Jaye Ellis promoted to full professor

Prof. Jaye Ellis
Published: 18 March 2024

The Faculty of Law is pleased to announce that Professor Jaye Ellis has been promoted to the rank of full professor, effective 1 February 2024.  

Jaye Ellis is a renowned expert in international environmental law. Titled “Transnational normative networks: Towards corporate accountability for environmental damage,” her current research project examines an emerging constellation of legal rules – international, transnational, and domestic; public and private – that have the potential to compel multinational corporations to meet stringent environmental protection standards wherever they operate. 

Professor Ellis was a lead researcher in the McGill Sustainability Systems Initiative, studying interactions between sustainability metrics (such as goals, indicators, and standards), and legal normativity in the context of sustainability governance. This project critically addressed the trend toward using performance metrics for environmental protection. It identified strategies for better interactions between law and politics on one hand and expert knowledge on the other. Professor Ellis’s collaborative projects include domestic, international, and transnational regulation of endocrine-disrupting substances, and the promotion of sustainability policies by private regulatory authorities.  

Holder of a BCL, LLB, and DCL from McGill, Professor Ellis has also completed an LLM at the University of British Columbia. She clerked for Justice Morris Fish, CC, KC, BCL’62, at the Quebec Court of Appeal from 1993 to 1995, and joined McGill as an assistant professor in 2000. She served as associate dean (academic) from 2011 to 2014, and as acting director of the McGill School of Environment for a one-year term in 2015.  

“Promotion to full professor reflects years of achievement on many fronts,” said Dean Robert Leckey, Ad E. “I’m proud to see this well-deserved recognition of Professor Ellis’s interdisciplinary teaching and scholarship, held in very high regard by her law and environment studies colleagues alike.”  


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