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Currently, the Faculty of Law of McGill University is inviting applications for the following academic positions:

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

Young academics or doctoral students completing their studies may wish to find out more about our Fellowships.

Those interested in postdoctoral work should visit our Visiting scholars, postdocs, fellows and graduate research trainees page.

Other job postings

Administrative job postings can be found on the McGill Human Resources web site.


Entry-level, tenure-track positions

The Faculty of Law of McGill University invites applications from candidates with a strong commitment to innovation and excellence in teaching and research, and who will make a creative contribution to the governance of the Faculty and University. Subject to budgetary approval, the Faculty anticipates hiring up to two entry level or lateral appointments. These positions will have a start date of August 1, 2014.

The Faculty is particularly interested in candidates with experience and expertise in the following priority areas: Comparative Private Law and Legal Cultures; Federalism; Public Law, Policy and Governance; Air and Space Law; Domestic and International Corporate, Commercial and Trade Law; Dispute Resolution, Mediation, Negotiation; Civil Litigation and Evidence.

Candidates must envisage teaching and research in several substantive fields of law and we encourage diverse approaches to law, legal research and legal education. The bilingual environment of our Faculty requires successful candidates be able to evaluate written and oral work presented in both English and French. Given the competitive nature of the applicant pool, entry-level candidates without a doctoral degree are unlikely to be considered.

How to apply

Applications – including a detailed cover letter, a curriculum vitae, up to three samples of published research and the names and addresses of three referees – must be received by November 30, 2013, when consideration of files will begin.

Applications should be addressed to the Chair, Staff Appointments Committee, Faculty of Law, McGill University. Applications should preferably be sent by email to staffappointments [dot] law [at] mcgill [dot] ca;

Alternatively they may be mailed to:

Staff Appointments Committee
c/o Dean's Office
Faculty of Law
McGill University
3644 Peel Street
Montreal, Quebec
Canada H3A 1W9

McGill University is committed to equity in employment and diversity. It welcomes applications from Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, visible minorities, women, and others who may contribute to diversification. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


Sir William Macdonald Chair

Applications are currently invited for the Sir William Macdonald Chair tenable in the Faculty of Law, McGill University

The Sir William Macdonald Chair was established in 1895 and its endowment can support two chair holders. Past incumbents include Frederick Parker Walton, Robert Warden Lee, Francis R. Scott, Maxwell Cohen, John E.C. Brierley, William F. Foster and Jean-Guy Belley.

The Faculty seeks applications from established scholars of international reputation to meet needs in the two following areas: (i) Comparative law and legal cultures, with an emphasis on private law and legal traditions; (ii) Trade, corporate and commercial law.

The chair holders will teach and supervise undergraduate students and graduate students at the master and doctoral levels in the Faculty of Law, and will be expected to take a leadership role in research in their field locally, nationally and globally. Chair holders will be committed to a comparative, integrated and dynamic approach to their teaching. Given the bilingual environment of McGill’s Faculty of Law, faculty members are expected to evaluate written and oral work presented in both English and French.

The position is tenured and the Chairs are fully endowed. Chairholders are appointed for a seven-year mandate, with the possibility of renewal. The anticipated start date is August 1, 2014.

Applications  including a detailed cover letter, a complete curriculum vitae, up to three samples of published research, and the names and addresses of three refereesare now invited and will be considered as of November 15, 2013; applications will be considered until the chairs are filled. Applications should be addressed to the Chair, Staff Appointments Committee, Faculty of Law, McGill University. Applications should preferably be sent by email to staffappointments [dot] law [at] mcgill [dot] ca.  

Alternatively they may be mailed to:

Staff Appointments Committee
c/o Dean's Office
Faculty of Law
McGill University
3644 Peel Street
Montreal, Quebec
Canada H3A 1W9

McGill University is committed to equity in employment and diversity. It welcomes applications from Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, visible minorities, women, and others who may contribute to diversification. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


Peter MacKell Chair in Federalism

Applications are currently invited for the Peter MacKell Chair in Federalism tenable in the Faculty of Law, McGill University

The Peter MacKell Chair in Federalism, endowed in 2011, was made possible by a generous $3 million bequest from McGill Law graduate and former member of the Faculty Advisory Board, Peter R. D. MacKell, Q.C., BCL'51.

The Faculty of Law of McGill University now invites applications from scholars with an outstanding research and teaching record for the newly established Peter MacKell Chair in Federalism. The position is tenured and the Chair is fully endowed. The appointment to the Chair is for an initial seven-year term, renewable. The anticipated start date is August 1, 2014.

The Chair is an opportunity for a scholar with a strong interdisciplinary background in law, political theory and public policy to make an innovative scholarly contribution to the theory and comparative practice of federalism, understood broadly as a mode of governance and a technique of social organization.

The compass of the Chair embraces not only state-federalism, but inter-state federalism, federalism in non-state normative orders, and federalism within NGOs, QUANGOs, corporations and labour organizations. The chairholder will be expected to take a leading role in the faculty's research programs relating to all aspects of the federal idea, and more generally to the place of federalism as a mode of social structuring for the global legal order. The chair holder will teach and supervise undergraduate students and graduate students at the master and doctoral levels in the Faculty of Law.

The Faculty's research programs, pedagogical initiatives and academic priorities all reflect a central commitment to legal traditions, comparative law and internationalization of law. In conjunction with this central theme, the Faculty has identified four overall areas of academic priorities: Transsystemic Legal Education; Trade, Mobility and Enterprise; Public Policy and Private Resources; Human Rights and Legal Pluralism.

The Faculty maintains a research environment marked by a strong sense of collegiality through which ongoing intellectual and professional development of all professors is encouraged. In addition, the Faculty is home to a vibrant transdisciplinary research community of Institutes and Centres. Given the bilingual environment of McGill's Faculty of Law, Faculty members are expected to evaluate written and oral work presented in both English and French.

How to apply

Applications – including a detailed cover letter, a complete curriculum vitae, up to three samples of published research, and the names and addresses of three referees – are encouraged prior to November 15, 2013, when consideration of files will begin.

Applications should be addressed to the Chair, Staff Appointments Committee, Faculty of Law, McGill University. Applications should preferably be sent by email to staffappointments [dot] law [at] mcgill [dot] ca;

Alternatively they may be mailed to:

Staff Appointments Committee
c/o Dean's Office
Faculty of Law
McGill University
3644 Peel Street
Montreal, Quebec
Canada H3A 1W9

McGill University is committed to equity in employment and diversity. It welcomes applications from Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, visible minorities, women, and others who may contribute to diversification. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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