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Canada Research Chair Tier 1 in Clean Arctic Shipping

The Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, invites highly qualified applicants for nomination for a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in “Clean Arctic Shipping” at the rank of Associate or Full Professor. The proposed chair will become a member of Schulich Law’s Marine and Environmental Law Institute (www.dal.ca/melaw). Applicants must have a background in maritime law, ocean law, or a related field in the Arctic context. Expertise or interest in Canadian or international law as it relates to Indigenous peoples, or in Inuit law, is an asset.


The Opportunity

As the Tier 1 CRC in Clean Arctic Shipping, the successful candidate will establish a strong externally funded research program, supervise graduate student research, participate in service activities at the faculty level and beyond, and foster collaborations both within and outside of Dalhousie. They will join a team at the Marine and Environmental Law Institute leading research on the governance of Arctic shipping through the Qanittaq Clean Arctic Shipping Initiative (www.qanittaq.ca), a Canada First Research Excellence Fund-supported project co- led by Memorial University of Newfoundland and the Inuit Circumpolar Council. The project aims to address and respond to the increase in Arctic shipping and related environmental impacts affecting Arctic communities, and to support Inuit communities’ needs for safe and cost-efficient shipping.


Applicants for the Tier 1 CRC in Clean Arctic Shipping must provide evidence of demonstrated excellence in and commitment to research and mentorship, and a strong interest in teaching. In their application materials they will propose an original and innovative research program of high quality that aligns with Dalhousie’s Strategic Research Direction and assists the Qanittaq Clean Arctic Shipping project. The successful candidate will have a substantial record of professional experience in maritime law, ocean law, or a related field in the Arctic context. Expertise or interest in Canadian or international law as it relates to Indigenous peoples, or in Inuit law, is an asset.


We welcome both national and international candidates with legal or social science scholarly expertise. Applicants will be expected to have a graduate degree in law or a related field. Experience working with or for Arctic Indigenous organizations or communities is an asset. Dalhousie recognizes that career paths can be diverse and that career interruptions may occur. Applicants are encouraged to include, in their cover letter, an explanation of non-traditional career paths as well as the impact that any career interruptions may have had on their record of research achievement.


The evaluation of applications will commence on April 25, 2024 and will continue until the position is filled.



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