Queen's Law alumni, Queen's students currently registered in a JD or graduate program, and anyone interested in international law, are welcome to attend a Queen's Law conference on international law at the Bader International Study Centre, Herstmonceux Castle.

Visit the university’s fabled caste in England and learn more about current trends in international law. The conference will also celebrate Dean Flanagan’s 14-year tenure as dean, which will come to a close in June 2019. Dean Flanagan founded the BISC international law program in 2001, and since that time over 800 students have completed the program, many moving on to careers in international law.


Advance registration is required.

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Provisional Program



17:00 – 20:00 – Dinner in the castle dining hall

19:00 – 21:00 – Welcome Reception


08:00 – 09:00 – Breakfast in castle dining hall

09:00 – 09:30 – Welcome

09:30 – 11:00 – Panel: International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

Chaired by: TBC

Michael Schoiswohl, Principal Legal Officer (International Law), Department of Legal Affairs of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine and Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) Reflections on the Role of the United Nations in the Protection of Human Rights
Phillip Drew, Law'00, LLM'12, Associate Professor, Australian National University College of Law Unprincipled Principles: Reassessing the Principle of Proportionality in the 21st Century IHL Paradigm
Erica Maidment, Law'11 TBA
Samantha Wynne, Law'13, Human Rights Lawyer, Legal Assistance Centre, Windhoek, Namibia International Norms and the Status of the Responsibility to Protect
Linda Yang, Legal Fellow, International Justice Mission, Cebu Field Office Ending Online Sexual Exploitation of Children: A Canadian Lawyer in the Philippines
Sheru Abdulhusein, Law'14, Barrister and Solicitor; Participant in the Canadian Bar Association Young Lawyers International Program (YLIP) Vulnerable and Uncertain: Challenges and Opportunities in the Global Human Rights Landscape

11:30 – 12:30 – Keynote address by Kim Prost, Judge, International Criminal Court

12:30 – 14:00 – Lunch in the castle dining hall

14:00 –15:30 – Panel: International Economic Law I

Chaired by: Anthony Vanduzer, Hyman Soloway Chair in Business and Trade Law and Full Professor, Faculty of Law – Common Law Section, University of Ottawa

Nadine Valenti, Counsel, Trade Law Bureau, Government of Canada A fine balance: a government lawyer’s perspective on bridging the divide between trade policy and the practice of trade law
Pierre-Olivier Savoie, Principal, Savoie Arbitration Investment Treaty Law and Banking Regulation: The GATS Prudential Exception as Customary International Law?
Azeem Manghat, Law'18, Student-at-Law, Trade Law Bureau, Government of Canada Conceptualizing the Investment Court System (“ICS”) provided for in the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the EU and Canada (“CETA”)
Brendan Robertson, Law'18; Student-at-Law, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP and Scott Falls, Law'18, LLM'19 Candidate, University of Geneva / Graduate Institute; Student-at-Law, DLA Piper LLP The Borders of WTO Jurisdiction: the Invocation of the National Security Exception in WTO Dispute Settlement

16:00 – 17:30 – Panel: International Commercial Arbitration 

Chaired by: Matthew Secomb, Partner, White & Case, Singapore

The Honourable Colin L. Campbell Q.C., Law'65, Amicus Chambers; Retired Judge, Superior Court of Justice, Ontario The Process of International Arbitration – Time, Cost, Choices 
Jack Maslen, Law'12, Senior Associate, Borden Ladner Gervais, Calgary The Arbitration Agreement – Who Should Make the First Decision of Validity?
Dianna L. Kyles, Law'03, Senior Counsel, Anadarko Algeria Company, London; PhD Candidate, Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London TBA
Gordon Kaiser, Law'71 New Developments in International Commercial Arbitration

17:30 – 19:00 – Dinner in the castle dining hall

19:00 – 21:00 –  Reception with students in the 2019 International Law Programs


08:00 – 09:00 – Breakfast in the castle dining hall

09:00 – 10:30 – Panel: Topics in International Law

Chaired by: Ardi Imseis, Assistant Professor, Queen’s University Faculty of Law

Dr. Gail Whiteman, Ph.D'00 International Law and Sustainability 
Edward Kwakwa, LLM'86, Senior Director, Department for Traditional Knowledge and Global Challenges, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual Property

Hugh Adsett, Law'93,Global Affairs Canada

The Extraterritorial Application of Human Rights Treaties: Developments

Waikwa Wanyoike, Law'02, Strategic Litigation Director, Open Society Justice Initiative)  

