McGill Law appoints heads of research centres on IP law, comparative law, legal pluralism

Richard Gold, Mark Antaki, Nandini Ramanujam receive appointments as directors

McGill Law appoints heads of research centres on IP law, comparative law, legal pluralism
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McGill University’s Faculty of Law has announced the appointments of new directors to three of its research centres.

Effective Sept. 1, Richard Gold will be the director of the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy, of which he was founding director. Gold is a full professor at McGill Law who first started teaching there in 2001. He teaches intellectual property law, intellectual property management and innovation policy. From 2015 to 2019, he also served as the law school’s associate dean for graduate studies.

Gold has advised federal and provincial government bodies including Health Canada, Industry Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, as well as international bodies like the World Health Organization and the World Intellectual Property Organization. He was previously an associate at Torys LLP.

He obtained an LLB from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and an LLM and SJD in intellectual property from the University of Michigan Law School.

Effective Aug. 1, Mark Antaki will serve as director of the Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law. Antaki is an associate professor at the Faculty of Law who will teach legal theory, theoretical approaches to law and advanced common law obligations in the coming terms.

Antaki is co-editor of Sensing the Nation’s Law: Historical Inquiries into the Aesthetics of Democratic Legitimacy, published in 2018. He has also published in the areas of legal theory, constitutional law and common law.

He holds a BCL and LLB from McGill, as well as a PhD and MA in jurisprudence and social policy from the University of California, Berkeley.

Effective Aug. 1, Nandini Ramanujam will be made acting director of the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, where she currently serves as executive director and director of programs. She is a full professor (professional) at the law school.

She has helped formulate strategic plans for human rights institutions such as the Open Society Institute’s Disability and Law Network. Her areas of interest include law and development, and the role of civil society and the media in promoting the rule of law.

“The expertise and leadership of the colleagues stepping into leadership roles will continue to enhance the Faculty’s role in advancing debates and ideas in several fields of law, policy, and society,” said Robert Leckey, dean of McGill Law.

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