Webinar Series on “The Law of Borders”

Date: June 21 - October 3, 2023
Price per person: $45 (Groups should register at the rate of $45 x the number of participants) / Free for CIAJ Members, but it is mandatory to fill the registration form.
Location: Online

Bilingual program with simultaneous interpretation
Participation in this program is accredited in provinces where CLE requirements for lawyers are mandatory.

This webinar series has been designed to initiate discussion and pave the way to CIAJ’s 47th Annual Conference on the Law of Borders to be held in Ottawa on October 25-27, 2023. The webinars aim to enrich the participants’ knowledge of the subjects that will be component parts of the larger issues examined at the conference, providing attendees with in-depth knowledge so as to enrich the discussions that will take place.

Start time according to different time zones in Canada
PT: 12:30 pm / MT: 1:30 pm / CT: 2:30 pm / ET: 3:30 pm / AT: 4:30 pm / NT: 5:00 pm
The time zone used in the program is Eastern Time

NOTE: The 90-minute webinars are free for CIAJ members, but registration is mandatory. It will be possible to register until noon (Eastern Time), the day prior to the webinar. Confirmed guest speakers and moderators can be found below.


  • 1st Webinar: June 21, 2023: Questing for Parentage: Surrogacy Across Borders

Speakers: Dr. Stefanie Carsley, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law − Common Law Section, University of Ottawa; Vanessa Gruben, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law − Common Law Section, University of Ottawa; Erin Nelson, Professor, Fellow and Member of the Advisory Board, Health Law Institute, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta
Moderator:Angela Campbell, Full Professor & Associate Provost (Equity & Academic Policies), McGill University Faculty of Law

Surrogacy has become a popular option for couples or individuals to become parents when they cannot conceive a child. While surrogacy offers the hope of parenthood to a wide diversity of people, it also raises complex legal and ethical issues, particularly when arrangements cross national or international borders.

Because each province has jurisdiction over surrogacy, the rules may vary from one place to another within Canada. The federal Assisted Human Reproduction Act also regulates surrogacy, notably prohibiting compensation for a surrogate beyond reimbursement for reasonable expenses. Despite the overlapping and varying set of laws, many people from outside the country arrange surrogacy agreements in Canada.

This webinar explores the ethical considerations, challenges, and complexities of cross-border surrogacy. The panellists will discuss the legal implications for intended parents, surrogates, and the children born through surrogacy, and examine potential gaps in the laws and regulations related to it.

Join us for an engaging discussion and learn from our experts to develop a comprehensive understanding of the complex issues surrounding surrogacy across borders.

  • 2nd Webinar: August 22, 2023: Accountability and Regulation of Canadian Resource Extraction Corporations Abroad

Speakers: Sara Ghebremusse, Assistant Professor, Peter A Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia; Shin Imai, Professor Emeritus, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
Moderator: Matt Eisenbrandt, Director of Transnational Investigations, Camp Fiorante Matthews Mogerman LLP

Canadian resource extraction corporations play a significant role in the global economy. This webinar aims to shed light on the challenges associated with regulating and holding corporations accountable for their actions abroad.

The session will provide an in-depth analysis of the regulatory framework governing Canadian corporations’ activities outside of Canada, including the measures in place to ensure their accountability for human rights violations, environmental damage, and other social impacts.

The panelists will also discuss the role of international human rights law and share their perspectives on the challenges and risks associated with engaging in high-risk activities in developing countries.

The session will be moderated by an expert in the field. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage in a Q&A session with the panellists and gain a deeper understanding of the complexities of regulating and holding Canadian resource extraction corporations accountable for their actions abroad, as well as the potential for responsible and sustainable corporate behavior.

  • 3rd Webinar: September 19, 2023: Resource Extraction on Indigenous Land

  • 4th Webinar: October 3, 2023: The Workings of International Legal Instruments



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