Research Chairs & Awards

School of Law Research Chairs

Canada Research Chair in Ocean Law and Governance

Professor David VanderZwaag uses this Chair to evaluate global ocean governance. Specifically, Professor VanderZwaag's work includes examining the effectiveness of regional agreements for managing fisheries and protecting the arctic marine environment and also studying issues raised by sustainable development, community-based management, indigenous rights and ecosystem-based management. His research aims to develop legislative and regulatory reforms for supporting more principled decision making in ocean governance.

Canada Research Chair in Maritime Law and Policy
Professor Aldo Chircop is looking at the factors that facilitate and constrain uniform international shipping standards and their enforcement. He is also examining how Canadian maritime law can be developed further and harmonized with international rules. Ultimately,  research will help policy makers, maritime administrators, and courts make decisions that support trade and commerce while making shipping safer and more sustainable. 
James S. Palmer Chair in Public Policy and Law
Professor Jocelyn Downie is the James S. Palmer Chair in Public Policy and Law.
Purdy Crawford Chair in Business Law
Professor Kim Brooks is the fourth holder of this five-year renewable chair, which was established in 2001. She researches and teaches in all areas of taxation law. Current research projects include the effect of technical tax experts on tax transplants and the evolution of comparative tax scholarship. Kim is enthusiastic about the law school’s business law program and enjoys working with colleagues to ensure that students receive an outstanding legal education that prepares them for careers in business law and policy.
MacBain Chair in Health Law & Policy
Professor Joanna Erdman serves as the inaugural MacBain Chair in Health Law and Policy. As Chair, and as part of Dalhousie's Health Law Institute, Professor Erdman engages in projects that carry impact in the health law field locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. Formerly a Resident Fellow of the Program for the Study of Reproductive Justice at Yale Law School, Professor Erdman is an exceptional scholar in health law and policy – particularly in the areas of sexual and reproductive health law.

Chancellor's Chair in Aboriginal Law and Policy
Professor Naiomi Metallic is Dalhousie’s inaugural Chancellor’s Chair in Aboriginal Law and Policy. She teaches and researches in the area of Aboriginal law and identifies opportunities to collaborate with scholars from other Dalhousie faculties to offer interdisciplinary courses and conduct interdisciplinary research in Aboriginal law. She also builds the profile of the Schulich School of Law and Dalhousie in Aboriginal law and policy teaching and research and fosters relationships between Dalhousie and Aboriginal communities in the Maritimes.
Viscount Bennett Professor of Law
Professor Constance MacIntosh is the Viscount Bennett Professor of Law. 

Yogis & Keddy Chair in Human Rights Law
Professor Jennifer Llewellyn is the Yogis & Keddy Chair in Human Rights Law. 


Research-related awards & achievements

Member of the Order of Canada
Professor A Wayne MacKay
Professor Jocelyn Downie

Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
Professors Richard Devlin
Professor Jocelyn Downie

Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences
Professor Jocelyn Downie

Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Fellow
Professor Jocelyn Downie

2016–2021 University Research Professor
Professor Jocelyn Downie

2005–2015 University Research Professor
Professor Richard Devlin

2008 Canadian Association of Law Teachers Award
Professors Richard Devlin and Jocelyn Downie

2006–2007 Traditional Canada-US Fulbright Scholar Award
Professor Esmeralda Thornhill

Association of Atlantic Universities Distinguished Teacher Award for 2005
Professor Steve Coughlan

Dalhousie University Doctoral Thesis Award for 2006
Professor Meinhard Doelle

Walter Owen Book Prize
Professors Aldo Chircop, Hugh Kindred and our former professor Edgar Gold