Faculty Members' Research Interests

McGill’s Faculty of Law is a world-renowned nexus of innovative legal scholarship. Our professors are interested in recruiting graduate students to delve into pressing contemporary issues and high-impact research areas.

Following are a few research theme ideas for the 2020-2021 academic year – contact us at grad.law [at] mcgill.ca for more information.

For additional areas of interest, consult our Faculty members' web profiles or discover the vibrant research life at the Faculty.

Ignacio Cofone [profile]

Interested in supervising graduate students, especially with an interdisciplinary background, on:

  • Information privacy law
  • Regulating algorithmic decision-making
  • Empirical legal studies

François Crépeau [profile]

  • The rights and freedoms of refugees, asylum seekers, migrants, migrant workers, and persons belonging to minorities
  • Migration and refugee policies at local, national, regional, or universal level
  • Diversity, multiculturalism, and migrant integration policies
  • Globalization, governance, and human rights

Jaye Ellis [profile]

  • Transnational and global law
  • Science, law, and environmental risk
  • Indicators and other metrics: interactions with and implications for legal normativity

Richard Gold [profile]

  • Open science theory and practice
  • Innovation policy, including the role (or lack) of intellectual property
  • Analyses of patent law, intellectual property and development, and innovation using qualitative and/or quantitative methods

Ram Jakhu [profile]

  • International space law
  • National regulation of space activities
  • Law governing space security and safety
  • Public international law

Sébastien Jodoin [profile]

  • The relationship between human rights and the environment
  • The growth, potential, and limitations of climate litigation
  • The nature and impact of transnational environmental law

Rosalie Jukier [profile]

  • Judicial institutions and procedural law
  • Comparative contract law and remedies
  • The impact of legal traditions on private law
  • Legal pedagogy

Robert Leckey [profile]

  • Constitutional law, including bills of rights and remedies
  • Family law, including changes to recognize evolving social practice

Armand de Mestral [profile]

  • European Union law
  • International trade law
  • International arbitration
  • Law of the sea

Aaron Mills [profile]

  • Indigenous law, constitutionalism and resurgence
  • Indigenous narrative traditions and pedagogies
  • Treaties and indigenous-settler relationships

René Provost [profile]

Professor Provost is always interested in supervising graduate work on understandings of international law which grapple with the limits, complexity, and meaning of that legal regime. He is also engaged in a project on the administration of justice by Indigenous communities in Canada and other jurisdictions, braiding together issues in constitutional law, legal pluralism, and international law.

Lionel Smith [profile]

Lionel Smith is interested in all aspects of fundamental comparative private law. He is particularly engaged with how private law understands aspects of unselfish behavior, and he has an active research agenda in the law relating to trusts, fiduciary obligations, gifts, and unjust enrichment, in civil law and in common law.

Shauna Van Praagh [profile]

  • Issues of identity and integrity within co-existing legal (and religious) orders
  • Developments and directions in legal education and pedagogy
  • Autonomy, agency, and access to justice for youth



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