Western Law

Pitel, Stephen G.A.

BA (Carleton) 1989, LLB (Dalhousie) 1992, LLM (Cambridge) 1995, PhD (Cambridge) 2002, called to the Bar of Ontario 1994; Goodmans LLP Faculty Fellow in Legal Ethics 2013-14

Professor Pitel is one of Canada’s foremost scholars of the conflict of laws, the field of law dealing with the taking of jurisdiction, the identification of the applicable law and the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments in civil and commercial litigation. He is also well known in the fields of tort law and legal ethics. His work is frequently cited by Canadian courts.

He joined the Faculty of Law in 2000 after practicing corporate and commercial litigation in Toronto and completing graduate studies at the University of Cambridge. He was promoted to Professor in 2013.

He is the co-author of Conflict of Laws (2010), Private International Law in Common Law Canada: Cases, Text, and Materials, 3d ed. (2010) and Statutory Jurisdiction: An Analysis of the Court Jurisdiction and Proceedings Transfer Act (2012). He is also the editor of Litigating Conspiracy: An Analysis of Competition Class Actions (2006), co-editor of Tort Law: Challenging Orthodoxy (2013), Exploring Contract Law (2009), Emerging Issues in Tort Law (2007), Understanding Unjust Enrichment (2004) and The Joy of Torts (2003), and co-author of Cases and Materials on the Law of Torts, 8th ed. (2011), The Law of Torts in Canada, 3d ed. (2010) and The Law of Restitution in Canada: Cases, Notes and Materials (2004). His articles on private international law have been published in the Canadian Bar Review, Canadian Business Law Journal, Journal of Private International Law and Advocates’ Quarterly.

He was awarded the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations Teaching Award in 2013, the Edward G. Pleva Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2012, the Bank of Nova Scotia, University of Western Ontario Alumni Association and University Students’ Council Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 2008 and Western Law’s Student Legal Society Professor of the Year in 2004 and 2008. He is a member of the Chief Justice of Ontario’s Advisory Committee on Professionalism and a member of the executive committee of the Tort Law Research Group.

He frustrates himself playing golf and tennis and supporting sports teams from Philadelphia. He is a fan of musical theatre and classic rock, some genres of reality television and the London Knights.


Teaching In 2013-2014

Course Term Credits
Advanced Torts 5530D 001 Spring 3
Civil Procedure 5205A 001 Fall 4
International Commercial Litigation 5670D 001 Spring 4

Email: spitel@uwo.ca
Phone: 519 661-2111 ext. 88433
Office: LB 30