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New faculty members join McGill

Friday, September 22, 2017 @ 2:01 PM | By Carolyn Gruske


There are a number of new faces in the halls of McGill University's faculty of law this semester.

Omar Farahat joins with the title of assistant professor. A former research fellow at Yale Law School, Farahat has degrees from Columbia University, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Cairo University, Harvard Law School and New York University. He has practised law in Cairo, New York and Paris.

Farahat's expertise falls in the areas of legal theory, comparative law, theoretical and theological ethics, and religious forms of regulation relative to modern legal systems. Currently, he is studying Islamic legal and moral theories.

Cristina Toteda is the faculty lecturer in legal ethics. She has worked with faculty members and alumni to revise the mandatory second-year legal ethics and professionalism course and the upper-year course in advocacy. Along with teaching those courses, she is contributing to the first-year integration workshop.

Toteda practised law with McCarthy Tétrault LLP before joining McGill. She specialized in labour and employment law.

Kerry Sloan joined the faculty for a one-year term as a Boulton Fellow, where her duties will include providing instruction during the integration workshops. She is also organizing speakers to present on Indigenous legal issues for the Patricia Allen Memorial Lecture and the Alan Aylesworth Macnaughton Lecture. Additionally, Sloan is is working with the faculty's Centre of Human Rights and Legal Pluralism to put on an event in February entitled "Non-state laws in a modern state context: Indigenous and Islamic perspectives."

Sloan's research as a visiting scholar is an examination of Métis legal theory and Métis law. She is also working on a Social Sciences Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCpost-doctoral fellowship research project to compare how Métis laws are used in Métis legal institutions in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia.

John Borrows is Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law and a professor at the University of Victoria Law School. During the current academic year at McGill, he will be participating in the intellectual life of the faculty, particularly the January Integration Week dedicated to Indigenous legal traditions. He will also give a faculty seminar and a public lecture.

Borrows is Anishinaabe-Ojibwe and a member of the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation. His teaching specialties are constitutional law, Indigenous law and environmental law. At the start of the semester, he led an intensive field course for a group of McGill Law students on his nation’s territory.