Upcoming programs

Upcoming programs

Online

September 2022

Webinar | The Honour of the Crown

Location: 90-minute webinar beginning at 3:30 pm ET ***The registration form will be available until September 13, 2022 at Noon (ET)
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of s.35 of the Constitution Act, 1982 recognizing and affirming the “existing aboriginal and treaty rights of the aboriginal peoples of Canada,” this webinar will critically consider and discuss the development of the honour of the Crown, its use and application.

November 2022

Webinar | Legislative Drafting [series]

Location: 90-minute webinar beginning at 3:30 pm ET (see the different time zones across Canada)
This webinar will explore Lara Tessaro’s work on the administration of the Food and Drug Act, with a particular focus on cosmetics regulation and product labelling in Canada. It will provide an opportunity to discuss how drafters navigate the bureaucratic and socio-legal worlds of their time.
This program contains 1.5 CPD hour in all Canadian provinces.

Writing Reasons in Sexual Assault Cases

Location: Online
This is a brand-new program designed for judges and welcoming stellar speakers, among which The Honourable Justice Sheilah Martin (Supreme Court of Canada) and Professor Janine Benedet (Peter A. Allard Faculty of Law, University of British Columbia)

In Person or Hybrid

September 2022

Legislative Drafting Conference (2022 Edition)
***In Person in Ottawa and Online***

Location: Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON
The biennial Legislative Drafting Conference will tackle the most important challenges in modern legislation.
Participation at this program is accredited in provinces where CLE requirements for lawyers are mandatory.

October 2022

Seminar for New Federally Appointed Judges (2022 Fall Program)
– Joint program with the NJI

Location: Charlottetown (PEI)
This program is designed so that new judges may participate in sessions that are most relevant to them topically. Throughout the week, the seminar subjects are divided between those that apply to Common Law jurisdictions, those that apply to Civil Law jurisdictions, or both.
• Participation in this program is approved under Section 41 (1) of the Judges Act.

2022 Annual Conference: The Right to Dignity in Canadian Law
***In Person in Halifax and Online***

Location: Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel: 1919 Upper Water St, Halifax, NS B3J 3J5
CIAJ’s 46th Annual Conference will discuss dignity as a fundamental human right, including its role in statutory interpretation. A particular focus of the conference will be on child protection, incarceration, elder law, and end of life issues.
• Participation in this program is approved under Section 41 (1) of the Judges Act.
• Accredited in provinces where CLE requirements for lawyers are mandatory.
• Bilingual program with simultaneous interpretation.

January 2023

Seminar in Administrative Law: Dealing Effectively with Judicial Review (2023 Edition)
– Joint program with the NJI

Location: Montreal, QC
The program will include plenary sessions as well as small group workshops. It will also include demonstrations based on a fact situation through which judges will become comfortable in dealing with applications for judicial review and assist them in developing best practices for handling these matters.
Participation in this program is approved under Section 41 (1) of the Judges Act.

April 2023

Seminar for New Federally Appointed Judges (2023 Spring Program)
– Joint program with the NJI

Location: Quebec City, QC
This program is designed so that new judges may participate in sessions that are most relevant to them topically. Throughout the week, the seminar subjects are divided between those that apply to Common Law jurisdictions, those that apply to Civil Law jurisdictions, or both.
• Participation in this program is approved under Section 41 (1) of the Judges Act.

June 2023

Judgment Writing Seminar (2023 Edition)

Location: Montreal, QC
This annual seminar is designed to assist judges in improving their judgment-writing skills. The program includes lectures, discussions, and workshops that stress the nature of good prose, point-first writing and the special requirements and special challenges of judicial writing.
• Bilingual program with simultaneous interpretation.
• Participation in this program is approved under Section 41 (1) of the Judges Act.

October 2023

2023 Annual Conference: The Law of Borders

Location: Ottawa, ON
Topics overview: Immigration, refugees, extradition, citizenship, transnational litigation, globalization and governance, international tribunals and arbitration, inter-provincial issues, etc.
• Participation in this program is approved under Section 41 (1) of the Judges Act.
• Accredited in provinces where CLE requirements for lawyers are mandatory.
• Bilingual program with simultaneous interpretation.

Seminar for New Federally Appointed Judges (2023 Fall Program)
– Joint program with the NJI

Location: Vancouver, BC
This program is designed so that new judges may participate in sessions that are most relevant to them topically. Throughout the week, the seminar subjects are divided between those that apply to Common Law jurisdictions, those that apply to Civil Law jurisdictions, or both.
• Participation in this program is approved under Section 41 (1) of the Judges Act.

