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Ian C. Pilarczyk, Director, Executive LL.M. in International Business Law

Ian C. Pilarczyk, Director, Executive LL.M. in International Business Law

Ian C. Pilarczyk is the founding director of the Executive LL.M. in International Business Law at BU Law. He received his B.A. with Honours in Philosophy from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, and his J.D. cum laude from Boston University School of Law in 1995, where he was publications editor of the Probate Law Journal and an Edward F. Hennessey Scholar. Following law school, he went on to earn his LL.M. from McGill University's Institute of Comparative Law, where he was awarded the Association of Quebec Law Professors' annual prize for best master's thesis, the Max Crestohl Prize and the Osgoode Society Prize for Legal History. In 2003 he received a Doctor of Civil Law degree from McGill University, where he was named to the Dean's Honour List and awarded the Osgoode Society Prize for Legal History and the Dean's Research Fellowship.

Prior to rejoining the BU Law community, he served as founding associate director of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy's LL.M. in International Law from 2007- 2009. He was a Sessional Lecturer at McGill's law school from 1998-2003, teaching Canadian Legal History and Children and the Law, as well as a seminar he created on comparative nineteenth-century family law. Since 1992 he has also been a position trader, specializing in closed-end funds and microcap and smallcap securities.

In addition to serving as director of the Executive LL.M. Program, Dr. Pilarczyk teaches as a visiting lecturer at the Ex College, Tufts University, where he was recognized as an “exceptional instructor” on the basis of student evaluations for his course on Famous Trials in U.S. History. He also teaches Introduction to American Law and Introduction to Alternatiive Dispute Resolution for special programs run by the Executive LL.M. office. His areas of research interest include the intersection between nineteeth-century criminal and family law and comparative Anglo-American and Canadian legal history. Since 2004, he has served as a volunteer mediator on the Massachusetts District Court Panel.




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