2023 Annual Conference: The Law of Borders

Date: October 25-27, 2023
Price per person: See all prices on bottom page, including: member-rates, free online participation for law students only, early bird fee, etc.
Location: Online and in Person: Ottawa Marriott Hotel, 100 Kent Street, Ottawa, ON K1P 5R7

***This event is over. You can watch the videos here and access the documents here.

Bilingual program with simultaneous interpretation
Participation in this program is accredited in provinces where CLE requirements for lawyers are mandatory.
Participation in this program is approved under Section 41 (1) of the Judges Act.


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Topics Overview

CIAJ’s 47th Annual Conference will explore current issues related to the law of borders. It will open the door to discussion and challenge the definition of what a “border” is, including the very notion of national borders, taking into account indigenous perspectives.

For many people, moving across borders implies facing vulnerability and precarity. How can we provide better protection to migrants and refugees, extending our vision beyond individuals to include families? In a world experiencing the effects of climate change, is our legal definition of a refugee still accurate? Furthermore, economic frontiers are becoming increasingly blurred. In such a context, it is also important to address work issues from the perspective of the adequacy of protections available to migrant workers, the implications of working remotely across territories, and the challenges of studying abroad, and to join forces in creating a more just and inclusive world.

Who should attend? This multidisciplinary program is open to all members of the legal community, including the judiciary, tribunal community, practitioners, law professors and students, and to everyone interested in issues related to borders and mobility.

Honorary Chair

  • The Honourable Justice Mahmud Jamal, Supreme Court of Canada

Keynote Speaker

  • Her Excellency Yuliya Kovaliv, Ambassador of Ukraine, Canada

Fireside Chat

  • Ghizal Haress, Visiting Scholar, Faculty of Law and Massey College, University of Toronto; Former Ombudsperson, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan


  • The Honourable Justice P. Colleen Suche, Court of King’s Bench of Manitoba; CIAJ’s President
  • The Honourable Justice Julie Dutil, Court of Appeal of Quebec; CIAJ’s First Vice-President


  • Preeti Adhopia, Assistant Deputy Chairperson, Refugee Protection Division, Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
  • Efrat Arbel, Associate Professor, Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia
  • Amanda Aziz, Staff Lawyer, Migrant Workers Centre
  • Naivi Chikoc Barreda, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law – Civil Law Section University of Ottawa
  • Aviva Basman, Manager & Lawyer, Refugee Law Office, Legal Aid Ontario; President, Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers
  • Donald Bayne, Partner, Bayne Sellar Ertel Macrae, Ottawa
  • Ryan Stuart Beaton, lawyer, Juristes Power Law
  • Céline Castets-Renard, University Research Chair on Accountable Artificial Intelligence in a Global Context; Faculty member, Centre for Law, Technology and Society; Full Professor, Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section, University of Ottawa
  • Gerald Chan, Partner, Stockwoods LLP, Toronto
  • Bonnie Cole, Legal Counsel, Mohawk Council of Akwesasne
  • Robert J. Currie, KC, Professor of Law, Distinguished Research Professor; Schulich School of Law, Law & Technology Institute, Dalhousie University
  • Eugénie Depatie-Pelletier, Doctor in law, Adjunct Professor, Department of Geography, Laval University; Executive director, Association for the Rights of Household and Farm Workers
  • The Honourable Justice Peter H. Edelmann, Supreme Court of British Columbia
  • Wayne D. Garnons-Williams, Senior Lawyer and Principal Director, Garwill Law Professional Corporation; Principal Director, Indigenous Sovereign Trade Consultancy Ltd.; Chair, International Inter-tribal Trade and Investment Organization
  • Janet Henchey, Director General and Senior General Counsel, International Assistance Group, National Litigation Sector, Justice Headquarters, Justice Canada
  • Asha Kaushal, Associate Professor, Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia
  • Ferry de Kerckhove, former Canadian Ambassador; Professor, Centre for International Policy Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ottawa
  • Awatif Lakhdar, Partner, Lavery Lawyers
  • Constance MacIntosh, Professor, Faculty of Law, Dalhousie University
  • Audrey Macklin, Professor & Rebecca Cook Chair in Human Rights Law, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto
  • Michael Kanentakeron Mitchell, Former Grand Chief, Mohawk Council of Akwesasne
  • Delphine Nakache, Full Professor, Faculty of Law – French Common Law, University of Ottawa
  • Anthony Navaneelan, Barrister and Solicitor, Refugee Law Office, Legal Aid Ontario
  • Mélanie Raymond, Administrative Judge, Tribunal administratif du travail
  • The Honourable Justice Lobat Sadrehashemi, Federal Court
  • Doug Saunders, journalist, author and columnist, The Globe and Mail
  • Banafsheh Sokhansanj, Senior General Counsel, National Litigation Sector, Justice Canada
  • Demetra Fr. Sorvatzioti, Associate Professor, Department of Law, School of Law, University of Nicosia, Cyprus
  • Azadeh Tamjeedi, Senior Legal Officer and Head of Protection Unit, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Oren Weinberg, Partner, Boulby Weinberg LLP


  • The Honourable Justice Julie Dutil, Court of Appeal of Quebec; First Vice-President, CIAJ
  • Adam O. Letourneau, K.C., Founder and Managing Partner, Letourneau LLP
  • The Honourable Justice James W. O’Reilly, Federal Court; Past-President, CIAJ
  • The Honourable J.C. Marc Richard, Chief Justice of New Brunswick
  • Sarah Rowe, J.D. Candidate, Faculty of Law – Common Law Section, University of Ottawa
  • The Honourable Justice P. Colleen Suche, Court of King’s Bench of Manitoba; President, CIAJ
  • The Honourable Justice Jeanne E. Watchuk, Supreme Court of British Columbia
  • The Honourable Justice Peter M. Willcock, Court of Appeal for British Columbia


Note: Early Bird Special fees available until August 1, 2023.

  • CIAJ Members: $895 ($995 after August 1, 2023)
  • Non-Members: $1,045 ($1,145 after August 1, 2023)
  • Young Lawyers Members (5 years or less): $625 ($725 after August 1, 2023)
  • Young Lawyer Non-Members (5 years or less): $725 ($825 after August 1, 2023)
  • Students (enrolled full-time at Canadian university): $95 **free online participation for law students only**
  • Not-for-profit: $600
  • Registration for a day: $500 per day


For further information, please contact the Project Manager of Multidisciplinary Programs, Mary Plagakis
Tel.: 514-731-2855
Email: mary.plagakis@ciaj-icaj.ca

Cancellation Policy:

  • 30 days or more before the event: Administration fees of $40
  • 7 days or more before the event: 50% of registration fees
  • Less than 7 days before the event: No refund

At any time, a participant may be replaced by another person without charge

COVID-19 Requirements

To protect everyone’s health, the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice requests that participants, CIAJ staff, faculty members and speakers are vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they benefit from a recognized medical exemption. This request is in addition to any restrictions or vaccination requirements that may be in force in the jurisdiction or at the venue where the event is being held. Masks are strongly recommended.