Research Chairs in law
William C. Macdonald Chair
Professor Jean-Guy Belley [retired] & Professor William Foster [retired].
F.R. Scott Chair in Public and Constitutional Law
Professor Roderick A. Macdonald.
Peter M. Laing Chair
Professor H. Patrick Glenn.
Samuel Gale Chair
Professor Margaret Somerville.
Wainwright Chair in Civil Law
Tomlinson Chair in Global Governance in Air & Space Law
Professor Paul Dempsey.
Jean Monnet Chair in the Law of International Economic Integration
Professor Armand de Mestral
James McGill Chair
Professors Richard Gold, Stephen Smith and Lionel Smith - The James McGill Chair is awarded by McGill to advance and support the scholarship and research of exceptional academic staff in priority areas of intellectual interest.
William Dawson Scholars
Professors Adelle Blackett and Robert Leckey - The William Dawson Chair is awarded by McGill to advance and support the scholarship and research of exceptional academic staff in priority areas of intellectual interest.
Canada Research Chair in the Law of Human Rights and Social Diversity
Professor Frédéric Mégret - The Chair studies how globalization of law both excludes opportunities and creates opportunities for inclusion of various minority groups. The Chair's research contributes to the development of rights-based legal strategies that foster better inclusion of minorities.
H. Heward Stikeman Chair in the Law of Taxation
Hans & Tamar Oppenheimer Chair in Public International Law
Professor François Crépeau - The Oppenheimer Chair provides a Canadian locus for the study and research of international law, with particular attention to the relationship between international legal obligations and domestic law. The Chair studies theoretical and practical dimensions of the implementation of international treaty, customary and other obligations in domestic law with due regard to the constitutional setting in federal and unitary states.
Peter MacKell Chair in Federalism
The Peter MacKell Chair in Federalism, endowed in 2011, was made possible by a generous $3 million bequest from Peter R. D. MacKell, Q.C., BCL'51.
Articulated around an interdisciplinary background in law, political theory and public policy, the Chair will make contributions to the theory and comparative practice of federalism, understood broadly as a mode of governance and a technique of social organization. The compass of the Chair embraces not only state-federalism, but inter-state federalism, federalism in non-state normative orders, and federalism within NGOs, QUANGOs, corporations and labour organizations. The chairholder will lead research programs relating to all aspects of the federal idea, and more generally to the place of federalism as a mode of social structuring for the global legal order.
Katharine A. Pearson Chair in Civil Society and Public Policy
Tenable jointly inside McGill's Faculties of Arts and of Law, the Katharine A. Pearson Chair in Civil Society and Public Policy was created in 2011 through a generous gift from the McConnell Foundation.
The holder of the Chair will assume leadership within a new Civil Society Program at McGill, develop new research directions in civil society, foster research grant applications to sustain the Program, and contribute to the teaching and supervision of undergraduate and graduate students in the two faculties.
The Civil Society Program will rest on a broad meaning of civil society as an analytic term for the social sciences and humanities. Moving beyond the now-standard opposition of civil society to the State, the Program will explore both formal non-governmental structures and organizations, informal associations, and practices, beliefs and values that mediate between the self and the State. The Program will study the role of individuals and non-governmental institutional forms, groups, communities and organizations in the development of legal and public policy. It will explore approaches to governance in meeting challenges posed by health, environment, personal and economic well-being, social diversity and equity in a context of declining public resources.
L. Yves Fortier Chair in International Arbitration and International Commercial Law
Created in 2008 by Rio Tinto Alcan, the L. Yves Fortier Chair in International Arbitration and International Commercial Law honours McGill alumnus L. Yves Fortier for his leadership in the practice of law and at the international bar in the field of arbitration.
A Rhodes Scholar and former president of the Canadian Bar Association, Fortier is the longstanding chairman of Ogilvy Renault, one of Canada’s best known law firms. He is also one of the world’s foremost arbitrators, and has served as Canada’s ambassador to the United Nations, president of the UN Security Council and president of the London Court of International Arbitration.
The scholar appointed to the L. Yves Fortier Chair will take up a leadership role in the bilingual, transsystemic legal education program at McGill’s Faculty of Law. He or she will lead advances in the field of international arbitration, as well conduct research to help shape the future of both the practice and understanding of international law.