Currently recruiting: Faculty Lecturer - Institute of Air and Space Law


The Institute of Air and Space Law (IASL) of the Faculty of Law at McGill University is seeking to fill a position of full-time Faculty Lecturer for the 2016-2017 academic year.

The position will be funded in part by the Erin J C Arsenault Trust Fund and the appointment shall be for an initial duration of one year, with a possibility of renewal at the discretion of the Dean and subject to budgetary resources.

The Faculty Lecturer will have both teaching and research responsibilities. The teaching responsibilities will represent approximately half of the position (2 or 3 courses in the LL.M. Program) and may include supervision of graduate work). The other half of the position will involve working as part of a research team at the Centre for Research in Air and Space Law (CRASL) under the leadership of Professor Ram Jakhu, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law and Associate Director of the CRASL. As a member of the CRASL team, the Faculty Lecturer shall also be required to participate in all activities of the IASL and CRASL.


Applicants must hold a postgraduate degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) in law obtained from a well-known university. The ideal candidate must have a solid track record of original research, and a high level of proficiency in English and in French.

The criteria for selection shall include the following:

  • demonstrated teaching experience and ability, and the ability to evaluate written and oral work presented in both French and English
  • the capacity to supervise advanced written work at the postgraduate level evidenced by the candidate's previous track record of original research and publications;
  • originality and quality of research with relevance to the IASL's Space Law research agenda;
  • ability to conduct legal research and perform other academic tasks as evidenced by the candidate's previous track record of original research and publications;
  • availability and willingness to participate actively in the academic life and collegial governance of the IASL and the CRASL

Application deadline and procedure

The deadline for receiving applications is April 4, 2016. The review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

This is a full-time non-tenure track position. It is located in Montreal Quebec and will begin on 1 May 2016, or soon thereafter, and will last for one year. The position will pay a taxable salary commensurate with current norms of the Faculty of Law.

Applications are to be submitted electronically to the attention of Linda Coughlin at staffappointments [dot] law [at] mcgill [dot] ca

Applicants must submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae detailing academic qualifications, publications and work experience, and one or more writing samples in pdf format (from peer-reviewed publications, if possible). Applicants should also list the names of three referees who may be contacted to provide letters of reference.

About the Institute of Air and Space Law

Established in 1951 and based at the Faculty of Law of McGill University in Montreal (Quebec, Canada), the Institute of Air and Space Law is the first academic institution in the world to offer a course in Space Law in 1963. Through the Institute, McGill University currently offers postgraduate (Master's and Doctorate) degree programs as well as a Graduate Certificate program in Air and/or Space Law. The Institute attracts students and scholars from all over the world. Today, the IASL's Space Law program is the world's most advanced, comprehensive, dynamic, and continually evolving and expanding in order to meet the ever-changing needs of today's society. For more information about the IASL and its Air and Space Law programs as well as the CRASL, please visit

The IASL's research and outreach activities are international, interdisciplinary, and ambitious in nature. They are implemented through the Centre for Research in Air and Space Law (CRASL) which was established on September 1, 1976 (with the official consent of the Ministère de l’éducation du Québec) as an autonomous entity within the Institute of Air and Space Law. In the Space Law domain, the IASL's current and ongoing research agenda focuses on "Space Security through the Rule of Law and Sustainable Space Development". With the kind generosity of the Erin J C Arsenault Trust Fund, the IASL has secured guaranteed funding for this research project. For the 2016-2017 academic year, the IASL's research program will revolve around the following three Space Law axes:

  • Global Space Governance;
  • Conflicts in Space and the Law; and
  • Manual on International Law Applicable to Non-peaceful Uses of Outer Space.

For more information, please contact Professor Ram Jakhu at ram [dot] jakhu [at] mcgill [dot] ca

McGill University is committed to equity in employment and diversity. It welcomes applications from Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, visible minorities, women, and others who may contribute to diversification. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.