The Canada-United States Law Institute’s annual conference, An Example of Cooperation and Common Cause: Enhancing Canada-US Security and Prosperity through the Great Lakes and North American Trade will be held in Cleveland April 2-4. It is sponsored by the Case Western Reserve University School of Law and the University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law. From the conference organizers:
This conference will assemble 200-250 representatives of the new US administration and Congress, Canadian government officials, legal practitioners, industry leaders, NGOs, scholars, and the media at a three day event examining the future of the Canada-US relationship. The initial conference proceedings will target our vital common cause sectors such as trade/investment, manufacturing, infrastructure, innovation, energy, agriculture, and the Great Lakes. The latter proceedings will feature expert panels that will make recommendations as to the manner in which to enhance the International Boundary Waters Treaty as well as North American trade. All conference proceedings will be published in the Canada-United States Law Journal, the leading legal and most-widely cited publication addressing the Canada-US relationship.
The conference will look comprehensively at both economic and environmental issues in U.S.-Canadian relations, with a special focus on the role of trade in economic recovery and management of the Great Lakes. Highlights include remarks by Jim Blanchard, former Michigan governor and former US Ambassador to Canada during the Clinton administration. I’ll be speaking on a panel on emerging Great Lakes legal issues with Dr. Murray Clamen, Canadian Section Secretary for the International Joint Commission; David Naftzger, Executive Director of the Council of Great Lakes Governors; and Captain Lorne Thomas of the U.S. Coast Guard. Another panel will look in detail at local governance of the Great Lakes with Kendra Fogarty, Consulate General of Canada-Chicago; David Ullrich, Executive Director of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Cities Initiative; Professor Chris Shafer of Cooley Law School; and David Brooks, Senior Advisor on Fresh Water for Friends of the Earth. See the full conference program for all details.