Canadian Council on International Law

Ronald St. John Macdonald Munk School of Global Affairs Global Affairs Canada

The Canadian Council on International Law (CCIL) is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1972 by Sir Ronald St. John Macdonald. The mandate of the organization is to further the worldwide discussion of international legal issues including public and private international law. The organization brings together all four sectors of law, namely private practitioners, scholars, NGO's, and government lawyers, through various events and an annual Conference held at the Government of Canada facility of foreign affairs, currently known as Global Affairs Canada.

The organization also honours outstanding lawyers and students through awards and scholarships, including the John E. Read Medal, the Public Sector Lawyer Award, the Leslie C. Green Veterans Scholarship and, importantly, the John Peters Humphrey Student Fellowships.[1]

Former recipients of the John E. Read Medal include: Stephen Toope, current Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto;[2] and Donald McRae, Hyman Soloway Chair and Full Professor at the University of Ottawa.[3]

Past Presidents of the organization include: the above-noted Stephen Toope; Donald McRae; Valerie Hughes, former Director, Legal Affairs, of the World Trade Organization Secretariat;[4] Robert Brookfield, Deputy Legal Adviser and Director General, Trade Law Bureau, Global Affairs Canada; Craig Forcese, Associate Professor, the University of Ottawa;[5] and Adrienne Jarabek Marion, a prominent human rights lawyer in Ottawa.[6] The full list is on their website.[7]

The current sitting President of the organization is Marie-Claude Boisvert, an international trade and investment lawyer, working at the Trade Law Bureau, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada.


  1. ^ "ccil". ccil. Retrieved 2016-06-06.
  2. ^ "Munk School Director Elect Stephen J. Toope Receives John E. Read Medal from CCIL | Munk School of Global Affairs". Retrieved 2016-06-06.
  3. ^ "McRae, Donald M. | Faculty of Law - Common Law Section | University of Ottawa". Retrieved 2016-06-06.
  4. ^ Turnbull, Amanda. "Faculty of Law | Common Law Section - Alumna Valerie Hughes (79) Appointed Director, Legal Affairs, WTO Secretariat". Archived from the original on 2016-06-24. Retrieved 2016-06-06.
  5. ^ "Forcese, Craig | Faculty of Law - Common Law Section | University of Ottawa". Retrieved 2016-06-06.
  6. ^ "Adrienne Jarabek Marion, Honorary Director – OWIT-Ottawa".
  7. ^ "ccil". ccil. Retrieved 2016-06-06.