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Wendy Adams

Associate Professor

New Chancellor Day Hall
3644 Peel Street
Room 520
Montreal, Quebec
Canada H3A 1W9

514-398-3192 [Office]
514-398-3233 [Fax]
wendy [dot] adams [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

Read her Publications on SSRN
See her Resident Faculty Fellow bio on the IPLAI website.


LL.M. (University of Michigan) 2000

J.D. (University of Toronto) 1996


Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill University, 2008-

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill University, 2003-2008

Assistant Professor, University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Law, 1999-2003

Clerk to the Honourable Mr. Justice Iacobucci, Supreme Court of Canada, 1998-1999

Articling Student, Torys, 1996-1997

Areas of interest

Commodification; Post-humanist approaches to animal-human relations; Critical legal pluralism; Law and popular culture.


Adams, Wendy. "“I Made a Promise to a Lady”: Critical Legal Pluralism as Improvised Law in Buffy the Vampire Slayer" Critical Studies in Improvisation / Études critiques en improvisation [Online], 6 16 Jun 2010
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Adams, W.A., “Human subjects and animal objects: animals as 'other' in law” (2009), 3 Journal of Animal Law and Ethics 29-51.
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Adams, W.A., “A Transdisciplinary Ontology of Innovation Governance” (2008), 16 Artificial Intelligence and Law 147 -184.
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Adams, W.A., “Determinate/Indeterminate Duality: The Necessity of a Temporal Dimension in Legal Classification” (2006), 44 Alberta Law Review 403 – 428.
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Adams, W.A., "Confronting the Patentability Line in Biotechnological Innovation" (2004), 41 Canadian Business Law Journal 393 - 412.
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Adams, W.A., "There is no "there" there: Intel v. Hamidi and the Creation of New Property Rights Online" (2004), 40 Canadian Business Law Journal 87 - 108.
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Gold, E.R., Adams, W.A., Castle, D. et al., "The Unexamined Assumptions of Intellectual Property: Adopting an Evaluative Approach to Patenting Biotechnological Innovation" (2004), 18 Public Affairs Quarterly 273.

Gold, E.R. and Adams, W.A., "The Monsanto Decision: The Edge or the Wedge?", 19 Nature Biotechnology 587 (2001) [cited by Iacobucci, Bastarache, Arbour and LeBel JJ. (dissenting in part) in Monsanto Canada Inc. v. Schmeiser, 2004 SCC 34]

Adams, W.A., "Beyond Trade Mark: Common Law Property Rights in Domain Names" (2003), 52 Intellectual Property Forum 10 - 19.
Adams, W.A., "The Myth of Patent Neutrality: Property Rights, Animal Rights and Animal Welfare in Commissioner of Patents v. President and Fellows of Harvard College" (2003), 39 Canadian Business Law Journal 1 - 34.
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Adams, W.A., "Intellectual Property Protection in Global Networks: The Implications of Protection Ahead of the Curve" (2002), 10 International Journal of Law and Information Technology 71 - 132.
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Adams, W.A., "Personal Property Law and Information Assets: Rehabilitation and Relevance" (2002), 36 Can. Bus. L.J. 267 - 291.
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Gold, E.R. and Adams, W.A., "Reconciling Private Benefit and Public Risk in Biotechnology: Xenotransplantation as a Case Study in Consent" (2002), Health Law Journal 31 - 76.
Adams, W.A., "Secondary Markets for Copyrighted Works and the Ownership Divide: Reconciling Competing Intellectual and Personal Property Rights" (2002), 37 Canadian Business Law Journal 321 - 356.
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Adams, W.A., "In Search of a Defence of the Transnational Human Rights Paradigm: May Jus Cogens Norms be Invoked to Create Implied Exceptions in Domestic Immunity Statutes?", in Craig Scott, ed., Torture as Tort: Comparative Perspectives on the Development of Transnational Human Rights Litigation (Oxford, U.K.: Hart Publishing, June 2001).
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Adams, W.A. and Takach, G.G.S., "Insecure Transactions: Deficiencies in the Treatment of Technology Licenses in Commercial Transactions Involving Secured Debt or Bankruptcy" (2000), 33 Can. Bus. L.J. 321-372.
Adams, W.A., "Same-sex Relationships and Anglo-Canadian Choice of Law: An Argument for Universal Validity" (1996), 34 Can. Y.B. Int. L. 103-136.
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