University of Calgary

Jassmine Girgis

  • Associate Professor

Biography

Jassmine joined the Faculty of Law at the University of Calgary in 2008. Prior to that, she was a member of the Faculty of Law at the University of Western Ontario. Before joining Western, she was awarded the Paul Martin Scholarship, a full scholarship to undertake her graduate work at the University of Cambridge, where she graduated in 2006. Prior to that, she was the Silver Medalist in her graduating year from Western Law (2004) and served as the Law Clerk to the Honourable Mr. Justice J. Edgar Sexton of the Federal Court of Appeal in 2005.

Jassmine received a Student Union Teaching Excellence Honourable Mention in 2009/2010.

Jassmine is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Research/Scholarly Activities

Jassmine is currently the Stikeman Elliott LLP's Research Fellow in Corporate Law, for which she is undertaking research in the area of criminal, regulatory and private law liability for director malfeasance in Canada. In general, she researches and writes in the areas of director and officer liability, corporate, commercial, contract and bankruptcy and restructuring law.

In 2012,  she received a grant from the Foundation for Legal Research for her work on the "Assessment of ‘Going Concern Value’ in a Corporate Restructuring."

In 2007, she received a Second Annual Lloyd Houlden Research Fellowship from the Canadian Insolvency Foundation (CIF) to undertake research in the area of director and officer liability to creditors during insolvency. In 2010, she received the INSOL Scholar Fellowship for the Americas from INSOL International. 

She has published in the McGill Law Journal, the Canadian Business Law Journal, the International Insolvency Review, the Alberta Law Review, the Annual Review of Insolvency Law, and the Banking and Finance Law Review.

She has spoken at the Canadian Law and Economics Conference (CLEA), the Commercial and Consumer Law Workshop, the Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy Research Symposium, the Insolvency Chapter for the Canadian Bar Association, the Annual Review of Insolvency Law (ARIL), INSOL Europe, and INSOL International. She serves as the Book Review Editor for the Canadian Business Law Journal, and has served as the Academic Member of the editorial review board for the Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals (CAIRP) publication, Rebuilding Success, and the Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Insolvency Foundation (CIF).

Teaching

Law 402: Contracts
Law 525: Bankruptcy and Restructuring Law
Law 535: Secured Transactions

Selected Publications and Presentations

Articles

  • J. Girgis, "Corporate Reorganization and the Economic Theory of the Firm" in Janis Sarra, ed., Annual Review of Insolvency Law (Canada: Thomson Carswell, 2010) at 267.
  • J. Girgis, "Tercon Contractors: The Effect of Exclusion Clauses on the Tendering Process" (2010) 49 Canadian Business Law Journal 187.
  • J. Girgis, "Corporate Directors' Disqualification: The New Canadian Regime?" (2009) 46 Alberta Law Review 677. (Cited in Industry Canada's discussion paper "Statutory Review of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act and the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act" (May 2014, footnote 111).
  • J. Girgis, "Deepening Insolvency in Canada?" (2008) 53 McGill Law Journal 167.
  • J. Girgis, "Mortgage Fraud, the Land Titles Act and Due Diligence: The Rabi v. Rosu Decision" (2007) 22 Banking and Finance Law Review 419.

Books Chapters

  • S.M. Waddams, J. Girgis, J.D. McCamus, J.W. Neyers, & M.A. Waldron, "Cases and Materials on Contracts" (Toronto: Edmond Montgomery 2010).
  • J. Girgis, "Deepening Insolvency in Canada?" in Misrepresentation (India: Amicus Books, 2008).

Other Writings

  • "Corporate Directors' Disqualification: The New Canadian Regime?" in "Rebuilding Success" for the Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals (March 2010).
  • "Deepening Insolvency in Canada" in "Rebuilding Success" for the Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals (March 2009).

Conferences

  • March 2015 - "The importance of valuing intangible assets in corporate reorganisations" presented at the International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Professionals (INSOL) International Academics' Group 17th Colloquium, San Francisco, March 21-22
  • October 2012 - "Corporate Restructuring, the Evolution of Corporate Assets and the Public Interest" presentation for the 42nd Annual Workshop on Commercial and Consumer Law, Halifax, October 12
  • June 2011 - "The WEPPA, Purposive Interpretation and Vulnerable Creditors: Creating Incentives to Trigger the Bankruptcy Process" presentation for the Symposium on Insolvency and Financial Literacy held by the Office of the Superintendent in Bankruptcy in Ottawa

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Professional Service

Jassmine has served as an elected Outside Director to the Board of the Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals. She also served as the INSOL International Scholar to represent the Americas for 2010-2011. INSOL International is a world-wide federation of national associations for accountants and lawyers who specialise in turnaround and insolvency. An INSOL International Scholar is responsible for issuing quarterly reports on current legislative and case law developments relevant to international insolvency in chosen jurisdictions in their respective region.

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