"Rewriting the Canadian Constitution" Class Ottawa in April 2017. The course was taught by Profs Johanne Poirier (McGill) and Daniel Turp (UdeM), and enrolled students from both universities.


Above: Twenty-six law students from Université de Montréal and McGill University spent the 2017 winter term writing the text of the (new) Canadian Constitution 2017 in a course taught by Professors Johanne Poirier (McGill) and Daniel Turp (UdeM). The class ended with a simulation of a Constituent Assembly in Ottawa.

Les enjeux constitutionnels entourant la succession royale au Canada

6 November 2018, 16:00-18:00, New Chancellor Day Hall, room 101

Les enjeux constitutionnels entourant la succession royale au Canada - 6 Nov 2018

The MacKell Chair is co-organising a Constitutional Moment with Patrick Taillon, Julien Fournier, Catherine Mathieu and Mark D. Walters. Find out more...

Metaphors and Constitutional Amendments in Canada and the UK

28 March 2018, New Chancellor Day Hall, room 203

 Metaphors and Constitutional Amendments in Canada and the UK, with Paul Daly, Cambridge U.

The MacKell Chair is co-organising a Constitutional Moment with Paul Daly, Professor of Law at the University of Cambridge. Find out more...

2018-2019 Stipend for Intensive Courses on Federalism

The Peter MacKell Chair on Federalism is pleased to introduce a new stipend, of a maximum value of 2000$, aimed at financially supporting a McGill Faculty of Law student (BCL/LLB, LLM or DCL candidates) wishing to participate in one of the following programs:

Find out more...

Opportunity for scholars: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowships in Fiscal Federalism - Institute for Comparative Federalism, Bolzano, Italy

Deadline to apply: 21.03.2018

The Institute for Comparative Federalism is interested in hosting a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow starting from 2019 in the research field of fiscal federalism.

As such, Eurac research is organizing a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Week, taking place in Bolzano from 29 to 31 May 2018. This is meant to select and train potential candidates to prepare a successful application, in cooperation with the host Institution. The deadline for application to participate in this initiative is 21 March 2018.

To find out more information on the program and the MCS Week, download the explainer [.pdf] and visit http://www.eurac.edu/msc-week

Constitution of Canada, 2017: Reinventing the fundamental law of a plurinational State

November 22, 2017, Maxwell Cohen Moot Court

We held a Constitutional Moment talk with Professor Johanne Poirier (McGill U) and Professor Daniel Turp (UdeM), and their students. Find out more.

22 nov 2017: La Constitution du Canada de 2017: un exercice de réinvention de la loi fondamentale d’un État plurinational


Focus Law Droit

Chair news!

The Faculty of Law's annual alumni magazine, Focus Law | droit, featured an article about the Chair's activities this year regarding Canada's 150.

Download the excerpt: PDF icon 150 ans en mouvement

About the Chair

The Peter MacKell Chair in Federalism aims to reflect on the foundations, potential, risks and concrete incarnations of the “federal phenomenon” understood broadly.

The inaugural holder of the Peter MacKell Chair is Professor Johanne Poirier.

The Peter MacKell Chair in Federalism was created at the Faculty of Law thanks to a generous bequest from Peter R.D. MacKell.

Media mentions

Une Chaire sur le fédéralisme voit le jour”, entrevue avec Pierre Vallée, Le Devoir, 14 nov 2015.

Regards neufs sur la Constitution”, interview with the MacKell Chair, Law Focus online, McGill’s Faculty of Law monthly electronic magazine.

About Peter R.D. MacKell

Peter R.D. MacKell, QC, BCL’51 (1927-2011) was a well known Montreal business lawyer. Born in Ottawa, the son of Air Commander David Edward MacKell, CBE, and of Margaret Eileen Kehoe, Peter MacKell was educated at the Royal Canadian Naval College at Royal Roads, and at McGill University.

Admitted to the bar in 1951, he began his career with Duquet MacKay, later moving to Martineau Walker, today known as Fasken Martineau. He led the firm as Chairman for several years, before retiring in 1995.

Peter MacKell handled many significant litigation and commercial briefs in the course of his career, representing major Canadian and foreign clients. He was also a highly sought-after corporate director, and a member of the board of Goodfellow inc. for many years, as well as a director of the Régie de l’assurance-dépôts du Québec.