Shauna Van Praagh

Full Professor

Chancellor Day Hall
Room 38
Montreal, Quebec
Canada H3A 1W9

514-398-6626 [Office]
shauna.vanpraagh [at] (Email)

Shauna Van Praagh

Video: Palsgraf v Long Island Railroad: A Case of Transsystemic Tort Law (1:49:51)
Talking Teaching Profiles: Asking good questions
See her List of publications [.docx] (rev. September 2015)
Read her articles on SSRN 

Professor Van Praagh is also behind the Legal Education Seminar Working Papers, written by students taking her Legal Education Seminar (LAWG 525) course.


Shauna Van Praagh is Full Professor in the Faculty of Law, McGill, where she has taught and researched since 1993.  She served as Associate Dean (Graduate Studies) from 2007-2010. Professor Van Praagh’s substantive areas of research and expertise are primarily children and law, religion and law, legal education and the private law of civil wrongs. Within each area, she adopts a methodological approach grounded in legal pluralism, a sensibility to identity-based narrative and critique, and a particular emphasis on literary sources and style. She recently co-edited, with McGill colleague Helge Dedek, a book collection (Stateless Law: Evolving Boundaries of a Discipline, 2015) in which her own chapter focuses on teaching, learning, and responding to the legacy of Residential Schools for Canada’s aboriginal children.

Professor Van Praagh currently teaches Extra-contractual obligations/Torts to first year law students, Advanced Common Law Obligations to second year students, and a seminar in Legal Education to graduate and upper year students. In addition, she has taught Social Diversity and Law, Children and Law, Foundations of Canadian Law, Feminist Legal Theory, and specialized courses related to governance of diversity, law of armed conflict, and socio-economic justice within the Hebrew University – McGill human rights summer program.

As past president (2013-2014) of the Canadian Association of Law Teachers, Shauna Van Praagh was appointed in 2015 as one of two academic members of the National Requirement Review Committee under the auspices of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. At the Faculty of Law at McGill, she chaired the 1995-96 Committee on Curricular Reform, which produced the blueprint for the revised program of legal education introduced in 1999. A recipient of the John W. Durnford Teaching Award, Professor Van Praagh has been intensively involved in the development of teaching and learning in law.

Professor Van Praagh clerked for The Right Honourable Brian Dickson, Chief Justice of Canada, from 1989 to 1990.  She has taught at Columbia Law School (1990-1992) and King’s College London (1992-1993), and was a visitor at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Buenos Aires in 2010-2011. She holds a B. Sc. (with High Distinction) (1986) and an LL.B. (with Honours) (1989) from the University of Toronto, and an LL.M. (1992) and J.S.D. (2000) from Columbia University.  Her doctoral dissertation was entitled “Follow the Children: Identity, Integrity, Learning and Law”.


J.S.D. degree (Columbia) 2000

LL.M. (Columbia) 1992

LL.B. (Toronto) 1989

B.Sc. (Toronto) 1986


Full Professor, McGill Faculty of Law, 2015-

Associate Dean, Graduate studies, McGill Faculty of Law, 2007-2010

Acting Dean, McGill Faculty of Law, June 2009

Associate Professor, McGill Faculty of Law, 2000-2015

Assistant Professor, McGill Faculty of Law, 1995-2000

Visiting Assistant Professor, McGill Faculty of Law, 1994-1995

Boulton Fellow, McGill Faculty of Law, 1993-1994

Visiting Scholar, King's College London, 1992-1993

Teaching Associate, Columbia, 1990-1992

Law Clerk to the Rt. Hon. Chief Justice Dickson, Supreme Court of Canada, 1989-1990

Areas of Interest

Teaching: Extracontractual Obligations, Advanced Common Law Obligations, Social Diversity and Law, Children and Law

Research: Children’s Stories and the Law of Civil Wrongs; Religion and Law (Chasidic Law and Life); Legal Education; Governing Diversity through Law