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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 (Shantou, Guangdong Province, China), for up to two weeks, to offer workshops, lectures and other opportunities for intellectual exchange.

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 2015 or January 2016; or CAD$ 160,000 for a twelve-month visit, beginning in June 2015, September 2015 or January 2016.

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.


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.

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 Geneviève Saumier, 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 2015-16 competition deadline is March 1, 2015.

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.

McGill University is committed to equity in employment and diversity. It welcomes applications from indigenous peoples, visible minorities, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities and others who may contribute to further diversification.