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McGill University is committed to diversity and equity in employment. It welcomes applications from: women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, visible minorities, and others who may contribute to diversification. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


Currently recruiting: entry-level, tenure-track or lateral appointment professorship

McGill University’s Faculty of Law invites applications from energetic candidates with a strong commitment to innovation and excellence in teaching and research who will contribute creatively to Faculty and University governance. The Faculty proposes to make an entry-level, tenure-track or lateral appointment starting 1 January 2017, or 1 August 2017.

Our research programs, teaching initiatives, and academic priorities embody a central commitment to legal traditions, comparative law, and internationalization of law. Faculty members typically teach and research in several substantive fields of law, from a variety of theoretical, critical, and methodological perspectives. While candidacies relating to all fields of law will be considered, the Faculty has identified academic priorities concerning transsystemic legal education (especially property law and the law of obligations), domestic and international corporate and commercial law, and Indigenous legal traditions. For all teaching and research fields, the committee encourages applications from candidates whose critical perspectives (for example, critical race theory, critical disability studies, gender and sexuality) engage with questions of diverse and intersecting identities. The committee invites candidates to include information about how their research and teaching engage with diversity and promote inclusivity, where such is the case. As our students come from a wide range of disciplines, cultures, and backgrounds, we invite candidates to address their ability to teach, supervise, and mentor in this context.

Applicants should have a graduate degree in law. Preference will go to candidates who have or are completing a doctoral degree. In addition, the bilingual environment of the Faculty of Law at McGill requires that candidates be able to evaluate written and oral work presented in both English and French.

Our undergraduate curriculum represents an international benchmark for contemporary legal education and leads to the joint award of the Bachelor of Civil Law (B.C.L.) and Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degrees. The core of the undergraduate curriculum is taught in an integrated manner, across borders shaped by legal traditions and systems, notably those of the common and civil law. Our graduate program comprises research-intensive degrees at the Master’s and Doctoral levels, as well as a non-thesis LL.M. that culminates in a supervised project.

The Faculty maintains a research environment marked by a strong sense of collegiality, encouraging the ongoing intellectual and professional development of all professors. It is home to a vibrant trans-disciplinary research community of institutes and centres.

Complete applications will consist of the following:

  • a cover letter that includes a teaching and research statement
  • a curriculum vitae
  • law transcripts
  • up to three samples of published research
  • the names and email addresses of three referees.

Applications must be submitted no later than 15 September 2016, at which time review of files will begin. Please address applications to Professor Adelle Blackett, Chair, Staff Appointments Committee, Faculty of Law, McGill University, and e-mail them to staffappointments [dot] law [at] mcgill [dot] ca. You may send inquiries to this address.


Currently recruiting: Assistant or Associate Professor level in the field of Public Policy (Law/IHSP)

Applications are invited for a tenure-track position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level in the field of Public Policy, to be held jointly at the Institute for Health and Social Policy (IHSP) and in the Faculty of Law, McGill University.

We seek a researcher and educator whose focus is on all aspects of public policy, from policy-making to policy implementation and evaluation. The ideal candidate will have carried out research on some aspect of health policy, but will have also worked on other policy domains. The candidate will also have an independent interest in theoretical aspects of the public policy making process. Active involvement in some aspect(s) of policy-making, policy implementation or policy evaluation will be regarded as an asset.

Our preferred candidate will have a strong track-record working in interdisciplinary contexts and in a bilingual environment. The Institute for Health and Social Policy brings together researchers from a variety of disciplines, from Philosophy to Epidemiology, around issues to do with the impact of social policy on health and health equity. The Faculty of Law has developed a strong tradition of fostering research programs and launching research units, such as the Research Group on Health Law and the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism that reach widely within McGill’s community of researchers.

Applicants must possess a PhD in a relevant discipline (including, but not limited to Public Policy, Law, Political Science, Economics, Philosophy). The successful applicant will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the Faculty of Law, and must be in the process of developing a vigorous research program, embracing graduate student supervision. As a member of the Institute for Health and Social Policy, the successful candidate will be given time and resources to pursue this research program intensively. The candidate will be expected to seek out and participate in research projects that link with the research programs of Faculty and Associate Members of the IHSP, and to contribute to the life of a research-intensive unit, by securing funding, organizing academic and outreach events, and participating fully in the training of interns and graduate associates at the Institute.

