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Fall 2020 - Winter 2021

Updated: 17 August 2020

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The courses below are listed in alphabetical order and are sorted based on program requirements (see our BCL/JD Program Structure and Requirements page):

1L Required Courses
2L Required Courses
Other Required Courses
Complementary Civil Law Immersion Courses
Complementary Common Law Immersion Courses
Complementary Social Diversity, Human Rights and Indigenous Law Courses
Complementary Principles of [Canadian] Administrative Law Courses
Transsystemic Courses (2014-2015 & 2015-2016 programs only)
Elective Courses
Law Focus Week Workshops
Graduate Courses
Non-Course course
Non-law course

1L Required Courses

Course Title and Number Credits Instructors Term Lecture Recording

Constitutional Law/Droit constitutionnel (PUB2 101D1/D2)

Section 001

Instructor: Professor Vrinda Narain
Language of Instruction: English
Description: This course in Constitutional Law provides an introduction to the basic principles, institutions and legal development in Canadian Constitutional Law. Aspects to be studied include: sources of Canadian constitutional law, federalism, the rule of law, the division of legislative powers, the role of the judiciary in Canadian democracy, Aboriginal peoples and the Constitution and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Canadian Constitutional law is a vast, complex and constantly evolving area of study making it impossible to cover every topic comprehensively. The objective is to enable students to develop the critical legal skills necessary to examine Canada’s constitutional framework. This course will provide students with the opportunity to examine and discuss the debates that shape constitutional law. The aim is to stimulate students’ interest in the study of the Constitution. At the end of this year-long course, the expectation is that students will have the requisite critical legal thinking skills to identify constitutional issues and to make constitutional law arguments.   This course provides an introduction to fundamental principles, institutions and legal developments in Canadian constitutional law. The course explores the rule of law, democracy, judicial independence and federalism. It also examines human rights and freedoms, and constitutional issues affecting Indigenous Peoples and minority linguistic communities. The course is designed to provide students with a framework for understanding constitutional issues through a comparative lens, as well as thinking critically about the historical and social context of Canadian constitutional law.
Restrictions/Prerequisites
Format: Lecture
Method of Evaluation: midterm 25%, final 75%

Section 002

Instructor: Professor Colleen Sheppard
Language of Instruction: English
Description: This course provides an introduction to fundamental principles, institutions and legal developments in Canadian constitutional law. The course explores the rule of law, democracy, judicial independence and federalism. It also examines human rights and freedoms, and constitutional issues affecting Indigenous Peoples and minority linguistic communities. The course is designed to provide students with a framework for understanding constitutional issues through a comparative lens, as well as thinking critically about the historical and social context of Canadian constitutional law.
Restrictions/Prerequisites
Format: Lecture
Method of Evaluation:First semester take home examination: 30% (assist only); Written assignment: 25%; Final examination: 45%.

Section 003

Instructor: Professeure Poirier
Language of Instruction: Français
Description: Un traitement de l’histoire, de la théorie, de la pratique du droit constitutionnel canadien, en partie à la lumière du droit comparé. Examen des sources du droit constitutionnel ; des principes généraux (État de droit, constitutionnalisme, démocratie, etc.); de la séparation des pouvoirs (législatif, exécutif et judiciaire); du fédéralisme; du droit public relatif aux peuples autochtones; et de la protection des droits fondamentaux, y compris des droits linguistiques. Le cours vise à amener les étudiant.e.s à comprendre la logique historique et institutionnelle du droit constitutionnel canadien, à aborder les sources - y compris la jurisprudence - de manière critique, et à mieux décoder l’actualité constitutionnelle. Le cours se veut interactif et repose sur la prémisse que les étudiant.e.s ont fait les lectures obligatoires avant le cours et sont prêt.e.s à en discuter.
Restrictions/Prerequisites: None
Format: Lecture
Method of Evaluation: Examen du 1er semestre: 20 %; travail d’équipe (15%); examen final (65%); Résumé d’arrêt: (réussite/échec); 2) Examen 1er semestre : 20% « assist only », c’est-à-dire que la note ne compte que si elle renforce votre note finale ; 3) travail d’équipe (2e semestre 15%) et 4) Examen final 65%

6 Narain
Sheppard
Poirier

Full-year

TBD
TBD
YES, majority

Contractual Obligations/Obligations contractuelles (LAWG 100D1/D2 )

Section 001

Instructor: Professor Helge Dedek
Language of Instruction: English
Description: TBA
Restrictions/Prerequisites
Format: Lecture
Method of Evaluation:  TBA

Section 002

Instructor: Professor Omar Farahat
Language of Instruction: English
Description: TBA
Restrictions/Prerequisites
Format: Lecture
Method of Evaluation: ​TBA

Section 003

Instructor: Professeur Fabien Gélinas
Language of Instruction: Français
Description: Le cours couvre les concepts, discours et arguments fondamentaux du droit des obligations contractuelles dans la tradition du common law et celle du droit civil. Les sujets comprennent les définitions d’ un accord; les accords qui lient juridiquement; le contenu des obligations contractuelles; les raisons justifiant d’écarter les obligations, les remèdes en cas de violation et les droits des tiers. Du point de vue de la méthode, outre l’accès aux notions de base, le cours développe une approche pratique et critique. Pratique : divers exercices sont proposés pour s’ initier au maniement du discours juridique. Critique : le cours offre un recul critique afin de faciliter l’appréhension du phénomène contractuel dans le monde contemporain. Remarque : Non-native speakers of French are encouraged to take the course. A particular effort will be made to render French legal language and terminology accessible.
Restrictions/Prerequisites
Format: Lecture
Method of Evaluation: Take-home mid-term exam in December (30% to assist only), in-class group presentation 20%) during Fall or Winter term, final take-home exam in April (50% or 80%).

6 Dedek
Farahat
Gélinas
Full-year TBD
YES
NO

Criminal Justice/Justice pénale (LAWG 102D1/D2)

Section 001

Instructor: Professeure Alana Klein
Language of Instruction: English
Description: This course will introduce the basis, nature and functioning of criminal justice within and across legal orders, with a focus on Canadian criminal justice. It will examine the main determinants of crime and explore the rationales for criminalizing certain conduct, presenting criminalization as one among a number of possible models for responding to different types of conflicts, behaviours and phenomena.Further, the course will introduce key substantive, procedural, evidentiary and sentencing aspects of the criminal law, with attention to formal but also informal sources of law, including the exercise of discretionary powers by police, prosecutors, and judges,as well as the role of the different participants in the criminal justice process. Finally, the course will engage closely with the social impact of criminal justice, with particular attention to race, class, gender, indigeneity, ethnicity and power.
Restrictions/Prerequisites
Format: Lecture
Method of Evaluation: Fall term assignment (30%); Winter term assignment (20%); Final open book exam (50%).

Section 002

Instructor: Professor Marie Manikis
Language of Instruction: English
Description:
Restrictions/Prerequisites
Format: Lecture
Method of Evaluation

Section 003

Instructor: Professor Mugambi Jouet
Language of Instruction: Français
Description:  Ce cours se centre sur la justice pénale en Occident, notamment au Canada, aux États-Unis et en Europe. Il comprendra non seulement de nombreuses connaissances techniques, telles que les éléments d’un crime. Le cours offrira de même une connaissance approfondie du système pénal, dont ses dimensions historiques, sociales, politiques, économiques, raciales, ethniques, autochtones ou de genre. Nous explorerons la naissance et l’évolution de la justice pénale moderne à travers diverses théories critiques concernant ses enjeux, dynamiques, normes, institutions et acteurs. Parmi d’autres sujets, nous aborderons la prison, la peine de mort, la justice des mineurs, la police, l’inégalité sociale, la discrimination, les droits humains, la dignité, ainsi que les rôles des procureurs, avocats de défense et juges dans les tribunaux.
Restrictions/Prerequisites
Format: Lecture
Method of Evaluation: Rédaction (Automne, 45%) ; Examen final (Hiver, 55%). Recorded Remote Lecture: No

6

Klein
Manikis
Jouet

Full-year YES
NO
NO

Ex-Contractual Obligations/Obligations extra-contractuelles (LAWG 101D1/D2)

Section 001

Instructor: Professor Jaye Ellis
Language of Instruction: English
Description: Extra-Contractual Obligations/Torts is a first year law course about human relations and actions, injury, responsibility and repair. All legal traditions include within them guidelines for human behaviour and, more specifically, provisions regarding reparation for harm suffered. All students of law study “extra-contractual obligations” as a basic foundational course in order to appreciate how law views and responds to injuries we may suffer, and how it treats us as people who, whether intentionally or not, may harm others through our actions. At McGill, first year law students engage in the study of “extra-contractual obligations” in an integrated way. That is, students work within both the Common law and Civil law traditions of Canada to understand how law defines wrongdoing, injury, and the connection between wrongdoing and its harmful consequences. By doing so, you are invited to develop a sophisticated and critical comprehension of the purposes, contours and consequences of the private law of civil wrongs.
Restrictions/Prerequisites: None
Format: Lecture
Method of Evaluation: Take-home examination and written assignment

Section 002

Instructor: Professor Van Praagh
Language of Instruction: English
Description: Extra-Contractual Obligations/Torts is a first year law course about human relations and actions, injury, responsibility and repair. All legal traditions include within them guidelines for human behaviour and, more specifically, provisions regarding reparation for harm suffered. All students of law study “extra-contractual obligations” as a basic foundational course in order to appreciate how law views and responds to injuries we may suffer, and how it treats us as people who, whether intentionally or not, may harm others through our actions. At McGill, first year law students engage in the study of “extra-contractual obligations” in an integrated way. That is, students work within both the Common law and Civil law traditions of Canada to understand how law defines wrongdoing, injury, and the connection between wrongdoing and its harmful consequences. By doing so, you are invited to develop a sophisticated and critical comprehension of the purposes, contours and consequences of the private law of civil wrongs.
Restrictions/Prerequisites
Format: Lecture
Method of Evaluation: Mid-term exam– 20% of the final grade. Final exam– 50% of the final grade. A written assignment - 30% of the final grade. Exams will be sit-downs in a set time period.

Section 003

Instructor: Professeur Lara Khoury
Language of Instruction: Français
Description: Les obligations extracontractuelles est un cours de droit de première année sur les relations et les comportements humains, ainsi que leurs conséquences sous forme de préjudice, sur la responsabilité et sur la réparation. Les obligations extracontractuelles est un cours de base fondamental qui nous permettra de discuter de la façon dont le droit considère et répond - ou devrait considérer et répondre – aux préjudices, et de la manière dont le droit nous rend responsables du préjudice que nous causons aux autres. Nous étudierons ce sujet de manière critique en nous appuyant sur les deux traditions juridiques canadiennes, la common law et le droit civil, afin de comprendre comment le droit définit les actes fautifs, les préjudices et le lien entre les fautes leurs conséquences. Le premier semestre sera consacré à l’acquisition d’une compréhension approfondie de la manière dont le droit dessine les contours des obligations extracontractuelles, tandis que le second sera consacré aux limites posées à la responsabilité qui découle de leur contravention.
Restrictions/Prerequisites
Format: Lecture
Method of Evaluation: Scheduled take-home of a set duration and the students must download Examplify. Recorded Remote Lecture: Partially

6 Ellis
Van Praagh
Khoury
Full-year YES
TBD
Partially

Foundations/Fondements du droit (PUB3 116) - Winter 2021

Section 001

Instructor: Professor Daniel Weinstock
Language of Instruction: English
Description
Restrictions/Prerequisites: None
Format: Lecture
Method of Evaluation

Section 002

Instructor: Professor Kirsten Anker
Language of Instruction: English
Description: Not available yet
Restrictions/Prerequisites: Not available yet
Format: Lecture
Method of Evaluation: Not available yet

Section 003

Instructor: Professor Sébastien Jodoin
Language of Instruction: Français
Description: Ce cours cherche à susciter par de multiples moyens une réflexion soutenue de la part des étudiant-e-s sur la nature du droit et de sa relation avec la justice, le rôle des acteurs, institutions et normes juridiques dans la société et l’apport de diverses approches critiques et alternatives à l’analyse et la pratique du droit.
Restrictions/Prerequisites: Not available yet
Format: Lecture
Method of Evaluation: Création d’un « mème internet » accompagné d’un essai de réflexion de 800 mots portant sur la nature du droit (travail individuel - 30%); Réécriture d’un jugement provenant d’un autre cours de première année, accompagné d’un essai explicatif (4,000 mots) en lien avec une perspective théorique (féministe; queer; étude du handicap; théorie critique de la race; marxiste; law and economics) (travail d’équipe - 60%); Essai de 500 mots sur la participation au cours (travail individuel - 10%).

Section 004

Instructor: Professor Victor Muniz-Fraticelli
Language of Instruction: English
Description
Restrictions/Prerequisites
Format: Lecture
Method of Evaluation

4

Weinstock

Anker
Jodoin

Muniz-Fraticelli

Winter

TBD

TBD

TBD

Indigenous Legal Traditions (LAWG 103)- Fall 2020

Section 001

Instructor: Professor Aaron Mills
Language of Instruction: English
Description: The central purpose of this course is to introduce students to Indigenous law in Canada by teaching, inter alia, the connections between Indigenous ways of being and knowing and Indigenous law. To that end, we shall explore (1) the worldviews and constitutional contexts of Indigenous legal traditions, (2) the colonial contexts that have shaped the current realities of Indigenous laws and Indigenous legal education, and reciprocally, indigenous law revitalization, and (3) the contemporary relationships between indigenous and settler systems of law in Canada. This course is intended to ground Indigenous law content taught throughout the Faculty’s transsystemic undergraduate program. To the extent practicable, instructors will deploy Indigenous pedagogies and will involve indigenous community connections, partners, and guest speakers.
Restrictions/Prerequisites: No
Format: Lecture
Method of Evaluation: Participation, midterm assignment, final exam (flexible take-home with no set duration)

Section 002

Instructor: Professor Kerry Sloan
Language of Instruction: English
Description: The central purpose of this course is to introduce students to Indigenous law in Canada by teaching, inter alia, the connections between Indigenous ways of being and knowing and Indigenous law. To that end, we shall explore (1) the worldviews and constitutional contexts of Indigenous legal traditions, (2) the colonial contexts that have shaped the current realities of Indigenous laws and Indigenous legal education, and reciprocally, indigenous law revitalization, and (3) the contemporary relationships between indigenous and settler systems of law in Canada. This course is intended to ground Indigenous law content taught throughout the Faculty’s transsystemic undergraduate program. To the extent practicable, instructors will deploy Indigenous pedagogies and will involve indigenous community connections, partners, and guest speakers.
Restrictions/Prerequisites:  No
Format: Lecture
Method of Evaluation: ​Midterm assignment, final exam (flexible take-home with no set duration)

Section 003 - Traditions Juridiques Autochtones

Instructor: Professeur Kirsten Anker
Language of Instruction: French
Description: L’objectif principal de ce cours est d’introduire aux étudiants le droit autochtone au Canada en enseignant notamment les interactions entre les manières d'être et les systèmes de connaissances autochtones, et leurs traditions juridiques. À cet effet, nous explorerons (1) les visions du monde et les contextes constitutionnels des traditions juridiques autochtones, (2) le contexte colonial ayant contribué aux réalités actuelles du droit autochtone et de l’enseignement juridique autochtone, et (3) les relations contemporaines entre les ordres juridiques autochtones et le droit canadien. Ce cours vise à enraciner les sujets et les contenus autochtones enseignés dans le cadre du programme transsystemique de la Faculté. Dans la mesure du possible, les enseignants mettront en œuvre des pédagogies autochtones et inviteront, par l'entremise de leurs connections avec les communautés autochtones, des partenaires et invités autochtones.
Restrictions/Prerequisites: Non
Format: Lecture
Method of Evaluation: Participation, travail de mi-session, examen final (de période étendue)

3 Mills
Sloan
Anker
Fall NO
NO
Partially

Integration Workshop (LAWG 110D1/D2)

Section 001 (Workshop)

Instructor: Jakub Adamski
Language of Instruction
Description: The purpose of the Integration Weeks and Workshops (IWW) are to introduce you to skills and habits that will aid your integration into law school and give you moments to reflect on your place in the law. The IWW will introduce you to skills and features of law and legal studies. The Weeks focus on orienting you to the texts, institutions and vocabulary of law, while also introducing you to the three major legal traditions on which the curriculum is based. The Workshops are sessions between small groups of students, Tutorial Leaders (TLs) and professors developing further skills such as legal writing, legal drafting and responsive public speaking, among others.
Restrictions/Prerequisites
Format
Method of Evaluation: TBA (no final exam)

