McGill University, Faculty of Law
Academic Positions

- Tenure-track positions
- Peter MacKell Chair in Federalism
- Sir William Macdonald Chair(s)

Applications are currently invited for the Peter MacKell Chair in Federalism, two Sir William Macdonald Chairs in law as well as for two entry-level or lateral tenure-track professorship positions at the Faculty of Law, McGill University.

ABOUT THE FACULTY OF LAW: The Faculty of Law at McGill University was established in 1848. Through its research programs and pedagogical initiatives, it reflects a central commitment to the study of legal traditions, comparative law and the internationalization of law. In conjunction with this overarching mission for the study of law at McGill University, four areas of academic priority have been identified by the Faculty: Transsystemic Legal Education; Trade, Mobility and Enterprise; Public Policy and Private Resources; and Human Rights and Legal Pluralism.

PETER MACKELL CHAIR IN FEDERALISM: The Chair is an opportunity for a scholar with a strong interdisciplinary background in law, political theory and public policy to make an innovative scholarly contribution 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 Chair holder will be expected to take a leading role in the faculty's teaching and 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. The position is tenured and the Chair is fully endowed, with a planned start date in July 2013.

SIR WILLIAM MACDONALD CHAIR IN LAW: The Sir William Macdonald Chair in Law was established in 1895 and the endowment currently supports the appointment of two new chair holders. The Faculty seeks applications from established scholars of international reputation to meet needs in the two following areas: (i) Comparative law and legal cultures, with an emphasis on private law and legal traditions; (ii) Trade, corporate and commercial law. The chair holders will teach and supervise undergraduate students and graduate students at the master and doctoral levels in the Faculty of Law and will be expected to take a leadership role in research in their field locally, nationally and globally. Chair holders will be committed to a comparative, integrated and dynamic approach to their teaching. The position is tenured and the anticipated start date is September 2013.

TENURE-TRACK POSITIONS: The Faculty of Law is offering one or more entry-level or lateral, tenure-track professorships in Law and invites applications from candidates with a strong commitment to innovation and excellence in teaching and research, and who will make a creative contribution to the governance of the Faculty and the University. These appointments are expected to commence July 1, 2013.

Candidates with demonstrated expertise in Comparative Private Law and Legal Cultures; Regulation; Public Policy and Governance; Air and Space Law; Domestic and International Corporate, Commercial and Trade Law; Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Negotiation; Civil Litigation and Evidence are particularly encouraged to apply.

JOB QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates must envisage teaching and research in several substantive fields of law and we encourage diverse approaches to law, legal research and legal education. Given the competitive nature of the applicant pool, entry-level candidates without a doctoral degree are unlikely to be considered. The bilingual environment of our Faculty requires successful candidates be able to evaluate written and oral work presented in both English and French.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Applications including a detailed cover letter, a curriculum vitae, up to three samples of published research (preferably in electronic form) and the names and email addresses of three referees, must be submitted to Applications should be addressed to:

Professor Genevieve Saumier, Chair
Staff Appointments Committee
Faculty of Law
McGill University
3644 Peel Street
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 1W9

The deadline for applications for the tenure-track positions is October 15, 2012.

Candidates for the Mackell Chair will be considered as of October 15, 2012 and for the Macdonald Chairs as of November 15, 2012. Applications for the three chairs will be accepted until incumbents are found.

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McGill University is committed to equity in employment and diversity. It welcomes applications from Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, visible minorities, women, and others who may contribute to diversification. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Posted 9/22/12