Director, Institute of Comparative Law
3674 Peel Street
Canada H3A 1W9
helge [dot] dedek [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)
Helge Dedek is an Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Institute of Comparative Law.
He is interested and has published in the areas of (comparative) legal history, legal theory, private law, comparative law, and Roman law. He has presented his work as an invited speaker on numerous occasions, e.g. at the University of Toronto Legal Theory Workshop, the Harvard Stanford International Junior Faculty Workshop, the International Max Planck Research School for Comparative Legal History, the Maastricht European Private Law Institute, and the Annual Conference of the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice.
He holds a doctoral degree from the University of Bonn, Germany, an LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School, and two German ‘State Examinations in Law.’
He is co-editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Comparative Law, together with Professors James Feinerman and Franz Werro of the Georgetown University Law Center. He has been an invited Fellow at at the interdisciplinary Käte Hamburger Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of Bonn, Germany, and at the Max-Planck-Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg, Germany. He is an elected Associate Member of the International Academy of Comparative Law and a Fellow of the European Law Institute.
He is currently pursuing a SSHRC-funded research project on the intellectual history of the concept of individual rights.
Ph.D. in Law (summa cum laude), University of Bonn, Germany, 2006
LL.M., Harvard Law School, U.S.A., 2004
Second State Examination in Law (13.02 points), Düsseldorf, Germany, 2000
First State Examination in Law (14.46 points), Cologne, Germany, 1997
Editor of the American Journal of Comparative Law, 2014-
Director of the Institute of Comparative Law, Faculty of Law, McGill University, 2012-
Associate Professor (tenured), Faculty of Law, McGill University, 2012-
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill University, 2007-2012
Boulton Fellow, Faculty of Law, McGill University, 2006-2007
Research and Teaching Fellow, Institute of Roman Law and Comparative Legal History, University of Bonn, 2005-2006
Candidate Notary (“Notarassessor”), Rhenish Chamber of Notaries, Germany, 2004-2005
Research and Teaching Fellow, Institute of Labour and Commercial Law, University of Cologne, 2001-2003
Clerkship, Court of Appeal, Cologne, Germany, 1998-2000
Areas of Interest
Legal history, comparative law, legal theory, private law, Roman law, legal education. Professor Dedek is always interested in supervising graduate work in these areas.