Faculty of Law news
The October 2013 edition of Focus online takes a look at the Faculty of Law’s 5th annual DCL retreat that took place this September, to discuss ‘Finding Our Place in Academic Life.’ The event, which was coorganized by doctoral candidates Jodi Lazare and Geoffrey Conrad, drew over 30 students for a full day of rewarding and insightful discussion. Read the story in the October 2013 edition of Focus online: publications.mcgill.ca/droit/2013/10/16/theres-a-place-for-us/
The Faculty’s Office of Research is happy to announce that six exciting projects have been awarded funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
A team of five McGill students won the 2013 Hult Prize, valued at $1 million for their social enterprise project to secure food for undernourished communities in urban slums. Among them is Shobhita Soor, a Law/MBA student. Read the story in the McGill Reporter: http://publications.mcgill.ca/reporter/2013/09/desautels-mba-team-wins-2013-hult-prize-competition/
The Faculty of Law is pleased to announce that Dr. Yaw Nyampong has been named Executive Director of the Centre for Research in Air & Space Law. Yaw Nyampong (LLM’05, DCL’11) is also a graduate of the Faculty of Law of the University of Ghana, Legon. He held an Arsenault Postdoctoral Fellowship at McGill's Institute of Air & Space Law in 2011-2012, and a Boulton Fellowship at the Faculty of Law in 2012-2013.
We are happy to announce that the latest publication from the Crépeau Centre is The Worlds of the Trust (Cambridge University Press, 2013), which was edited by Professor Lionel Smith. This collection of 22 essays makes a significant contribution to the comparative study of trusts. It includes contributions from Canada, the U.S., England, France, Scotland, South Africa, Israel and China.
The Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law is happy to welcome Vanessa Arviset as its new Assistant Director. She takes over from Me Régine Tremblay. Me Vanessa Arviset, BCL/LLB’06, received the Osgoode Society Legal History Prize (2005) during her studies at the Faculty. Previously, she obtained a BA and MA in philosophy from the Université de Montréal. A member of the Barreau du Québec, Me Arviset practiced in Montreal in the fields of maritime law and commercial litigation.
On August 20, 2013, Fred Headon (BCL’96, LLB’96) took over the helm as President of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) during the closing luncheon of the CBA's annual Legal Conference in Saskatoon. Headon currently leads Air Canada’s in-house labour and employment law team at the company’s headquarters in Montreal. From 1999 to 2006, he practised labour and employment law, human rights and privacy law, and administrative and constitutional law at McCarthy Tétrault in Montreal.
The Faculty of Law was delighted to learn that our colleague Daniel Boyer (BA’79, MLIS’88), Head Librarian of the Nahum Gelber Law Library, was named Associate Dean of User Services of the McGill Library for a two-year mandate. As well, Me Boyer has also been named to the board of directors of the Société québécoise d'information juridique (SOQUIJ) for a period of five years, following the recommendation of the Deans of law faculties across Quebec.
The Faculty of Law is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Daniel Weinstock to the position of Director of the McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy, an interdisciplinary institute housed within the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University, starting August 1.
On June 27, 2013, the Quebec Bar announced the recipients of the Advocatus Emeritus title for 2013. The Faculty of Law wishes to congratulate alumni Robert-Jean Chénier (BCL’74); Eric M. Maldoff (BCL’74, LLB’75), a member of the McGill Board of Governors; the Hon. Joseph R. Nuss (BCL’58); Marilyn Ann Piccini-Roy (BCL’83, LLB’82), a Faculty lecturer; and James A. Woods (BCL’73, LLB’74) a Faculty lecturer and former president of the Faculty Advisory Board.
John G. Murphy, managing partner at Borden Ladner Gervais (BLG), is extremely proud of the efforts made by a team headed by H. John Godber (BCL'88, LLB'88) and Neil Hazan (BCL/LLB'02) to support McGill Faculty of Law’s Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law. The fundraising activity, which brought in $400,000 from BLG’s lawyers and partners across Canada, ended this month.
The Faculties of Arts and Law are happy to announce that Professor Ronald Niezen, a former Chair of McGill’s Department of Anthropology who held the Canada Research Chair in the Comparative Study of Indigenous Rights and Identity, has been appointed as the first incumbent of the Katharine A. Pearson Chair in Civil Society and Public Policy.
Earlier this month, during the annual conference of the Canadian Association of Law Teachers (CALT) in Victoria, B.C., Professor Shauna Van Praagh was elected President of the Association and a member of its executive.
Centaur Jurisprudence: The Legalization of Culture and the Enculturation of Law The Centaur Jurisprudence Project invites paper proposals for a conference that is organized by the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, and which will be held in Montreal, Quebec, on Friday, February 21, 2014. See our conference website for program and registration: www.mcgill.ca/culture-law
McGill Professor Margaret Somerville was awarded a Doctorate of Laws, honoris causa, on May 16, 2013, by the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario. During the College’s 94th Convocation ceremony, the College’s Chancellor, the Honourable Peter McKay, Minister of Defence, cited “her exceptional contributions to society through research, scholarly debate and personal involvement.”