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The Power of a Resilient and Creative Mind: how to transform COVID-19 into a positive outcome

The Power of a Resilient and Creative Mind: how to transform COVID-19 into a positive outcome

  • June 26, 2020
  • Delara Emami

Why resilience as a topic? I have read countless articles on mental well-being and the power and importance of being resilient. Resilience is a very sought after trait in all professions, particularly in the legal profession where we are constantly dealing with important decisions, challenges and obstacles put before us by our clients, our colleagues and our peers, while also managing our personal lives.

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Canada Joins WIPO’s Patent Law Treaty in its Unprecedented Intellectual Property “Going Global” Move for the Second Time in the Same Year

  • October 29, 2019
  • Mekhriban Mamedova

When the Patent Law Treaty comes into force for Canada on October 30, 2019, it will be the second time this year and the third time within the last two years that Canada has made an official statement to the international community that it is serious about “going global” and joining yet another major international WIPO treaty.

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Hardship, Starvation, and Hyperinflation: Applying the 1951 Refugee Convention to Venezuela's Humanitarian Crisis

  • April 30, 2019
  • Kelly O’Connor

The economic and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela persists, causing more than 2.3 million Venezuelans to flee their country. The author argues that it is concerning to note that despite the definition of a 'refugee' as defined in the 1951 Refugee Convention, the international community has failed to consider these individuals as Convention refugees. The author therefore posits that those Venezuelans fleeing the crisis meet the criteria to be considered as Convention refugees.

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Is Justice in Sight for Victims of Past and Present War Crimes in Afghanistan?

  • April 30, 2019
  • Zohra Safi

The conflict in Afghanistan has continued for nearly 40 years now, leading to the disintegration and weakening of the rule of law across the country. In May 2003, Afghanistan became a party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (“ICC”), enabling the Afghan government to exercise criminal jurisdiction over individuals accused of international crimes. Afghanistan’s accession to the Rome Statute was a small but important step on the long road to eventual accountability.

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Modernizing Canadian Trademark System: Joining three major international trademark treaties and what it means for Canada's trademark regime

  • April 30, 2019
  • Mekhriban Mamedova

On March 18, 2019, the World Intellectual Property Organization (“WIPO”) reported that Canada has ascended to the three major international trademark treaties (the Singapore Treaty, the Madrid Protocol, and the Nice Agreement). Canada's ascension to these treaties marks a policy towards establishing an efficient and welcoming environment for all types of businesses that may seek to relocate, and successfully establish and protect their brands in Canada and abroad.

International Law, Student Forum

ONTARIO COURT OF APPEAL SUMMARIES (APRIL 2- APRIL 6)

  • April 08, 2018
  • John Polyzogopoulos

Topics covered this week included franchise law and rescission, liability for wrongful patent enforcement, the duty to defend in the MVA context, family law (custody and access and breach of court orders), securities class actions, and mortgage enforcement. John Polyzogopoulos

Civil Litigation, Family Law, Franchise Law and 4 more..., Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law, Insurance Law, International Law, Real Property Law
Book Introduction: The Order of Nature

Book Introduction: The Order of Nature

  • January 10, 2018
  • Josh Scheinert

Josh Scheinert, the author of a recently published novel, The Order of Nature, provides an overview of his book.

International Law