Schulich School of Law - Purdy Crawford Chair in Business Law

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The Purdy Crawford Chair in Business Law, named after Mr. Purdy Crawford (LLB, ’55) and established in 2001, was created through the generous support of alumni and friends of the Schulich School of Law (then Dalhousie Law School).   

We invite applications for a tenure-track or tenured appointment to the Purdy Crawford Chair in Business Law at the rank of Associate or Full Professor, to commence by July 1, 2018. 

The successful candidate will hold an LL.B. or J.D., and a relevant Master’s degree or doctorate. The successful candidate will have considerable academic experience, with an established record of scholarship and demonstrated ability or potential for excellence in teaching.  The term for the Chair is five years and is renewable. The appointment is subject to budgetary approval. 

Applications received before September 20, 2017 will be given the fullest consideration. 

The Faculty seeks applications from scholars in the field of business law, including, but not restricted to, scholars with an interest in corporate law and theory, securities regulation, finance, bankruptcy and insolvency, taxation, competition law, and other related fields. The chair holder will provide intellectual leadership at the law school and will be actively engaged in projects that seek to have an impact in the business law field locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.  The chair holder is expected to contribute to teaching and supervision at both the J.D. and graduate levels. 

Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Aboriginal people, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. 

About Purdy Crawford

Purdy Crawford (1931-2014) was a native of Five Islands, Nova Scotia and a graduate of Dalhousie Law School.  He pursued his legal career with Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, practising primarily in the corporate/commercial area.  He also served as C.E.O. of Imasco.   

Mr. Crawford rejoined Osler as Counsel in March 2000. He sat on the boards of several Canadian companies and was involved with many not-for-profit organizations. He received Honorary Doctorate of Laws degrees from Cape Breton University, Mount Allison, Dalhousie and the University of Windsor. He was made Honorary Chief Rising Tide of the Membertou First Nation. He received numerous other awards and was a Companion of the Order of Canada.   

Mr. Crawford was a member of the Joint Securities Industry Committee on Conflicts and the TSE Committee on Corporate Governance in Canada. He was Chair of the Securities Industry Committee on Analyst Standards and the Five-Year Review Advisory Committee under The Securities Act of Ontario. He chaired a National Panel with respect to a Single Securities Regulator in Canada. Prior to his death he was Chair of the Investor Committee of the Pan Canadian Committee which oversaw the successful restructuring of $32 billion of non-bank Canadian Third Party Asset Backed Commercial Paper. 

About the Schulich School of Law

The Schulich School of Law plays an extraordinary role in the fabric of Canadian legal education. We are a national law school, with our students coming from and returning to every region. We graduate leaders. Our alumni hold every form of government office, teach in Canadian law schools, innovate in the provision of private and public sector legal services and in business, advance policy in the executive branch of government, render decisions on courts across the country, and offer service to non-governmental bodies and non-profit and community organizations. We have always been known for and proud of our commitment to unselfish public service, in the Weldon tradition. 

We embrace the interdisciplinary opportunity of working in a university, we value the creation and dissemination of new knowledge, and we are firmly committed to students and to teaching and learning excellence. We are conscious of the difference we make to law reform, adjudication, legal service, and community engagement at home and around the world. We value the contributions of the founding communities in this province, the Mi’kmaq Nation, Acadians, African Nova Scotians, and British, and we open our doors to the world. 

For more information, see the Schulich School of Law Strategic Plan at

How to Apply

Applications should include a resume, university transcripts, a maximum 10-page teaching and research statement, the names of three referees, at least one of whom must be an academic referee, and a completed Self-Identification Questionnaire, which is available at Applications should be forwarded to: 

Chair, Appointments Committee
Office of the Dean
Schulich School of Law
6061 University Ave
P.O. Box 15000
Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
B3H 4R2

Fax: 902-494-2102

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. 

Expiry Date: 
Wednesday, September 20, 2017