Advertisement: Dean, Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, University of Ottawa

Posted on Thursday, May 18, 2017

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The University of Ottawa’s Common Law Section is the largest law school in Canada, and the only school in the world that provides Common Law programs in English and in French. Located on the ancestral territory of the Algonquin Nation, within walking distance of Parliament Hill, the Supreme Court of Canada, and a number of courts and tribunals, the school has access to policy makers and legal experts that make the U of O student experience unique. The faculty in the Common Law Section includes many nationally and internationally recognized scholars, including three Canada Research Chairs, all focused on technology and law, one University Research Chair, and three Endowed Chairs and Distinguished Professorships, namely the Gordon F. Henderson Human Rights Chair, the Hyman Soloway Chair in Business and Trade Law, and the Shirley Greenberg Professor of Women and the Legal Profession.

The Common Law Section offers specializations in Law and Technology, International Law, Health Law, Environmental Law, Public Law, Indigenous Legal Studies, Law and Social Justice, and Dispute Resolution, and is recognized globally for the teaching and research of these specialties.  The Common Law Section is particularly known for its success in international mooting competitions and “hands on” legal clinics for students, including the University of Ottawa Legal Clinic, uOttawa-Ecojustice Environmental Law Clinic, Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic, uOttawa Business Law Clinic, Human Rights Research and Education Centre, and the Ian G. Scott Courtroom. The result is a vibrant Law School offering programs and practicums that are unique in Canada, and particularly relevant to the issues faced by society today. For further information about the Faculty and about the University of Ottawa, visit

It is within this exciting context that the next Dean will continue to position the Common Law Section as a school of choice for students, faculty members, employers and researchers. The Dean will be a highly effective communicator, in both English and French, to a range of audiences including university colleagues, students, private sector partners, and international stakeholders, and will work to ensure the programs at the Law School remain innovative and rigorous.   

As the ideal candidate, you are a critical thinker who will articulate a clear and focused direction for the Faculty that has the support of stakeholders. You are a skilled manager who can lead, guide, and support a team as it continues to optimise the structure, resources, administrative processes, and academic programs within a university context. A collaborative decision-maker, you are a respected legal thought-leader, with an aptitude for fundraising and innovative partnerships, and experience working in research intensive environments. You thrive working in rich and culturally diverse contexts, and are very comfortable operating in a bilingual (English and French) working environment.

For further information about this leadership role, please contact Eric Lathrop and Jessa Chupik at

The University of Ottawa is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from women, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities. In keeping with Citizenship and Immigration Canada requirements, all qualified persons are invited to apply; however, preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.  The University of Ottawa is proud of its over 160-year tradition of bilingualism. Through its Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute, the University provides staff members and their spouses the means to become bilingual. At the time of tenure, professors are expected to have the ability to function in a bilingual setting.

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