Faculty of Law news
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.
Longtime McGill Law professor and former federal minister of justice the Honourable Irwin Cotler delivered the keynote address at Yeshiva University's 75th Annual Commencement Exercises.
The Charles-Rousseau Moot was held this year in Tunis, from May 1 to 7. Bravo to the McGill team, composed of Émilie Fay-Carlos, Kyle Gervais, Camille Paulus and coach Antoine Motulsky, who took 4th place for best paper. Émilie Fay-Carlos also took 9th place for her presentation. This year, the case opposed the Jasmine Republic and the Iris Kingdom regarding fishing rights on the Tethys Sea.
Spring is here with all its sense of renewal, and the Faculty has not been idle in that respect. The Institute of Air and Space Law, the Institute of Comparative Law and the Centre for Human Rights & Legal Pluralism have recently published new websites: we invite you to visit them.
The 2005-06 Willem C. Vis International Arbitration Moot took place in Vienna from April 7-15. This year's team, comprising Bram Abramson, David Dubrovsky, Rajalakshmi (Shubha) Krishnan and Aleks Zivanovic, tied for 2nd place (with Ottawa) for best claimant's memorandum (out of nearly 160 teams) and received an honourable mention (i.e., in top 10%) for best respondent's memorandum. Aleks Zivanovic also received an honourable mention, missing the top mooting prize by the impossibly narrow margin of 0.5%. The team was advised by Kate Taylor (Oslers), Catherine Walsh and Frédéric Bachand. Oslers, Ogilvy Renault, Fasken Martineau, and Davies helped during practice arguments.
The Faculty would like to congratulate Michael Taylor, Susan Trepczynski and Andrew Williams of the Institute of Air and Space Law. On April 8, their team won the North American Regional Round of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Competition, held in Washington, DC.
On Friday, April 7, in the Moot Court at the Faculty of Law, Payam Akhavan hosted a panel of survivors from the Holocaust, the 1975-79 Khmer Rouge genocide and the 1994 genocide in Rwanda who shared their experiences.
We are happy to report that Faculty students landed eight of the 27 clerkship positions offered by the Supreme Court of Canada in 2007-08. Delphine Lourteau (Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin), Sylvia Rich and Jean-Michel Boudreau (Justice Ian Binnie), Véronique Roy (Justice Louis LeBel), Jason MacLean (Justice Marie Deschamps), Tam Boyar (Justice Morris Fish), Rohan Gulrajani (Justice Rosalie Abella) and Kelly Doctor (Justice Louise Charron) will be heading to Ottawa next year. Congratulations to all!
Justice Georgina Jackson, the most recent visitor to McGill in the judicial sabbaticant programme for federally appointed judges, has profoundly marked the intellectual life of the Faculty in her seven-month stay here.