April 2024

Seminar for New Federally Appointed Judges (2024 Spring Program)
– Joint program with the NJI

Location: Montreal, QC
This program is designed so that new judges may participate in sessions that are most relevant to them topically. Throughout the week, the seminar subjects are divided between those that apply to Common Law jurisdictions, those that apply to Civil Law jurisdictions, or both.
• Participation in this program is approved under Section 41 (1) of the Judges Act.

May 2024

Mastering the Skill of Judgment Writing (2024 Edition)
– Joint program with the NJI

Location: Toronto, ON
Mastering the Skill of Judgment Writing is an intensive biennial program that will help judges take their judicial writing skills to an advanced level. The seminar features extensive small-group work and individualized feedback on writing problems from experienced judicial faculty and experts on judicial writing.
Participation in this program is approved under Section 41 (1) of the Judges Act.

October 2024

2024 Annual Conference: The Families and the Law

Location: Winnipeg, MB
Topics overview: The nature of concerns about the family justice system, recommendations to improve the system, how brain science relates to family well-being, the importance of improving the outcomes for families, why transforming the family justice system is needed and how to achieve this, etc.
• Participation in this program is approved under Section 41 (1) of the Judges Act.
• Accredited in provinces where CLE requirements for lawyers are mandatory.
• Bilingual program with simultaneous interpretation.

Seminar for New Federally Appointed Judges (2024 Fall Program)
– Joint program with the NJI

Location: Halifax, NS
This program is designed so that new judges may participate in sessions that are most relevant to them topically. Throughout the week, the seminar subjects are divided between those that apply to Common Law jurisdictions, those that apply to Civil Law jurisdictions, or both.
• Participation in this program is approved under Section 41 (1) of the Judges Act.

January 2025

Seminar in Administrative Law: Dealing Effectively with Judicial Review (2025 Edition)
– Joint program with the NJI

Location: In Person
The program will include plenary sessions as well as small group workshops. It will also include demonstrations based on a fact situation through which judges will become comfortable in dealing with applications for judicial review and assist them in developing best practices for handling these matters.
Participation in this program is approved under Section 41 (1) of the Judges Act.

April 2025

Seminar for New Federally Appointed Judges (2025 Spring Program)
– Joint program with the NJI

Location: Quebec City, QC
This program is designed so that new judges may participate in sessions that are most relevant to them topically. Throughout the week, the seminar subjects are divided between those that apply to Common Law jurisdictions, those that apply to Civil Law jurisdictions, or both.
• Participation in this program is approved under Section 41 (1) of the Judges Act.

October 2025

Seminar for New Federally Appointed Judges (2025 Fall Program)
– Joint program with the NJI

Location: Calgary, AB
This program is designed so that new judges may participate in sessions that are most relevant to them topically. Throughout the week, the seminar subjects are divided between those that apply to Common Law jurisdictions, those that apply to Civil Law jurisdictions, or both.
• Participation in this program is approved under Section 41 (1) of the Judges Act.

April 2026

Seminar for New Federally Appointed Judges (2026 Spring Program)
– Joint program with the NJI

Location: Montreal, QC
This program is designed so that new judges may participate in sessions that are most relevant to them topically. Throughout the week, the seminar subjects are divided between those that apply to Common Law jurisdictions, those that apply to Civil Law jurisdictions, or both.
• Participation in this program is approved under Section 41 (1) of the Judges Act.

Mastering the Skill of Judgment Writing (2026 Edition)
– Joint program with the NJI

Location: West Coast
Mastering the Skill of Judgment Writing is an intensive biennial program that will help judges take their judicial writing skills to an advanced level. The seminar features extensive small-group work and individualized feedback on writing problems from experienced judicial faculty and experts on judicial writing.
Participation in this program is approved under Section 41 (1) of the Judges Act.

October 2026

Seminar for New Federally Appointed Judges (2026 Fall Program)
– Joint program with the NJI

Location: Toronto, ON
This program is designed so that new judges may participate in sessions that are most relevant to them topically. Throughout the week, the seminar subjects are divided between those that apply to Common Law jurisdictions, those that apply to Civil Law jurisdictions, or both.
• Participation in this program is approved under Section 41 (1) of the Judges Act.

Past programs