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Welcome to the McGill Business Law Platform

summer academy 2023

McGill BLP SGI Transformative Business Law Summer Academy | 26 – 31 May 2024

With an overall vision of how business law has an impact on both society and on other legal areas, the Professorship in Business Law serves as a liaison between the Faculty of Law and leading practitioners, in Montreal, in Canada and internationally.

Given the central role of business organizations and commerce in today’s world, McGill Law is committed to strengthening teaching, research and outreach in business law.

The McGill Business Law Platform, which the Professorship in Business Law has just launched, will become a hub of excellence in business law on par with McGill Law's other areas of recognized strengths such as human rights, comparative law and public policy.

Key parts of the McGill Business Law Platform are the Seminars in Business and Society, the McGill Business Meter Blog, and the McGill Transformative Business Law Academy.

On June 1st the Academy presented its 2023 Impact Paper, "Sustainable Transformation of Business and Finance: A Democratic Challenge in an Age of Climate Change and Artificial Intelligence". The paper provides policy recommendations that show a path for business law and finance to better account for climate justice, meaningful transparency, and algorithm accountability in the digital age.  

We thank all the faculty, fellows, and distinguished guests who have made the 2023 Transformative Business Law Summer Academy possible. A complete list is available here:

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The latest in the Business Law Meter

30 Apr 2023

It is very likely that we do not need yet another contribution by a corporate law academic on ‘corporate purpose.’ Ever since the Business Roundtable’s 2019 intervention in that regard, the debate has been virulent, time consuming and – arguably –

10 Apr 2023
While the relative power of shareholders versus management in corporate governance is often debated, there is a distinct absence, both in these debates and in reality, of workers. However, some recent developments in both the U.S. and Canada address this absence.
10 Apr 2023
Intellectual property offices across the globe continue to create further economic incentives to spur the creation of environmental technology. Lawmakers must question the effectiveness of relying on such solutions in light of concerns such as the decline in green patents, barriers to technology deployment, and the broader consequences of the privatization of essential knowledge and invention.
1 Apr 2023
The ‘right to disconnect’ is a labour law concept that allows employees to disconnect from work-related communications outside of working hours. It is a response to the increasing expectation that employees should be available 24/7 since the widespread use of technology and the rise of remote work, especially since the start of the pandemic in 2020.
16 Jan 2023
This post explores how corporations navigate political controversy. It argues that the old debate about whether they should engage in political controversy is giving way to a new conversation about how they can do so — both to manage risk and exploit opportunity. The old binaries between engage/disengage and stakeholder/shareholder are of little assistance when charting a course through today’s unpredictable business landscape.
3 Jan 2023
This post explores how corporations navigate political controversy. It argues that the old debate about whether they should engage in political controversy is giving way to a new conversation about how they can do so — both to manage risk and exploit opportunity. The old binaries between engage/disengage and stakeholder/shareholder are of little assistance when charting a course through today’s unpredictable business landscape.

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