Sections 002, 003, 004, 005, 006, 007, 008, 009, 010 & 011 (Small Group Teaching)

4

Adamski

Full-year TBD

2L Required Courses

Course Title and Number Credits Instructors Term Lecture Recording

Judicial Institutions & Civil Procedure/Droit judiciaire (PROC 124)

Section 001 (Fall)

Instructor: Professor Jakub Adamski
Language of Instruction: English
Description: This course is intended as an introduction to the basic structure, values and problems of civil procedure. It should be seen as a vehicle for exploring issues arising in most systems of civil procedure in Canada and in the Western world generally, rather than as a survey of the rules of procedure that will dominate the lawyering experience of those who will choose litigation as a career. It addresses a broad range of questions, from strategic and financial considerations of litigation all the way to broad principles of the judicial order, as well as the key aspects of pre-trial procedure. The course is meant as an effort to highlight fundamental tensions in the organization and implementation of dispute resolution by state-appointed judges. Much of the course will be taught through problem-based learning, requiring active participation of all students.
Restrictions/Prerequisites
Format
Method of Evaluation: 25% mid-term exercise with option to do in a team; 75% take-home final exam

Section 002 (Fall)

Instructor:  Professor Rosalie Jukier
Language of Instruction: English
Description: This course is intended as an introduction to the basic structure, values and problems of civil procedure. It should be seen as a vehicle for exploring issues arising in most systems of civil procedure in Canada and in the Western world generally, rather than as a survey of the rules of procedure that will dominate the lawyering experience of those who will choose litigation as a career. It is in this sense that the course is transsystemic. It addresses a broad range of questions, from strategic and financial considerations of litigation all the way to broad principles of the judicial order, as well as the key aspects of pre-trial procedure. The course is meant as an effort to highlight fundamental tensions in the organization and implementation of dispute resolution by state-appointed judges.
Restrictions/Prerequisites: No
Format: No
Method of Evaluation: TBA Remote Recorded Lecture: Yes

Section 003 (Winter)

Instructor: Professeure Geneviève Saumier
Language of Instruction: Français
Description: Ce cours se veut une introduction aux institutions, à la structure, aux principes et aux défis de la justice civile. Informé par les thèmes contemporains de la « crise de la justice civile » et de «l’accès à la justice », le contenu du cours donnera une vue d’ensemble du système de justice civile au Canada dans une perspective comparative et critique. À la fin du cours, vous devriez être en mesure de (i) vous retrouver dans un système de procédure civile écrite; (ii) identifier les enjeux contemporains de la justice civile au Canada et en faire une évaluation critique; (iii) connaître les principes fondamentaux de la justice et de la procédure civile; (iv) connaître les éléments principaux de la procédure dans un litige civil et développer des instincts par rapport aux enjeux stratégiques liés à la résolution des différends.
Restrictions/Prerequisites
Format: Lecture
Method of Evaluation: Commentaires de lecture (2 x 500 mots) - 20%; Visite de la chambre de pratique de la Cour supérieure et rapport écrit (1000 mots) – 30%, ; Examen final – 50% - examen à livre ouvert.

4

Adamski
Jukier
Saumier

Fall
Fall
Winter

YES
YES
TBD

Legal Ethics & Professionalism (LAWG 210)

Section 1

Instructor: Professor Jakub Adamski
Language: English
Description: TBA
Restrictions/Prerequisites: n/a
Format:
Method of Evaluation:

Section 3

Instructor: TBD
Language: Français 
Description: Le cours traitera des principes de déontologie et des règles de droit qui régissent l’activité des professionnels du droit. Le cours présente différentes conceptions du rôle des avocats et explore les sources qui énoncent des normes déontologiques, et prévoient des sanctions disciplinaires. Le cours traitera des questions déontologiques principales liées à la pratique du droit : la formation de la relation entre l’avocat et le client, le devoir de compétence, le secret professionnel et la confidentialité, les conflits d’intérêts, l'obligation envers le système de justice, et la déontologie de la résolution des différends. Par la suite, nous allons nous consacrer à l’examen des enjeux déontologiques propres à certains champs de pratique. Enfin, nous aborderons les questions éthiques liées à la pratique et qui demeurent parfois sans réponses dans nos lois de déontologies professionnelles.
Restrictions/Prerequisites: n/a
Format: Cours interactif et ateliers. Si à distance: mélange de cours en temps réel (enregistrés) sur Zoom et cours pré-enregistrés.
Method of Evaluation: Implication en classe et sur MyCourses, un court essai, examen à domicile de 24h. 

3

Adamski

TBD

Winter

Winter

TBD

TBD

Property/Les biens (LAWG 220D1/D2)

Section 001

Instructor: Professor Lionel Smith
Language of Instruction: English
Description
Restrictions/Prerequisites
Format: Lecture
Method of Evaluation: 30% fall essay, 30% group project, 40% final exam.

Section 002

Instructor: Professor Tina Piper
Language of Instruction: English
Description: In this second year course we will be exploring the foundations, principles and mechanisms of property law. This will be done from a transsystemic point of view that examines common law, civil law and indigenous traditions in respect of property. Guest speakers and plenaries will contextualize the learning in the course. We will also consider the justice of property allocations and novel conceptions of property rights such as the commons.
Restrictions/Prerequisites
Format: Lecture
Method of Evaluation: Individual Essay (Fall) (30%); Group Assignment (Winter) (30%); Exam (Winter) (40%).

Section 003

Instructor: Professeure Moyse
Language of Instruction: Français
Description
Restrictions/Prerequisites
Format: Lecture
Method of Evaluation

6 Smith, L.
Piper
Moyse
Full-year TBD
YES
TBD

Other Required Courses

Course Title and Number

Credits

Instructors

Term

Lecture Recording

Advocacy (PRAC 200)

Instructor: Jakub Adamski
Language of Instruction
Description: The course provides an opportunity to critically analyze and develop advocacy skills. Students will be exposed to advocacy in a range of settings, including mediation, trial advocacy and written advocacy. This course is taught using both lectures and small group tutorial session workshops.
Restrictions/Prerequisites
Format
Method of Evaluation: Pass/Fail: To pass this course, students must meet both the Attendance requirement and the Coursework requirement, which are equally weighted. Coursework Requirement: Four (4) assignments evaluated on a Pass/Fail basis: two drafting exercises and two oral advocacy exercises. These assignments are completed during the day. Students will have one assignment per day. If an assignment receives a “Fail” grade, the student will be required to complete a supplemental written assignment. Attendance Requirement: Any student missing more than two (2) hours of class time during this course, for whatever reason, will be required to complete a supplemental written assignment.

1 Adamski Fall TBD

Business Associations (BUS2 365)

Section 001 (Fall)

Instructor: Dr. Ignacio Cofone
Language of Instruction: English
Description: We will study the law of business associations through the lens of corporate governance and contract theory. We will see agency law, partnerships, and corporations, with a focus on publicly traded corporations. While doing so, we will highlight the economic incentives involved in different forms of associations and the policy questions triggered by them. By the end of the course, students should be able to (i) understand fact patterns involving different kinds of business associations, (ii) know the content and applications of the relevant law (statutory and case law), and (iii) discuss policy questions involving business associations. Classes will be structured as a discussion, not a lecture. Students are expected to participate in classroom discussions demonstrating engagement with the materials.
Restrictions/Prerequisites: N/A
Format
Method of Evaluation: Your grade will be based on a final exam, class participation, and assignments. Grades will break down as it follows: final exam 70%, class discussions 10%, and mid-term assignment 20%. The exam will be a 2-hour, in class, open book exam. Class participation credit will be given based on quality, not quantity. There will be two one-week take-home assignments in the semester and you can choose which one to complete.

Section 001 (Winter)

Instructor: Prof. Peer Zumbansen
Language of Instruction: English
Description: The course requires no prerequisites or previous knowledge in “economics” or “business”. But, it will be helpful if students begin (or, continue to) paying some attention to examples of corporate law that occur around them or surface in the news or in public debates. The course will study different types of business organizations, including partnerships, sole proprietorships, close corporations and publicly traded corporations, and – in addition – help students gain a working knowledge of some key principles in economic and financial thinking, which play an important role in the governance of corporations today. The course will cover the core doctrinal areas of the law of business associations while continuously engaging with the question of how best to “govern” the modern business corporation in light of theoretical and political contentions. Rather than studying corporate law in an abstract, analytical manner, the course will engage the law from the perspective of both the corporate ‘entrepreneur’ and the lawyer representing the corporation’s as well as different company stakeholders’ interests including those of workers, women, indigenous populations, and the environment. The course will furthermore allow students to study corporate law “in context” by studying the law of Quebec and the Canada Business Corporations Act, but also by including a transsystemic perspective on key corporate law insights from civil law jurisdictions such as France and Germany, as well as from the role played by the state of Delaware in shaping U.S. corporate law and from indigenous legal traditions.
Restrictions/Prerequisites
Method of Evaluation: The evaluation for the course is based on short take-home assignments each worth 15% of the final grade and a final, open-book exam worth 70%.: Lecture
Bio: Professor Peer Zumbansen will join us as a full professor with tenure and, for five years, as the inaugural incumbent of the Professorship in Business Law. An internationally renowned scholar of private law whose work focuses on contract law, corporate governance, and transnational regulatory theory, and the recipient of two teaching awards, Peer presented the most compelling vision for how the Professorship in Business Law could build on our distinctive integrated approach and connect to the world of practice. Peer will leave Osgoode Hall Law School to join us on 1 January 2021.

4

Cofone

Zumbansen

Fall

Winter

YES

TBD

Complementary Civil Law Immersion Courses

Course Title and Number

Credits

Instructors

Term

Lecture Recording

Advanced Civil Law Obligations (PROC 200)

Language of Instruction: English
Description: Advanced Civil Law Obligations seeks to augment students' knowledge, comprehension, and skills related to the study of private law obligations in the civilian tradition. This course will notably address the philosophy and analytical framework of the civilian tradition, as well as complex aspects of the law of obligations in Quebec, such as: the interaction of contractual and extra-contractual obligations; unjust enrichment; and certain aspects of the modalities, transfer, alteration and extinction of obligations. As this course provides an opportunity for immersion in the culture, epistemology and practices of the civilian tradition, it builds on what students have already learned in the first-year private law curriculum and provides a solid foundation for further studies in Quebec civil law.
Restrictions/Prerequisites: None
Format: Lecture, in-class exercises
Method of Evaluation: One in-term assignment (45% of final grade, due November 20, 2019), and a second assignment due during the exam period (55% of final grade, due December 16, 2019). Option of submitting journal entries and/or blog posts to reduce the weight of the two assignments by 5% each.

3 TBD Fall TBD

Assurances (BUS2 561)

Instructor: Me Gilbert Hourani
Language of Instruction: French (mainly in French but also with bilingual components)
Description: Le cours se veut une introduction au droit des assurances, mais également une étude approfondie en ce qui concerne les sujets d’actualité qui occupent l’industrie de l’assurance depuis les 10 dernières années. Assez étrangement, les Canadiens négligent l’importance de l’assurance. Tout comme le système bancaire, à savoir nos cinq banques à charte, le commerce et l’industrie au sens large ne pourraient opérer sans l’existence d’assureurs commerciaux sophistiqués. Comme vous le savez sans doute, rien ne peut se faire, rien ne peut être construit, rien ne bouge sans qu’il n’y ait une assurance derrière la personne, la compagnie ou le projet. Certains diront même que, outre l’impôt et la mort, il y a au moins deux autres certitudes dans la vie : les banques et les assureurs !
Restrictions/Prerequisites
Method of Evaluation: 75% final, 15% group work, 10% participation
Bio:  Gilbert Hourani défend des assureurs du Canada et de l'étranger qui exercent leurs activités au Canada et aux États‑Unis. Fort d'une solide expertise en droit des assurances et de la construction ainsi qu'en litige civil, Gilbert a axé sa pratique sur la responsabilité professionnelle des entrepreneurs généraux et spécialisés et des firmes d'ingénieurs, ce qui comprend la prestation de services-conseils en matière de gestion des risques et d'assurance.

3  Hourani Fall Yes

Complementary Common Law Immersion Courses

Course Title and Number

Credits

Instructors

Term

Lecture Recording

Advanced Common Law Obligations (PRV3 200)

Language of Instruction: English
Description: Advanced Common Law Obligations invites you to better appreciate and understand private law obligations in the common law tradition. We will explore reasoning and reason-giving in the common law tradition as well as selected issues and problems in the substantive law of obligations. 
Restrictions/Prerequisites: None
Format: Lecture
Method of Evaluation: 75% Final assignment (at the end of term or early in the exam period) and other in-term assessments.

3 Antaki Winter TBD

Restitution (PRV4 500)

Language of Instruction: English
Description: This course examines the common law of restitution, with a focus on how the subject has evolved in the common law world and especially in common law Canada in the last 50 years. This includes the nature of ‘unjust enrichment’ and competing ways of understanding claims in restitution; the elements of claims for restitution; juridical methods of ordering restitution; and defences to claims for restitution.
Restrictions/Prerequisites: Property and Business Associations recommended.
Format: Lectures, discussion.
Method of Evaluation: Mid-term and final examination.

3 Smith, S Winter TBD

Equity & Trust (PRV4 549)

Language of Instruction: English
Description: This course examines the common law trust, which is a mode of holding property. Topics will include the historical foundations of the trust as a creature of Equity; the nature of the trust; its many applications in the modern world; the creation and conditions of validity of the trust; powers and obligations of trustees; breach of trust and its consequences; trusts arising by operation of law; and the termination of trusts. The theme of the course is the study of the practical and theoretical implications of the juridical nature of the common law trust as a relationship with respect to property.
Restrictions/Prerequisites:
Bio: Robert Chambers is a professor at Thompson Rivers University. He practised as a barrister and solicitor in Alberta before obtaining his DPhil from the University of Oxford under the supervision of Professor Peter Birks. He has been a senior lecturer at the University of Melbourne and a professor at the University of Alberta, King’s College London, and University College London. His main research and teaching interests are property, restitution, trusts, and unjust enrichment. He is the author of Resulting Trusts (Oxford 1997) and An Introduction to Property Law in Australia (4th edn, Sydney 2019), a co-author of Oosterhoff on Trusts (9th edn, Toronto 2019), and a member of the editorial boards for the Journal of Equity (Sydney) and Trust Law International (London). 
Method of Evaluation:  take home exam (which will be worth 75% with a 25% mid-term assignment).