The initial appointment for tenure track positions at McGill is for three years with possibility of renewal. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Please submit your application by September 11, 2016 at the following website: mcgill.ca/medicine-academic/positionsavailable.

Interested individuals should send (1) a cover letter, curriculum vitae and the names and contact information of three referees; (2) statement of research and of teaching interests and experience, list of publications and three recent research articles.

Applications will be accepted and fully considered until September 11, 2016.


Currently recruiting: Research Associate in Space Law

The Centre for Research in Air and Space Law (CRASL) of the Faculty of Law at McGill University intends to appoint one Research Associate during the 2016-2017 academic year.

The position will be funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grant and other resources. The appointment shall be for an initial duration of one year, with a possibility of renewal. The Research Associate will work as part of a research team at the CRASL under the leadership and supervision of Professor Ram S. Jakhu, Director of the Institute of Air and Space Law (IASL) and the CRASL. The successful candidate, as a member of the CRASL team, may also be required to participate in all activities of the IASL and CRASL.

Qualifications

Applicants must hold a postgraduate doctoral (Ph.D. or equivalent) degree in law (preferably in Space Law) obtained within the last ten years from a well-known university and at least five-year full-time experience in Space Law teaching, research and/or work. The ideal candidate must have a solid track record of original research, a high level of proficiency in English and a commitment to work with a research team on the CRASL’s Space Law research agenda described below, particularly the MILAMOS project.

The key criteria for selection are as follows:

  • originality, quality and relevance of publications to the CRASL's Space Law research agenda, particularly the MILAMOS;
  • ability of the candidate to conduct legal research, independently and in teams, and to perform other academic tasks as evidenced by the candidate's previous track record of employment and original research and publications;
  • availability and willingness of the candidate to participate actively in the collegial academic activities of the CRASL, including a commitment to be physically present at the premises of the CRASL in Montreal during his/her employment as a Research Associate; and
  • the candidate's desire and preparedness to pursue an academic career in Space Law.

About the Institute of Air and Space Law:

Established in 1951 and based at the Faculty of Law of McGill University in Montreal (Quebec, Canada), the Institute of Air and Space Law (IASL) is the first academic institution in the world to offer a course in Space Law in 1963. Through the Institute, McGill University currently offers postgraduate (Master's and Doctorate) degree programs as well as a Graduate Certificate program in Air and/or Space Law. The Institute attracts students and scholars from all over the world. Today, the IASL's Space Law program is the world's most advanced, comprehensive, dynamic, and continually evolving and expanding in order to meet the ever-changing needs of today's society. For more information about the IASL and its Air and Space Law programs as well as the CRASL, visit www.mcgill.ca/iasl

The IASL's research and outreach activities are international, interdisciplinary, and ambitious in nature. They are implemented through the Centre for Research in Air and Space Law (CRASL) which was established on September 1, 1976 (with the official consent of the Ministère de l’éducation du Québec) as an autonomous entity within the Institute of Air and Space Law.  In the Space Law domain, the CRASL's current and ongoing research agenda focuses on "Space Security through the Rule of Law". For the 2016-2017 academic year, the CRASL's research program will revolve around the following three Space Law axes:

  • McGill Manual on International Law Applicable to Military Uses of Outer Space (MILAMOS); 
  • Global Space Governance; and 
  • McGill Draft Convention on the Law of Outer Space. 

Application deadline and procedure

The deadline for receiving applications is 5 August 2016. The review of applications will commence on 8 August 2016 and continue until the position is filled.  This full-time position, which involves 40 hours of work per week during regular working hours, will begin on 1 September 2016 and will last until 31 August 2017.  The salary for the position will range from CANS $65,000 to CAN$75,000 per year, depending upon the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate. 

Applications are to be submitted electronically to the attention of Ms. Maria D’Amico (maria [dot] damico [at] mcgill [dot] ca).  Applicants must submit a covering letter; a curriculum vitae, particularly enlisting academic qualifications,  publications and work experience and one or more writing samples (from peer-reviewed publications, if possible). Applicants should also name three referees who may be invited by the CRASL to send letters of reference.

