Public and Private International Law Research Group

United Nations building flag displayThe Public and Private International Law (PPIL) Research Group was founded in 2018 to foster collaboration, debate, and engagement on international law at Western Law. The Research Group draws on Western Law’s faculty strength in international law, including members with expertise across both Public International Law and Private International Law. In doing so, it provides a unique platform for scholarly engagement both within these areas of law as well as between them. The PPIL Research Group will serve as the hub for international law events and international law scholarship at Western Law. The Group’s members work on a wide range of issues, spanning international human rights law, international trade law, private international law, international labour law, international criminal law, the history and theory of international law, and beyond.

Past International Law and Global Justice Lectures

  • November 9, 2021: Third Annual International Law and Global Justice Lecture, delivered by Chile Eboe-Osuji on “Immunity before International Courts: How There Never Was”
  • November 6, 2020: International Law and Global Justice Lecture, Payam Akhavan (Massey College; University of Toronto; Permanent Court of Arbitration), "Justice for Genocide: Reflections on the World Court Rohingya Case"
  • November 11, 2019: International Law and Global Justice Lecture, Jutta Brunnée (University of Toronto Faculty of Law), "International Law in the Age of Populism"

Other Past Events

  • November 23, 2021: Cris van Eijk, “There is No Sacred Timeline: Time, Variance, and Authority in Space Lawmaking”
  • October 20, 2021: Panel on "Between Legitimacy and Control: The Taliban and Recognition under International Law", Nafay Choudhury (St. Catharine's College, Cambridge), Valerie Oosterveld (Western Law), Ryan Liss (Western Law), and Azadeh Tamjeedi (UNHCR) (organized in association with the Western International Law Association)
  • March 12, 2021: Panel on “The International Criminal Court and Prosecutor v Ongwen,” Valerie Oosterveld (Western Law) and Ryan Liss (Western Law) (organized in association with the Western Law International Law Association).
  • March 5, 2021: “Roundtable on the UN Women Commissions of Inquiry Project”
  • November 24, 2020: Panel on “International Law and COVID-19: A Critical Analysis of the Global Response,” Jacob Shelley (Western Law), Ukaba Ogbogu (University of Alberta Faculty of Law), Fabien Gélinas (McGill Faculty of Law) and Valerie Oosterveld (Western Law)
  • Monday, September 9, 2019: International Law and Global Justice Speaker Series, Ambassador Rosemary McCarney, (Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva) (co-sponsored by the Distinguished Speaker Series)
  • Saturday, September 21, 2019: PPIL Research Group Works-in-Progress Workshop on International Criminal Law
  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019: International Law and Global Justice Speaker Series, “International Law and Climate Change: Challenges and Possibilities”

Research Group Directors

  • Ryan Liss (Co-Director): Public International Law, International Criminal Law, International Human Rights Law, and International Humanitarian Law
  • Valerie Oosterveld (Co-Director): International Criminal Law (including sexual and gender-based crimes) and Transitional Justice

Research Group Members

  • Bassem Awad (visiting member): International Intellectual Property, International Trade Law, Data Governance and Disruptive Technologies (Artificial Intelligence and Big Data)
  • Colin Campbell (visiting member): International Taxation and Treaties
  • Chi Carmody: Public International Law, International Trade Law, Legal Theory and International Organizations
  • Francesco Ducci: Competition / Antitrust Law and Policy, Economic and Social Regulation, International Trade Law, and Law and Economics
  • Jennifer Farrell: International Taxation and Treaties
  • Nadia Lambek: International Law and Social Movements (International Law "from Below"), Critical Approaches to International Law, Public International Law, International Human Rights Law, International Labour Law
  • Joanna Langille: Private International Law, International Trade Law, International Law Theory
  • Michael Lynk: International Labour Law, International Humanitarian Law, International Human Rights Law
  • Margaret Martin: International Criminal Law, and International Law Theory
  • Stephen Pitel: Private International Law
  • Akis Psygkas: Comparative Public Law, EU Law, Global Governance
  • Elizabeth Steyn: International Human Rights Law; International Environmental Law; International Trade Law; Extractive Industries, Energy & Sustainability
  • Joanna Quinn: Transitional Justice; Customary Law; Restorative Justice
  • Jeffrey Warnock (visiting member): International Human Rights Law (particularly as it pertains to Indigenous peoples) and The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples