Featured Faculty

Robson Hall’s faculty members are active and engaged researchers and educators. They count among the best in their respective fields and their work continues to be widely used by lawyers, courts, legislative bodies and policy-makers, and published in leading journals and books by renowned presses.

To recognize their achievements, Robson Hall is featuring monthly profiles of each faculty member.

January, 2018

Darcy MacPherson, Professor

Areas of research focus:

• Organizational Criminal Liability
• Corporate Law
• Disability Rights
• Secured Transactions


Professor MacPherson recently received a most distinctive honour for a legal scholar: his research paper, Emaciating the Statutory Audit – a Comment on Hart Building Supplies Ltd v. Deloitte & Touche” published in  2005 in Canadian Business Law Journal (41 Can Bus LJ 471), was cited with approval by no less than the Supreme Court of Canada in Deloitte & Touche v. Livent Inc. (2017) SCC 63.

The SCC judgment was released December 20, 2017. Professor MacPherson’s argument on a particular point is found at paragraph 103 of the judgment, regarding that it would defeat the purpose of statutory audits to shield auditors from liability for failing to recognize and report managerial malfeasance.

After presenting on “Human Rights, Disability and Nuclear Releases” at October 2017’s Robson Hall-hosted conference “Human Dimensions and Perspectives in a Nuclear World,” Professor MacPherson is in the process of turning his presentation into an invited paper to be published in a book arising out of that conference. He also has two other research papers in the works on the topic of secure transactions. A full list of his past presentations and publications can be found on his Faculty Bio page.

Beyond teaching and research, Professor MacPherson is a dedicated mooting coach, mentoring students participating in the annual Davies Corporate/Securities Moot.

“Never doubt the ability of a small group of dedicated people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

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