3 Robert Chambers Fall YES

Complementary Social Diversity, Human Rights and Indigenous Law Courses

Course Title and Number

Credits

Instructors

Term

Lecture Recording

Aboriginal Peoples and the Law (CMPL 500)

Language of Instruction: English
Description: This course will explore dialogues between European‐derived legal traditions and Indigenous legal traditions in “Canada” in four contexts: 1) legal philosophies and critical legal theories; 2) treaties, diplomacy and inter-cultural law; 3) Indigenous title and rights in domestic and international law (including consultation and FPIC); and 4) Indigenous governance: colonial impositions (Indian Act, Canadian constitutional powers) and resurgence. Students will have the opportunity to reflect on the way Indigenous and non-Indigenous legal traditions have been shaped both by colonial relationships and by specific legal cultures.
Restrictions/Prerequisites: None
Format: Seminar
Method of Evaluation: Optional short reflection piece (10%), presentation (10%), quiz (10%), term paper (70 or 80%). Recorded remote lecture: Assuming the winter term will be held remotely, lectures will be provided remotely in real time

3 Sloan Winter NO

Civil Liberties (CMPL 573)

Language of Instruction: English
Description: The course introduces students to the theory and practice of civil liberties in democratic states with a strong focus on Canada and western legal traditions. Students will critically analyse the rights to freedom of the press, expression, conscience, religion, association and peaceful assembly as they are negotiated in complex contexts, with multiple actors, and with other rights and interests. The course uses a critical, interdisciplinary and multimedia approach that situates the spaces and places where dissent and advocacy take place. In light of the current context and online learning environment, we will be paying special attention to civil liberties in times of public emergency and the reconciliation of liberty interests and public security/security of the person.
Restrictions/Prerequisites: Constitutional law (Canada) or equivalent  
Format
Method of Evaluation: Research paper: 40% of final grade. Participation, Attendance and In-class Engagement: 10%. Group Presentations OR Individual Op Ed plus presentation: 30%. Online discussion fora: 10%, readings 10%

3 Eliadis Fall YES

Critical Engagements with Human Rights (LAWG 505)

Language of Instruction: English
Description: This seminar examines the connections between the theory and practice of human rights. It explores theoretical, ethical, and strategic issues related to human rights discourse, advocacy and activism, critically examining fact finding, monitoring, reporting, litigation, and grassroots mobilization in advancing human rights. Students will acquire a nuanced understanding of the roles, responsibilities, and limitations of human rights lawyers and professionals, by critically analyzing multiple human rights discourses. The seminar is built upon recognition that students bring knowledge, experience and a diversity of perspectives to the classroom. The seminar draws heavily from students’ experiences, which guide the exploration of theoretical, ethical, and strategic issues related to human rights work. It represents part of an innovative clinical education program developed at the Faculty. The second half of the course includes a writing workshop component with the aim of translating field experiences into academic writing. The seminar employs participatory and collaborative learning strategies and the research and writing is guided through a systematic peer review process. Students who register in the course must have completed a Human Rights Internship, unless permission is granted by the instructor.
Restrictions/Prerequisites: Human Rights Internship/clinical and other field based human rights work experience. Open to LL.M. students. instructor authorization to register
Format: Seminar
Method of Evaluation: 10% class participation, 15% group project and class presentation (co-facilitation and designing of an assigned class), 75% final paper (including 10% peer review participation)

3 Ramanujam Fall NO

Critical Race Theory (LAWG 507) (Winter)

Language of Instruction: English
Description:This course builds an understanding of Critical Race Theory in context through theoretical, doctrinal, and historical sources from Canada and other settler colonial states, as well as through transnational, transsystemic, and comparative perspectives.
Restrictions/Prerequisites:
Method of Evaluation: Evaluation will be based on class participation (25%) and three written assignments (25% each): a reflection on one of the course materials, an application of CRT scholarship to current news, and a re-written judicial opinion.
Bio: Professor Priya Gupta of Southwestern Law School will on 1 August 2020 start a one-year term as a Senior Wainwright Fellow, during which she will teach a course on Critical Race Theory. A specialist in property law and theory, law & development, and critical legal theory, she holds a BA in Economics from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, a MSc in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a JD from New York University School of Law. She has practised in the structured finance & derivatives group of Linklaters LLP.

3

Prof. Priya Gupta

Winter

TBD

Discrimination and the Law (CMPL 575)

Language of Instruction: English
Description: The purpose of the seminar is to provide you with an opportunity to do advanced research and writing on a topic related to discrimination and inequality. The course is designed to introduce you to key conceptual debates and legal developments surrounding equality rights in both the statutory human rights, international and constitutional domains. We will inquire into the multiple roles that the law plays in both perpetuating systemic inequalities and in promoting social and legal equality. We will also examine the importance of developing a contextual and structural approach to equality rights from a micro, institutional and macro perspective.
Restrictions/Prerequisites
Format: Seminar
Method of Evaluation: Research paper (8,000 words - excluding footnotes & bibliography) (75 per cent); Short oral presentation of your research findings (10 per cent); Seminar participation (15 per cent).

3 Sheppard Winter TBD

Immigration and Refugee Law (PUB2 551)

Language of Instruction: English
Description
Restrictions/Prerequisites: none
Format: Lecture
Method of Evaluation

3

Fox-Decent

Winter TBD

International Criminal Law (PUB2 502)

Language of Instruction: English
Description: This course is an introduction to international criminal law, based on the law and practice of contemporary international criminal jurisdictions. These include the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), and the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Restrictions/Prerequisites
Format: Lecture
Method of Evaluation: Open book exam (70%); writing assignment (20%); participation (10%).

3 Akhavan

Winter

TBD

International Development Law (CMPL 516)

Language of Instruction: English and French
Description: The course will explore evolving understandings on the relationship between the law – domestic (formal and informal), international, or transnational – and development. This relationship has been one of the central concerns for social scientists, policymakers and development professionals. A significant focus of the course will be on the interaction between the rule of law and institution-building in the context of socio-economic development. The course will also provide a forum for students to critically analyse concepts such as the right to development and the human rights approach to development more generally. The course will be interdisciplinary in nature, drawing upon literature from economic, cultural, and legal theories of development. It will also draw on contemporary literature on the concept of the rule of law, international documentation, and selected case studies.
Restrictions/Prerequisites: none
Format: Seminar
Method of Evaluation: Undergraduate students – paper 75% of grade (satisfies the Faculty Writing Requirement); LLM students – Two policy briefs and a longer policy paper 75% of grade. Group Blog Entry on MyCourses site (500 words). Each group will receive a group grade ranging from B to A- & Group presentation 15% of grade. Class Participation 10% of grade. Recorded remote lecture: NO

3 Ramanujam Winter TBD

International Humanitarian Law (CMPL 565)

Language of Instruction: English
Description: International humanitarian law, as a set of rules designed to regulate situations and behaviour marked by chaos, challenges our very notion of law. Politically, international humanitarian law has become a significant factor in international relations generally, and for Canada’s foreign policy in particular. At a substantive level, international humanitarian law has experienced exponential development in the last fifteen years, largely in reaction to a series of armed conflicts in which the belligerents’ conduct has been scrutinized by the international community. As a result, humanitarian law has emerged as a complex and unique regime to protect a series of fundamental individual and community interests during wartime. The seminar aims to provide students with an overview of the basic principles of international humanitarian law while at the same time stimulating critical perspectives on the current state of rules aimed at the protection of the victims of war.
Restrictions/Prerequisites: PUB2 105 recommended
Format
Method of Evaluation: 75% Final Essay-25% class participation, two 500-word critiques, present paper and lead discussions. 

3 Provost Fall NO

International Law of Human Rights (CMPL 571)

Language of Instruction: English
Description: : The phrase “Human Rights” often features as a catchy slogan and ultimate point of reference in the discourse of states seeking to justify their policies or attempting to garner support and shore up legitimacy for practices that they are implementing vis-à-vis state and non-state actors. Yet “human rights” have also had an impact that goes beyond mere rhetoric: spearheading developments in the international criminal law enforcement through the creation of international criminal tribunals and special courts. But are human rights really of universal value? Is international human rights law really state law? If so, what is the nature and scope of the application of human rights and how have they been enforced at the international level and within states? To answer this and other questions, the course seeks to introduce students to international human rights law, including its historical development, evolution, sources, standards and institutions. It will trace developments in the substantive protection of human rights before and after the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the two Covenants, and highlight the debate regarding the universality/cultural relativism of human rights as well as arguments regarding the indivisibility and interdependence of rights. In addition, the course will provide an introductory overview of different categories of rights including group rights (self determination, minorities, refugees and indigenous people). A selection of other substantive rights will be examined such as the right to development, women’s rights and the right to the integrity of the person. A substantial part of the course will survey the wide range of instruments and mechanisms promoting and protecting human rights standards and norms at the international (UN) and regional levels (African, European, Inter-American), before addressing current challenges such as the application of human rights in armed conflict; while countering terrorism or by non-state actors. Another theme that will be briefly addressed is the role of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the implementation of human rights.
Restrictions/Prerequisites: Public International Law
Format Lecture
Method of Evaluation Participation (20%), team report (40%) and open-book final exam (40%).

3 Provost Winter TBD

Labour Law/Droit du travail (LEEL 369)

Language of Instruction
Description:
Restrictions/Prerequisites
Format
Method of Evaluation

3

TBD

TBD TBD

Law and Poverty (LEEL 582)

Language of Instruction: English
Description: First, we will explore the concepts of poverty and inequality by examining different approaches to defining these concepts. Second, we will look at ways in which the law has contributed to poverty/inequality and maintaining the status quo. Legal principles that, at first blush, appear to be neutral often have far ranging and nefarious effects on how resources are distributed and marginalized people are treated. In particular, we will look at Canada’s Indian Act, criminal law, freedom to contract and the right to bequeath property. Third, we will examine ways in which the law has sought alleviate poverty/inequality, by leveling the playing field and allocated resources more evenly. In particular, we will look at social benefits, housing law, human rights instruments and access to justice initiatives. Finally, we will examine ways in which jurists have tried to alleviate poverty/inequality, using the law as their tool. More specifically, we will look at: test case litigation, legal clinics, pro bono legal work and what has been called ‘social justice lawyering’
Restrictions/Prerequisites: None
Format: Seminar
Method of Evaluation:50% Two short essays of 1000 to 2000 words each, worth 25% each. 30% Group work as facilitator of a class and 2 000 to 2 500 word reflection piece on the materials covered in that class. 20% Participation.

3

TBD

Winter TBD

Droit international public (PUB2 105)

Instructor: Professor Megret
Language of Instruction: French
Description: Ce cours envisagera l' émergence historique d' un droit international entre États ainsi que la théorie qui sous-tend le droit international. Le cours couvrira un certain nombre de grandes questions telles que la théorie des sujets, la nature des obligations internationales, ou le rôle des institutions internationales. Il sera aussi l' occasion, à travers l' étude d' un certain nombre de crises et de grandes affaires internationales, de s'interroger sur les possibilités de l'ordre international. Quelques grands thèmes seront envisagés tels que le droit de lamer, le droit des délimitations territoriales, le droit des immunités, la Charte des Nations Unies, la responsabilité internationale, etc.
Restrictions/Prerequisites
Format
Method of Evaluation: 20% in class assessment, 80% final exam

3 Megret

Winter

TBD

Complementary Principles of [Canadian] Administrative Law Courses

Course Title and Number

Credits

Instructors

Term

Lecture Recording

Faillite (BUS1 532)

Language of Instruction: French (mainly in French but also with bilingual components)
Description: TBD
Restrictions/Prerequisites
Format: Lecture
Method of Evaluation: TBD
Bio: Gabriel est associé chez Davies Ward Phillips and Vineberg, où il exerce en droit de la faillite et de l’insolvabilité depuis 2012. Gabriel offre des conseils aux clients concernant tous les enjeux liés aux procédures en matière d’insolvabilité et de restructuration intentées en vertu de la Loi sur la faillite et l’insolvabilité et de la Loi sur les arrangements avec les créanciers des compagnies. Il représente notamment de grandes institutions financières, des professionnels du domaine de l’insolvabilité, des sociétés de capital¬investissement et des entreprises en difficulté de divers secteurs. Gabriel détient un baccalauréat en droit et une maîtrise en administration des affaires de l’Université de Sherbrooke ainsi qu’une maîtrise en droit de l’Université de Cambridge. Gabriel a été chargé de cours en droit de la faillite à l’Université de Sherbrooke entre 2018 et 2020.

3 Gabriel Lavery-Lepage & Christian Lachance Fall TBD

Communications Law (CMPL 577)

Language of Instruction: English
Description: This course deals with both the carriage and content dimensions of communications law and with regulatory institutions and regimes; it also touches upon related areas of law such as copyright law and other laws that apply to the distribution of content on the Internet. The central jurisdictional example used throughout the course will be Canada and the role of the CRTC (telecommunications and broadcasting), Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (telecommunications and radiocommunications) and the Department of Canadian Heritage (broadcasting). The course will track the tension between economic regulation in telecommunications and cultural policy in broadcasting and the new paradigm being brought forward by the Internet. Technological and business convergence, rapid change in business organizations, international business structures and the role of the Internet will form the backdrop to the course.
Restrictions/Prerequisites
Format
Method of Evaluation: Participation (25%), Quizzes (30%), Presentation (15%), Paper (30%).

3 Handa  Winter TBD

Discrimination and the Law (CMPL 575)

Language of Instruction: English
Description: The purpose of the seminar is to provide you with an opportunity to do advanced research and writing on a topic related to discrimination and inequality.  The course is designed to introduce you to key conceptual debates and legal developments surrounding equality rights in both the statutory human rights, international and constitutional domains.  We will inquire into the multiple roles that the law plays in both perpetuating systemic inequalities and in promoting social and legal equality.  We will also examine the importance of developing a contextual and structural approach to equality rights from a micro, institutional and macro perspective.
Restrictions/Prerequisites
Format: Seminar
Method of Evaluation: Research paper (approximately 8,000 words - excluding footnotes & bibliography) (75 per cent); Research paper outline (5 per cent); Short oral presentation of your research findings (10 per cent); Seminar participation (10 per cent).​

3 Sheppard Winter TBD

Employment Law (LEEL 570)

Language of Instruction: English
Description: Survey of the employment contract including hiring practices, dismissals, duties of the employer and the employee including loyalty, non-competition, impact of statutes (Labour Standards Act, Charter of the French Language, etc...) and recourses. The purpose of the course is to deal with non-collective agreement employment contracts, which govern most of the working population.
Restrictions/Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course. The companion course is Labour Law, which deals with the collective relationship, characterized by unionization. Together, the courses seek to give a fair panorama of the “law of work”, but a number of other courses (Labour Arbitration, Contract Negotiation, Occupational Safety and Health Law, Transnational Labour Law) would readily supplement the overview for someone interested in pursuing a career in the field.
Format:Lecture
Method of Evaluation:Class participation (25%); Graduate students are required to complete a written assignment in this course. Undergraduate students will have the opportunity to complete an optional written assignment (25%); Final exam - sit-down exam (50%)
Bio: Stephen De Four-Wyre, B.Mus. (McGill) 2010; B.C.L., LL.B. (McGill) 2014; M.A. (McGill) 2017, was admitted to the Law Society of Ontario in 2016 and the Barreau du Québec (c.l.a.) in 2017. He joined Goldberg Berger in September 2017. His law practice is focused on immigration-related matters. In addition to practicing law, Me De Four-Wyre has a parallel career as a university lecturer. Since January 2018, he has taught courses in employment/labour law and business law at Concordia University. More recently, in January 2020, he began teaching employment/labour law at McGill University.

3 De Four-Wyre Winter TBD

Environment and the Law (CMPL 580)

Language of Instruction: English
Description: The objective of this course is to provide students with a comprehensive overview of legal mechanisms for regulating various aspects of the environment and the policy considerations inherent thereto. We will review jurisdictional issues underpinning the protection of the environment, civil liability, regulatory instruments, public participation, environmental assessment, enforcement and statutory liability and offences. We will also consider the role of First Nations with respect to environmental protection. In exploring these legal mechanisms, we will consider how they serve the objectives of protecting soil, air and water, plant and animal species and biodiversity. Our focus in the course will be on domestic law at the federal, provincial and municipal levels but we will also consider how efforts to protect the environment at the international level have shaped domestic law.
Restrictions/Prerequisites
Format: Given the nature of the subject matter and the objectives of the course, the teaching format implies active engagement of students. Most classes will consist of a lecture, student presentations and discussions commenting on readings. There will be interactive in-class exercises or case studies at appropriate stages in the course to review and synthesize the material. We will also seek to incorporate relevant materials from current events and student contributions are welcome in that regard.
Method of Evaluation: There will be a 4 hour timed take-home exam worth 85% (or 50% for students who opt to write the memo/case brief) of the final mark, to assess students’ understanding of the course material. Class participation 15%. Writing Assignment (Optional) – 35% Students also have the option to write either a memo or case commentary. It is not required to do either.

3

Boucher

Fall TBD

Government Control of Business (CMPL 574)

Language of Instruction: English
Description:This course will provide an overview of competition (antitrust) and foreign investment laws applicable in Canada. The course will be taught through three interactive units designed to highlight key aspects of Canada’s Competition Act and Investment Canada Act relevant to businesses and their legal advisors, both in-house and external. Units will focus on the applicability of the statutes to corporate mergers, as well as key considerations that businesses of all sizes must take into account in order to avoid violating the Competition Act through every day business practices. The course aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to identify situations in which competition and foreign investment laws may apply. It further aims to familiarize students with key regulatory submissions and advisory materials prepared by competition and foreign investment practitioners. In each unit, students will have an opportunity to develop technical research and written advocacy skills transferrable to a broad range of regulatory law practices.
Restrictions/Prerequisites: None
Method of Evaluation:TBA
Bio: Dr. Alicia Hinarejos, a University Senior Lecturer at Downing College, University of Cambridge, is a highly regarded expert on EU law and comparative constitutional law. She holds a DPhil from Oxford, where she also received an MPhil and an MJur in European and Comparative Law, both with distinction. Many colleagues will recall that she taught at McGill Law as a Boulton Junior Fellow and assistant professor, from 2009 to 2011. She returns to the faculty, as a full professor with tenure, as of 1 January 2021.

