Professors Smith and Weinstock appointed to prestigious chairs


The Faculty is pleased to announce the appointment of Lionel Smith (first picture) to the Sir William Macdonald Chair. Established in 1895, the Macdonald Chair is one of the oldest endowed positions at McGill. In addition, Professor Smith was also selected for a Killam Research Fellowship in March 2014 in recognition of his outstanding research on fiduciary obligations and conflicts of interest.

Professor Smith is the outgoing Director of the Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law, a co-author of Waters' Law of Trusts in Canada, 4th ed. (Carswell, 2012), and the editor of Re-imagining the Trust: Trusts in Civil Law (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and The Worlds of the Trust (Cambridge University Press, 2013). On his return from his Killam Fellowship, Professor Smith will continue to teach and supervise students at all levels with an emphasis on fundamental comparative private law and legal traditions.

It is with equal pleasure that the Faculty announces that Daniel Weinstock (second picture)has been named a James McGill Professor, in recognition of his extraordinary work in philosophy, politics, ethics and legal theory. Established in 2000 in parallel with the Canada Research Chair Program, the James McGill Professor award is an acknowledgement of outstanding and original research of the highest caliber, done by an international leader in his or her field.

Professor Weinstock, who is the founding director of the reputable Centre de recherche en éthique de l’Université de Montréal, joined McGill University in 2012. He is known for his efforts in integrating cutting-edge philosophical theories with a range of practical issues surrounding the practice of public policy. In addition to publishing multiple monographs, refereed essays and papers, he has also authored government reports and acted as a consultant and expert witness on commissions investigating contemporary issues in ethics, highlighting his generous contributions to public policy in Quebec, Canada and abroad.