Established with a grant from the Harry Arthurs Fund, the International Law in the Global South (ILIGS) research seminar series was inaugurated during the 2015-16 academic year by a group of faculty from Osgoode Hall Law School. Open to all, this seminar series focused on International law from a TWAILian perspective, with discussions centred on a work-in-progress presented by younger academics from around the world. An assigned “discussant” led the way during the question-and-answer periods that followed each such seminar.
During this inaugural edition, the seminars were generally held in the afternoon in two hour slots between 3:30 and 5:30 pm on the appointed days. Four such seminars were held in the 2015/2016 academic year. They had in attendance a core group of TWAIL scholars, or those interested in TWAIL who teach or study at Osgoode/York University, as well as scholars from other universities and institutions in and around Canada. At the conclusion of each seminar, the presenter was taken to dinner by a group of faculty members and other scholars in the field.
The core group of Osgoode faculty that founded this seminar series included Professors Obiora Okafor (Convenor), Ikechi Mgbeoji, Gus van Harten, Robert Wai, Ruth Buchanan, Faisal Bhabha and Amar Bhatia. Professor Hengameh Sabieri greatly assisted this group.