Faculty of Law news
International human rights experts convene at Echenberg Family Global Conference to address democratic citizenship and the protection of fundamental rights and freedoms on a global scale How do we bridge the gap between the theory of human rights and the complex social, political and economic realities of a turbulent and interconnected world? The McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism (CHRLP) and the McGill Faculty of Law will host the Echenberg Family Conference, “Democracy, Human Rights and the Fragility of Freedom”.
Professor Daniel Jutras, Dean of the Faculty of Law, has announced that Professor Yaëll Emerich has been named by the Provost of McGill University as Acting Director of the Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law, from 1 January 2013 to 30 June 2013.
McGill University Law Professor Roderick A. Macdonald has been named an Officer of the Order of Canada, one of Canada’s highest civilian honours. On December 30, Professor Macdonald, the F.R. Scott Professor of Constitutional and Public Law and former Dean of the Faculty of Law, was one of 33 Officers, two Companions and 56 new Members welcomed to the Order of Canada.
On November 16, 2012 at an event at the Ottawa Convention Centre to mark the 130th anniversary of Royal Society of Canada (RSC), Governor General David Johnston announced the creation of a new library at Walter House, the RSC’s new headquarters in Ottawa. “I am equally delighted to announce that this new reading room, with the support and encouragement of his many friends, colleagues and loved ones, is to be named in honour of Rod Macdonald,” he added.
Professor H. Patrick Glenn was elected President of the American Society of Comparative Law, during the ASCL’s annual conference October 4 to 6, 2012. The following day, when asked when he would begin his term, Glenn chuckled, “It’s started already! I spent the morning on practical business for the Association. We need to find an editor for the Journal, to start with.”
During its graduation ceremony held on September 22, 2012, the Université de Sherbrooke granted an honorary doctoral degree to the Hon. Nicholas Kasirer, BCL’85, LLB’85, former Professor (1989-2009) and Dean (2003-2009) of the Faculty of Law of McGill University and now a Justice of Quebec’s Court of Appeal.
The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) announced 71 new Fellows today, including eight McGill researchers and scholars from the faculties of Science, Engineering, Law and Arts. Among them is Professor François Crépeau, who holds the Hans and Tamar Oppenheimer Chair in International Law at the Faculty of Law.
Fourteen of the 156 new 2012 Vanier Scholars will be attending McGill University, coming from countries as diverse as Australia, Belgium, Peru and the United States, as well as from Canada.
On 18 June 2012 at Montreal’s University Club, it was with great pride that the Faculty of Law presented two James A. Robb Awards to Me. Tina Hobday and Me. Marc Barbeau, who have both distinguished themselves at the Faculty and within the broader university community by their outstanding volunteer work.
McGill University conferred degrees today upon close to 200 students from the Faculty of Law and awarded an honorary degree to Boaventura De Sousa Santos in recognition of his outstanding contributions to his field.
The Faculty was delighted to learn that Professor Evan Fox-Decent’s book, Sovereignty’s Promise: The State as Fiduciary, is one of three books shortlisted for the 2012 C.B. Macpherson Prize.
The Institute of Air and Space Law invites applications for one or two 1-year Postdoctoral Research Fellowships, which will start August 2011. Deadline to apply: 15 April 2011.
In an interview with Focus online, Professor Pierre-Emmanuel Moyse explains how the Law of the of intellectual property influences areas that were formerly classified as strictly commercial and as having no artistic value, and how to artisanal skills could be leveraged to stimulate creativity and innovation.
What does it take to clerk at Canada’s top court? Focus online talks with Malcolm Lavoie, Ilana Ludwin, Laura Scheim, Katie Webber (all LLB/BCL candidates) and Guillaume Laganière (LLM), the five McGill law students who have secured Supreme Court clerkships for 2013.
The verdict of the 1981 Supreme Court Case of Banque Nationale v. Soucisse is known as a pillar of jurisprudence on the notion of good faith in Quebec civil law. Donald Seal, QC, BCL’54, who represented Florence Soucisse all the way to the Supreme Court, offers his thoughts about this landmark case.