Dean, Schulich School of Law
Camille Cameron joined Dalhousie as dean of the Schulich School of Law in September 2015. She previously held the same title at the University of Windsor and is an accomplished academic leader, researcher and legal consultant with a rich and diverse professional history.
Dean Cameron’s university experience includes senior roles at the University of Melbourne and the City University of Hong Kong. Her international background, success as a consultant and practicing lawyer and deep understanding of academic administration will be key assets in building on the strong foundation at the Schulich School of Law.
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Dalhousie is the latest adventure in the accomplished, diverse and international career of Camille Cameron, who brings extensive experience as a practicing lawyer, legal consultant and university administrator to her role as dean of the Schulich School of Law.
Dean Cameron comes to Dal from the University of Windsor, where she was dean of that Ontario institution’s Faculty of Law. Dalhousie appealed to the Cape Breton-born Cameron because it represented both a homecoming and an exciting new challenge.
“The combination of coming home and coming to a great law school like Dalhousie was too good to pass up,” says Cameron, who taught at Dal while practicing law in Halifax in the 1980s. “I’ve always had a connection to the place.”
Dean Cameron believes the Schulich School of Law has earned its strong reputation and seeks to build on this profile in her term as dean.
“Dal identifies itself as Canada’s national law school and I think that’s a legitimate claim,” she says. “Having students from across the country is good for the students and good for the law school. And within the law school there are some areas of specialty that Dal is known for nationally and internationally, including marine and oceans law and health law.
“I think it can be built on, in student recruitment, faculty recruitment and making sure faculty research and the reputation for faculty research is national and international.”
Dean Cameron believes the leadership skills she’s honed in several senior roles at academic institutions have prepared her to guide Dal’s Schulich School of Law.
“I’ve been in academic institutions now for a while, so I know and understand them and I understand academic leadership,” she says. “You talk to people and get their views and then you work together to make good things happen.”
“And I’m a problem solver and an optimist. I think that really helps as well.”
Her international experience, including senior positions with the University of Melbourne, the City University of Hong Kong and with a human rights group in Cambodia, have built her capacity for creativity and flexibility – assets she believes are keys for success in the dean’s role.
“If you’ve been in a number of different places, you’re not wedded to one way of doing things,” she says. “It helps you to develop an open mind, knowing that there are different ways of effecting change and getting things done.”
Dean Cameron has also been successful outside the academic world, both as a practicing lawyer and a consultant with expertise in civil justice, dispute resolution, judicial training and court reform. Sharing the knowledge gained outside of academia is something she hopes will benefit faculty members and students.
From advancing the Schulich School of Law’s national and international research profile to preparing students for rewarding careers, her goal as dean is to leave the faculty she leads in even better shape than when she arrived.
“Law schools last longer than deans do. Every dean wants to make a difference for the better, so if at the end of your term you can look back and say you’ve made Dal stronger, that’s what success is.”