3 Dr. Alicia Hinarejos Winter TBD

Immigration and Refugee Law (PUB2 551)

Language of Instruction: English
Description
Restrictions/Prerequisites: None
Format: Lecture
Method of Evaluation: Multiple evaluations

3

Fox-Decent

Winter TBD

Judicial Review of Administrative Action / Contentieux administratifs (PUB2 401)

Language of Instruction: English (Fox-Decent) and French (Pless)
Description
Restrictions/Prerequisites
Format
Method of Evaluation

3

Fox-Decent
Pless (Fr)

Fall

Fall

TBD
YES, restricted

Labour Law / Droit du travail (LEEL 369) 

Language of Instruction:
Description:
Restrictions/Prerequisites
Format
Method of Evaluation

3 TBD TBD TBD

Law and Poverty (LEEL 582)

Language of Instruction: English
Description: First, we will explore the concepts of poverty and inequality by examining different approaches to defining these concepts. Second, we will look at ways in which the law has contributed to poverty/inequality and maintaining the status quo. Legal principles that, at first blush, appear to be neutral often have far ranging and nefarious effects on how resources are distributed and marginalized people are treated. In particular, we will look at Canada’s Indian Act, criminal law, freedom to contract and the right to bequeath property. Third, we will examine ways in which the law has sought alleviate poverty/inequality, by leveling the playing field and allocated resources more evenly. In particular, we will look at social benefits, housing law, human rights instruments and access to justice initiatives. Finally, we will examine ways in which jurists have tried to alleviate poverty/inequality, using the law as their tool. More specifically, we will look at: test case litigation, legal clinics, pro bono legal work and what has been called ‘social justice lawyering’.
Restrictions/Prerequisites:None
Format: Seminar
Method of Evaluation:50% Two short essays of 1000 to 2000 words each, worth 25% each. 30% Group work as facilitator of a class and 2 000 to 2 500 word reflection piece on the materials covered in that class. 20% Participation.

3

TBD

Winter TBD

Law and Practice of International Trade (CMPL 543)

Language of Instruction: English
Description: This course will concentrate on the fundamental aspects of the law governing international economic relations between states in the global economy. The course will primarily focus on the World Trade Organization and the Agreements that states have undertaken by virtue of their membership in that body. We will analyze the principal obligations found in the WTO Agreements, with particular focus on trade in goods and services and on the dispute settlement processes states can invoke when they allege violations of the covered agreements. We will look at the rise in the number of regional trade agreements and assess their interaction with the multilateral trading regime of the WTO. We will also study the intersection between WTO law and domestic law and become familiar with domestic trade law remedies. Special attention will be paid to the implications of the rise of new actors (such as China and India) in the global economy and current events.
Restrictions/Prerequisites: Public International Law (recommended).
Format: Lecture
Method of Evaluation: 35% Written assignment and 65% take‐home final exam.

3

Bjorklund

Fall YES

Securities Regulation (BUS2 504)

Instructors: TBD 
Language of Instruction: English
Description: After an introduction to the general structure of North America’s capital markets, the course will focus on the principal objectives and features of securities regulation in Canada, with appropriate references to other jurisdictions, including the United States, when applicable. Areas of particular attention will be the distribution of securities, mergers and acquisitions, disclosure and other obligations of public issuers and market participants.”
Restrictions/Prerequisites
Format
Method of Evaluation

3 TBD Fall YES

Tax Policy (PUB2 515)

Language of Instruction: English
Description: This course examines the foundations of tax policy in Canada and around the world, with a focus on both classical and contemporary writing. The course will integrate a colloquium with invited speakers, who will present works in progress on current issues of national and international tax policy. The theme of this year’s colloquium is Tax Policy After COVID-19.
Restrictions/Prerequisites: None
Format: Lecture
Method of Evaluation: Grading will be based on one midterm paper and one final paper, each written individually or in groups of two or three, and each written in reference to works presented. There will be no exam. Because this is a discussion-based course, attendance and meaningful participation is required in all classes, with special care and attention to sessions featuring invited speakers.
Bio: Dr. Tarcísio Diniz Magalhães is a postdoctoral researcher at McGill's Faculty of Law, under grants by the Ford Foundation, working on the project “Designing Sustainable Tax Systems”, and a former postdoctoral research fellow at the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation (IBFD) in Amsterdam. He holds Bachelor, Master, and Doctor of Law degrees, all obtained with honours under merit-based scholarships, from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil, in combination with publicly funded research stays in the United States (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Canada (McGill University), The Netherlands (IBFD), Austria (WU Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law), and Germany (Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance). His PhD thesis, published in 2019 as the book Critical Theory of International Tax Law, was awarded the prize of Best Thesis in Law and received Honourable Mention by the Brazilian Government for its originality and relevance to scientific, technological, cultural, social, and innovation developments.

3 Magalhaes Fall TBD

Tax Practice Seminar (LAWG 523) (Fall)

Language of Instruction: English
Description: This year’s course will consider four main topics central to the Canadian income tax system. Each topic will be examined with reference to policy objectives, historical evolution, judicial precedents and administrative practice, to the extent relevant. Students will be asked to read relevant background materials in advance of each class.
Restrictions/Prerequisites:
Format:
Method of Evaluation: Students will be evaluated on the basis of a paper to be submitted at the end of term. A proposal (say 5 pages in length) must be provided to the instructors no later than October 30, 2020 for review and approval.

3

Raizenne

Fall

TBD

Transsystemic Courses (2014-2015 & 2015-2016 programs only)

Course Title and Number

Credits Instructors Term Lecture Recording

Commercial Law (LAWG 200)

Language of Instruction: English
Description: Introduction to the contract of sale in the Civil Law and the Common Law traditions, consumer law and in international law; nature and scope of the contract of sale; conditions of formation; obligations of the seller, including delivery, quality, title; obligations of the buyer; transfer of title; manufacturer’s liability. Reference also to be made to American sale law (Uniform Commercial Code) and American product liability law and relevant European directives in these areas.
Restrictions/Prerequisites
Format: Lecture
Method of Evaluation: The final examination is open book and counts for 90% of the grade. 10% of the grade is attributed to active class participation. Students also have the possibility to submit a paper on a subject to be agreed upon with either of the instructors. In that case, the paper can count for 40% of the final grade. The paper is to assist. A student who submits a paper will be exempt from completing questions having a weight of 40% on the final exam, unless he or she decides to write the entire exam.

3 Edwards Serry Winter TBD

Employment Law (LEEL 570)

Language of Instruction: English
Description: Survey of the employment contract including hiring practices, dismissals, duties of the employer and the employee including loyalty, non-competition, impact of statutes (Labour Standards Act, Charter of the French Language, etc...) and recourses. The purpose of the course is to deal with non-collective agreement employment contracts, which govern most of the working population.
Restrictions/Prerequisites: here are no prerequisites for this course. The companion course is Labour Law, which deals with the collective relationship, characterized by unionization. Together, the courses seek to give a fair panorama of the “law of work”, but a number of other courses (Labour Arbitration, Contract Negotiation, Occupational Safety and Health Law, Transnational Labour Law) would readily supplement the overview for someone interested in pursuing a career in the field.
Format:Lecture
Method of Evaluation: Class participation (25%); Graduate students are required to complete a written assignment in this course. Undergraduate students will have the opportunity to complete an optional written assignment (25%); Final exam - sit-down exam (50%)
Bio:Stephen De Four-Wyre, B.Mus. (McGill) 2010; B.C.L., LL.B. (McGill) 2014; M.A. (McGill) 2017, was admitted to the Law Society of Ontario in 2016 and the Barreau du Québec (c.l.a.) in 2017. He joined Goldberg Berger in September 2017. His law practice is focused on immigration-related matters. In addition to practicing law, Me De Four-Wyre has a parallel career as a university lecturer. Since January 2018, he has taught courses in employment/labour law and business law at Concordia University. More recently, in January 2020, he began teaching employment/labour law at McGill University.

3

De Four-Wyre

Winter TBD

Preuve civile (LAWG 415)

Section 003

Instructor: Me Patrick Ferland
Language of Instruction: Français
Description: Le droit de la preuve s’intéresse à la façon dont les tribunaux sont appelés à prendre connaissance des faits pertinents à la résolution des affaires qui leur sont soumises. Il détermine ainsi à quelle partie revient la charge de la preuve et de quelle façon les faits ou actes juridiques en cause peuvent être soumis au tribunal – que ce soit par écrit, par la voie de témoignages, par la présentation d’éléments matériels de preuve comme des objets ou des enregistrements, ou encore par l’établissement de présomptions ou le recours à la connaissance d’office du tribunal. Le droit de la preuve établit également plusieurs règles d’irrecevabilité de la preuve, lesquelles sont fondées sur le désir d’assurer la fiabilité de la preuve présentée au tribunal (comme l’interdiction du ouï-dire) ou de préserver certaines valeurs que la société considère importantes (comme le secret professionnel, la protection contre l’auto-incrimination ou le rejet de la preuve obtenue illégalement).
L’objectif du cours est de permettre aux étudiants d’acquérir une solide compréhension des principes qui gouvernent le droit de la preuve dans les matières civiles au Québec et dans les juridictions canadiennes de common law, de situer ceux-ci dans un contexte plus large en ayant recours au besoin à des sources étrangères, et de permettre aux étudiants de développer une réflexion critique à l’égard du fondement et de la nécessité des règles en place.
Restrictions/Prerequisites
Format
Method of Evaluation: Examen « take-home » optionnel (30%) : Un examen « take home » optionnel de 3 heures sur les sujets couverts dans les six premiers cours comptera pour 30% de la note globale du cours. Examen final (70% ou 100%) : Un examen final portant sur la totalité de la matière dont le résultat comptera pour 70 % de la note pour les étudiants ayant effectué l’examen take-home, et 100 % de la note pour les autres étudiants.

3 Ferland Winter TBD

Family Law/droit de la famille

Section 001

Language of Instruction: English
Description:By the end of this course, you should be able to do the following: Analyze a family-law question and plan a research strategy for it, Assess a proposal for family law reform against key principles of family law in a 
common-law or civil-law jurisdiction, Formulate an informed opinion as to the merits of regulating on formal versus functional 
(informal) grounds, Analyze a family-law issue in relation to voluntary and involuntary effects, Describe the interrelation of federal and provincial family law, Reflect on the role of the legal profession in family matters, Read legislation closely and answer precise questions by accurate pinpointing
Restrictions/Prerequisites:
Format
Method of Evaluation:25% one in-class quiz, 75% sit-down exam, open-book, 2.5 hour

Section 003

Language of Instruction: French
Description:
Restrictions/Prerequisites:
Method of Evaluation:  
Bio: Michaël Lessard est avocat et doctorant en droit à l’Université de Toronto. Formé en droit à l'Université McGill, il a assisté la magistrature de la Cour d'appel du Québec à titre d'avocat-recherchiste de 2016 à 2018. Il a ensuite complété une maîtrise en théorie du droit à l'Université de New York. Ses recherches portent principalement sur le sexisme linguistique, les violences sexuelles, le droit de la famille et le droit des personnes.

3

Kirouack

Lessard

Fall

Winter

NO

TBD

Private International Law/Droit international privé (LAWG 316)

Section 001

Language of Instruction: English
Description: This course is concerned with multi-jurisdictional private law relationships and disputes with a focus on contractual and extra-contractual obligations. We will inquire into how court jurisdiction is established, what law governs transborder legal relationships and disputes, and the effect of court judgments across borders. Sources will focus on the law of Canadian provinces but comparative (e.g. European, American) and international sources will also be examined.
Restrictions/Prerequisites: Judicial Institutions and Civil Procedure recommended.
Format: Lecture and in-class discussion.
Method of Evaluation: 50% final examination and 50% in‐term assessments.

Section 003

Language of Instruction: English
Description: Ce cours examine les dimensions transfrontalières des relations juridiques privées. Utilisant comme exemple le droit des obligations, trois questions seront abordées : (i) quel tribunal est compétent pour entendre un litige à dimension internationale? (ii) quelle loi s’applique pour régler le litige? et (iii) le jugement rendu aura-t-il un effet à l’étranger? Les solutions théoriques et concrètes à ces questions seront examinées, dans le contexte national et international.
Restrictions/Prerequisites: JICP/Droit judiciaire recommandé
Format: Lecture 
Method of Evaluation: Deux travaux pratiques durant le semestre (40%) et un examen final à livre-ouvert (60%).

3

Walsh

Saumier

Fall

Winter

YES

TBD

Secured Transactions (LAWG 400)

Language of Instruction: English
Description: This course is about the legal institutions by which debtors deploy their assets to secure the payment of an obligation due to their creditors and the relative rights of secured creditors as against other claimants. The course will focus primarily on security over movable property; only passing reference will be made to security over immovable property. Attention will be paid to the underlying economic and political logic of secured transaction regimes in market economies. The secured transactions regimes examined will primarily be the Personal Property Security Acts in effect in the twelve common law Canadian jurisdictions and the regime for hypothecary security and ownership-based security in the Civil Code of Quebec including the interaction of these regimes with federal bankruptcy and insolvency law and other federal law. Passing reference also will be made to international sources and other national sources.
Restrictions/Prerequisites: Property recommended
Format: Lecture and in-class discussion. 
Method of Evaluation: 50% final examination and 50% in‐term assessments.

4 Walsh Fall YES

Elective Courses

Course Title and Number

Credits Instructors Term Lecture Recording

Advanced Criminal Law (PUB2 501)

Language of Instruction: English
Description: This course deepens the focus into criminal justice in Canada, America, Europe, and beyond. We will cover a host of questions in a multidisciplinary fashion, including technical elements of criminal law, litigation strategy, critical theory, history, criminology, as well as how literature addresses crime and punishment. Certain issues will arise recurrently in distinct contexts, such as institutional structures, systemic dynamics, socioeconomic inequality, race, ethnicity, indigeneity, gender, human rights, and dignity.
Restrictions/Prerequisites: Criminal Justice (or basic Criminal Law)
Format
Method of Evaluation: TBD

3 Jouet Winter NO

Banking Law (BUS2 531)

Language of Instruction: English
Description: This course focuses on the forms of payment that banks and other source providers make available for use in Canada: cheques and drafts, letters of credit, credit, debit and prepaid cards, automated fund transfers (direct deposits and pre-authorized debits), electronic fund transfers and e-wallets. The main themes to be studied include: How is the payment industry regulated in Canada? How are bank accounts and other payment and collection accounts instrumental in payment transactions? What legal relationships, statutory duties and other liabilities arise in payment transactions? Recent developments and emerging issues are discussed in a practical and trans-systemic manner. Class participation is encouraged.
Restrictions/Prerequisites: Contracts and Torts.
Format: Interactive lectures, class discussions.
Method of Evaluation: The mid-term will be worth 25% and the final 75%.

3

Lemieux

Fall TBD

Canadian Legal History (CMPL 547)

Language of Instruction: English
Description: This course introduces students to reading, writing and researching Canadian legal history. Canadian legal historiography will be introduced through the following specialized topics: writing Canadian legal history; industrialization and the birth of the administrative state (principally workplace accidents); legal professionalization (education, self-governance, work and culture); crime and public disorder (penal law on the books, penal law in action, state law enforcement and punishment); and women’s legal history. This survey of the history of Canadian law emphasizes the cultural history of law and the legal history of Canadian society. Students will then write a paper that will require them to conduct historical research using primary sources available online. A component of the assessed work in the course will include a peer review session of student papers and a presentation on the readings.
Restrictions/Prerequisites: None
Format: Seminar
Method of Evaluation:20% presentation + peer review (high/pass/fail); 80% paper

3

Piper

Fall YES

Civil Litigation Workshop (PROC 459)

Language of Instruction: English & French
Description: The course is designed to provide both the technical and practical tools necessary for the advocate in civil litigation including the techniques applicable in discovery, production of exhibits, the examination of expert and ordinary witnesses, legal argument and trial tactics, culminating in a day‐long simulated trial.
Restrictions/Prerequisites
Format: Lecture
Method of Evaluation: Class Participation: 40%; Final Trial Performance: 60%.
Biography: James A. Woods, Ad. E. is the founding partner of Woods LLP. A member of the bar in various Canadian provinces as well as the Law Society of England and Wales and the Paris bar, he is frequently named as one of the best lawyers in Quebec and Canada. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the Litigation Counsel of America, and the Federation of Defence and Corporate Counsel. For over 30 years, Mtre. J. A. Woods has taught the course on civil litigation at the McGill University Faculty of Law. With over 41 years of experience in the litigation arena, he enjoys a sterling reputation in the courts of Quebec and Ontario, as well as the Federal Court and the Supreme Court of Canada. He was awarded the Advocate Emeritus honorary distinction by the Quebec Bar in 2013. Named by Le Monde Juridique Magazine Litigator of the year in 2016.
Sarah Woods: is a partner of Woods LLP and a member of the Quebec Bar and of the Law Society of Ontario. She has appeared before all levels of Quebec courts and before the Federal Court. Her diverse practice includes all aspects of commercial litigation, including shareholder disputes, securities litigation, professional liability, defamation and class actions. Mtre. S. Woods has also taught civil litigation as co‐professor with Mtre. J. A. Woods at the McGill University Law Faculty for the past 13 years.

