Faculty of Law news
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.
"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.
"Quebec has arguably the strongest animal welfare legislation in Canada, but its record of enforcement is one of the worst." Professor Wendy Adams, who teaches a course on animal law at the Faculty of Law at McGill, comments in the Gazette on allowing an alleged puppy mill to continue operating.
View the webcast of the morning session of the "Musical Myopia, Digital Dystopia: New Media and Copyright Reform" event, an exceptional one-day copyright conference (23 March, 9h-16h45) co-hosted by the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy, the Faculty of Law and the Schulich School of Music. For detailed program information, visit the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy (www.cipp.mcgill.ca). Click on "More information" to view the webcast.
Congratulations to Laura Buckingham (Law IV), who is this year's winner of the 2007 Allan Falconer Memorial Student Essay Competition for her article "Striking Back: The Tort Action for Spousal Violence." The contest is run by the Canadian Journal of Family Law (CJFL), an interdisciplinary academic journal at UBC that publishes articles on a wide variety of family law issues in both English and French on topics in either common law or civil law. Along with presenting Laura with a monetary prize, the CJFL will publish her article in its upcoming July 2007 publication.
The 5th annual Shakespeare Moot Project will take place in the Moot Court of the Faculty of Law on Tuesday, March 20, 2007. This year, the moot problem involves an issue of enormous contemporary interest. A young woman is refused admission to a Montreal high school for wearing the niqab, an Islamic form of coverage for women. Unable to resolve the issue, the family and the high school bring their case to the Court of Shakespeare.
In 1914, McGill law alumna Annie MacDonald Langstaff became the first woman in Quebec to earn a degree in law, but it wasn't until this fall that she was finally granted posthumous admittance to the Quebec Bar.
The Honourable Michel Proulx was a shrewd judge, a great lawyer and a learned professor of law, and he devoted his life to the improvement of the criminal justice system and to the advancement of human rights in Canada. It was with great sadness that the members of this Faculty learned of his passing on January 14, 2007.
Book symposium in Canberra on Prof. Desmond Manderson's 'Proximity, Levinas and the Soul of the Law'
The Australian National University and the Australian Society of Legal Philosophy are sponsoring a book symposium on Desmond Manderson's book "Proximity, Levinas and the Soul of the Law" as part of the ASLP annual conference. The event will take place in Canberra from March 30 to April 1, 2007.
The decades-long war between brand-name and generic drug manufacturers shows no signs of abating. But with a rapidly aging population and the spectre of new diseases on the horizon, there's new pressure to find a solution soon that can both motivate innovative research and sustain affordable drug prices. McGill's Richard Gold, director of the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy and a professor in IP and common-law property, is interviewed for this story in the Canadian Bar Association's National Magazine.