Professor Roderick Macdonald will be receiving
an honorary doctorate from Université de Montréal during its fall
convocation ceremony to be held on October 7, 2010.
In granting him this degree, Université de Montréal wishes to
underscore Professor Macdonald's distinguished and spirited legal
career both as a scholar and a teacher, his myriad contributions to
the legal community, his passion for democracy and social justice,
and his close ties with that institution's own Faculty of Law.
"This convocation ceremony will be a most welcome moment of joy
and celebration for Rod, his family, and for his dear friends here
at McGill's Faculty of Law," declared Dean Daniel Jutras. "I'm
delighted that l'Université de Montréal has chosen to celebrate
Roderick Macdonald's phenomenal contribution to the intellectual,
legal and social communities of Quebec and beyond."
About Professor Roderick A. Macdonald
Named F.R. Scott Professor of Constitutional and Public Law in
1995, Professor Roderick A. Macdonald teaches and publishes in the
areas of civil law, commercial law, constitutional law,
jurisprudence and access to justice.
He was dean of McGill's Faculty of Law from 1984 to 1989. He
chaired a Task Force on Access to Justice of the Minister of
Justice of Quebec (1989-91), as well as a Task Force on SLAPP
Lawsuits (2007-2008). He was the principal consultant for the
drafting of the revised law on secured transactions in Ukraine
In April 2007, Professor Macdonald was awarded a Killam Prize, Canada's most
distinguished annual award for outstanding career achievement in
research. In September 2007, he was honoured with the University of
Ottawa Section de droit civil's Ordre du mérite and in November
2007 was awarded the Sir William Dawson Medal for the Social
Sciences by the Royal Society of Canada.
In November 2008, Professor Macdonald was elected the 111th president of the Royal
Society of Canada (RSC). He is the first law professor ever
to have been elected president of the RSC.
In August 2010, Professor Macdonald received the Canadian Bar
Association's Hnatyshyn Award in recognition of his
contributions to the law.
UPDATE 22 OCTOBER 2010: See photos from the
PHOTO: Rachel Granofsky.