Global legal relationships are changing faster than ever.

Join this summer law program to explore important current issues involving the rule of law and its relationship with governance, rights and national economic interests.

What You’ll Learn

The meaning and value of the rule of law in stable and transitional societies, along with how it applies both domestically and internationally

Main issues involved in translating domestic bankruptcy procedures to the sovereign context

Who Should Apply?

Law students who are over 18 years of age and have studied law in a common law jurisdiction

Recent law graduates interested in learning about important concepts in Canadian business law and legal English

Experience the City of Toronto

Join us for this exciting summer program and benefit from all that Toronto and Osgoode have to offer. While you’re here, we’ll discover some great events and attractions, including:

  • Toronto Sightseeing Excursion
  • Blue Jays Game
  • Toronto Island
  • Toronto Tour of Legal Sites of Interest and Law Firm Visit
  • Niagara Falls
  • Toronto Beaches Festival
  • Shakespeare in High Park
  • Toronto Cultural Fest

Course Requirements

Students will take two courses on topics of interest within the special expertise of Osgoode Hall Law School faculty under the umbrella theme of “Governance Through Law”.

What You Can Expect

The Governance Through Law program is designed to be completed in three weeks (July 3-23). Classes will be held at the York University Keele Campus. 

Each in-class session is three hours in length, for a total of 39 in-class hours between the two courses. Students will complete final assignments for each course in the final week of the program.


A General View: The Rule of Law

Instructor: François Tanguay-Renaud

This course aims to introduce students to the ideal of the rule of law at both domestic and international levels: its value, limitations, relationship with distinct (related or countervailing) social aspirations, as well as possible costs, benefits, and moral/legal defenses for those who choose to ignore or defy it. The teaching will be based on a core of leading theoretical texts on the subject, comparative domestic and international case law, as well as relevant video documentaries and written journalistic pieces.

The course is divided in six modules, each addressing broad aspects of the rule of law problématique: (1) The meaning and value of the rule of law in stable and transitional societies, (2) the rule of law and emergencies, (3) the rule of law and the obligation to obey the law, (4) the rule of law and international law: the Nuremberg Legacy, (5) the rule of law, corporations, and democracy, and (5) moral and legal defenses for disobedience.

The course has a number of objectives, including to:

1. Shed light upon some salient and fundamental features of the ideal rule of law from a variety of theoretical perspectives;

2. Evaluate claims about the importance of the rule of law forindividual, corporate, collective, and state flourishing;

3. Explore and appraise critically various borderline cases of compliance with/defiance of the rule of law, both domestically and internationally;

4. Identify and assess various interrelations between the rule of law and other common social aspirations;

5. Appraise the extent of one’s obligation to obey the law, and possible moral and legal defenses for disobedience;

6. Allow students to improve their ability to assess and formulate valid and cogent arguments both orally and in writing.

Sovereign Debt

Instructor: Stephanie Ben-Ishai

What happens when countries are unable to pay back the more than $40 trillion they borrow from one another, private creditors and international organizations (“sovereign debt”)? How can creditors make countries repay their debts? Do countries have access to debt discharge/forgiveness or a “fresh start”? What is a bankruptcy fresh start and what are the policy issues behind granting one?

This course provides an introduction to bankruptcy policy and the main issues involved in translating domestic bankruptcy procedures (e.g. US Chapter 11 restructuring proceedings or Canadian CCAA restructurings) to the sovereign context. It considers some of the principles by which domestic bankruptcy procedures operate, and the extent to which they can apply to international lending. To this end, we will consider the alternatives to bankruptcy at both the domestic and sovereign levels, and the issues confronted in cross-border insolvencies. Students will have the opportunity to study the details of recent crises that have made headlines in the Canada and all over the world, such as Greece, Argentina and Ukraine.

The course will appeal to students who are interested in issues affecting the global economy as well as students interested in bankruptcy policy more specifically.

Course Evaluation


  1. 30% – Student participation/commentaries: To get full participation marks, students are expected to attend class, do the readings, come prepared to discuss them, and actively take part in class discussions. They are also expected to produce two short commentary pieces on the readings during each course (based on deadlines advertised by the professor at the beginning of the first day of class).
  2. 70% – Take-home exam: After the end of the program, students will be assigned two take-home examinations, to be submitted within three weeks following the conclusion of the program. All materials covered in the courses may be subject to examination.

Application Dates

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Tuition and Fees

Tuition (including accommodation)

$4,250 + HST

Tuition (excluding accommodation)

$3,000 + HST

Tuition Fee Includes:

Transit to and from the airport and a transit pass for events within Toronto

Cost of social events

Breakfast and lunch on days when classes are held

Admission Requirements

Law students who are over 18 years of age and have studied law in a common law jurisdiction

English language proficiency level of 7.0 IELTS (or equivalent) or a law degree taught in English

How to Apply

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