on the potential contribution of an international crime of ecocide to long-term ecosystem protection efforts.

Event Registration: https://www.cdiph.ulaval.ca/fr/ecocide

The event will also be streamed on Facebook by the event’s organizers.

No Peace without Women’s Rights – Breaking the Cycle of Conflict in Afghanistan

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The webinaire “No Peace without Women’s Rights – Breaking the Cycle of Conflict in Afghanistan” was organized by the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism and the Women Living Under Muslim Laws International Solidarity Network.

Professor Payam Akhavan gave the welcome word. The discussion was with Dr. Sima Samar and Dr. Sally Armstrong. Professor Homa Hoodfar (Concordia) gave remarks, and Professor Vrinda Narain (McGill) moderated.

Workshop on Anti-Corruption Law

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The Workshop on Anti-Corruption Law was held in Kiryat Ono (Israel) at the Ono Academic College and organized by the Anti-Corruption Law Interest Group of the American Society of International Law in cooperation with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and Ono Academic College.

Professor Joanna Harrington gave a paper presentation on “Providing for Victim Redress within the Legislative Scheme for Tackling Foreign Corruption”.

American Bar Association, Section of International Law 2019 Annual Conference

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The American Bar Association, Section of International Law 2019 Annual Conference was held in Washington DC (USA).

Professor Penelope Simons gave a presentation on “Canada’s Approach to Corporate Accountability in the Extractive Sector” on a panel on “Protect, Respect and Remedy Mantra: Canada’s Approach to Corporate Responsibility Regarding International Human Rights”.

Schulich School of Law Faculty Research Seminar Series

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The Schulich School of Law Faculty Research Seminar Series was held at Dhalousie University in Halifax (Canada) and organized by Schulich School of Law Faculty.

Professor Robert Currie gave a presentation on “Adventures in Reforming Canada’s Extradition Law: A Progress(?) Report”.