The Faculty of Law is pleased to announce that the jury of the Principal’s Prize for Public Engagement through Media has selected Dean Robert Leckey as the inaugural winner of its Change-Maker Prize. This award, for which one cannot apply, will be awarded exceptionally to an individual who is a role model and whose engagement with the public and the media has effected important social changes.
Robert Leckey is a full professor and holds the Samuel Gale Chair at McGill University’s Faculty of Law, where he has taught since 2006. He has served as dean since 2016. The jury highlighted Dean Leckey’s defining contributions to public discussions of human rights issues in Quebec. Whether relating to LGBTQ2+ rights or to the impact of Bill 21, his op-eds, policy pieces, and media interventions have had significant influence on legal discourse relating to minority rights in Quebec. Principal and Vice-Chancellor Suzanne Fortier recognized Dean Leckey as “an outstanding example to our students of the kind of role that lawyers, legal researchers, and academics can play in shaping public discourse.”
"The Faculty of Law has change-making at its core, so it is not surprising to see our Dean recognized for his contributions,” said Professor Allison Christians, associate dean (research) and H. Heward Stikeman Chair in Tax Law. “We wish him continued success in his endeavours.”
Congratulations, Dean Leckey!
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