University of Calgary

Jassmine Girgis

  • Associate Professor


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).


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

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.

Photograph of Jassmine Girgis
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