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Lionel Smith

Full Professor
William C. Macdonald Professor
Director, Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law

3690 Peel Street
Room 105
Montreal, Quebec
Canada H3A 1W9

514-398-4670 [Office]
lionel [dot] smith [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

Lionel Smith

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Biography

Lionel Smith is interested in all aspects of fundamental comparative private law. He is particularly engaged with how private law understands aspects of unselfish behaviour, and he has an active research agenda in the law relating to trusts, fiduciary obligations, gifts, and unjust enrichment. He is always interested in supervising postgraduate research in these fields.

He is the author of The Law of Tracing (Oxford University Press, 1997), and a co-author of Waters’ Law of Trusts in Canada, 4th ed. (Carswell, 2012). He is a co-author and the English reporter of Commercial Trusts in European Private Law (Cambridge University Press, 2005; paperback, 2009). He is a contributor to Canadian Corporate Law: Cases, Notes and Materials, 4th ed. (Butterworths, 2010), Oosterhoff on Trusts: Text, Commentary and Materials, 7th ed. (Carswell, 2009), and The Law of Restitution in Canada: Cases, Notes and Materials (Emond Montgomery, 2004). He edited three works on comparative trust law: The Worlds of the Trust (Cambridge University Press, 2013); La fiducie en droit civil (a special issue ((2013) 58:4) of the McGill Law Journal) and Re-imagining the Trust: Trusts in Civil Law (Cambridge University Press, 2012). He is also the author of numerous articles, book chapters, notes and reviews. 

Lionel Smith is a member of the American Law Institute, the European Law Institute, the International Academy of Comparative Law and the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law. He is a non-practising member of the Bar of Alberta.

In March 2014, the Arts Council of Canada announced that Lionel Smith had been awarded a Killam Fellowship.

Education

LL.B., Faculté de droit, Université de Montréal: 2001-2006

D. Phil., Lincoln College, Oxford: 1992-1994

LL.M., Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge: 1989-1990

LL.B., Faculty of Law, University of Western Ontario: 1986-1989

B.Sc., Faculty of Arts and Science, Trinity College, University of Toronto: 1983-1986

Employment

William C. Macdonald Chair, McGill University (2014- )

Director, Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law [previously named the Quebec Research Centre of Private and Comparative Law] (2007- )

James McGill Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill University (2004-2014)

Full Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill University (2007- )

William Dawson Scholar, Faculty of Law, McGill University (2003-2004)

Associate Dean (Graduate Studies and Research), Faculty of Law, McGill University (2001-2004)

Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill University (2000-2007)

Official Fellow and Tutor in Law, St. Hugh's College, Oxford University, and Lecturer in Law, Oxford University (1996-2000)

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta (1991-1992; 1994-1996)

Law Clerk to the Hon. Mr. Justice John Sopinka, Supreme Court of Canada, (1990-1991)

Areas of Interest

Private law, especially the law governing unjust enrichment, corporations, loyalty and trusts, and gifts, including the philosophical foundations of private law.

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