Category Archives: International Law

LegalEase Episode 8 – February 2010 – The Legitimatrix

Welcome to LegalEase – a Montreal-based, produced and broadcast radio show concerning “The Law”. This month’s episode is entitled: The Legitimatrix.

Professor Sherwin

True to content, Professor Richard Sherwin’s lecture carries the same name. He gave the annual Beatty lecture in 2010 – it was entitled: LEGITIMATRIX: LAW, ETHICS AND THE DIGITAL NEO-BAROQUE. How are new visual technologies are transforming the practice and theory of law? This raises new questions, such as: What authorizes visual meaning as a matter of law? LegalEase sat down with the Professor and picked his brain.

Daniel Mayer continues his four part series on ‘French Canadian identity outside Quebec’, focusing his second installment on the cultural and political development of Franco-Ontarien identity in the 20th Century.

Franco-Ontarian Flag

LegalEase catches up with Nafay Choudhury to learn about the recent Omar Khadr decision from the Supreme Court of Canada. Choudhry attended the pleadings in 2009 for the case and has valuable insights to share.
Omar Khadr

Check out the Khadr decision here: Canada (Prime Minister) v. Khadr, 2010 SCC 3

Our final segment features a new student-run international law blog called, “Legal Frontiers”. Law student Dan King tells us a little bit about the project. Check it out at

Enjoy! Check us out at or email us at legalease[at]


Episode 6 – December 2009 – Mining for Law

This is the first update in a while, but its a good one. Hold on to your socks and stockings.

McKay in Action

Check out the show here or here

Welcome to LegalEase – a Montreal-based, produced and broadcast radio show concerning “The Law”. Episode 6 is divided into two parts.

First, contributor Phil Duguay will look at various aspects of the recent Canadian parliamentary initiative Bill C-300 on Mining. Duguay interviews the bill’s primary author, member of parliament Hon. John McKay (Scarborough—Guildwood, Lib.).

In short, the purpose of the Act is to, “ensure that corporations engaged in mining, oil or gas activities and receiving support from the Government of Canada act in a manner consistent with international environmental best practices and with Canada’s commitments to international human rights standards.”


Universities Allied for Essential Medicines: Our drugs. Our labs. Our responsibility.

Second, we will play some footage from a recent discussion Panel entitled: Improving Global Access to McGill’s Health Innovations. The theme is the equitable licensing of drugs. We will hear from Ms. Rachel Kiddell-Monroe, the President of the Board for Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM).

Enjoy! Check us out at or email us at legalease[at]

LegalEase Podcast- CKUT 90.3 Montreal – November 2009 – Community and Rights

This month’s LEGALEASE show draws on the work of three contributors and one great host. First, Phil Duguay interviews Kevin Matthews, Executive Director of the National Campus and Community Radio Association, on the future of community radio in Canada. This is in light of recent hearings by the Canadian Radio Telecommunications Commission on the subject.

Next, Mae Nam offers a glimpse into a gender sensitivity training session for the Philippine Judiciary. In conclusion, we turn to Canadian Dimension’s Alert Radio. Their piece looks at the Gitxsan proposal to give up their status under the Indian Act. Check out more from LegalEase at or contact the collective at legalease[at]

LEGALEASE on CKUT- Summer shows archived for your aural enjoyment

McGill Law’s Radio show LEGALEASE on CKUT 90.3 FM is available online now! Unlimited quantity. Here is a look at some of the trouble we’ve been stirring up this summer. We are a collective of law students at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

1. EPISODE 1: Wrath (July 10, 2009) –

This week we first look at the situation in Iran post the 2009 elections and popular protests. In the second portion we read law into J. Steinbeck’s novel The Grapes of Wrath.

2. EPISODE 2: Judges and Improv (July 31, 2009) –

Here we consider the following question: is the Judge an improvisatory virtuoso?

In our first half, LEGALEASE takes a look at the recent conference ‘Lex Non Scripta, Ars Non Scripta: Law, Justice and Improvisation’ which took place at the Sala Rossa on June 19th and 20th, 2009, featuring an address by Jonathan Neufeld, an assitant professor of philosophy at Vanderbilt University.

In the second half of the program we speak with Venezuelan Supreme Court Justice Fernando Vegas Torrealba on being a revolutionary lawyer, the 1999 Constitution, and other fun topics (i.e. socialism).