For more information about the position, please contact Professor Ram S. Jakhu at ram [dot] jakhu [at] mcgill [dot] ca 


Currently Recruiting: Boulton Fellow

The Boulton Fund was established in 1983 under the terms of a bequest of the late A. Maxwell Boulton, QC (1909-1981), BA 1930, BCL 1933. The purpose of the Fund is to enable the Faculty to invite  one or more junior scholars, Boulton Fellows, in each academic year, in order to assist them in carrying out a research project of significance while gaining some teaching experience in the Faculty.

To find out more, please see the Faculty Fellowships section of our site's Research section. Application deadline: 1 February each year.


Currently recruiting: Li Ka Shing Professor of Practice (Visiting Professorship)

The Li Ka Shing Professor of Practice Program provides the opportunity for exceptional scholars and experienced professionals in the field of comparative law and Asian legal cultures to spend six to twelve months at the Faculty of Law at McGill University to teach and conduct research.

The McGill’s Faculty of Law’s research programs, pedagogical initiatives, and academic priorities all reflect a central commitment to legal traditions, comparative law and internationalization of law.  Our undergraduate curriculum represents an international benchmark for contemporary legal education and leads to the joint award of the Bachelor of Civil Law (B.C.L.) and Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degrees.  The core of the undergraduate curriculum is taught in an integrated manner, across borders shaped by legal traditions and systems, notably those of the common and civil law.  Our graduate program comprises research degrees at the Master’s and Doctoral levels as well as a non-thesis LL.M. The Faculty is also home to a vibrant trans-disciplinary research community of Institutes and Centres.

The Li Ka Shing Professorship at McGill is intended for exceptional scholars and experienced professionals with a unique expertise in the interplay of Western and Asian legal traditions, from a practical and theoretical perspective. Top tier international scholars and international practitioners from either Asia or elsewhere in the world are invited to apply to this prestigious short-term appointment.

The Faculty will welcome the Li Ka Shing Professor of Practice into campus life and encourage him or her to engage with students, faculty, and the broader community. He or she will be expected to teach one 3-credit course (39 hours) for each term spent in the Faculty. The topic of the course(s) will be decided in conjunction with the Associate Dean (Academic) and the Dean of Law. He or she will also be asked to guest lecture in other McGill courses, supervise student research projects, lecture in public venues, network, and promote research, bringing an invaluable “real-world” perspective to scholarship in the area of comparative legal practice and Asian legal cultures.

For each term at McGill, the Li Ka Shing Professor of Practice will make one visit to Shantou University Law School (Shantou, Guangdong Province, China), for up to two weeks, to offer workshops, lectures and other opportunities for intellectual exchange with Shantou University faculty and students.

Terms of Appointment

The successful candidate will be appointed Visiting Professor at McGill for the duration of his or her visit and will receive up to CAD$ 80,000 for a six-month visit, beginning in either June 2016 or January 2017; or CAD$ 160,000 for a twelve-month visit, beginning in June 2016, September 2016 or January 2017.

This compensation will be provided in the form of a salary. All expenses related to the recipient’s visit to McGill are to be paid by the recipient out that that compensation, except for the costs of the visit(s) to Shantou University, as provided below.

The Faculty of Law will cover the costs of one two-week visit to Shantou University Law School during each term spent at McGill, for up to CAD$ 15,000 per trip.

All appointments are subject to available funding.

How to apply

McGill University’s Faculty of Law invites applications from candidates with a strong commitment to innovation and excellence in teaching and research.

Applicants should have a graduate degree in law. Established senior academics and candidates outside academia with recognized professional standing and substantial professional accomplishments are also eligible.

Applicants should have demonstrated proficiency in English or French. Chinese language skills are not required for the visit to Shantou University Law School; activities can be conducted in English.

Applications consist of: a cover letter that includes a teaching and research statement and a curriculum vitae, the names of three referees and up to three samples of scholarship in either English or French. The application should specify the intended duration and dates of the stay. Applications should be addressed to Professor René Provost, Chair, Staff Appointments Committee, Faculty of Law, McGill University. Applications should be sent by electronic mail to staffappointments [dot] law [at] mcgill [dot] ca.

The 2016-2017 competition deadline is January 15, 2016.

Li Ka Shing awards are merit-based, and can be held concurrently with other awards. Moreover, faculty sabbatical, leave-of-absence, or retirement pay may be used concurrently with a Li Ka Shing Professorship at McGill.

The Li Ka Shing Professor of Practice Program is made possible through a generous gift from the Li Ka Shing Foundation to McGill University.