Jurist Roderick Macdonald, engineer A.P.S. Selvadurai each awarded top research prize
"It's about trying to help students to seek, discover, to confront the world with wide-eyed wonder." In awarding the Killam prize, Rod Macdonald was hailed by the Killam jury as one of the country's "most influential public intellectuals." Macdonald's main focus is on teaching, and during his six years as McGill's dean of law he made it a rule never to hire anyone who said they'd rather practise law than teach.
Two McGill researchers -- a legal expert and a civil engineering professor -- are among the five recipients of this year's $100,000 Killam prizes for outstanding career achievement in research. Roderick Macdonald is the F.R. Scott Professor of Constitutional and Public Law and A.P.S. (Patrick) Selvadurai is William Scott Professor and James McGill Professor in McGill's Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics.
The deaths of at least 14 cats and dogs from what appears to be tainted pet food have spurred more than a half-dozen class-action lawsuits. And along with money for vet bills, and the cost of the 60 million tins of recalled food, many are seeking added damages for owners' pain and suffering. Courts across North America already factor in the value of companionship in many different types of human relationships. Now the time might be ripe for similar calculations about animal friendship, says Wendy Adams, a McGill law professor. "There's a strong argument," she says. "You're not going to be laughed out of court."
Akhavan convinces MPs, Harper to seek justice for Kazemi
Former Hutu militia commander Désiré Munyaneza is on trial in Montreal for murder, psychological terror, physical attacks and sexual violence against Tutsis during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. He is the first person to be charged under Canada's Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act, passed in 2000. We suggest the following sources for your reports:
The McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism is pleased to host the inaugural Echenberg family conference on human rights, October 11 to 13.
Macdonald and Kaspi recognized for outstanding contributions to Canadian research and scholarship
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and McGill University's Institute of Air and Space Law will co-host Aviation Safety, Security & the Environment: The Way Forward, a major worldwide conference and exhibition to take place September 14 to 16, 2007, at the Hilton Montreal Bonaventure Hotel.
From October 1 to the 14th, McGill University will host "Imagining the Unthinkable: L'exposition du génocide," a public exhibition that conveys the realities of genocide by bringing together exceptional international collections of photographs, drawings, survivor testimonial archives and interactive multimedia.