Willaim Tetley,  Academic, Lawyer, Author, Politician

Monday, October 06, 2008 at 6:00 PM

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Professor William Tetley, C.M., Q.C., L.L.L.


Educated at the Royal Canadian Naval College followed by BA in Economics at McGill and LL.L at Laval.  He has served as Lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve.  He also practiced civil, commercial and maritime law and was named Q.C. in 1968.

Mr. Tetley’s political career began as City Councillor in the Town of Mount Royal, 1965-1968, where he was instrumental in the planning of the new library.  He was member for N.D.G. in the Quebec National Assembly, 1970-1976, where he served in the Bourassa cabinet, his portfolios being: (a) Revenue, (b) Financial Institutions, Companies, Cooperatives and Consumer Protection and (c) Public Works & Supply.  Since 1976, he has been Professor of Law at McGill University and from 1984 to 1998 taught a mini-course each year at Tulane University, New Orleans.  He has also lectured at many universities and conferences throughout the world.

Professor Tetley is a periodic contributor to newspapers in Canada, the U.K. and the U.S.  He has written a number of books, some translated into Russian, Japanese and Chinese.  He is associate editor of law journals such as Lloyd’s Maritime & commercial Law Quarterly (London), among others in several countries.

Professor has presided over numerous boards from the YMCA and Boy Scouts to the Canadian maritime Law Association, The Association of Average Adjusters of Canada, the Association of Maritime Arbitrators of Canada and has received numerous awards for his work.

Website He has a large website, entitled “Tetley’s Maritime & Admiralty Law”, where he publishes his articles, commentaries and glossaries freely to anyone who wishes to link in.  The site has become popular to students, practitioners, professors and plagiarists.  See http://www.mcgill.ca/maritimelaw/ 

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