Our students and benefit from frequent interaction with experts in numerous fields of law. The Faculty's many endowed lecture series bring a slate of notable speakers to campus each year.
Each year, the Faculty of Law presents Une pensée d'avance | Think Ahead, a continuing legal education series for jurists. The lectures, accredited by the Barreau and the Chambre des notaires du Québec, are offered in the evenings, 6–9 p.m., by professors and prominent graduates of the Faculty. Most of the lectures are bilingual, with parts in French and others in English.
Furthermore, several of our academic conferences are accredited by the Barreau. Please consult our calendar of continuing legal education events.
Annie MacDonald Langstaff Workshops and the Margot E. Halpenny and Patricia Allen Memorial Lectures
The Annie MacDonald Langstaff Workshops and two affiliated memorial lectures form a cycle of conferences that aim to explore the questions of, and intersections between, women and the law.
Annual Human Rights Lectureships
Several prestigious lectures in human rights are presented annually at the Faculty, such as the Raoul Wallenberg Lecture, the John P. Humphrey Lecture, and the René Cassin Lectureship. Many prominent human rights activists and scholars have come to McGill to present these conferences. The Faculty of Law also invites recipients of the Robert S. Litvack Award to participate in a public lecture at the Faculty.
A bequest to McGill from law alumnus A. Maxwell Boulton, QC (BA '30, BCL '33) created the Boulton Visitors Program, which sponsors the visits of senior scholars and fellows to the Faculty. These visiting scholars and fellows offer courses and seminars on topics related to their specialties while working on a major research project.
Civil Law Workshops
Periodic seminars are offered by Faculty members or visitors on topics related to the civil law. Speakers either present scholarly work in progress or focus on issues of law reform in Quebec or curricular reform at McGill. The workshops provide a valuable forum for scholarly exchange, particularly among colleagues working in areas of Quebec private law.
Endowed LecturesThe Faculty hosts two public lectures per year, funded by endowments from the Classes of '75 and '77, made on the occasion of their 10th anniversaries. Launched in 1994, thanks to the generosity of Senator Alan Aylesworth Macnaughton, BA'26, BCL'29, LLD'92, the bi-annual Alan Aylesworth Macnaughton Lecture is devoted to contemporary issues of public policy. Senator Macnaughton was Speaker of the House of Commons, founder and Honorary Chairman of the Canadian World Wildlife Fund, Counsel at Martineau Walker, and a member of the Faculty of Law Advisory Board.
Other Faculty endowments and funds that bring lecturers to the Faculty include the Fern Gertrude Kennedy Jurisprudence Fund, established in 1987 to promote jurisprudence within the Faculty, and the McGill International Law and Practice Fund, which promotes the study of international trade and business law.
Legal Theory Workshops
The Faculty's principal seminar series, held approximately every second Friday. Eminent legal theorists present their work-in-progress to students and professors, often encountering vigorous exchange. See the Legal Theory Workshops site.
McGill Dispute Resolution Lecture Series
The McGill Dispute Resolution Lecture Series (previously called the ICL Dispute Resolution Lecture Series) was launched in 2004 to complement McGill’s investment in the research of and the teaching of Alternative Dispute Resolution. These lectures focus on arbitration involving both public and private parties, and they put students in contact with prominent practitioners in the area of dispute resolution. Past speakers have included Pierre Tercier, Professor of law at the University of Fribourg and Chairman of the ICC International Court of Arbitration; Meg Kinnear, Head of International Trade Canada in Ottawa; and Uche Onwuamaegbu, Senior Counsel at the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes.
Seminar Series in Intellectual Property
The Seminar Series in Intellectual Property provides a forum for leading academics and practitioners in topics of interests in the field of intellectual property and technology law.
These lectures bring together representatives of the Bar, the notarial profession, and the university in a distinguished forum to consider recent developments in the law. Past series have dealt with cross-border transactions, franchising, corporate acquisitions, and employment law. Since 1961, each year's lectures have been published in book form. The series was established to honour the late W.C.J. Meredith, QC, Dean of the Law Faculty from 1950-60. In 2006, the Meredith Memorial Lectures theme was Intellectual Property. In 2009, the theme was modern practice in an increasingly globalized world. Les professions juridiques sans frontières: Penser globalement, agir localement.
Special Conferences and Speakers
Many additional lectures and colloquia occur at the Faculty every year on a variety of legal issues. Recent one-day conferences hosted by the Faculty have focused on aboriginal rights, constitutional change, and activist strategies for law reform.
Visiting Scholars Program
From time to time the Faculty invites distinguished legal scholars to spend time in the law Faculty, joining in McGill life and presenting a series of linked seminars.