McGill law professor to examine navigation in Canada’s Arctic waters

Glendon’s annual Jean-Gabriel Castel Lecture on International Law & International Organizations will take place tomorrow, March 11, at 7:30pm in the Glendon BMO Conference Centre.

The lecture, “Navigation in Canada’s Arctic Waters: Is There a Problem?”, offered in English and French, will be delivered by McGill University law Professor Armand de Mestral. A professor of international law, international trade law and the law of the European community, de Mestral holds the Jean Monnet Chair in the Law of International Economic Integration at McGill University.

Left: Armand de Mestral

He has written extensively on international trade law, Canadian comparative and constitutional law, and international law. De Mestral has also served on the World Trade Organization and NAFTA dispute settlement and arbitration tribunals.

De Mestral served as president of the Canadian Red Cross Society from 1999 to 2001 and was made a member of the Order of Canada in December 2007.

Attendance is free but organizers are requesting reservations as seating is limited. To RSVP, send an e-mail to or call 416-487-6727.

About the Jean-Gabriel Castel Lecture Series on International Law

The annual Jean-Gabriel Castel Lecture was established in 2005 to examine major legal issues of general concern. Castel is a distinguished senior scholar and research professor emeritus at York’s Osgoode Hall Law School who lectures on international law at Glendon. He is an author, international arbitrator, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Officer of the Order of Canada and Knight of the French Légion d’honneur.

One of the first foreign Fulbright scholars, he studied at Harvard Law School, where he obtained a doctorate in law. In his 52 years of teaching, 46 at Osgoode and, in part, Glendon, Castel has authored dozens of books and treatises in English and French and over 100 scholarly articles. He served as editor-in-chief of The Canadian Bar Review for 27 years and received the David W. Mundell Medal for Excellence in Legal Writing in 2004.