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About A. Wayne Mackay, CM, QC

Dr. MacKay is a nationally recognized teacher and scholar, and accomplished author in the areas of Constitutional Law, the Charter of Rights, Human Rights, Privacy Law and Education Law. In addition to teaching courses in the previous areas, he has also taught Administrative Law, Criminology and Aboriginal Rights.

Dr. MacKay's primary areas of research include Constitutional Law, Public Law, the Charter of Rights, Education Law, Criminal Law, Human Rights and Privacy Law. He has conducted major government studies on inclusive education, cyberbullying, and social and economic rights, and he has written extensively in these areas. He currently does extensive media consultations both individual and on behalf of the Schulich School of Law. He often appears on CBC Information Morning, Nova Scotia, as a legal columnist.

In 2006, Dr. MacKay was invested as a Member of the Order of Canada by Governor General, Michaëlle Jean, in recognition of his commitment and passion to human rights, equality and diversity in Canadian society.

While a student at the law school, Professor MacKay ('78) was a Gold Medalist and Smith Shield mooter. Before his articles, he clerked for the late Rt Hon Bora Laskin, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.


Present Professor Emeritus of Law, Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law

Curriculum Vitae

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Professional Service and Affiliations

2022 - Present Expert Advisor on Special Project on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace, Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia
2021 - Present Partner, iMPACTS: Collaborations to Address Sexual Violence on Campus, McGill University
2009 - Present Board Member, Canadian Civil Liberties Association
2001 - Present Frequent Media Commentator, All forms of media
2001 - Present Advisor, Federal and provincial governments
2008 - 2022 Member, Nova Scotia Bar Society Discipline Committee
2009 - 2013 Board Member, Atlantic Human Rights Centre
2011 - 2012 Chair, Nova Scotia Task Force on Bullying and Cyberbullying
2003 - 2006 Vice-Chair, International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development
2001 - 2004 President and Vice Chancellor, Mount Allison University
1995 - 1998 Director, Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission
1990 Member, Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society
1989 - 1990 Founding Director, Indigenous Blacks & Mi'kmaq Initiative
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Honors and Awards

  • 2017 - Schulich School of Law Alumni Teaching Award
  • 2015- Received Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from St. Mary's University
  • 2013 Voted one of Canadian Lawyer magazine's "Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers" in the Government/Non-Profits/Associations category
  • 2012 - Yogis & Keddy Chair in Human Rights Law
  • 2009 - Queen's Counsel, NS
  • 2005 - Member of the Order of Canada
  • 2002 - Queen Elizabeth 11 Bicentennial Medal for Distinguished Service
  • 2001 - Dalhousie University's Alumni Award of Excellence for Teaching
  • 2001 - Honourable Walter S Tarnopolsky National Award for Achievements in the Field of Human rights (Awarded by the International Committee of Jurists)
  • 1999 - Kennedy Memorial Award for Outstanding Excellence in Teaching Law
  • 1995 to present - Listed in Canadian Who's Who (University of Toronto Press)
  • 1994 - Canadian Association of Law Teachers' Award for Academic Excellence
  • 1993 - Dalhousie University's Alumni Award of Excellence for Teaching


BA, Mount Allison University
BEd, Mount Allison University
MA, Florida University
LLB, Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law

Contact Information

Schulich School of Law
Weldon Law Building
6061 University Avenue
PO Box 15000
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4R2


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