Summary of the Canada-US Law Institute’s Structure
The Canada-United States Law Institute is comprised of three sub-entities:
- Canada-United States Law Institute Founding Institutions
- Canada-United States Law Institute Advisory Board
- Executive Committee of the Canada-United States Law Institute
CUSLI - Structure, Governance and Operational Guidelines (.pdf)
THE CANADA-UNITED STATES LAW INSTITUTE FOUNDING INSTITUTIONS
The Canada-United States Law Institute (CUSLI or the Institute) is a bi-national, not-for-profit, multi-disciplinary entity jointly founded in 1976 and owned and continuously operated by Case Western Reserve University School of Law located in Cleveland, Ohio, USA (CWRU School of Law) and the Faculty of Law, University of Western Ontario located in London, Ontario, Canada (Western Law). As discussed herein, CWRU School of Law and Western Law jointly own CUSLI, including its intellectual property rights.
Consequently, CWRU School of Law and the Western Law are the Canada-United States Law Institute Founding Institutions (Founding Institutions). The Founding Institutions own CUSLI and have final authority in all matters. However, the Founding Institutions have delegated operating authority to the Executive Committee, subject to supervision by the National Directors.
The dean of the CWRU School of Law and the dean of Western Law jointly serve as the Presidents of CUSLI.
Founding Institutions -National Directors
The dean of CWRU School of Law and the dean of Western Law appoint one member of their respective faculties to serve as National Directors of CUSLI (ND). The NDs are the Chief Executive Officers of CUSLI. The ND appointed by CWRU School of Law is the United States Director of CUSLI. The ND appointed by Western Law is the Canadian Director of CUSLI. Both National Directors are ex officio members of the CUSLI Executive Committee, entitled to both voice and vote in Executive Committee decisions. The functions of the National Directors include supervising the operations and decision-making of the Executive Committee, expressing to the Executive Committee (by voice and vote) the views of the Founding Institutions, and keeping the deans of the Founding Institutions fully informed as to the policies, activities and developments at CUSLI.
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THE CANADA-UNITED STATES LAW INSTITUTE ADVISORY BOARD
Established in 1983, the Canada-United States Law Institute Advisory Board (Advisory Board) is comprised of representatives from government, business, legal professionals, non-governmental organizations, academia, and the media who are interested in Canada-United States relations and the activities of CUSLI. The Advisory Board meets at least once annually (generally in conjunction with CUSLI’s Annual Conference) to assist in the design and implementation of the Institute’s programs. CUSLI has Honourary Members of the Advisory Board. Honourary Advisory Board members do not vote but may otherwise receive notice of and attend all meetings of the Advisory Board. Advisory Board members and Honourary Advisory Board members are jointly appointed by the National Directors upon consultation with the Executive Committee of the Canada-United States Law Institute. Nominations for Advisory Board membership may be made to a National Director until thirty days prior to the annual Advisory Board meeting.
Advisory Board members and Honourary Advisory Board members serve for a renewable term of three (3) years without remuneration or other compensation from CUSLI. During the three-year term, Advisory Board members must satisfy the following criteria in order to be considered for renewal:
- Attend at least one annual Advisory Board meeting; and
- Provide annual membership fees to CUSLI as established by the National Directors, or attend two CUSLI-sponsored events, or obtain grants or other foundational funding for the Institute in a minimum amount to be determined annually by the Executive Committee.
- The foregoing criteria are not applicable to Honourary Advisory Board Members.
In the event an Advisory Board member is unable to satisfy the foregoing criteria during the three year term and nevertheless desires to have the National Directors renew such term, the Advisory Board member may request in writing to have such term renewed and explain the reasons for the failure to meet the criteria. Any Advisory Board member subject to non-renewal shall be notified by the National Directors in writing of the same.
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THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE CANADA-UNITED STATES LAW INSTITUTE
The Executive Committee of the Canada-United States Law Institute (the Executive Committee) is the governing body of the Institute and is responsible for all CUSLI policies, programs and other activities, subject to the supervision by the National Directors and possible veto by the Founding Institutions. The Executive Committee is comprised of eight Advisory Board members and the Chair. Among the eight Advisory Board/Executive Committee members, four members are Canadian, and four members are from the United States. In addition, the National Directors are ex officio members of the Executive Committee. Executive Committee members serve two (2) year terms. Executive Committee members do not receive any compensation or remuneration from CUSLI for their service as members. The Executive Committee meets telephonically or otherwise at least three times per annum.
Executive Committee Staff – Managing Director
The dean of CWRU School of Law, with the consent of the dean of Western Law and in consultation with the Executive Committee, appoints a Managing Director to assist in the performance of all CUSLI-related activities. The Managing Director meets no less than monthly with the National Directors; presents each July a financial statement to the Founding Institutions and the Executive Committee for the past fiscal year of CUSLI operations; presents each Spring a budget to the Founding Institutions and Executive Committee detailing CUSLI’s ongoing and proposed operations; presents each April a report of CUSLI’s ongoing and proposed activities to the Executive Committee; and prepares all proposals for endowments, grants and other fundraising activities on behalf of CUSLI, unless otherwise determined by the Executive Committee.
Executive Committee Staff – Program Coordinator
The dean of CWRU School of Law, with the consent of the dean of Western Law, appoints a member of CWRU School of Law’s administrative staff to serve as the Program Coordinator of CUSLI. The Program Coordinator performs administrative work on behalf of CUSLI.
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