Adelle Blackett to receive Principal’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching


Published: 4Nov2020

The Faculty of Law is delighted to announce that Professor Adelle Blackett will receive the Principal’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching (full professor category) during the Fall Convocation ceremony on 5 November 2020.

Professor Adelle Blackett, F.R.S.C., Ad. E., is the Canada Research Chair in Transnational Labour Law and Development at McGill University, where she teaches and researches in the areas of labour and employment law, trade regulation, law and development, critical race theory, and slavery and the law. Widely published in English, French, and Spanish in the emerging field of transnational labour law, she is the author of Everyday Transgressions: Domestic Workers’ Transnational Challenge to International Labour Law (Cornell University Press, 2019). Professor Blackett founded and directs the Labour Law and Development Research Laboratory (LLDRL) at McGill.

Professor Blackett's has made numerous imaginative contributions to teaching at the Faculty of Law. For example, after having built and taught the transsystemic Employment Law course, in French and English, for many years, in 2019 she offered a seminar called "Transnational Futures of International Labour Law," marking the 100th anniversary of the International Labour Organization and the ILO's historic ties with McGill. Her seminar on slavery and the law was the first such course to be offered at a Canadian law school. She has been a cherished, transformative mentor for students in our undergraduate and graduate programs.

Established in 2000, the Principal’s Prize recognizes excellence in teaching and its importance to the academic experience of students at McGill University. It is presented annually to one recipient in each of four categories: Faculty Lecturer, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Full Professor.

“Professor Blackett’s creativity, passion for justice, and dedication to her students’ success have left a lasting impression on the many students she has taught inside and outside the classroom,” said Dean Robert Leckey. “I am proud to see a member of our small professoriate receive the Principal’s Prize for Teaching Excellence for the fifth time, highlighting our collective commitment to teaching at the highest level.”

Please join us in congratulating Professor Blackett on this well-deserved recognition!

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