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Professor Macdonald named to Charbonneau Commission


Published: 11 Nov 2011

This week, Roderick A. Macdonald, F.R. Scott Professor of Constitutional and Public Law, was named to the Charbonneau Commission, which has been charged with examining allegations of corruption in the construction industry.

Macdonald's own area of expertise concerns institutional design and accountability of administrative processes, including mechanisms for educating the public about structures of accountability and governance in a democracy.

Macdonald had previously acted as a consultant for the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (1991-1992) and for the Bouchard-Taylor Commission (2007-2008). In 2006, he led an expert panel charged by the Quebec government to examine if any measures to prevent Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs) should be adopted.

Professor Macdonald, who was Dean of the Faculty of Law from 1984 to 1989, recently received McGill's Lifetime Achievement Award for Leadership in Learning, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to legal and public education.

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