I am delighted to post this on behalf of Professor Lionel Smith:
Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship: Comparative Unjust Enrichment
The Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law intends to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with effect from August 2016 or other agreed date. The position is funded by an Insight Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. The principal investigator is Professor Lionel Smith, researcher at the Crépeau Centre, and the team is composed of colleagues from McGill’s Faculty of Law and beyond. The position is for one year, with the possibility of renewal for a second year.
ABOUT THE PAUL-ANDRÉ CRÉPEAU CENTRE FOR PRIVATE AND COMPARATIVE LAW
Based at McGill University in Montreal (Quebec, Canada) the Crépeau Centre is the only research centre in Canada devoted to research in fundamental private law. Quebec’s private law is civilian, but it evolves in a North American environment that is otherwise largely grounded in the common law. Quebec’s private law therefore provides a living model for the fruitful coexistence of two legal traditions, in which the ongoing interaction of the common law and the civil law is combined with the interaction of French and English in Quebec’s bilingual civil law.
ABOUT THE RESEARCH PROJECT
The research agenda to which the position relates has two objectives: (a) to find solutions to identified uncertainties in the Canadian law of unjust enrichment, through an interdisciplinary and comparative methodology; and (b) through this study of the law of unjust enrichment, to articulate an approach to private law that could be fruitfully applied in other fields of private law. This approach will be inspired by the bijural and bilingual approach to teaching law at McGill’s Faculty of Law.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPECTATIONS
The applicant must hold a doctoral degree in law at the time of the appointment, or be on the point of completing one. The ideal candidate will have a solid track record of research in private and comparative law, and will propose an interesting research project that interacts with the research agenda summarized above. The candidate must be fluent in either English or French. Facility in more than one language and/or legal system would be an advantage. The position will include a salary of C$40,000 per year, and a work station and computer will be provided.
The successful candidate will pursue his or her own research project on a subject related to the research project outlined above. He or she will also assist in the activities of the Crépeau Centre, principally through involvement in the organization of academic events on comparative unjust enrichment. He or she will also take a leading role in the publication of papers arising from these events, and may also be invited to speak at one or more of them.
The review of applications will begin on 17 June 2016. The preferred starting date is August 2016. Applications are to be submitted electronically to