Professor Lionel Smith, Director of the QRCPCL,
has been elected a Visiting Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford.
Professor Smith has been a professor at McGill since 2000, was
awarded a James McGill Chair in 2004, and became the Director of
the QRCPCL in 2007.
Professor Smith teaches corporate and commercial law, equity and
trusts, advanced obligations, and the law of unjust enrichment. His
research focuses on comparative approaches to fundamental private
law, particularly the law of trusts, the law relating to
obligations of loyalty and the law of unjust enrichment.
During his visiting fellowship, Lionel Smith will be focusing on
the legal tie known to the common law tradition as the "fiduciary
relationship". In this relationship, one person is subjected to
extremely strict obligations of loyalty towards another person,
including duties to avoid conflicts of interest. The justification
and scope of these strict obligations have been controversial in
legal scholarship for many years, even while the range of
situations in which the courts have imposed such duties continues
to expand. Professor Smith will explore these questions with
insights not only from trust law and corporate law, but also from
comparative law, legal history and the philosophy of law.
Visiting Fellowships at All Souls College are awarded to a small number
of distinguished scholars in all disciplines from all over the
world. They enable their holders to carry out study and
research in Oxford and to participate in the academic life of the
University. Professor Smith will be on sabbatical leave from July
to December 2011.