3 Woods & Woods Fall TBD

Commercial Law (LAWG 200)

Language of Instruction: English
Description: Introduction to the contract of sale in the Civil Law and the Common Law traditions, consumer law and in international law; nature and scope of the contract of sale; conditions of formation; obligations of the seller, including delivery, quality, title; obligations of the buyer; transfer of title; manufacturer’s liability. Reference also to be made to American sale law (Uniform Commercial Code) and American product liability law and relevant European directives in these areas.
Restrictions/Prerequisites:
Format: Lecture
Method of Evaluation: The final examination is open book and counts for 90% of the grade. 10% of the grade is attributed to active class participation. Students also have the possibility to submit a paper on a subject to be agreed upon with either of the instructors. In that case, the paper can count for 40% of the final grade. The paper is to assist. A student who submits a paper will be exempt from completing questions having a weight of 40% on the final exam, unless he or she decides to write the entire exam.

3 Edwards Serry Winter TBD

Comparative Federalism (PUB2 503)

Language of Instruction: English
Description: This course is aimed at deciphering the many forms which the “federal phenomenon” may take, as well as at decoding how federalism affects policy-making. First, a brief introduction will canvass the origins of “the federal idea”, its normative underpinnings and some of the reasons which lead public actors to opt for federal solutions. Secondly, through a largely institutional approach, we will seek to develop – together – a sort of “conceptual vocabulary” of federal institutions and techniques, which can be then recognised/analysed/criticised/altered/modified etc. in a number of settings. This will allow us to distinguish various dimensions of federal systems (including, mostly federal states). We will thus explore mono-national vs plurinational federalism; dualist vs cooperative federalism; federalism through integration vs. dissociation etc. Thirdly, we will address specific institutional arrangements and policy challenges in federal systems, from a comparative perspective. Topics will include (but not necessarily be limited to) immigration; health care, and how federalism impacts on responses to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Restrictions/Prerequisites
Format: Interactive Seminar; Unless the sanitary situation changes drastically, this seminar will be held online, via Zoom. However, I want it to be as interactive as possible. Some segments might be recorded, but by no means all of them. To create a dynamic, there will be discussion groups, readings presentations, discussion with guest lecturers etc. In other words, this course will be taught almost exclusively synchronously. It is therefore important that students be available at the scheduled periods, that is Wednesdays and Fridays 10h00-11h30 (Montreal time).
Method of Evaluation: 1. Class participation, included some class presentation of readings etc (15 %); 2. Team Project: Analysis and discussion in class of a specific federal regime, based on a common template (25%); 3 a) Two blog entries commenting on readings and/or guest lectures/ or book review ( I.CONnect model (1000 – 1500 words, 30% each ) OR 3 b) A research essay, 4000 – 5000 words (60 %).

3

Poirier

Winter YES, majority

Corporate Finance (BUS2 505)

Language of Instruction: English
Description: This course aims to introduce students to the relationships between firms and the principal participants in their financial capital structure. Corporations raise capital essentially in one of two ways: they either borrow money or issue debt obligations (debt) or issue shares (equity). These forms of financing create rights, obligations and expectations. In this course, we will carefully examine related considerations. A table of materials will be made available providing required and discretionary readings.
Restrictions/Prerequisites: This course presupposes an understanding of the nature and governance of corporations. As such, Business Associations (or its equivalent) is a requirement, although derogations have been agreed to on a case-by-case basis.
Format
Method of Evaluation: (i) a 75% take home final exam during the term’s final exam period to be completed within six hours of having been accessed by the student (3000 words limit in English); and (ii) a 25% mid-term assignment during a one-week mid-term period (to be confirmed) to be completed within six hours of having been accessed by the student (1000 words limit in English); the mid term can be completed in a team.

3 Barbeau

Fall

TBD

Corporate Taxation (PUB2 517)

Instructor: Me Nadia Rusak
Language of Instruction: English
Description: This course provides an in-depth examination of income taxation of corporations and their shareholders. It covers tax aspects of every stage of a corporation’s life cycle, including formation, capitalization and operation of a corporation; distribution of corporate profits; sale and purchase of a business; corporate combinations; liquidations and wind-ups. If time permits, the course will also include a brief overview of tax-deferred divisive reorganizations and utilization of corporate losses.
Restrictions/Prerequisites:
Format
Method of Evaluation: The mode of evaluation for this course is: (i) A 70% take home final exam, to be available during the term’s final exam period and to be completed within six hours of having been accessed by the student (3000 words limit in English); and (ii) a 30% mid-term assignment, to be available during a one-week mid-term period to be confirmed and to be completed individually within 24 hours of having been accessed by the student or any member of the team (1000 words limit in English). The assignment submission formalities will be worked out with the SAO. Each student must work on the exam or assignment independently. Any student who is unsure what this means is strongly encouraged to consult the Faculty regulations. corporate losses.

3 Rusak Winter TBD

Criminal Procedure (PUB2 422)

Section 001 (Fall)

Instructor: Me Bien-Aimé
Language of Instruction: English
Description: This course will provide students with an introduction to the Canadian criminal process, from police powers to detain, question, search, seize and arrest, through pre-trial procedures such as bail, disclosure, admissibility hearings and the trial.  The course will focus throughout on the effects of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms on criminal procedure. Also, the day to day practical difficulties of criminal procedure will be discussed in light of each stage of the criminal process.
Restrictions/Prerequisites
Format
Method of Evaluation: Final Examination [75%]: There will be a 3-hour open-book examination; In-Term presentation [25%]: Students are asked to visit court sessions at the Montreal court house. Students must link an observation made in court to any procedural issue discussed in class. This visit can be done any time during the semester and students may go more than once. Only one issue will be discussed at the end of the term and briefly with no power point or other material to hand in to the professor (details will follow).

3

Bien-Aimé

Fall

NO

European Union Law (CMPL 536)

Language of Instruction: English
Description
Restrictions/Prerequisites: Public International Law recommended
Method of Evaluation: TBA
Bio: Dr. Alicia Hinarejos, a University Senior Lecturer at Downing College, University of Cambridge, is a highly regarded expert on EU law and comparative constitutional law. She holds a DPhil from Oxford, where she also received an MPhil and an MJur in European and Comparative Law, both with distinction. Many colleagues will recall that she taught at McGill Law as a Boulton Junior Fellow and assistant professor, from 2009 to 2011. She returns to the faculty, as a full professor with tenure, as of 1 January 2021.: 

3 Dr. Alicia Hinarejos Winter TBD

Preuve civile (LAWG 415)

Section 003

Instructor: Me Patrick Ferland
Language of Instruction: Français
Description: Le droit de la preuve s’intéresse à la façon dont les tribunaux sont appelés à prendre connaissance des faits pertinents à la résolution des affaires qui leur sont soumises. Il détermine ainsi à quelle partie revient le fardeau de la preuve et de quelle façon les faits ou actes juridiques en cause peuvent être soumis au tribunal – que ce soit par écrit, par la voie de témoignages, par la présentation d’éléments matériels de preuve comme des objets ou des enregistrements, ou encore par l’établissement de présomptions ou le recours à la connaissance d’office du tribunal. Le droit de la preuve établit également plusieurs règles d’irrecevabilité de la preuve, lesquelles sont fondées sur le désir d’assurer la fiabilité de la preuve présentée au tribunal (comme l’interdiction du ouï-dire) ou de préserver certaines valeurs que la société considère importantes (comme le secret professionnel, la protection contre l’auto-incrimination ou le rejet de la preuve obtenue illégalement).
L’objectif du cours est de permettre aux étudiants d’acquérir une solide compréhension des principes qui gouvernent le droit de la preuve dans les matières civiles au Québec et dans les juridictions canadiennes de common law, de situer ceux-ci dans un contexte plus large en ayant recours au besoin à des sources étrangères, et de permettre aux étudiants de développer une réflexion critique à l’égard du fondement et de la nécessité des règles en place.
Restrictions/Prerequisites
Format
Method of Evaluation: Examen « take-home » optionnel (30%) : Un examen « take home » optionnel de 48 heures 4 heures sur les sujets couverts dans les six premiers cours comptera pour 30% de la note globale du cours. Examen final (70% ou 100%) : Un examen final portant sur la totalité de la matière dont le résultat comptera pour 70 % de la note pour les étudiants ayant effectué l’examen take-home, et 100 % de la note pour les autres étudiants.

3

Ferland

Winter TBD

Evidence (Criminal Matters) (LAWG 426)

Language of Instruction: English
Description:
Restrictions/Prerequisites
Format: Lecture
Method of Evaluation

3 Klein Winter TBD

Extrajudicial Dispute Resolution (CMPL 568)

Language of Instruction: English
Description: An examination of mediation and arbitration, primarily as means of extra-judicial dispute resolution. While the focus will be on private modes of dispute resolution, it will also examine court-annexed and judicial mediation as well as online dispute resolution. This course emphasizes dispute resolution in a domestic setting (otherwise see the course Resolution of International Disputes - CMPL 533) but adopts a comparative and transystemic approach.
Restrictions/Prerequisites: JICP recommended
Format: Lecture
Method of Evaluation: Readings commentary (2 x 500 words) - 25%; final exam, open-book: 75% Recorded remote lecture: No

3 Saumier Fall NO

droit de la famille (LAWG 273)

Language of Instruction: French
Description
Restrictions/Prerequisites
Method of Evaluation
Bio: Michaël Lessard est avocat et doctorant en droit à l’Université de Toronto. Formé en droit à l'Université McGill, il a assisté la magistrature de la Cour d'appel du Québec à titre d'avocat-recherchiste de 2016 à 2018. Il a ensuite complété une maîtrise en théorie du droit à l'Université de New York. Ses recherches portent principalement sur le sexisme linguistique, les violences sexuelles, le droit de la famille et le droit des personnes.

3 Lessard Winter TBD

Family Property Law (LAWG 300)

Language of Instruction: English
Description: Administration of and entitlement to wealth in conjugal and other close personal relationships, in chiefly the common law and civil law. Management and distribution of family resources through matrimonial regimes, marriage and domestic contracts, household mandates, common law trusts and equitable remedies, legislative division of family assets, liberalities, social practice. The course will combine analysis of legislative and judicial policy with close reading of legislation and judgments.
Restrictions/Prerequisites: None
Format: Lecture
Method of Evaluation: Three Quizzes (3 x 5% = 15%), Two Writing Assignments (35% + 50% = 85%)

3 Leckey Fall YES

Intellectual and Industrial Property/Propriété intellectuelle (BUS2 502)

Section 001

Instructor: Professor Richard Gold
Language of Instruction: English
Description: Intellectual property (IP) law provides a means through which to analyze the ways in which legal systems and markets seek to regulate aspects of innovation and creativity. Taking both a transsystemic and interdisciplinary approach, this course will investigate not only IP legislation, but how common law and civil law systems interpret those laws, the politics around IP, especially at the international level, the history of different IP regimes, and other aspects of innovation and creativity. The course will cover patent, copyright and trademark law but will also briefly touch on trade secrets, genetic resources, and traditional knowledge. As patent law will provide a central focus in this course, students ought to be generally familiar with basic biology, genetics and information & communications technologies.
Restrictions/Prerequisites: Innovation and Property
Format: a mixed format of asynchronous videos and synchronous tutorials
Method of Evaluation: IP resource project, 40%; Final exam 60%.

Section 003

Instructor: Professor Pierre-Emmanuel Moyse
Language of Instruction: Français
Description:Ce cours a pour objectif de présenter les principaux droits intellectuels, soit le droit des marques, le droit d’auteur et, dans une proportion moindre, le droit des brevets, d’introduire les questions fondamentales posées dans les débats actuels concernant la protection des objets immatériels. La participation étudiante sera fortement encouragée. Vous serez invités à prendre part à de nombreux évènements organisés par le Centre des politiques en propriété intellectuelle (CIPP) de la Faculté de droit dont votre professeur est le directeur.
Restrictions/Prerequisites
Format
Method of Evaluation:60% examen final, livres ouverts. 10 % - IP News : présentation orale en début de classe d'une capsule d’information sur un événement courant concernant la propriété intellectuelle (dans la langue de son choix). Format : 5 diapositives ; durée 8 minutes. Les étudiantes sont encouragées à s’abonner à la section IP News This Month (Jeff Roberts) du site du Centre des politiques en propriété intellectuelle de la Faculté (CIPP). 30% - La présentation orale donnera également lieu à la production d'un essai de 1000 mots, sur le même thème que la présentation orale, format essai. Les meilleurs essais seront publiés sur le site du CIPP : http://www.cippmcgill.ca/

3

Gold
Moyse

Fall
Winter
YES
TBD

Law Innovation (LAWG 560) 

Language of Instruction: English
Description: The rhetoric around innovation is everywhere. Despite its ubiquity, what it is and what it means varies by audience; its relevance to economic growth and income disparity remains controversial; its history and place in society is too often underanalysed. This course provides an introduction to the concept of Innovation, its role in the economy, the institutions that foster or hinder it, the laws that promote or undermine it and its historical, psychological and social context. Students will explore the complexity of the subject and its connections with law, the economy, history, sciences and technology and government and firm policies. In addition, through assignments, students will deploy and extend their knowledge through the exploration of case studies. This course is aimed exclusively at Law students and will be taught simultaneously with Innovation for Non-Law Students. The course does not specifically address innovation in the legal field.
Restrictions/Prerequisites: None
Format: a mixed format of asynchronous videos and synchronous tutorials
Method of Evaluation: Innovation project on climate change or COVID-19: 40%; Final exam: 60%.
Section: LAWG 560 is for law students; LAWG 570 is for non-law students.

3 Gold Fall YES

Patent Theory and Policy (BUS2 501)

Language of Instruction: English
Description: This seminar examines the theory and policy behind the awarding of patent rights. The seminar takes on a transdisciplinary approach to patent systems, examining them from not only a legal, but also an economic, philosophical and social perspective. Students should be prepared to engage in substantial reading in various field and be prepared to actively participate in class discussions, bringing a critical perspective.
Restrictions/Prerequisites: Intellectual and Industrial Property or equivalent; Innovation strongly recommended
Format: Seminar 
Method of Evaluation: Research paper: 90%; discussion: 10%.

3 Gold Winter TBD

Private International Law (LAWG 316)

Language of Instruction: English
Description: This course is concerned with multi-jurisdictional private law relationships and disputes with a focus on contractual and extra-contractual obligations. We will inquire into how court jurisdiction is established, what law governs transborder legal relationships and disputes, and the effect of court judgments across borders. Sources will focus on the law of Canadian provinces but comparative (e.g. European, American) and international sources will also be examined.
Restrictions/Prerequisites: Judicial Institutions and Civil Procedure recommended.
Format: Lecture and in-class discussion.
Method of Evaluation: Final take-home examination (50%) and in‐term written assignments (50%).

Private International Law/Droit Intl privé (LAWG 316 - Section 3)

Language of Instruction: French
Description: Ce cours examine les dimensions transfrontalières des relations juridiques privées. Utilisant comme exemple le droit des obligations, trois questions seront abordées : (i) quel tribunal est compétent pour entendre un litige à dimension internationale? (ii) quelle loi s’applique pour régler le litige? et (iii) le jugement rendu aura-t-il un effet à l’étranger? Les solutions théoriques et concrètes à ces questions seront examinées, dans le contexte national et international.
Restrictions/Prerequisites: JICP/Droit judiciaire recommandé
Format: Lecture 
Method of Evaluation: Deux travaux pratiques durant le semestre (40%) et un examen final à livre-ouvert (60%).

