Wainwright Chair in Civil Law
Sir William C. Macdonald Chair
Professor Lionel Smith. Established in 1895, the Macdonald Chair is one of the oldest endowed positions at McGill. Chair holders teach and supervise undergraduate students and graduate students at the master and doctoral levels in the Faculty of Law, and take a leadership role in research in their field locally, nationally and globally.
James McGill Chair
Professors Richard Gold, Stephen Smith and Daniel Weinstock - The James McGill Chair is awarded by McGill to advance and support the scholarship and research of exceptional academic staff in priority areas of intellectual interest.
William Dawson Scholars
Professors Frédéric Mégret, Adelle Blackett and Robert Leckey - The William Dawson Chair is awarded by McGill to advance and support the scholarship and research of exceptional academic staff in priority areas of intellectual interest.
Canada Research Chair in the Law of Human Rights and Legal Pluralism
Professor Frédéric Mégret - The Chair studies how globalization of law both excludes opportunities and creates opportunities for inclusion of various minority groups. The Chair's research contributes to the development of rights-based legal strategies that foster better inclusion of minorities.
H. Heward Stikeman Chair in the Law of Taxation
Hans & Tamar Oppenheimer Chair in Public International Law
Professor François Crépeau - The Oppenheimer Chair provides a Canadian locus for the study and research of international law, with particular attention to the relationship between international legal obligations and domestic law. The Chair studies theoretical and practical dimensions of the implementation of international treaty, customary and other obligations in domestic law with due regard to the constitutional setting in federal and unitary states.
Katharine A. Pearson Chair in Civil Society and Public Policy
Professor Ronald Niezen.
Tenable jointly inside McGill's Faculties of Arts and of Law, the Katharine A. Pearson Chair in Civil Society and Public Policy was created in 2011 through a generous gift from the McConnell Foundation. The Pearson Chair assumes leadership within a new Civil Society Program at McGill, which rests on a broad meaning of civil society as an analytic term for the social sciences and humanities.
L. Yves Fortier Chair in International Arbitration and International Commercial Law
Professor Andrea Bjorklund.
Created in 2008 by Rio Tinto Alcan, the L. Yves Fortier Chair in International Arbitration and International Commercial Law leads advances in the field of international arbitration, and conducts research to help shape the future of both the practice and understanding of international law.
Peter MacKell Chair in Federalism
Professor Johanne Poirier.
The Peter MacKell Chair in Federalism, endowed in 2011, was made possible by a generous $3 million bequest from Peter R. D. MacKell, Q.C., BCL'51. Articulated around an interdisciplinary background in law, political theory and public policy, the Chair will make contributions to the theory and comparative practice of federalism, understood broadly as a mode of governance and a technique of social organization. The compass of the Chair embraces not only state-federalism, but inter-state federalism, federalism in non-state normative orders, and federalism within NGOs, QUANGOs, corporations and labour organizations. The chairholder will lead research programs relating to all aspects of the federal idea, and more generally to the place of federalism as a mode of social structuring for the global legal order.
Samuel Gale Chair
Professor Margaret Somerville.
Tomlinson Chair in Global Governance in Air & Space Law
Professor Paul Dempsey.
Jean Monnet Chair in the Law of International Economic Integration
Professor Armand de Mestral
Peter M. Laing Chair
The most recent holder was Professor H. Patrick Glenn.
F.R. Scott Chair in Public and Constitutional Law
The most recent holder was Professor Roderick A. Macdonald.
The Faculty of Law has two affiliated research institutes
The Faculty of Law also supports several semi-independent research centres
- the Centre for Human Rights & Legal Pluralism
- the Centre for Research in Air & Space Law;
- the Paul-André Crépeau Research Centre for Private and Comparative Law; who also publishes the Dictionnaires de droit privé / Private Law Dictionaries
- the Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law, co-sponsored with the Faculties of Medicine and Religious Studies of McGill University;
- the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy
- Research Group on Health and Law - The group's research projects addresses such interdisciplinary issues as biotechnology and health, clinical research, ethics and law of healthcare, governance, medical liability and public health.
- Labour Law and Development Research Laboratory (LLDRL) - The group studies the links between labour law, development and the social contradictions of gender, race and ethnicity.
- Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas - IPLAI is dedicated to advancing humanities-based teaching and research in innovative and interdisciplinary ways.
- Private Justice and the Rule of Law
- Rule of Law and Economic Development - The central work of this working group has been an inquiry into rule of law and economic development in the transition economies.