Faculty of Law news
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Nandini Ramanujam has been appointed as executive director of the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism.
On June 19, 2006, during Convocation, Ryerson University honoured Margaret Somerville for her contributions in the worldwide development of bioethics and in the study of the wider legal and ethical aspects of medicine and science.
Principal Heather Munroe-Blum and Dean Nicholas Kasirer hosted a send-off celebration for Professor Stephen Toope, who took up duties as President of the University of British Columbia this summer.
The New Brunswick Human Rights Commission unveiled a plaque in honour of native son John Peters Humphrey during its 2006 Human Rights Award ceremony, held on June 16 at the New Brunswick legislative assembly in Fredericton.
Seventeen people received honorary McGill University degrees during the spring 2006 convocation ceremonies. Among them were Louise Fréchette and Donovan Waters, who received Doctor of Law degrees for their lifetime contributions to law.
The Faculty offers its warmest congratulations to this year's gold medalists and fellowship winners: Aseet Dalvi (Elizabeth Torrance Gold Medal); Peter Repetto (Aimé Geoffrion Gold Medal); Christine Mainville (David L. Johnston Gold Medal); and Julia Carbone (Thomas Shearer Stewart Travelling Fellowship).
The Faculty is proud to announce the publication of Desmond Manderson's latest book from McGill-Queen's Press, "Proximity, Levinas, and the Soul of Law." Linking the controversial ethical philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas and the common law legal tradition that has recently invigorated the idea of "the duty of care," Desmond Manderson argues that ethicists and lawyers struggle with the same basic questions of why we should care for others and what responsibility really demands of us, using the same language of care, neighbourhood and proximity.
The John W. Durnford Teaching Excellence Award went to Daniel Jutras this year, in recognition of the quality of his teaching and the inspiration he brings to his students.
On May 23, at the St. James Club, the McGill Alumni Association held its annual Honours & Awards Banquet, which pays tribute to outstanding volunteers who help build McGill's reputation through their hard work and dedication. This year, among those who were recognized were two of our own: Kappy Flanders and Nicholas Kasirer.
Payam Akhavan, associate professor of International Law at McGill, says in an op-ed about the arrest of former University of Toronto professor Ramin Jahanbegloo by Iranian authorities: "Jahanbegloo's crime is that he advocates democracy and social progress through non-violence and cultural dialogue."
Not all clerical jobs are created equal. Some can lead to a lifetime of toiling in obscurity while others are stepping stones to bigger and better things. Supreme Court clerkships fall in the latter category, which is why eight McGill law students were clicking their heels after finding out they had been chosen for one.