The GLSA is proud to announce that the Grad Ball 2018 will take place on Friday, May 11th at the McGill Faculty Club, from 6:30 pm.

The theme for this year’s Ball is: “A Touch of Gold”!

The evening will include a cocktail drink, a three-course meal, a DJ, a photobooth and a photographer!

You can purchase tickets on this website (see the tab on the right of the screen) at the rate of $48. Do not wait too long to buy your ticket, because after the 4th of May, tickets will become more expensive.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at with any inquiry as to logistics or payment.

We really hope to see most of you there!! It’s going to be a great night!

GLSA Elections & Referendum


12 September 11:59 pm : Deadline to declare candidacy for GLSA Executive Officers position & to form a Referendum Committee

14 September : Beginning of the campaigning period

21 September 4 pm – 22 September 4 pm : Voting period


Positions Open for elections:

  • President
  • VP Academic
  • VP Internal
  • VP External
  • VP Finance
  • VP Communications

Referendum Questions:

*Do you agree to abolish the LAW GRADUATE COMPUTER RESEARCH FACILITY FEE of $10 per student per semester (excluding summer), which is currently levied on all graduate law students, starting in winter 2018?  A no vote will perpetuate the fee until fall 2023, at which time it will be brought back to the membership for consideration.

*Do you agree to increase the compulsory PGSS STUDENT LIFE FUND FEE from $10.10 to $25.10 per student per semester (excluding summer) to be levied on all graduate law students, starting in winter 2018 and ending fall 2023 inclusive?  A no vote will perpetuate the fee at its current rate until brought to the membership for consideration.


The names and statements of candidates will be available soon.
The campaign arguments of Referendum committees will be available soon.

WELCOME! (updated)

We are really excited to welcome incoming graduate students at McGill University’s Faculty of Law in the coming weeks!

The GLSA is dedicated to help you settle in Montreal and we put together a number of activities for you to get to know your fellow-students and your new home!

The range of activities include Q&As sessions, parties,  a tour of campus, family picnic,  etc. Some will even be joint events with other organizations on and off campus.

Click below to download the most up to date schedule of events :

Orientation Schedule GLSA (28-aug-2017)

And here is a summary of the main events happening during the first week:

-Drop in to the Grad Lounge (3rd Floor, New Chancellor Day Hall) on Tuesday 29th August, Wednesday 30th August, or Thursday 31st August at any time between 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, or between 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm if you are an afternoon person: there will be one or more returning graduate students to meet and greet you there, answer any question, share a coffee, etc.

-The GLSA Welcome Q&A on Tuesday 29th August in the basement of Thomson House at 4:30 pm. We will provide some drinks and light snacks. Come ask all you want to know as you settling in Montréal and starting this new academic journey. Thomson House is a manor dedicated to McGill graduate students, and is located across the street from the Law Faculty. Its comfortable lounge and affordable food might make it your second home on campus.
Presentation with resources/information: glsa-welcome-qa-with-comments

-Inter-Tribal Welcome on Wednesday at 9:30 am in the Moot Court (room 101, NCDH): McGill is situated on land which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst Indigenous peoples, including the Haudenosaunee and Anishinabeg nations. This ceremony will feature Indigenous welcoming traditions, and serves to honour and respect the diverse Indigenous peoples connected to this territory on which we gather.

-A walking tour of campus on Wednesday 30th August at 12:30 pm, to help you find your way around Old and New Chancellor Day Halls, show you the secret path to stay warm on the way to get (better) coffee in winter, etc.

-LLM Speed Meet on Wednesday 30th August at 3 pm in Rutherford Park: Come meet your new LLM classmates. We have great ways for you to get to know each one another!

A BBQ with our friends from Université de Montréal on Wednesday 30th August from 4:30 pm. It’s a little hike to get to the top, but the view is well worth it! Come discover this highlight of Montréal, and meet fellow law grad students. You might even find a pal to practice your French with! The picnic will happen in the grass area behind the chalet, at the very top of the mountain. A group will depart from in front of the law library, you can join them if you are unsure about the way to get there.

A treasure hunt for LLM students on Thursday 31st August at 4:00 pm: discover the area!
-Drinks at Thomson House for DCL students, on Thursday 31st August at 4:30 pm: come meet old and new doctoral students. DCL drinks on Thursday evening might even become a weekly tradition !

-The Associate Dean’s welcome lunch on Friday 1st September from 12:30 pm: after a morning full of academic information, you deserve lunch! The Associate Dean will give a welcome speech at 1 pm. You are then invited to stick around, as the GLSA will happily provide some advice on getting involved in the life of our social and academic community, preparing for winter, etc. and answer any remaining question.

-The traditional family picnic in park Lafontaine on Saturday 2nd September at noon. We will meet at the corner of Rachel street and Fabre street, just by the picnic area. Feel free to bring your family, friends, or even your pet, we would love to meet them too! We will provide some light food, but recommend you bring something to share as well. We also encourage bringing a soccer ball, pétanques/boules, card games, etc. It is a family time in the park after all!


