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Purdy Crawford Chair in Business Law: Professor Rotman

Posted by School of Law on July 31, 2012 in News, Faculty Interest, Staff Interest, Student Interest, Research, Awards


Dean Kim Brooks is delighted to announce that Professor Leonard I Rotman will join the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University in January, 2013 as the third Purdy Crawford Chair in Business Law.

The Purdy Crawford Chair in Business Law was named in honour of the "dean emeritus of Canada's corporate bar", Mr Purdy Crawford (CC, QC, LLD, LLM, LLB ’55), and was established in 2001 through the generous support of alumni and friends of the Schulich School of Law.

Professor Rotman, an expert in corporate theory, governance, and fiduciary obligations, will add to our already strong cluster of professors with corporate, commercial, and tax law expertise. His experience will facilitate the faculty’s research and teaching impact locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Leonard Rotman, BA (Toronto), LLB (Queen’s), LLM (Osgoode), SJD (Toronto) is Professor of Law at the University of Windsor and his research and teaching interests include Business Associations, Constitutional Law, Comparative Corporate Theory and Governance, Fiduciary Law, and Trusts. He will be teaching a third section of Business Associations in the Winter term, as well as a seminar on Current Issues in Corporate Law.

Leonard’s distinguished scholarship in both public and private law includes five books (three of which have been published in multiple editions) and over 100 book chapters, essays and articles addressing substantive issues in: Aboriginal Law; Constitutional Law; Corporate Law, Theory, and Governance; Equity; Fiduciary Law; Legal History; Remedies; Trusts; Unincorporated Associations; and Unjust Enrichment/Restitution. His book Fiduciary Law (Thomson/Carswell, 2005) was shortlisted for the 2007 Walter Owen Book Prize as the best new book in Canadian law. His work has been cited by domestic and international commissions and courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada.

In the 2010–11 academic year, he was the inaugural Visiting Scholar at the Hennick Centre for Business and Law at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. Leonard has also recently been named a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society at the University of California Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law and TC Beirne Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.

A warm welcome to Halifax, Leonard!