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.
A teacher, first and foremost, Roderick A. Macdonald will be remembered as one of the most important scholars and thinkers in McGill University’s history. He was a mentor and inspiration to generations of students and law professors, and a transformative force at the Faculty of Law, the University, in Canadian society, and in the broader world.
Old Chancellor Day Hall, the Faculty of Law’s most iconic building, is closing at the end of June for 16 months as we undertake much-needed renovations to upgrade the building’s heating, electrical systems, plumbing, windows and more, while respecting its historical features.
Faculty and staff who were in OCDH have been relocated either to New Chancellor Day Hall and 3674-3690 Peel Street, or to rented office space near McGill University’s Roddick Gates at 2001 McGill College Avenue, suite 750.
On May 28, Roderick Macdonald was awarded in absentia the McGill University Medal for Exceptional Academic Achievement, one of the University’s highest honours. Macdonald received the McGill Medal as part of the Convocation ceremony for the Faculty of Law, where he taught thousands of students over the course of a distinguished career that spanned more than three decades. Professor Daniel Jutras, Dean of the Faculty of Law, accepted the Medal in Professor Macdonald’s name.
We are pleased to announce that the third Dean Maxwell & Isle Cohen Doctoral Seminar in International Law will take place on Saturday, August 23, 2014, at the Faculty of Law of McGill University, in downtown Montreal. This year, the seminar will delve into “International Law: Between Internationalism, Transnationalism and Cosmopolitanism.”
The Faculty warmly congratulates the seven Law students who have just been given the nod to clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada in 2015-2016. They are:
We invite paper proposals for a Tax Justice and Human Rights Research Collaboration Symposium, to be held at the McGill Faculty of Law, Montreal, Quebec, from Wednesday to Friday, 18-20 June, 2014.
On March 18, 2014, the Arts Council of Canada announced the recipients of the 2014 Killam Fellowships. Among the five nominees is Professor Lionel Smith, director of the Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law and a James McGill Professor at the Faculty of Law of McGill University.
The Nappert Competition is open to all students, junior scholars and junior practitioners from around the world. To be eligible for the prize, authors must be either currently enrolled in a B.C.L, LL.B., J.D., LL.M., D.C.L., or Ph.D. program (or their local equivalents). Those who are no longer in school must have taken their most recent degree within the last three years, or have been admitted to the bar (or the local equivalent) for the first time and for no more than three years (whichever is later).
The Faculty of Law of McGill University is delighted to announce that starting January 2014, it will host The American Journal of Comparative Law, in partnership with the Georgetown University Law Center. Professor Helge Dedek, who is Director of the Institute of Comparative Law at McGill, has been named co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal, together with two colleagues in Washington D.C.
The Committee is inviting submission of papers that, among other things, will discuss and critically analyze the current socio-political, strategic and legal challenges to the achievement of good global space governance and, as well, propose viable policy options and regulatory mechanisms that will help ensure that present generations of humanity can continue their exploration and use of outer space without seriously compromising the possibility for future generations to do the same.
2nd Manfred Lachs International Conference on Global Space Governance
The October 2013 edition of Focus online takes a look at the Faculty of Law’s 5th annual DCL retreat that took place this September, to discuss ‘Finding Our Place in Academic Life.’
The event, which was coorganized by doctoral candidates Jodi Lazare and Geoffrey Conrad, drew over 30 students for a full day of rewarding and insightful discussion.
Read the story in the October 2013 edition of Focus online: publications.mcgill.ca/droit/2013/10/16/theres-a-place-for-us/
The Faculty’s Office of Research is happy to announce that six exciting projects have been awarded funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
The Faculty of Law is pleased to announce that Dr. Yaw Nyampong has been named Executive Director of the Centre for Research in Air & Space Law.
Yaw Nyampong (LLM’05, DCL’11) is also a graduate of the Faculty of Law of the University of Ghana, Legon. He held an Arsenault Postdoctoral Fellowship at McGill's Institute of Air & Space Law in 2011-2012, and a Boulton Fellowship at the Faculty of Law in 2012-2013.
The Faculty of Law is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Daniel Weinstock to the position of Director of the McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy, an interdisciplinary institute housed within the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University, starting August 1.