03 Apr York University Faculty Torpedo $60 Million International Law Donation
The faculty of Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in Toronto are either pretty gutsy, or totally insane…
After eight months of controversy, York University has dropped plans for a joint international law program with Jim Balsillie’s think tank, having failed to convince its law professors that academic freedom would be guaranteed.
And the collapse of the deal underscores how tricky public-private partnerships with the Ivory Tower can be, even as Queen’s Park is calling on the private sector to invest more in higher learning.
York officials announced the $60 million deal was off late Monday, just hours after the faculty council of Osgoode Hall law school voted 34 to 7 against working with Balsillie’s Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) to create 10 research chairs in international law and funding for 20 PhD students. Eight members of the council abstained.
I don’t know the details, but $60 million for the study of International Law! Wow! And it’s in Canadian dollars, which is maybe the safest currency in the world! Hey Mr. Balsillie, Osgoode Hall may not need your money, but [insert every school ranked below Harvard and Yale], America welcomes your loonies!