Postponed: Jean-Gabriel Castel lecture explores international commmercial arbitration

Janet Walker

Please note this event has been postponed.

Janet Walker, professor of law (past associate dean) at York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School, will present the annual Jean-Gabriel Castel Lecture on international law and international organizations on Tuesday, March 13.

The event, hosted by Glendon Campus, is free to attend by registering online.

The lecture, titled “International Commercial Arbitration in an Era of Transparency”, will be delivered in English at the BMO Conference Centre, Glendon Hall, at 7:30pm.

Janet Walker
Janet Walker

In addition to being a York University faculty member, Walker is a CIArb chartered arbitrator, a member of the Ontario Bar, and licensed legal consultant, New York State Bar. She has served in ad hoc and administered arbitrations in a variety of seat.

For 20 years, Walker has consulted on and provided expert evidence in cross-border and complex litigation, and has served on law reform working groups for the American Law Institute, ABA, IBA and the Uniform Law Conference of Canada, including its international arbitration legislation project advisory board.

She authors Canada’s main text on private international law, Canadian Conflict of Laws, and Halsbury’s Laws of Canada, Conflict of Laws. She is the general editor of The Civil Litigation Process, Class Actions in Canada, and a co-editor of Common Law, Civil Law and the Future of Categories and Private International Law in Common Law Canada, as well as author of many journal articles.

Walker was advisor (common law) to Canada’s Federal Courts rules committee (2006-15), and CIArb academic advisor (2014-15). She is the International Law Association Canadian branch’s past-president, International Association of Procedural Law’s secretary general; and she coached the Osgoode Vis Team (2001-14). She was Leverhulme professor at University College, Oxford, Hauser global law professor at NYU and NYU/NUS in Singapore, and visiting professor at in Tunisia (2001-14) and Australia, Israel, Italy, Croatia and China.

She is a member of the ACICA, BVI, CIETAC, HKIAC ICDR, KLRCA, SCIA SHIAC, SIAC and Ukranian panels, and has a good working knowledge of Spanish and French. She is founding member of ICC Canada, Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society, CIArb Toronto Chapter (founding chair), Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners, and ArbitralWomen; and member of LCIA, IBA, ICCA and the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators.

About the annual Jean-Gabriel Castel Lecture

The annual Jean-Gabriel Castel Lecture was created in 2004 to honour Professor Jean-Gabriel Castel, an internationally acknowledged jurist and now emeritus Distinguished Research Professor in international law at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and Officer of the Order of Canada.

For a decade, Castel taught international law to Glendon’s undergraduate students in the International Studies Program. This public lecture series was launched in order to honour his contribution to this department, and to give the students in the Department of International Studies, as well as other social sciences disciplines, the opportunity to hear an eminent jurist and/or a well-known personality in public life discuss issues in law that demand public debate.

The first speaker in the series was Castel himself, who spoke in February 2005 on the topic “The Legality and Legitimacy of Unilateral Armed Intervention in an Age of Terror, Neo-Imperialism and Massive Violations of Human Rights. Is International Law Evolving in the Right Direction?”.

For more on the background, visit the website.