3

Walsh

Saumier

Fall

Winter

YES

TBD

Resolution of International Disputes (CMPL 533)

Language of Instruction: English
Description: This seminar deals with current methods of resolving international disputes, with an emphasis on international commercial arbitration. Legal aspects of “Alternative” Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanisms will be touched upon. The phenomenon of transnational law, substantive and procedural, will be scrutinized. The course will also introduce dispute resolution between states and private parties.
Restrictions/Prerequisites
Format
Method of Evaluation: Undergraduate programme – final research paper (75%); class participation (15%), paper proposal as presented (10%). Graduate programme – Graduate law students may be made responsible for the animation of class discussions based on some of the assigned readings and guest lectures. 40% of the grade will be based on class participation, including presentation to class. For the remaining 60% of the grade, students may take a final oral examination or submit a final paper of approximately 30 pages.

3 Gélinas Fall NO

Sentencing in Canadian Law (PUB2 504)

Language of Instruction: English
Description: This course aims to introduce students to the law, theory, policy and practice of sentencing in Canada with comparative perspectives. It will provide students with an introduction to the general objectives, foundations and principles of sentencing in Canada. Further, procedure and evidence in sentencing will be looked at and situated in a broader socio-legal context. A number of critical perspectives will be explored, including victims’ rights, race, indigeneity, and gender. Finally, selected topics of this course will be analyzed and include theories of punishment, mandatory sentences of imprisonment and constitutional considerations, comparative models for controlling judicial discretion, victim participation in sentencing, plea-bargaining, and the impact of sentencing on racialized and indigenous offenders.
Restrictions/Prerequisites
Format
Method of Evaluation: Final sit-down exam [60% or 90% for those who did not write the optional mid-term]: The length of this evaluation should be no more than 3000 words. Optional In-Term Take-Home Reflection [30%]: Students will be instructed to write an optional essay (1000 words maximum) to a question/problem that will be available on MyCourses at a specified date during the term. This should be answered in light of what you learned in class and in other assigned readings. Class participation [10%]: Student grades will incorporate recognition of attendance and participation in class. Students who come to class unprepared and who fail to contribute to the class discussion will be given lower grades.

3 Manikis Fall NO

Specialized Topics in Law 3 (LAWG 513)- Covid-19 and Global Inequalities (Fall)

Instructor: Professor Colleen Sheppard
Language of Instruction: English
Description:TBD
Restrictions/Prerequisites
Format
Method of Evaluation:TBD

Specialized Topics in Law 3 (LAWG 513)- Aviation Finance (Winter)

Instructor: Dr. Donal Hanley
Language of Instruction: English
Description:This course will introduce the student to the main principles of aviation financing and leasing in the context of public and private international air law, with particular reference to the Cape Town Convention. Although leasing now accounts for about 40% of the commercial aircraft fleet worldwide, and many of the remaining aircraft are subject to secured financing, most international air law treaties were drafted before the development of aviation financing and leasing. This fast evolving area of air law, where operation and ownership of the aircraft no longer automatically go together, offers much scope for further research and study. The effects of the COVID-19 crisis on this area of air law will also be examined.
Restrictions/Prerequisites
Format
Method of Evaluation: Participation in class will account for 10% of your final grade. The remaining 90% of your grade will be accounted for by an assignment consisting of 5 multiple choice questions (25% of 90%) and a 6-8 page answer to a problem question (75% of 90%).

2

Sheppard

Hanley

Fall

Winter

TBD

Specialized Topics in Law 5 (LAWG 515) - Constitutional Law and Language Rights in Canada (Fall)

Instructor: Me Bergman
Language of Instruction: English
Description:This course studies the origins, nature of, constitutional protections and governmental obligations for language rights in Canada for Canada’s French and English speaking minorities. Notably this course will explore whether or not there exists collective rights for Canadian official language minorities and whether or not such collective rights have priority over individual freedoms in the application of language rights. What is the legal tension between the language rights of the majority and the official language minority? This course will consider the application of relevant provisions of the Constitution Act 1867 and the Constitution Act 1982, such as, for example, Section 133 and Section 23, the use of English and French and the Parliament of Canada Legislature, National Assembly of Quebec and the Legislature of New Brunswick as well as the eligibility right for the French and English minority to attend a minority language school. Consideration will be given to the application of international declarations and treaties. The notion of language rights regimes in terms of territoriality and institutions will be examined. The extent and enforceability of governmental obligations for Canadian official language minorities will be explored. Pleading official language minority rights before the Courts will be considered. The legislative regime for language rights and obligations, such as the Charter of the French Language in Quebec, will be examined.
Restrictions/Prerequisites:
Format:
Method of Evaluation: 75% a paper; 15% a meeting with me to develop the paper; 10% class participation. This course will count towards writing requirements of the BCL/JD Program.

3 Bergman Fall TBD

Specialized Topics in Law 6 (LAWG 516) - Class Actions (Fall)

Instructor: Me Shaun Finn
Language of Instruction: English
Description: This course consists of a practical and comparative approach to class actions. Although mainly focused on Québec, we will also look at the class action regimes of the common law provinces, the United States, and other jurisdictions. Particular attention will be paid to class action practice from the perspectives of both plaintiff and defence counsel, notably with regard to how a class action is brought, analysed, and pleaded. Students will be expected not only to attend class, but to participate actively by expressing their views, drafting pleadings and, at the end of the term, helping to argue an application for authorization of a class action. Experts in the field will also be invited to comment on key issues.
Restrictions/Prerequisites
Format: Seminar
Method of Evaluation: 10% for class participation; 15 % for a preliminary opinion; 45% for a written outline of argument; 30% for a verbal presentation of the arguments.

Specialized Topics in Law 6 (LAWG 516) - Mediation (Winter)

Instructor: Me. Andréa Morrison
Language of Instruction: English
Description: Not yet available
Restrictions/Prerequisites
Format
Method of Evaluation

3 Finn
Morrison
Fall
Winter
NO
TBD

Specialized Topics in Law 7 (LAWG 517) - Intro to Corporate Transactions (Fall)

Instructor: Me Caroline Bélair and Ted Claxton
Language of Instruction: English
Description: We will focus on both the practical and theoretical aspects of corporate transactions. Students will acquire an understanding of the steps involved to complete a transaction and the legal concepts that arise in the context of a corporate transaction, from structuring, to negotiation, drafting, closing documentation and closing. The focus will be primarily, but not exclusively, on the acquisition of businesses and equity financing transactions, in both cases mainly for companies that are not reporting issuers (ie not public companies). Students will engage with questions such as how to determine the appropriate structure for an acquisition, the scope and reasons for due diligence, the negotiation of key terms of transactions, and drafting so as to best convey business points. We will also address the legal frameworks of employee relations in the context of M&A transactions, including differences between civil and common law jurisdictions.
Restrictions/Prerequisites: Business Association
Format: Seminar
Method of Evaluation: Final take-home examination (60%), two in‐term written group assignments (15% each), and in-class participation (10%). Recorded Remote Lecture: No

3 Bélair & Claxton Fall NO

Specialized Topics in Law 8 (LAWG 518) - Privacy Law (Fall)

Language of Instruction: English
Description: Privacy problems exist in many dimensions of our daily lives, and the legal regulations that address those problems are increasingly relevant. This interactive seminar will provide an overview of the rapidly growing area of information privacy law with a focus on the digital environment. We will go through domestic and international regulations, case law, legislation, and recent public policy developments pertaining to the collection, storage, and dissemination of personal information. We will structure it along three kinds of relationships: among individuals, between individuals and companies, and between individuals and the State.
Format: Seminar
Method of Evaluation: TBD

Specialized Topics in Law 8 (LAWG 518) - Banking and Credit Law (Winter)

Language of Instruction: English
Description: The course focuses on loans and credit facilities, which are extended by banks to individuals and corporations in Canada. The course reviews contracts for the extension of consumer ad corporate loans and credit facilities: personal lines of credit, contracts for the use of credit cards, mortgage loan agreements, and corporate credit facilities extended by a single bank or a group of banks. The course also considers the extent to which the extension of credit by banks is regulated, and the legal liabilities that arise in connection with the extension of credit. Recent developments and emerging issues are discussed in a practical and trans-systemic manner. Class participation is encouraged.
Restrictions/Prerequisites: Contracts and Torts.
Format:
Method of Evaluation: The mid-term will be worth 25% and the final 75%.

3

Cofone

Lemieux

Fall

Winter

NO

TBD

Specialized Topics in Law 9 (LAWG 519) - 21st Century Legal Profession (Fall)

Language of Instruction: English
Description: The 21st Century Legal Profession: This course will introduce students to some of the tensions and challenges facing lawyers, educators, and the regulators of the legal profession as we grapple with rapidly changing client expectations. Among the issues we will address as we consider the role of the legal profession and who it comprises are the changing nature of professional services, innovation in legal service delivery, the emergence of new competitors to the profession, the shortcomings in serving legal needs today, and the effectiveness of professional conduct rules in helping meet legal needs.
Restrictions/Prerequisites: None but LAWG 210 recommended
Format
Method of Evaluation: Presentations (2, 35% and 15%, respectively, of the total final mark) and a final paper (50% of the final mark)

Specialized Topics in Law 9 (LAWG 519) - Criminal Trial Advocacy (Winter)

Language of Instruction: English 
Description
Restrictions/Prerequisites
Format
Method of Evaluation

3

Headon

Israel

Fall

Winter

YES

TBD

Specialized Topics in Law 10 (LAWG 520) 002- Health Law and Ethics (Winter)

Language of Instruction: English 
Description: The course will examine the legal and ethical issues that have arisen, and that continue to arise, in the management of the COVID-19 crisis.
Restrictions/Prerequisites: None
Format: Mix of lectures and seminar-style discussion.
Method of Evaluation: The evaluation will be based on three short essays that will be scheduled at regular intervals throughout the semester

3

Weinstock

Fall

TBD

Specialized Topics in Law 11 (LAWG 530) - Anatomy of a Murder Trial (Fall)

Instructor: Justice Carol Cohen
Language of Instruction: English (although some presentations by students and guests will be in French only). There will be guest speakers, including lawyers and other judges.
Description: This course will cover jury trials as seen through the eyes of a Superior Court judge, using murder trials as a backdrop, and will include the following topics: getting to a jury trial, murder trials in Superior Court, judicial interim release and other pre-trial matters, jury selection, the voir dire (before and during trial), questions of procedure and trial process, hearsay and other evidentiary issues, appeals from jury trials.
Restrictions/Prerequisites: All students registering for this seminar course must have successfully completed the basic course in Criminal law. Criminal Procedure and Criminal Evidence are strongly recommended.  No more than 20 students will be accepted into the seminar. 
Format: Seminar
Method of Evaluation: 10% for class participation, 50% for a paper dealing with one of the topics covered in class (including in-depth research) and 40% for a verbal presentation of each student’s position paper during the final weeks of the course. 
Biography: Madam Justice Carol Cohen was appointed to the Quebec Superior Court in 1997. She sits in all divisions of the Court and also sits ad hoc at the Quebec Court of Appeal. Justice Cohen is an adjunct professor at McGill’s Faculty of Law, and created a prize at the Faculty in Ethical Advocacy. She is judicial representative on the Comité consultatif of the Laboratoire de sciences judiciaires et de médecine légale and is actively involved with numerous legal and judicial organizations, including the International Association of Women Judges, the Lord Reading Law Society and the Canadian Superior Court Judges Association. Madam Justice Cohen was called to the Quebec Bar in 1983, and practiced at the law firm Chait Amyot (now de Grandpré Chait), becoming a partner in 1989.

3 Cohen Fall TBD

Specialized Topics in Law 12 (LAWG 531) - Sports Law (Fall)

Instructor: Me Girardin
Language of Instruction: English
Description: This course is an introduction to sports law. The following themes will be discussed and presented during the course. Generally, the course presents the legal issues in both amateur (or Olympic sports) and professional sports such as: 1. Sport systems (/Olympic Movement, pro sports systems) 2. ADR in sport (national and international ADR in sport) 3. Doping in sports (WADA and National Anti-Doping Programs,) 4. Liability and Violence in sports 5. Commercial issues in amateur and Pro sports 6. Legal issues in major sporting events (sports issues, risk management, marketing issues, and other commercial issues) (Legal issues at Olympic Games) 7. Professional Sports CBA and SPC in Pro Sports (Collective Bargaining Agreement and Standard Players Contracts for professional players)-Agents and professional and amateur athletes 8. Corruption in sports 9. Sports law in Canada and Careers in sport law This introductory sport law course will consist of lectures by Professor Girardin and invited guests, simulation exercises (arbitration simulation), intensive class discussion and debate, business cases in sports law. Students will be invited to participate in sports law debates presented by guest speakers. The student will gain a good overview and understanding of the sports law issues on a national and international scale along with a new body of knowledge of specific sports related issues and topics. The course is practical, dynamic and diversified, but hard work will be required to obtain the maximum benefit of it.
Format: Seminar
Method of Evaluation: Final exam (75%). Take home final exam, duration 3 hours. Mandatory participation (25%) Preparatory research, preparation for debates/discussions and questions for speakers, in-class assignments, active participation in class, unannounced in-class tests, mandatory attendance, sport arbitration or negotiation business case and simulation.

Specialized Topics in Law 12 (LAWG 531) - Personal Injury Law (Winter)

Instructor: Me Wechsler
Language of Instruction: English
Description: The aim of the course will be to expose students to the practical, legal and conceptual principles of Personal Injury Law. In this regard the course will offer students insight into the legal framework of this area of the law. The course will explore the practical implications confronting practitioners in terms of dealing with clients, opposing lawyers and the judiciary. Subject matter will go into detail in the areas of Personal Injury Law involving fault and causation, as well as the assessment of damages. Various types of personal injury cases will be analyzed involving medical malpractise, sporting injuries, sexual abuse, defamation and psychological damages, injuries involving children and death cases.
Format:
Restrictions/Prerequisites:
Format
Method of Evaluation:   

3

3

Girardin

Wechsler

Fall

Winter

Partially

TBD

Specialized Topics in Law 13 (LAWG 532) - The Anthropology of Law (Fall)

Instructor: Prof. David Howes
Language of Instruction: English
Description: This course has four goals. The first is to introduce students to the key issues, concepts and methods of the anthropology of law as a distinct field of research by surveying a series of influential approaches to the comparative and ethnographic study of legal systems. Issues include witchcraft accusations, the use of oracles to establish legal facts, and how social order is possible in the absence of literacy and bureaucracy. The second is to examine how, in many parts of the world, legal systems are “pluralizing”. Topics include the cultural defense (“my culture made me do it”), the anthropologist as expert witness, living in “extralegality” (the “law” of shantytowns), and the “reasonable accommodation” crisis in Quebec. The third is to broach the cultural analysis of law. Issues include the cultural determinants of legal reasoning in the civil and common law traditions, and the relationship between cultures and constitutions. The fourth is to trouble the legal category of the person: Are rivers or mountains persons? What of animals? Are corporations (really) persons? In some cultures they are. Some lectures will be augmented by films.
Restrictions/Prerequisites:
Format:
Method of Evaluation: The evaluation scheme includes: participation (15%); one or two short (2-3 page, double-spaced) reflection pieces (30%); a brief, conference-style oral presentation (most likely via zoom) on a topic of the student’s choice (25%); and, a final term paper (8-10 pages, double-spaced) which builds on the in-class presentation (30%)

3

Howes

Fall YES

Specialized Topics in Law 14 (LAWG 533) - Mediation in International Organizations (Fall)

Language of Instruction: English and French
Description: This course explores the theories and skills of assisted conflict resolution processes. In a dynamic and interactive environment, students will learn the role of counsels and neutral parties in negotiation and mediation processes, as well as experience the skills necessary to be effective in those roles. Students will also get an opportunity to reflect on the role of the lawyer assisting a party to a negotiation or mediation and the legal norms and ethical guidelines governing all parties involved.
Format
Method of Evaluation: Students are required to write a final paper no longer than 10 pages. Class attendance, preparation of role-plays, exercises, active participation in the practical exercises and simulations (70%) and the final paper (30%) are all assessed. Students who can't attend classes live will have to let the lecturers know in advance.

