Osgoode Hall Law School Professor Allan Hutchinson has been appointed the new associate vice-president graduate and dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, effective March 1.
The announcement was made yesterday by York President & Vice-Chancellor Mamdouh Shoukri. The appointment of Hutchinson for the five-year term was made after extensive consultation and was approved by the Board of Governors on Feb. 15.
“I am pleased that Allan Hutchinson has accepted our invitation to take up a five-year term as the new AVP and Dean,” says Shoukri. “His leadership and commitment to the success of this University and the broader York community we serve is to be commended, and I look forward to continuing to work with him in the future.”
A member of the York University community since 1982, Hutchinson is a professor of law at Osgoode Hall Law School. He is currently providing leadership to the Faculty of Graduate Studies in his capacity as interim dean and AVP. While at Osgoode, Hutchinson served as the associate dean (Academic) from 1994 to 1996 and as associate dean (Research, Graduate Studies & External Relations) from 2004 to 2007. He has also served as chair of the University’s Senate and as a member of the Board of Governors.
Hutchinson holds an LL.B (Hons) from the University of London, and an LL.M (Juris.) and LL.D. from the University of Manchester. He has an impressive academic record and is internationally known as a legal theorist with expertise in a range of areas including law and politics, legal theory, the legal profession, constitutional law, torts, jurisprudence, civil procedure, and racism and law. The author of numerous books and articles, he was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2004 and a Distinguished Research Professor at York in 2006. He is also the recipient of teaching awards both in Osgoode and at the University level.
“The next five years will bring significant opportunities and challenges for graduate studies at York. I look forward to continuing to work with Professor Hutchinson in this important portfolio, and I hope all members of the York community will join me in congratulating him on this appointment,” said Shoukri.