Stephen A. Smith

Full Professor
James McGill Professor

3690 Peel Street
Room 201
Montreal, Quebec
Canada H3A 1W9

514-398-6633 [Office]
stephen.smith [at] (Email)

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Stephen A. Smith


Professor Stephen Smith teaches and researches common law and civil law obligations and legal theory. A former law clerk to Chief Justice Brian Dickson, Professor Smith taught for a number of years at St. Anne's College, Oxford University. He is the author of Contract Theory (2004) and Atiyah’s Introduction to the Law of Contract, 6th ed (2005).

In February 2008, Professor Stephen Smith received a Killam Research Fellowship from the Canada Council for the Arts for his project "Court Orders and the Replication, Transformation and Creations of Rights". He was named New Zealand Law Foundation Distinguished Fellow of 2017 and visited all six New Zealand law faculties in the fall of 2017.


D. Phil. (Doctorate), Balliol College, University of Oxford. Thesis title: “The Common Law of Restraint of Trade: A Theoretical Analysis”, 1992

LL.B., University of Toronto, 1987

B.A. in Political Science, Queen's University, Kingston, 1981


Killam Fellow, 2009-2011

James McGill Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill University, 2009-present.

Full Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill University, 2004-present.

Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill University, 1998-2004.

Tutor and Senior Fellow in Law, St. Anne's College, Oxford University; granted permanent status (Oxford equivalent of tenure), 1991-1998

Visiting Professor, University of Texas at Austin, 1998

Visiting Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill University, 1997

Visiting Scholar, University of Southern California, winter 1994

Clerk to the then Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, the Rt. Hon. Brian Dickson, 1989

Areas of Interest

Private law (especially contract law) and legal theory (especially private law theory).