Specialized Topics in Law 14 (LAWG 533) - Disability Law (Winter)

Language of Instruction: English
Description:This course will introduce students to fundamental issues in disability law. We will start by asking “who is the ‘disabled subject’?”, “what is disability?”, and what expectations of “normalcy” are implicit in approaching some questions in the field. We will then critically examine legal concepts used in disability law and how they are interpreted (e.g. reasonable accommodation, equality, discrimination, dignity). We will also explore the difficulties that people with disabilities face in relation to access to justice, education and healthcare, as well as other controversial issues, such as political participation, sterilization, assisted dying, and socio-economic rights. We will draw from legal materials from different jurisdictions and from the inter-disciplinary field of disability studies to explore the evolving landscape of disability law and the challenges it continues to pose to law- and policy-makers.
Restrictions/Prerequisites:
Format:
Method of Evaluation:Students can choose between two modes of evaluation: (1) 90% individual term paper (8,000 words) + 10% Participation or (2) 60% short term paper (2,500 words) + 30% case comment (1,500 words) + 10% Participation. Option (1) will count towards writing requirements of the BCL/JD Program. The term papers’ topic and a preliminary bibliography should be approved by the instructor.

3

Otis

Beaudry

Fall

Winter

YES

TBD

Specialized Topics in Law 15 (LAWG 534) - Law and Health Care (Fall)

Language of Instruction: English
Description: The course explores various points of intersection between law and health care. Students will examine legal dilemmas that arise at these points of convergence and the principles and institutions that have been developed to address them. Particular topics covered may include: access and delivery of health care services and the allocation of health care resources; the regulation of health care professionals; the law of consent and substituted consent; the law pertaining to minors and incapable adults; introductory notions of public health law; privacy issues arising in the medical context; legal and ethical questions related to biomedical research; patient safety; and end of life care. *Law students do not need approval for this course, which is the same course as CMPL 642.
Format: Seminar
Method of Evaluation: Take-home and in-class assignments.

Specialized Topics in Law 15 (LAWG 534) - Indigenous Law Revitalization (Winter)

Instructor: Prof. Aaron Mills
Language of Instruction: English
Description:This seminar explores the prospect of indigenous law revitalization in Canada today. The first arc of the course will examine why it is that discussions about contemporary indigenous law necessarily begin with revitalization. The second section of the course will explore distinct analytical frameworks within which indigenous law could be revitalized. The third and final section will focus on specific indigenous law revitalization issues, such as power, fundamentalism, and social transformation. Circumstances permitting, the course will use a modified sharing circle format.
Restrictions/Prerequisites:
Format: Seminar
Method of Evaluation: Participation, midterm assignment, term paper

3

Khoury

Mills

Fall

Winter

Partially

NO

Specialized Topics in Law 16 (LAWG 535) - Doing Business In and With China (Fall)

Language of Instruction: French
Description: This course examines the evolution of China’s business related laws from 1949 to now with a focus on practical and cultural issues affecting foreign investors. It will also analyze the recent trends of Chinese companies and State policies on investing outside China and its impact. Topics will include business structures and regulations for foreign investors, intellectual property laws, taxation laws, outsourcing in China, going out policies, environmental laws and mergers and acquisitions.
Restrictions/Prerequisites: None
Method of Evaluation
Bio: Jérôme Beaugrand-Champagne is a member of the Barreau du Québec with 20 years of legal and business experience in China. After obtaining his LL.B from Université de Montréal, Jérôme obtained a Sino-Canadian scholarship to pursue his graduate studies in economic law at People’s University of China. Jerome worked for various international law firms advising first on foreign direct investment issues for multinationals and then on outbound investment (natural resources, infrastructure) for Chinese SOEs across the globe. Jérôme was also the co-founder of Fruit and Passion China, the first Canadian retail success in China with over 18 stores across China. His business experience coupled with his legal background has led him to advise the Ministry of Commerce of China in Canadian issues. Relocated in Montreal in 2018, Jérôme was the Li Ka Shing Visiting Professor of Practice at the Law Faculty of McGill University, obtained a Diploma in Integrated Aviation Management from McGill University and is now a lecturer at the Law Faculty of Université de Montréal.”

3

Beaugrand-Champagne

Fall

YES

Specialized Topics in Law 16 (LAWG 535) - Advanced Evidence: Sexual assault and other offences (Winter)

Language of Instruction: English
Description: This course will cover substantive and evidentiary considerations relating to sexual assault offences with a focus on the application of those principles in a courtroom setting. Topics will include the preparation for trial, elements of the relevant offences and the defences available, recognizing and demonstrating credibility of a witness, the practical difficulties of examination and cross-examination of children and the burden of proof. The objective of this course is for students to achieve a clear understanding of the practical questions of law that arise during a sexual assault trial. Some of these questions are well established in theory but difficult to recognize and resolve in practice.
Restrictions/Prerequisites: Not available yet
Format: Not available yet
Method of Evaluation: Class Participation (attendance and discussion) 20%, Class Presentation 30%,  Term Paper (same topic as your presentation) 50%

3

Paquin & Henningsson

Winter

TBD

Specialized Topics in Law 17 (LAWG 536) - Internet Law (Fall)

Language of Instruction: English
Description: Internet legal issues are some of the most important and complex problems facing lawyers and scholars alike in the 21st century. The course will consist of a broad introduction to a number of legal issues facing the internet. These include privacy, defamation, jurisdiction, cybersecurity, intellectual property online, cybercrime, and more. We will pay close attention to comparing the legal regimes of Canada, the United States and Europe, and how the regimes interact in the internet’s world without borders.
Restrictions/Prerequisites: None
Format: Mix of lectures and seminar
Method of Evaluation: 70% final essay, 30% class participation including presentation (in an online format TBD) and written exercise based on presentation; Recorded remote lecture: Online lectures will be live and interactive; will be recorded

Specialized Topics in Law 17 (LAWG 536) - International Investment Dispute (Winter)

Language of Instruction: English
Description: This seminar will examine the law of investor-State dispute resolution.  We will focus on treaty law as reflected in regional trade agreements such as NAFTA and bilateral investment treaties (BITs), as well as on customary international law that protects investors from expropriation, denials of fair and equitable treatment, and discrimination on the basis of nationality.  We will examine the actual mechanisms for investor-State dispute settlement under arbitral facilities such as the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes as well as under ad hoc rules.  We will also address the environmental and social issues surrounding international legal protection of foreign investment and proposals for modifying or even eliminating agreements due to concerns about regulatory “chill”.  We will examine the proposal by the European Commission to establish a multilateral investment court, and in the interim to include quasi-permanent dispute settlement bodies in the new EU investment treaties.
Restrictions/Prerequisites
Format: Seminar
Method of Evaluation: The primary method of assessment for the course will be a research paper worth 75 percent of your grade.  The paper should be between 8,000 and 10,000 words and can be used to satisfy the McGill writing requirement. Class participation will account for the other 25 percent of your grade.

3

Mendelsohn

Bjorklund

Fall

Winter

YES

TBD

Specialized Topics in Law 18 (LAWG 537) - TBD (Fall)

Language of Instruction:
Description:
Restrictions/Prerequisites:
Format:
Method of Evaluation:

3

TBD

Fall

TBD

Specialized Topics in Law 19 (LAWG 538) - Putting the State on Trial: Lawyering for State Accountability and Social Change (Fall)

Language of Instruction: English
Description:
Restrictions/Prerequisites:
Format: Seminar
Method of Evaluation:

3

TBD

Fall

NO

Specialized Topics in Law 20 (LAWG 539) - Diasporas and the Law (Fall)

Language of Instruction: English
Description: Diasporas increasingly structure the formation and development of domestic, transnational and international law. The study of migration is heavily focused on the movement of migration itself. But what happens two, three or more generations later when national or ethnic groups seek to develop legal links with their country of origin? How should and have states of origins reacted to sollicitations from their diasporas and, in turn, how have they triggered the constitution of diasporas which may have had little sense of connection to their state of origin? What of the "host state" and the way it deals with the fact that some of its citizens continue to maintain significant links to another sovereign? And how might we evaluate the role of diasporas themselves as socio-legal actors and perhaps even legal subjects? This course will seek to explore the many dimensions of diasporas' evolving legal existence, from encouraging further migration to exercising voting rights; from paying taxes in several countries to serving in different militaries; from funding opposition movements to supporting governments, etc. It will explore some of the dilemmas of multiple citizenship as well as the ways in which diasporas can draw on the laws of different countries for maximum effect. The bigger question raised in the course is what the impact of human mobility is on the legal project, particularly in its state variant, and how diasporas might help us think through the question of legal pluralism.
Format: Seminar
Method of Evaluation: Participation, term paper

3

Megret

Fall

NO

Student Initiated Seminar (LAWG 521) - TBD (Fall)

Instructor
Convenors
Language of Instruction
Description
Restrictions/Prerequisites
Format: Seminar 
Method of Evaluation: The course will be pass/fail

Student Initiated Seminar (LAWG 521) - TBD (Fall)

Instructor
Convenors
Language of Instruction
Description
Restrictions/Prerequisites
Format: Seminar
Method of Evaluation: Pass/fail

3

TBD

TBD

Fall

Fall

TBD

TBD

Talmudic Law (CMPL 513)

Language of Instruction: English
Description: We will trace the philosophical, theological, and historical foundations of classical Jewish Law. We will also study the methodology and structure of Jewish Law. We will seek to formulate an understanding of the process of decision making in Jewish Law, as distinct from the process in Civil Law or in Common Law. Then, in the second half of the course, we will apply these principles to specific areas of law including abortion rights and legislation, and other topics.
Restrictions/Prerequisites
Format: Lecture
Method of Evaluation: class participation (10%), responses to questions about reading (15%), and a research paper of 8,000 words (75%).

3 Whitman Winter TBD

Tax Policy (PUB2 515)

Language of Instruction: English
Description: This course examines the foundations of tax policy in Canada and around the world, with a focus on both classical and contemporary writing. The course will integrate a colloquium with invited speakers, who will present works in progress on current issues of national and international tax policy. The theme of this year’s colloquium is Tax Policy After COVID-19.
Restrictions/Prerequisites:
Format
Method of Evaluation: Grading will be based on one midterm paper and one final paper, each written individually or in groups of two or three, and each written in reference to works presented. There will be no exam. Because this is a discussion-based course, attendance and meaningful participation is required in all classes, with special care and attention to sessions featuring invited speakers. Recorded Remote Lecture: Yes
Bio:Dr. Tarcísio Diniz Magalhães is a postdoctoral researcher at McGill's Faculty of Law, under grants by the Ford Foundation, working on the project “Designing Sustainable Tax Systems”, and a former postdoctoral research fellow at the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation (IBFD) in Amsterdam. He holds Bachelor, Master, and Doctor of Law degrees, all obtained with honours under merit-based scholarships, from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil, in combination with publicly funded research stays in the United States (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Canada (McGill University), The Netherlands (IBFD), Austria (WU Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law), and Germany (Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance). His PhD thesis, published in 2019 as the book Critical Theory of International Tax Law, was awarded the prize of Best Thesis in Law and received Honourable Mention by the Brazilian Government for its originality and relevance to scientific, technological, cultural, social, and innovation developments.

3 Magalhaes Fall YES

Taxation (PUB2 313)

Section 001 (Fall)

Language of Instruction: English
Description:  This course provides an introduction to the principles of the Canadian federal income tax system. We will focus on building the vocabulary of taxation and exploring the social, political, and economic factors that shape the development of the law. By the end of the course students should understand why societies tax, who and what they tax, and how they do so; be familiar with the general structure and principles of the Canadian federal income tax system; develop skills in close, critical reading and interpretation of primary and secondary legal sources; and understand the role lawyers play in tax compliance, including the issues of professional responsibility and ethics.
Restrictions/Prerequisites
Format
Method of Evaluation:  Grading will be based on one midterm memo worth 30% of the final grade and one final memo worth 70% of the final grade to be distributed within the first two weeks of the course. Grading is holistic. The midterm memo will be assigned a grade of either satisfactory or unsatisfactory and students will receive substantive feedback. Students receiving a grade of unsatisfactory will be given the opportunity to revise and resubmit within 3 weeks of receiving their feedback. There will be no exam.

Section 001 (Winter)

Instructor: Me Magalhaes
Language of Instruction
Description: TBD
Restrictions/Prerequisites
Method of Evaluation:  
Bio: Dr. Tarcísio Diniz Magalhães is a postdoctoral researcher at McGill's Faculty of Law, under grants by the Ford Foundation, working on the project “Designing Sustainable Tax Systems”, and a former postdoctoral research fellow at the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation (IBFD) in Amsterdam. He holds Bachelor, Master, and Doctor of Law degrees, all obtained with honours under merit-based scholarships, from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil, in combination with publicly funded research stays in the United States (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Canada (McGill University), The Netherlands (IBFD), Austria (WU Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law), and Germany (Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance). His PhD thesis, published in 2019 as the book Critical Theory of International Tax Law, was awarded the prize of Best Thesis in Law and received Honourable Mention by the Brazilian Government for its originality and relevance to scientific, technological, cultural, social, and innovation developments.

4 Christians
Magalhaes
Fall
Winter
YES
TBD

Theories of Justice (CMPL 512)

Language of Instruction: English
Description: This course will aim to provide students with an overview of the main ethical and philosophical debates surrounding the question of distributive justice. The course will be divided into three sections. First, we will engage in a survey of the main theories, concentrating on the family of theories that are dominant in the contemporary philosophical literature, commonly referred to as "luck-egalitarian". Second, we will consider a number of critiques of this paradigm, including, but not limited to, gender and disability-based critiques. Third, we will consider how these theories can be applied, in particular to the question of how to construct a just tax system.
Restrictions/Prerequisites:None
Format: Lecture
Method of Evaluation: Students will have to write a brief (5-7 page) essay for each section of the course. There will also be a wrap-up take-home exam.

3 Weinstock Winter TBD

Trial Advocacy (PUB2 420)

Language of Instruction: English
Description: The basic techniques of drafting, discovery, examination and cross-examination of witnesses, and pleading in the context of a fictional civil case. The emphasis is on active participation and on practical exercises in the basic problem areas: the unfolding of the narrative; the drafting of proceedings; the use of open and suggestive questions; the preparation of final arguments.
Restrictions/Prerequisites: None
Format: Lecture
Method of Evaluation: 10% participation, 40% in class assignments, 50% in class oral.

3

Michelin

Winter TBD

Law Focus Week Workshops

The Faculty of Law would like to acknowledge the McCarthy Tétrault Fund for Innovative Legal Education in support of Focus Week Workshops.

The one-credit workshops are taught in an intensive period and offer an opportunity to critically analyze and develop relevant skills for experts in the law, such as negotiation, mediation, project management, community mobilization, policy analysis, empirical research, entrepreneurship, financial analysis, and the like. Due to the intensive nature of the Focus Week Workshops, attendance is mandatory.

Focus Week Workshops are graded pass/fail

All other courses (except 1st year courses) are suspended during the week.  Fall 2020 Focus Week will take place October 19-23, 2020 &  Winter 2021 Focus Week will take place February 22-26, 2021.

