William Campbell James Meredith

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W.C.J. Meredith
Meredith, WCJ, 1950.JPG
Born (1904-02-06)February 6, 1904
Montreal, Quebec
Died 1960 (aged 55–56)
Montreal, Quebec
Citizenship Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957.svg Canadian
Fields Law
Institutions McGill University
Alma mater Trinity College, Cambridge

William Campbell James Meredith ((1904-02-06)February 6, 1904[1]–1960) Q.C., D.C.L., often referred to as W. C. J. Meredith, was a Canadian attorney, the author of three legal books and Dean of the McGill University Faculty of Law (1950-1960). In 1951, he was noted for the prescient hiring of John Cobb Cooper to head up the new department he created, McGill's Institute of Air Space Law.[2] Meredith was born in Montreal, Quebec, the only son of Frederick Edmund Meredith and Anne Madeleine VanKoughnet.[3] Educated in England at Summer Fields School; Wellington College, Berkshire; and, Trinity College, Cambridge. He also studied for a year at the University of Grenoble in France. Considered an expert in litigation, he became a senior partner in his father's law firm and was made a King's Counsel in 1942. He was selected by the government to be the special federal prosecutor at the trial of Fred Rose. He was governor of Selwyn House School and Bishop's University. In 1950, John Wilson McConnell, Governor of McGill University, persuaded him to take up the position of Dean at Law at McGill.[4] He held this position until his death. In 1935, he married Marie-Berthe-Louise-Francoise de Lotbiniere-Harwood, daughter of Louis de Lotbiniere-Harwood. They were the parents of one son, but divorced 14 November 1949.[5] Privately, he was an amateur radio enthusiast who enjoyed tennis and skiing and had in his early years been a member of the Montreal Hunt. He died in 1960, and is buried at Mount Royal Cemetery, Montreal. The Meredith Memorial Lectures at McGill University are named in his memory.


  • "Insanity as a Criminal Defence" (Wilson & Lafleur, 1931)
  • "Civil Law on Automobile Accidents, Quebec" (Wilson & Lafleur, 1940)
  • "Malpractice Liability of Doctors and Hospitals: Common Law and Quebec Law" (Carswell Company, 1956) OCLC 4649590

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  1. ^ Who's who in Canada, Barnet Green editor, Volume 44, 1956, International Press
  2. ^ The Air Force Role In Developing International Outer Space Law/Germination of Outer Space as a Legal Concept
  3. ^ Kellys Handbook to the Titled, Landed & Official Classes for 1923
  4. ^ Searching for Justice: An Autobiography (2005) by Fred Kaufman
  5. ^ Journals of the Senate of Canada Volume 91 Session 2 of 1949