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Institute of Comparative Law

The Institute of Comparative Law

Founded in 1966, the Institute of Comparative Law reflects a commitment to comparative legal study and scholarship at McGill that finds its origins in the mid-nineteenth century, when the Faculty of Law was established.

The Institute of Comparative Law (ICL) offers graduate students at McGill Law a space for the intellectual development and exchange of ideas related to comparative law and learning. Apart from its pedagogical activities, the ICL has been the site of a breadth of scholarly projects. The ICL has also been solicited by agencies, notably the Canadian International Development Agency, to pursue commissioned law reform projects in countries with evolving legal systems. In the last two decades, work on law reform in Vietnam, China and Russia has been completed under the ICL’s aegis.

  • From Professor Ariela Gross' presentation "All Born to Freedom? Comparing the Law and Politics of Race and the Memory of Slavery in the U.S. and France Today" - April 8, 2014

  • November 2012: Graduate Students of the ICL with then-Associate Dean (Graduate Studies) Professor Rosalie Jukier (left) and ICL Director Professor Helge Dedek (right)

  • From the event, "Posner on French Law: Foreign Law in US Courts and the Role of Expert Witnesses", September 11 2013

  • From the event: Professors Ibrahim and Bakht and Rabbi Whitman, "Religious Arbitration: A Measure of Legal Multiculturalism", February 26 2013

  • From Professor Ariela Gross' presentation "All Born to Freedom? Comparing the Law and Politics of Race and the Memory of Slavery in the U.S. and France Today" - April 8, 2014

  • From the series "Coffee and Comparative Law with..." H Patrick Glenn - March 19, 2014

  • December 2012: ICL Graduate Students, Class of 2013, with ICL Director Professor Helge Dedek (left) and then-Associate Dean (Graduate Studies) Professor Rosalie Jukier (right)

  • Prof. Anne Bunting (York) on "Contemporary Slavery, Women's Oral Histories and the Case of Conjugal Slavery in War"

  • Students engaging over "Coffee & Comparative Law"