Course Title and Number

Credits Instructors Term

Law Focus Week Workshop 1 (LAWG 550)

Section 001/009 - Digital Trade Law (Fall)

Instructor: Me Joshua Meltzer
Language of Instruction: English
Description: This course will examine the impact of the internet and global data flows on international trade. Students will learn about the varied and innovative ways that the internet and data enable international economic activity. Students will look at how government regulation in areas such as privacy and national security affects data flows and digital trade and will examine the balance between achieving these goals and maximizing opportunities for trade, growth, and jobs. Students will learn about the extent to which international trade rules of the World Trade Organization and free trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement and Canada-EU Trade Agreement support an open internet and global data flows.
Method of Evaluation: A paper (2000 words max) to be submitted by November 6th 2020 (75%), Participation (25%) 
Course Outline: File Digital Trade

Section 001/009 - TBD (Winter)

Instructor
Language of Instruction
Description

1
 

Meltzer

TBD
 

Fall

Winter

Law Focus Week Workshop 2 (LAWG 551)

Section 003/010 - La rédaction juridique : bien plus que les bons mots (Fall)

Instructor: Me Sylvie Grégoire
Language of Instruction: French
Description:L’avocat rédige; voilà une de ses tâches quotidiennes et sa carte de visite auprès de ses clients, collaborateurs et les intervenants du processus judiciaire et d’affaire. Il s’agit d’une habileté essentielle pour tous les domaines de pratique. Pour être efficaces, ces documents doivent être bien compris. Le cours vise à explorer les caractéristiques d’un document juridique bien rédigé, ainsi que les techniques et meilleures pratiques de rédaction. Les particularités de divers types de documents juridiques seront discutées, dont : la correspondance d’affaire, les avis juridiques, les contrats et procédures judiciaires.
Method of Evaluation: Après la fin du cours, chaque étudiant doit rédiger un document juridique en mettant en pratique les conseils et techniques étudiés pendant le cours. Leur travail sera annoté et commenté par la formatrice.
Course Outline:File La rédaction juridique

Section 001/009 - TBD (Winter)

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Gregoire

TBD

Fall

Winter

Law Focus Week Workshop 3 (LAWG 552)

Section 001/009 - Understanding Religious Perspectives (Fall)

Instructor: Me Alice Chan
Language of Instruction: English
Description: How do you serve people you do not understand? The majority of Quebecois self-affiliate as being Catholic but the second largest majority self-affiliate as being non-religious. If you are Catholic or non-religious, do you understand those who are not, or vice versa? This workshop presents the civic religious literacy framework that can be your tool in understanding the different people you will serve and the various perspectives that they hold, specifically the religious, spiritual, or non-religious worldview that informs their thinking, behaviour, and community. We apply the tool to analyze a socio-historical context and an individual identity.
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Format: This 4-day interactive course includes personal participation and reflection, engagement in verbal discussions and group activities, and lectures. Students will leave with additional resources to further develop their religious literacy.
Method of Evaluation:  This Course is Pass/Fail. The grade will be based on the student’s participation in the session and a short paper (2-5 pages) to be submitted to the Instructor.
Course Outline: File Understanding Religious Perspectives

Section 001/009 - TBD (Winter)

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Fall

Winter

Law Focus Week Workshop 4 (LAWG 553)

Section 001/009 - Election Law (Fall)

Instructor: Me Gregory Tardi
Language of Instruction: English
Description: The purpose of this introduction is to ensure that we have the same understanding of the fundamentals and the terminology of this course. Democracy (capitalized) is the designation of a type of political system, in contrast to authoritarian and dictatorial regimes. Democratic states are the ones based primarily on constitutionalism and the rule of law; the ability of the people to choose their own government in a free, fair and transparent manner; alternance of governments; separate branches of government, including an autonomous judiciary; entrenched civil and political rights. Within this overall concept, democracy (using lower case) has come to designate the principles, rights and legal rules specifically dealing with the preparation, conduct and delivery of elections. Using this perspective, the objective of the Focus Week course on Election Law will be to discuss the rules about democratic elections in the overall context of the Democratic system of government in Canada.
Format: The course will be conducted through a blend of lecturing, seminar-style class discussion and the possible participation of specialists as guest speakers.
Method of Evaluation: Effective class participation (10%); 2500-4000 word Paper (90%)
Course Outline:Microsoft Office document icon Election Law

Section 001/009 - TBD (Winter)

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1 Tardi
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Fall
Winter

Law Focus Week Workshop 5 (LAWG 554)

Section 001/009 - Anatomy of a Deal: COVID-19 (Fall)

Instructor: Me Sonia Struthers
Language of Instruction: English
Description: Beginning with an overview of both the buyer’s and the target company’s strategic and financing options, the course leads students through the practical, legal and business steps of completing a private equity investment taking into account a global pandemic outbreak such as COVID-19. Students will learn enterprise valuation methods, how law firms use project management in M&A matters and how corporate lawyers participate in the due diligence process of an acquisition and integrate technology tools in this process. Students will learn the central role tax considerations play in structuring an M&A transaction. Finally, students will simulate the negotiation and will draft key provisions of the main transaction agreements. 
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Method of Evaluation: Students taking this course should be motivated by the subject matter. Attendance and participation are expected. Team assignments will be due on the Thursday and Friday, October 22 and 23, 2020, and will include: (a) an oral presentation to the class and (b) an accompanying written summary of key arguments.The written summary will be due at 1:05 pm on October 23, 2020 (i.e., one hour before the start of the final class). We will use MyCourses for submission of the written summary.
Course Outline:File Anatomy of a deal COVID 19

Section 001/009 -TBD (Winter)

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Struthers
TBD

Fall

Winter

Law Focus Week Workshop 6 (LAWG 555)

Section 001/009 - TBD (Fall)

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Winter

Graduate Courses

Graduate courses are open to BCL/JD students by approval. Students must complete the Course Change Form.

For more information about registering for Graduate Courses, including the complete procedure please see the Course Registration Guide.

Course Title and Number Credits Instructors Term Lecture Recording

Airline Business and Law (ASPL 614)

Language of Instruction: English
Description: This course weaves the legal and regulatory issues airlines face into business principles of economics, finance, planning, operations, marketing, distribution, pricing, labour, cost containment, and inter-corporate alliances.  Relationships with airports, travel agents, computer reservations systems, and government also are explored, as are international dimensions of commercial air transportation. Economic theory and regulatory and policy issues involving safety, antitrust, licensing, securities issuances, aircraft finance, employment, environment, and sustainability are further examined.
Restrictions/Prerequisites
Format: Lecture
Method of Evaluation: TBD

3 Fitzgerald Fall YES

Communication 1 (LAWG 601)

Language of Instruction: Not available yet
Description: Not available yet
Restrictions/Prerequisites: Not available yet
Format: Not available yet
Method of Evaluation: Not available yet

1.5 Hung Fall TBD

Communication 2 (LAWG 602)

Language of Instruction: Not available yet
Description: Not available yet
Restrictions/Prerequisites: Not available yet
Format: Not available yet
Method of Evaluation: Not available yet

1.5 Hung  Winter TBD

Comparative Air Law (ASPL 632)

Language of Instruction: English
Description: The first part of the course provides a general introduction to the comparative law approach and applies some basic concepts of the civil and common law traditions to the field of air law. The second part of the course deals with selected topics where applicable law has not, or only partially, been unified by private international air law conventions and where a comparative approach, based on national law, must be used to find solutions. The selected topics include: the nature of the contract of carriage, product liability principles, aircraft manufacturers’ liability, State liability for negligent certification of aircraft, liability of air navigation service providers, and liability for damage caused by aircraft on the ground. 
Restrictions/Prerequisites: 
Format: Lecture
Method of Evaluation:
In-term assignments (25%) and final examination (75%).

3 Weber Winter TBD

Government Regulation of Air Transport (ASPL 613)

Language of Instruction: English
Description: Restrictions/Prerequisites:n/a
Format: Seminar
Method of Evaluation: 

3 TBD Winter TBD

Law and Health Care (CMPL 642)

Language of Instruction: English
Description: The course explores various points of intersection between law and health care. Students will examine legal dilemmas that arise at these points of convergence and the principles and institutions that have been developed to address them. Particular topics covered may include: access and delivery of health care services and the allocation of health care resources; the regulation of health care professionals; the law of consent and substituted consent; the law pertaining to minors and incapable adults; introductory notions of public health law; privacy issues arising in the medical context; legal and ethical questions related to biomedical research; patient safety; and end of life care. *Law students do not need approval for this course, which is the same course as LAWG 534.
Format: Seminar
Method of Evaluation: Take-home and in-class assignments. Recorded Remote Lecture: Partially

3 Khoury Fall Partially

Law of Space Applications (ASPL 638)

Language of Instruction: English
Description: This Course deals with the international legal aspects of various space applications. In particular, the Course examines principles and rules of international law related to satellite telecommunications (including satellite broadcasting) and the role therein of various international organizations; remote sensing by satellites; space stations; space travel; navigational services by satellites; armed conflicts (LOAC) in outer space, etc.
Restrictions/Prerequisites: None (however, some knowledge of public international law is presumed)
Format: Seminar
Method of Evaluation: Evaluation will be based on either (a) end of term 24 hours Open Book Take Home Examination (100%) or (b) the end term 24 hours Open Book Take Home Examination (50%) and a written term paper (50%). Recorded remote lecture: No

3 Jakhu Winter NO

Government Regulation of Space Activities (ASPL 639)

Language of Instruction: English
Description: This Course deals with national (domestic) laws and regulations of some spacefaring nations governing space activities, particularly those that are carried out for commercial purposes. The functioning of some regulatory bodies of certain selected countries are also discussed.
Restrictions/Prerequisites: None (however, some knowledge of public international law is presumed)
Format: Seminar
Method of Evaluation: Class participation (33.1/3 %); Formal presentation in the class, including written text of the presentation (33.1/3%); and Written term paper (33.1/3%). Recorded remote lecture: No

3 Chen Winter NO

International Business Law (CMPL 604)

Language of Instruction: English
Description: This foundational seminar aims to introduce students to the legal and practical issues relevant to the transaction of business by private actors across borders. The first sessions will focus on the concepts, sources and institutions of transnational business law, the reasons for the persistence of local differences despite the pressures of globalization, and thus the continued importance of harmonization of private international law rules (in the traditional sense). The focus will then shift to recent developments in specific domains of business law, for example, choice of law and choice of forum agreements, international dispute resolution, contract law including sale and carriage contracts, cross-border insolvency, letters of credit and financing. Additional issues to be examined include anti‐corruption and anti-tax avoidance initiatives as well as the contested link between economic development and law reform and legal traditions.
Restrictions/Prerequisites: Open to graduate students and to undergraduate students who have completed three terms in the Faculty of Law.
Format:
Method of Evaluation: 
50% in-term assessments, 40% research essay, 10% oral presentation of research essay topic.

3 Walsh  Winter TBD

Legal Education Seminar (LAWG 625)

Language of Instruction: English
Description: What does the meaningful teaching of law entail? And what do students of law learn, question, and experience? This seminar will provide a forum for a sustained discussion of the structures, institutions, objectives, and pedagogical possibilities connected to the learning and teaching of law. By delving into examples found across time and space, we will reflect on the ways in which legal education continues to be challenged, modified, and redefined. In particular, the objectives of (legal) education, and the connections among law schools, faculties, universities, professional bodies, and broader community organizations will be explored through a series of current and challenging themes. As the unfolding conversation will show, thinking about legal education is integral to reflection on law’s substance, forms, and participants. Written work for the seminar will explore different perspectives on the governance and pedagogical frameworks associated with the teaching of law. Opportunities for teaching experience and for providing constructive evaluation of pedagogical techniques will be incorporated into the classroom sessions, and participants will be encouraged to pursue publication of their papers.
Restrictions/Prerequisites:Directed primarily, although not exclusively, to doctoral students in law, the seminar also welcomes students in the BCL/JD Program and LLM Programs who demonstrate interest in legal education and pedagogy.
Format:
Method of Evaluation: 40% In-term Writing and Participation (15% Leading a Session (with associated documents prepared), 10% General Engagement, 15% Observation/Critique Memo), 60% Final Essay (5000 words, excluding table of contents, footnotes, and bibliography).

3 Van Praagh Winter TBD

Legal Research Methodology (CMPL 610D1/D2)

Language of Instruction: English
Description: Exploration and critique of various methodological approaches to the pursuit of a research inquiry within the context of legal scholarship. Graduate students will develop familiarity with research methods and strategies and will be afforded with opportunities for developing and sharpening their legal research, writing and analytical skills.
Restrictions/Prerequisites:
Format:
Method of Evaluation: 
Multiple assignments, graded on a Pass/Fail basis.

3

Megret

Full-year NO

Legal Research Methodology for DCL (LAWG 702)

Language of Instruction: English
Description: Exploration and critique of various methodological approaches to the pursuit of a research inquiry within the context of legal scholarship. Graduate students will develop familiarity with research methods and strategies and will be afforded with opportunities for developing and sharpening their legal research, writing and analytical skills. 
Restrictions/Prerequisites:
Format:
Method of Evaluation: Multiple assignments, graded on a Pass/Fail basis.

2 Megret Fall NO

Public International Air Law (ASPL 633)

Language of Instruction: English
Description: The gateway course in Public International Air Law examines the relevant principles and rules of public international law that affect the use of airspace and aeronautics. 
Restrictions/Prerequisites: 
Format: 
Method of Evaluation:
A final take-home exam (open book) will comprise 75% of the final grade.  In-term assignments, including a mock bilateral treaty negotiation, will comprise 25% of the final grade.

3 Havel Fall TBD

Private International Air Law (ASPL 636)

Language of Instruction: English
Description:This course examines the unification of private international air law through the adoption of international conventions.  In particular, it reviews the liability of the air carrier towards passengers and shippers under the Warsaw Convention, as amended and supplemented by several other international legal instruments, including the Montreal Convention of 1999.  The course also examines the basic framework of several other conventions, such as the Rome Convention on surface damage done by aircraft, and ICAO’s recent initiatives to modernize the 1952 Rome Convention. Insurance aspects and implications of the air carrier’s international liability will also be addressed.
Restrictions/Prerequisites:
Format:
Method of Evaluation:
In-term Assignment (20%) and final Examination (80%).

3 Havel Fall TBD

Space Law: General Principles (ASPL 637)

Language of Instruction: English
Description: This Course examines the role of international law in the regulation of outer space activities. Specifically, the Course addresses the current and potential future uses of outer space; the law‐making process relating to space activities and the international institutions that are involved in this process; the legal regime of outer space and celestial bodies including the exploitation of space natural resources; the legal status of spacecraft including their registration; liability for damage caused by space activities; assistance to astronauts and spacecraft in distress; legal controls governing activities harmful to the environment and military uses of outer space; settlement of space‐related disputes, etc.
Restrictions/Prerequisites: None (however, some knowledge of public international law is assumed)
Format: Lecture
Method of Evaluation: Evaluation will be based on either (a) end of term 24 hours Open Book Take Home Examination (100%) or (b) the end term 24 hours Open Book Take Home Examination (50%) and a written term paper (50%). Recorded remote lecture: No

3

Jakhu

Fall NO

Theoretical Approaches to Law (CMPL 641)

Section 009 (LLM)

Instructor: Professor Antaki
Language of Instruction: English
Description: This course aims to help you develop a theoretical sensibility so as to enrich your thesis or non-thesis - and other – work. Doing so will involve helping you work on both your habits of attention (what and how you see) as well as your habits of articulation (how you speak, what you are able to show).
Restrictions/Prerequisites:
Format:
Method of Evaluation: Multiple assignments.

Section 010 (DCL)

Instructor: Professor Provost
Language of Instruction: English
Description: This course aims to provide doctoral students with an exposure to some theoretical dimensions of the study, teaching, and research in law. As a course required for all DCL students and closed to other students, Theoretical Approaches to Law is also meant to provide a privileged forum for doctoral students to meet and reflect on their legal experiences, past and present. The course will broadly cover three themes dealing respectively with the nature of law, the nature of legal education, and the nature of legal research. Each theme refers to a sampling of issues to which all doctoral students in law should be sensitive in their work. That said, the course is not meant to suggest that all doctoral students must incorporate these various theoretical approaches into their thesis, nor even that students should necessarily produce writing which is theoretical in nature.
Restrictions/Prerequisites:
Format: Seminar
Method of Evaluation: Several in-term assignments.

3 Antaki
Provost
Fall
Fall
TBD
NO

Non-Course Courses

Course Title and Number Credits Instructors Term

Legal Education and Leadership (WRIT 016D1/D2) 

Instructor: Prof. Sébastien Jodoin
Language of Instruction: English
Description: Grounded in the experiential learning associated with their roles as Integration Workshop Tutorial Leaders, this course will enable students to develop and strengthen their knowledge and skills as legal educators and, more broadly, as aspiring legal professionals. Drawing on key insights from the fields of education, law, management, and the social sciences, this seminar will cover some of the traits, skills, strategies, and practices that are critical for both teaching and practicing law. Through small-group discussions, individualized support and feedback, peer-to-peer learning, and self-reflection, this seminar will cultivate the abilities of students to serve as effective leaders, collaborators, and mentors in their legal studies and professional pursuits. (non-law course credits)
Restrictions/Prerequisites:
Format: Lecture
Method of Evaluation: Review of the grading and feedback provided for the legal memo assignment (20%), Peer observation of teaching in the context of one integration workshop (10%), Review of the grading and feedback provided for the factum assignment (30%), Reflection essay on legal education and leadership (40%)

3 Jodoin Full year

Non-law Courses

*RESTRICTED SECTION: Only open to Faculty of Law students.

Course Title and Number Credits Instructors Term

Accounting for Management (CACC 520) 

Instructor: Eugenia Bouras
Language of Instruction: English
Description: This course covers financial and managerial accounting. The course provides an understanding of the various financial statements as well as cost behaviour, cost/volume/profit relationships, budgets, responsibility accounting and relevant costing. (non-law course credits)
Restrictions/Prerequisites:
Format: Lecture
Method of Evaluation:

3 Eugenia Bouras Fall

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