Elizabeth Carmichael Monk Chair in Business Law

Elizabeth MonkElizabeth Carmichael Monk was born in Montreal on 4 August 1898. As is often the case for trailblazers, our alumna, had a life of many firsts.

First woman in McGill Law's history to receive the Elizabeth Torrance Gold Medal for Outstanding Academic Achievement, in 1923. One of the first three women to serve on the Montreal City Council, in 1940. One of the first two women admitted to the Quebec Bar, in 1942, and one of the first four women to appear before the Superior Court, later that same year. First Quebec woman to receive the Queen's Counsel distinction, in 1955.

La Faculté de droit est ravie d'annoncer son intention de fonder la chaire Elizabeth Carmichael Monk en droit des affaires. Une campagne philanthropique menée par nos diplômés David Binet, LLB’85, et Marc Barbeau, BCL’84, LLB’84, est en cours afin de créer ce poste prestigieux de façon permanente.

“The Elizabeth Carmichael Monk Chair in Business Law will serve as a pillar in creating a hub of excellence in business law at McGill,” said Dean Robert Leckey, Ad E.

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McGiII’s Faculty of Law is one of the best places in the world to study law. As we look to McGiII’s third century, the Faculty of Law has a clear plan to leverage our distinctive position, build on our international connections, and add strength in domains that will be critical to both future legal practice and social progress. One of the areas we have identified as a strategic priority is business law.

Throughout its history, McGill Law has offered a range of business-related courses that have prepared its graduates for successful careers in private practice, business, government and NGOs. These courses are often taught by leading practitioners in a relevant field along with full-time professors with a range of teaching obligations.

Academic Chairs are the driving force behind many of the Faculty of Law’s accomplishments. A Chair in Business Law will elevate the Faculty’s expertise in business law by bringing creative ideas to life for students and collaborating with a talented network of business alumni from McGill Law who share their practical knowledge as sessional lecturers. 

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The Chair will bolster the Faculty’s academic contributions to business law by:

  • Leading bold new initiatives in research and professional and post-professional education initiatives, using law as a tool and platform for democratic governance.
  • Bringing together legal and academic colleagues to discuss how law can be used as an instrument to govern organizations of all types, undertake economic exchanges, secure sustainable investment, and foster social stability.
  • Fostering McGiII’s next generation of academic leaders in business law by attracting talented young researchers and students, and educating those students to contribute to a complex world where the practice of business law is rapidly evolving.
  • Stimulating intellectual exchange by securing research grants and funds for infrastructure, teaching and research staff.
  • Heightening international awareness of new research discoveries related to business law through contributions to important publications, conferences and lectures.

A philanthropic gift of $5 million is required to endow a Chair in Business Law in perpetuity. The Faculty of Law is reaching out to its community of supporters and inviting them to jointly support the creation of this important position. Through a contribution to this important initiative, you will allow the Faculty to embed business law more thoroughly into our research and teaching and enable students to develop skills that are critical to engaged and effective legal practitioners in this field.

Endowed Chairs represent an enduring legacy of intellectual excellence, impact, influence and recognition. By supporting the establishment of a Chair in Business Law, donors will strengthen McGill Law’s teaching, research and impact in this key area, and allow the Faculty to better embed business law offerings within the broader legal context of our integrated approach.

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