A Just Life

McGill University law professor Roderick A. Macdonald. (Owen Egan)

McGill University law professor Roderick A. Macdonald. (Owen Egan)

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McGill University law professor Roderick A. Macdonald has influenced generations of legal minds. His work paved the way for the legalization of same-sex marriage, and inspired Canada's apology to residential school survivors. But time is running out: he's been diagnosed with cancer. Through a series of short interviews with him, and testimonies given at a symposium in his honour, we discover what drives his lifelong passion for justice.


The best way to achieve a harmonious and peaceful society is to recognize that people have within themselves the capacity to do what is appropriate under the circumstances, and that the law should be designed to facilitate their agency.

Roderick A. Macdonald

Participants in the program:


Patrick Glenn
, the Peter M. Laing Chair at the McGill Faculty of Law.

Hoi Kong, an Associate Professor in the McGill Faculty of Law.

Kristen Rundle, University of New South Wales Law Faculty.

Rosalie Abella
, Justice at the Supreme Court of Canada.

Daniel Jutras, Dean of the Faculty of Law at McGill.

Kim Brooks, Dean of the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie.

Nicholas Kasirer, Justice on the Quebec Court of Appeal.

Richard Janda, an Associate Professor at the McGill Faculty of Law

Campbell Stuart, Montreal lawyer.


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