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The Power of Life Stories: Situating the Narratives of Migrants and Refugees within the Context of the Law

Conference by Sonia Cancian
27 March, 2017

The Oppenheimer Chair and the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism are pleased to welcome Dr. Sonia Cancian, from Zayed University for a seminar on life stories of migrants and refugees and the law.

This seminar will lead a discussion on life stories of migrants and refugees and their power (or not) within the world of policy-making and the law.

“Life stories and the law are intrinsically connected. We witness this daily both on a micro- and macro-scale, whether at a client’s meeting with her/his lawyer, in the courtroom, in the creation of binding precedents, in the diffusion of social and legal awareness, and among countless other contexts, in the introduction and implementation of policies and laws. As we consider the recent immigration crisis culminating as I write, what becomes especially evident is that the narratives of migrants and refugees—much like their counter-narratives–shape, and are shaped by, social and political awareness and the creation of policy and laws. What kinds of stories of refugees and migrants are we talking about here? How do they influence the individual and the broader communities, and vice versa? In what ways do the stories give insight to the shaping of policies and laws?  And, how do policies influence the lives of migrants and refugees today and in the past?”

WhereRoom 312, New Chancellor Day Hall, Faculty of Law
When: March 29, 2017 from 1 to 2:30 pm


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‘Camps That Are Becoming Cities – Cities That Are Becoming Camps: The Case of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon and Jordan

By Faten Kikano

The Oppenheimer Chair is pleased to welcome Faten Kikano, PhD Candidate in Environmental Design, from the Université de Montréal for a conference and a photo exhibition.

Ms. Kikano will present her research and her photos about the life of  Syrian refugees in camps in Lebanon and Jordan.

Join us for a lunch, a short conference and a commented tour of Ms. Kikano’s photos which will be exposed in the Atrium of the Faculty of Law.

Where: Room 608 of the New Chancellor Day Hall, Faculty of Law
When: March 24 from 1 to 2:30 pm 


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  Slavery Old and New Poster: Dr. Clare Oxby

Slavery Old and New Speakers’ Series Dr. Clare Oxby

Videoconference with Dr. Clare Oxby

Please join us for a videoconference organized by the Tubman Institute.

The event will take place on October 12th, from 1-2:30 PM,  in the James Administration Building, room 301.

  Scholars at Risk 2016 Global Congress - Poster

Universities in a Dangerous World

Scholars at Risk Network 2016 Global Congress
27 May, 2016


Join us for the Scholars at Risk Network 2016 World Congress.

The SAR Network 2016 Global Congress will celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Scholars at Risk (SAR) Network and the collective efforts of network members and partners protecting scholars and promoting academic freedom worldwide. Over the years, the network has grown from fewer than two dozen institutions to over 400 in 39 countries.

At the Congress, more than 200 university, government and nonprofit leaders, faculty, staff, students and advocates from 25 countries will come together to discuss seminal issues facing higher education today. Congress participants will discuss how to do more to protect universities and scholars in these challenging times, and to strengthen the capacity of the university sector to contribute to a more peaceful, just and sustainable world.

The 2016 Congress will provide global SAR Network members—and prospective new members and partners—a special opportunity to engage with Canadian and other North American SAR members, as well as to enjoy all the cultural, historical and natural features that Montreal offers.

When: June 8th – 10th, 2016

Where: Chancellor Day Hall (McGill Faculty of Law), 3644 rue Peel, Montreal, QC, H3A 1W9, CA

This event is organized by the McGill Human Rights & Legal Pluralism Centre.

You can view the program and the list of speakers on the SAR Network site, and register online here


The Mysticism of International Legal Argumentation

by Jean d'Aspremont
30 March, 2016
The Oppenheimer Chair and Inter Gentes: the McGill Journal of International Law and Legal Pluralism are pleased to welcome Jean d’Aspremont for a conference at the Faculty of Law of McGill University.
In this conference, Jean d’Aspremont will introduce his book on ‘the mysticism of international legal argumentation’. Whether it is construed as a set of processes, rules, ideas, discourses, or practices, international law is being argued according to pre-reflective structures. This book is intended as an intervention in the contemporary legal debates about the pre-reflective structures of international legal argumentation. In particular, it seeks to shed a new light on the pre-reflective structures of international legal argumentation by virtue of an original descriptive and evaluative framework that distinguishes between the gospels and the sacred texts of international law. This book does so in discussing some of the most central patterns of argumentative structures of international law, namely sources, statehood, ius cogens, responsibility, custom and the fundamental rights of states.

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