The Use of Strategic Litigation to Foster International Justice

10:45 – 12:15 – Panel: International Economic Law II

Chaired by: Valerie Hughes, Adjunct Professor at Queen’s Law, former Director of the Appellate Body Secretariat of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and former Director of the Legal Affairs Division of the WTO

Monique Smith, Law'91, formerly Ontario’s Representative in Washington, DC TBA
Julia Webster, Law'13, Senior Associate, Borden Ladner Gervais and Jacob Mantle, Law'16, Associate, Borden Ladner Gervais Playing by the rules? Safeguards and Steel Wars
Brandon Chung, Law'17, Associate, Borden Ladner Gervais, Vancouver Protecting human rights in investor-state dispute settlement
Rambod Behboodi, Partner, King & Spalding, Geneva China, the United States, and the multilateral trading order: fastening our seatbelts for a bumpy road
Robert McDougall, Senior Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation Settling Trade Disputes in a Turbulent Multipolar World

12:15 – 13:00 – Lunch in the castle dining hall

13:00 – 14:00 – Keynote address by Stephen de Boer, Ambassador, Canadian Mission to the WTO

14:00 – 15:30 – Panel: Transnational and International Criminal Law

Chaired by: Norman Farrell, Prosecutor, Special Tribunal for Lebanon

Katie Gustafson, Senior enforcement litigator, Ontario Securities Commission; formerly Senior Appeals Counsel, Office of the Prosecutor of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT) The Development of the Law of Genocide
Melissa McKay, Law'14, International Justice and Human Rights Clinic, Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia Putting Patriarchy on Trial: Feminist Legal Theory in International Criminal Litigation
Susan Ficek, Law'78, former Senior Crown Counsel, Ministry of the Attorney General; former Deputy Director for Prosecution Support International Law, Financial Crimes and Money Laundering
Jodie Al-Mqbali, Law'18, Judicial Law Clerk/Student-at-Law, Ontario Superior Court of Justice Childhood Interrupted: Victims, Perpetrators, and the Criminal Liability of Child Soldiers
Blake Van Santen, Law'18 International Law Immunities for State Officials

16:00 – 17:30 – Panel: International Business Transactions 

Chaired by: Joshua Karton, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Queen's University

Aliya Ramji, Law'07, Senior Director, Legal and Corporate Affairs, Figure 1, Toronto TBA
Vanessa Grant, Law'95, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada TBA
Kaori Miyake, Law'95, Corporate Counsel, Johnson Controls An In-house View of the Challenges and the Rewards of Negotiating International Business Transactions: A Report from Tokyo
Jeannette Tramhel, Law'87, Senior Legal Officer, Department of International Law, Secretariat of Legal Affairs, Organization of American States Practical Experiences in Developing Legal Instruments
Martha Monterrosa, Law'12, Advisor to the Sanctions Officer, Inter-American Development Bank Multilateral Development Banks and the fight against fraud and corruption in development projects – investigations and sanctions system

19:00 – 21:00 – Banquet Dinner and Celebration of Bill Flanagan's Tenure as Dean of Queen's Law

Accommodation Options

Queen's Law has block booked rooms for conference guests in nearby Eastbourne. Please book rooms directly with the hotel; allocations are first come first served.

Hydro Hotel

10 bedrooms (mixed occupancy) all with a private bathroom
£67.50 per person per night inclusive of Bed & Breakfast 
Group reservation number: GA01089
Booking deadline: April 30, 2019

To book, please contact:
Hannah Francis
Senior Assistant Manager 
01323 720643

Best Western Lansdowne Hotel

20 double rooms at £100 / 10 single rooms £60
Group Reservation: “Queen’s Law”
Booking deadline: April 30, 2019

To book, please contact:
Helena Jarosz
Reservations/Groups Manager
01323 745482

Other Options

For a list of some B&Bs, Inns, and small hotels in the surrounding area, please consult the Local Area Accommodation Suggestions.


The castle has a great relationship with Harbourside Taxis, both cars and minibuses are available for booking.

800 169 9532 - free from any phone in the UK
07834 714751 - 24 hour cell

Travel and Tourism Around the BISC

Traveling with a partner? You may wish to consult our Travel & Tourism guide, highlighting features of the area of interest to visitors.

LSO Professional Development

Participation in this program may be eligible for satisfaction of the Law Society of Ontario’s Continuing Professional Development “substantive hours” annual filing requirement. Participants who are Members of the LSO should communicate with the LSO about this directly.