Assistant Professor

Job Description & Qualification

McGill University’s Faculty of Law invites applications from energetic candidates with a strong commitment to innovation and excellence in teaching and research who will contribute creatively to faculty and university governance. This appointment would be effective 1 August 2023. The preference is for candidates seeking appointment at the rank of assistant professor. Applications from associate professors and full professors will be considered.

The research programs, teaching initiatives, and academic priorities in the Faculty of Law embody a central commitment to legal traditions, comparative law, dispute resolution, and international and transnational law. Faculty members typically teach and research in several substantive fields of law, from a variety of theoretical, critical, and methodological perspectives. The faculty maintains a dynamic, welcoming research environment, which fosters the ongoing intellectual and professional development of all professors. It is home to a vibrant trans-disciplinary research community of institutes, centres, and research groups.

Our undergraduate curriculum represents an international benchmark for contemporary legal education and leads to the joint award of the Bachelor of Civil Law (B.C.L.) and Juris Doctor (J.D.) degrees. The core of the undergraduate curriculum is taught in an integrated, transsystemic manner, across borders shaped by legal traditions and systems, notably those of the common and civil law and, increasingly, Indigenous legal traditions. Our graduate program comprises research-intensive degrees at the master’s and doctoral levels, as well as a non-thesis LL.M. that culminates in a supervised project.

While candidacies relating to all fields of law will be considered, the priority for this posting is for fundamental private law. The committee invites candidates to identify their teaching and research fields and to explain their anticipated contributions to the faculty, including how their contributions might complement or constructively challenge our scholarly community as we grow. For all teaching and research fields, the committee encourages applications from candidates whose critical perspectives (for example, critical race theory, critical disability studies, gender and sexuality) engage with questions of diverse and intersecting identities. The committee invites candidates to include information about how their research and teaching engage with equity and promote inclusivity, where such is the case. As our students come from a wide range of disciplines, cultures, and backgrounds, we invite candidates to address their ability to teach, supervise, and mentor in this context.

Applicants should have a graduate degree in law. Preference will go to candidates who have completed a doctoral degree. In addition, the bilingual environment of the Faculty of Law at McGill requires that, by the time they start teaching, candidates should be able to evaluate written and oral work presented in both English and French. Support may be available to increase the language capacity of selected candidates.

McGill University is committed to equity and diversity within its community and values academic rigour and excellence. We welcome and encourage applications from racialized persons/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities.

At McGill, research that reflects diverse intellectual traditions, methodologies, and modes of dissemination and translation is valued and encouraged. Candidates are invited to demonstrate their research impact both within and across academic disciplines and in other sectors, such as government, communities, or industry.

McGill further recognizes and fairly considers the impact of leaves (e.g., family care or health- related) that may contribute to career interruptions or slowdowns. Candidates are encouraged to signal any leave that affected productivity, or that may have had an effect on their career path. This information will be considered to ensure the equitable assessment of the candidate’s record.

McGill implements an employment equity program and encourages members of designated equity groups to self-identify. It further seeks to ensure the equitable treatment and full inclusion of persons with disabilities by striving for the implementation of universal design principles transversally, across all facets of the University community, and through accommodation policies and procedures. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact, in confidence, this email.

Application Procedure

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
Complete applications will consist of the following:
• a cover letter
• a teaching and research statement
• a curriculum vitae
• university transcripts
• three samples of research published or in press
• for candidates who have recently completed or are completing a doctorate, and have not yet published it, a copy of the thesis or a selection of completed thesis chapters/ sections
• the names and email addresses of three referees whom the Staff Appointments Committee may contact. Please do not submit reference letters.
Review of files will begin after 16 September 2022. Please address applications to Professor Alicia Hinarejos, Chair, Staff Appointments Committee, Faculty of Law, McGill University, and submit them through Workday. You may send inquiries to
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Job ID

ID: J11344