Upcoming programs

Programs

Upcoming programs

Calendar

January 2023

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

Location: In Person: 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.

February 2023

Seminar on Personal Prejudices and Cognitive Biases [New!]

Location: Online
This brand-new program open to all judges aims to raise awareness of biases, and avoid their influence in reaching a decision.
• 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: In Person: 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

National Administrative Law Week

Location: Online & In Person
Join your colleagues from across Canada in person or online for this first edition of the National Administrative Law Week, organized jointly by CIAJ and the Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals (CCAT).

Webinar | Creating Cultures Beyond Bias

Location: Online: 90-minute webinar beginning at 3:30 pm ET
Are you interested in the topic of bias? This webinar is for you! Register to learn more about the fundamentals of bias from an expert in the area: Jessica Nordell, award-winning author and science writer; author of The End of Bias.

Decision Writing Seminar
– Joint program with CCAT (2023 Edition)

Location: Online
This two-day seminar provides essential tools for decision writers, new or experienced, to improve their decision writing skills. It includes lectures, discussions, and workshops.
Participation in this program is accredited in provinces where CLE requirements for lawyers are mandatory

National Roundtable on Administrative Law  I  Theme: Bias

Location: Online & In Person: Sheraton Ottawa Hotel, Ottawa, ON
Join our distinguished panel of judges, lawyers, academics and tribunal members to discuss current administrative law topics.
Participation in this program is accredited in provinces where CLE requirements for lawyers are mandatory

Judgment Writing Seminar (2023 Edition)

Location: In Person: 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: In Person: 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: In Person: 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.

November 2023

Writing Reasons in Sexual Assault Cases (2023 Edition)

Location: Online
This online seminar will discuss how to formulate sound reasons in sexual assault cases using sensitive and appropriate language, and avoiding harmful stereotypes.
• Participation approval is pending (Section 41 (1) of the Judges Act).

April 2024

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

Location: In Person: 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: In Person: 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.

Decision Writing Seminar
– Joint program with CCAT (2024 Edition)

Location: Online
This two-day seminar provides essential tools for decision writers, new or experienced, to improve their decision writing skills. It includes lectures, discussions, and workshops.
Participation in this program is accredited in provinces where CLE requirements for lawyers are mandatory

June 2024

Judgment Writing Seminar (2024 Edition)

Location: In Person: 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 2024

2024 Annual Conference: The Families and the Law

Location: In Person: 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: In Person: 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.

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: In Person: 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.

May 2025

Decision Writing Seminar
– Joint program with CCAT (2025 Edition)

Location: Online
This two-day seminar provides essential tools for decision writers, new or experienced, to improve their decision writing skills. It includes lectures, discussions, and workshops.
Participation in this program is accredited in provinces where CLE requirements for lawyers are mandatory

June 2025

Judgment Writing Seminar (2025 Edition)

Location: In Person: 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 2025

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

Location: In Person: 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: In Person: 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: In Person: 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.

June 2026

Advanced Judicial Seminar on Administrative Law (2026 Edition)

Location: In Person: Ottawa, ON
This biennial program is designed to provide judges with essential updates on the state of the law, and give them the opportunity to reflect on and critique recent developments
Participation at this program is approved under Section 41 (1) of the Judges Act.

Judgment Writing Seminar (2026 Edition)

Location: In Person: 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 2026

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

Location: In Person: 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.

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