Stay connected with us thanks to our NEW Facebook group page : join That’s where we will post important updates and information when they don’t deserve an email.

Please do not hesitate to contact Jo Murray ( if you have any question or concerns about the orientation activities!


See you very soon!


The GLSA is proud to invite you to the 2017 edition of the Grad Ball!

The event will take place on 28 April 2017, from 7:00 pm at McGill University Faculty Club (3450, rue McTavish, Montréal)

The organization team has set the following theme: “Chic & Choc” – classy outfit with a ‘shocking’ touch!
The evening will include a cocktail drink, a meal, a DJ and a photographer!

You can purchase tickets on this website (see the tab on the right of the screen) at the following rates:
– $30 for students who have previously paid the GLSA membership fee
– $40 for students who have not

Please do not hesitate to contact us at with any inquiry as to logistics or payment.

We really hope to see most of you there!! It’s going to be a great night!

GLSA Annual Graduate Conference 2017


The graduate students of McGill University’s Faculty of Law are pleased to announce their annual graduate law conference.
The conference will be held in Montreal, Canada, on May 13 and 14, 2017.

Here is the call for papers:

We invite graduate students in law and related disciplines to submit papers on the theme of the conference (below), and particularly issues of global significance.
Speakers will present their research in panels on various aspects of the theme, each moderated by a chair.
This conference offers an academic forum for graduate students, other scholars, members of the legal profession, government and industry to consider, exchange and develop new ideas, concepts and approaches that bridge the gap between law and other disciplines.
Particularly designed for graduate students, this conference aims at creating a dynamic forum for new and emerging scholars to stretch intellectual boundaries, receive feedback on their research and build academic networks.
Further, conference participants will have the opportunity to share in McGill University’s rich intellectual culture, with its vibrant graduate community.
Conference Theme:
The theme for this year’s conference is “Governing our commons: what matters to us today”.
In the words of the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) (online: The ‘Global Commons’ refers to resource domains or areas that lie outside of the political
reach of any one nation State. International law identifies four global commons namely: the High Seas; the Atmosphere; Antarctica; and, Outer Space.
However, when the conference organizers refer to the commons, they use the term in a far broader sense, as meaning anything or anyone in which the public at large has a common interest, including but not restricted to the following:
– air and space;
– cyberspace;
– the environment;
– democracy;
– energy;
– food;
– health care;
– human rights;
– indigenous peoples;
– intellectual property;
– international relations and the international legal order;
– the protection of cultural rights;
– privacy;
– telecommunications;
– international crimes; and
– the protection of the human person and human society.
In other words, the conference organizers mean any resource of interest to humankind—whether natural or human-made.
We are seeking a diverse range of papers touching on the commons in the legal sphere and from other disciplines related to law.
We encourage applicants to view the theme as an opportunity to explore diverse ideas.
The theme of the conference touches on how to govern the commons—which matter to us, as humankind—so that we do the right thing today, in a sustainable way.
The conference will be held in collaboration with the Dean Maxwell and Isle Cohen Doctoral Seminar Series in International Law. This seminar is held in honour of the late Maxwell Cohen and his wife Isle. As Dean of McGill University’s Faculty of Law (from 1964 to 1969), Maxwell
Cohen was pivotal in establishing McGill as an institution at the forefront of legal education in Canada. He remains renowned for his international law scholarship. The seminar is aimed at encouraging doctoral and post-doctoral researchers with a keen interest in international law to present their research and discuss it with fellow researchers and professors. This year, the
seminar will explore the interrelationship between our commons and international law. The seminar will provide an opportunity to conference participants to discuss the application ofinternational norms to the commons. The panels on May 14, 2017, will be devoted to international law.

Submission Instructions:
Proposals should include:
– the title of the paper;
– a 300-word (maximum) abstract, with 5 keywords (not counted in the 300 words);
– a 100-word (maximum) mini-biography of the applicant;
– the applicant’s full institutional affiliation, including the name of his/her program (e.g. LL.M., D.C.L., Ph.D., S.J.D.), his/her level in the program (e.g. 1st year, 2nd year, 3rd year), and (if applicable) the year when (s)he completed his/her graduate program;
– the applicant’s email address; and
– the applicant’s telephone number; and
state whether the applicant would like funding for travel to Montreal (such funding being subject to availability and to the agreement of the conference organizers).
Applicants should be current graduate (LL.M., D.C.L., Ph.D., S.J.D. or similar) students or have completed the requirements of a graduate program recently (in 2015 or later).
Exceptional proposals from undergraduate (B.C.L., LL.B., J.D., B.A. or similar) students will be considered.
Proposals written in either English or French will be considered.
Proposals will be evaluated according to their:
– relevance to the theme;
– interest that they present in connection with other proposals;
– substantive quality; and
– formal quality (in particular language).
Proposals must be submitted via email by 18:00 Montreal-time (UTC -05:00) on February 26, 2017 to:
Successful applicants will be informed by March 10, 2017.
Detailed information will be posted regularly on the conference website, at: may be directed via email to the conference organizers at: