Faculty of Law news
Frédéric Desmarais (Law III) has won the 2006 Matthieu-Bernard legal essay contest organized by the Société québécoise de droit international. His paper, "Le consentement préalable, libre et éclairé des peuples autochtones en droit international à la lumière des modèles de l'intégrité culturelle et de l'autodétermination: l'émergence d'un principe prématuré," impressed the jury, who declared it an excellent paper, with its solid documentation and detailed analysis. His text will be published in the Revue québécoise de droit international in March 2007.
On United Nations Day (Oct. 24), Provost Anthony Masi and VP (Development & Alumni Relations) Ann Dowsett Johnston joined Dean Nicholas Kasirer in the Gelber Law Library to announce the establishment of the Oppenheimer Chair.
McGill University is pleased to announce the creation of the Hans and Tamar Oppenheimer Chair in Public International Law, endowed by the generous support of Tamar Oppenheimer, OC, BA'46 (McGill), MA'53 (public international law, Columbia University), LLD'94 (McGill), who was the first Canadian woman to have been appointed as an Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations Secretariat.
Emmy award-nominated filmmaker Joshua M. Greene delivered the 6th Annual Holocaust Memorial Lecture by presenting the North American premiere of his documentary "Hitler's Courts: The Betrayal of the Rule of Law in Nazi Germany."
Roderick A. Macdonald, F.R. Scott Professor of Constitutional and Public Law at McGill University, has been mandated by Justice Minister Yvon Marcoux to head an expert panel that will examine if any measures to prevent Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs) should be adopted by the government.
Last night, Professor Margaret Somerville gave the first installment of her 2006 Massey Lecture, on the theme "The Ethical Imagination: Journeys of the Human Spirit," at the Mount Royal Centre. The next four lectures will be delivered across Canada: St. John's, Oct. 14; Vancouver, Oct. 17; Calgary, Oct. 19; Toronto, Oct. 27. The lectures will then be broadcast on CBC's radio program "Ideas," from November 6 to 10, 2006.
On October 10, in the McLennan Library Building, Professor Roderick A. Macdonald presented his annual F.R. Scott Lecture. The lecture examined the current processes used to select judges at all levels of courts, with a discussion of the qualities sought for each court and whether the processes used allow us to identify judges with these qualities. Rod Macdonald is F.R. Scott Professor of Constitutional and Public Law at McGill University.
On October 6, IASL students Andrew Williams, Michael Taylor and Susan Trepszynski won the First Runner Up award at the Manfred Lachs Moot Space Law Court World Finals Competition in Valencia, Spain.
The Faculty of Law's Transsystemic Program has been selected as a recipient of the "Outstanding Program in International Education Award" by the Canadian Bureau for International Education. This prestigious professional award recognizes innovative programs in international education developed to meet long-term internationalization goals and needs, and that offer best-practice models that can be transferred to other institutions.
Margaret Somerville will be living the life of a rock star for the month of October as she embarks upon her cross-Canada Massey Lectures series. The sometimes controversial, always affable director of McGill's Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law expounds upon everything from bio-terrorism to wallabies.
The Faculty of Law and the Inter-university Research Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT) hosted a trilingual international seminar entitled "Mapping the Social in Regional Integration: Rethinking Labour Regulation" on September 29-30, 2006.
The Quebec Research Centre of Private and Comparative Law held its "Terminology and Property Models in the 21st Century" workshop on September 21 and 22, 2006.