A. Wayne MacKay, CM, KC

Professor Emeritus of Law

Email: wayne.mackay@dal.ca
Mailing Address: 
Weldon Law Building, 6061 University Avenue
PO Box 15000 Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
  • Constitutional law-comparative
  • Cyberbullying
  • Education law
  • Human rights
  • Humanitarian law
  • Public policy analysis
  • Public law
  • Public interest
  • Judiciary


  • BA (Mt Allison)
  • BEd (Mt Allison)
  • MA (Florida)
  • LLB (Dalhousie)

Bar admissions

Nova Scotia, 1980


Professor MacKay is a nationally recognized teacher and scholar, and accomplished author in the areas of Constitutional Law, the Charter of Rights, Human Rights, Privacy Law and Education Law. In addition to teaching courses in the previous areas, he has also taught Administrative Law, Criminology and Aboriginal Rights.

Areas of supervision: Constitutional Law, Human Rights and Education Law

Research interests

Professor MacKay's primary areas of research include Constitutional Law, Public Law, the Charter of Rights, Education Law, Criminal Law, Human Rights and Privacy Law. He has conducted major government studies on inclusive education, cyberbullying, and social and economic rights, and he has written extensively in these areas.

Selected awards & honours

  • 2013 - Voted one of Canadian Lawyer magazine's "Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers"
    (Government/Non-Profits/Associations Category)
  • 2012 - Yogis & Keddy Chair in Human Rights Law
  • 2009 - Queen's Counsel, NS
  • 2005 - Member of the Order of Canada
  • 2002 - Queen Elizabeth II Bicentennial Medal for Distinguished Service
  • 2001 - Dalhousie University's Alumni Award of Excellence for Teaching
  • 2001 - Honourable Walter S Tarnopolsky National Award for Achievements in the Field of Human Rights (Awarded by the International Committee of Jurists)
  • 1999 - Kennedy Memorial Award for Outstanding Excellence in Teaching Law
  • 1995 to present - Listed in Canadian Who's Who (University of Toronto Press)
  • 1994 - Canadian Association of Law Teachers' Award for Academic Excellence

Selected publications

> For a complete list of publications, see Professor MacKay's CV.

Service & activity

  • Advisor to federal and provincial governments
  • Frequent media commentator in all forms of media
  • 2011-12 - Chair, Nova Scotia Task Force on Bullying and Cyberbullying
  • 2009 to present - Board Member, Atlantic Human Rights Centre
  • 2009 to present - Board Member, Canadian Civil Liberties Association
  • 2008 to present - Member, Nova Scotia Bar Society Discipline Committee
  • 2003-06 - Vice Chair of the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development
  • 2001-04 - President and Vice Chancellor of Mount Allison University
  • 1995-98 - Director of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission
  • 1989-90 - Founding Director of the Indigenous Blacks & Mi'kmaq Initiative