Fabien Gélinas receives 2021 David Thomson Award for Graduate Supervision and Teaching

Prof. Fabien Gélinas
Published: 11 June 2021

The Faculty of Law is pleased to announce that Professor Fabien Gélinas has received the 2021 David Thomson Award for Graduate Supervision and Teaching, which was presented to him by Professor Andrea Bjorklund, associate dean (graduate studies) during the Faculty of Law's Spring Convocation ceremonies on 11 June 2021.

This award acknowledges outstanding contributions to the promotion of graduate student excellence through supervision and teaching by a faculty member who has been supervising students for 10 years or more. In selecting Professor Gélinas, the committee highlighted his individualized approach to graduate student mentorship, his substantial supervisory load, and his strong record of publishing with his students.

Professor Fabien Gélinas, Ad. E., Sir William C. Macdonald Chair, teaches and conducts research in international dispute resolution, common law and civil law contracts, commercial law, and legal theory. Formerly general counsel of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce and past president of the Arbitration Committee of ICC Canada and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, he is a member of the Quebec Bar and acts as arbitrator, expert, and consultant on dispute resolution and legal reform.

Professor Gélinas heads the Private Justice and the Rule of Law research group and is a co-founder of the Montreal Cyberjustice Laboratory. He has taught at the Centre d’études diplomatiques et stratégiques de Paris (École des hautes études internationales), the Université de Paris II - Panthéon Assas, the National University of Rwanda, Trinity College Dublin, Sciences Po Paris, New York University and the National University of Singapore.

“I am thrilled to see this recognition of Professor Gélinas’ extensive record of collaborative mentorship,” said Dean Robert Leckey. “This university-level award for him, which follows the multiple times that colleagues in the Faculty of Law have received the Principal’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching, confirms the collective nature of our commitment to exceptional teaching.”


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