Bryan SchwartzNewsDesignation Of King’s Counsel

Professor Bryan Schwartz was one of several lawyers to receive the designation of King’s Counsel this week, a distinction given to the most long-serving, dedicated and productive contributors to legal practice in the legal community. Given Manitoba’s rigorous process for nominations, Schwartz, the only faculty member to receive the designation at this time, shared that he felt “profoundly honoured” to have been included and “greatly appreciative” to those who nominated and selected him.

Schwartz has both practiced and taught the law for over four decades since his call to the bar, and reflects on the importance of both worlds of legal practice and study: “Real world legal practice benefits from reflection on critical perspectives on how the system works – or sometimes does not. The best theories are informed by practical realities, and help to understand them, explain them or improve them.

“I have tried to every possible extent to bring to our classrooms and scholarship what I learned from all clients I have done my best to serve, and all the fellow professionals I have been able to observe and learn from. I have written about the idea that the purpose of legal education, as in higher education generally, is to encourage and equip individuals to be life-long learners. I believe I have discovered much from my many engagements as a lawyer, and look forward to continuing to learn, to serve, and to teach.”

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by Bryan Schwartz

Bryan Schwartz is a playwright, poet, songwriter and author drawing on Jewish themes, liturgy and more. In addition to recently publishing the 2nd edition of Holocaust survivor Philip Weiss' memoirs and writings titled "Reflections and Essays," Bryan's personal works include two Jewish musicals "Consolation: A Musical Meditation" (2018) and newly debuted "Sacred Goof" (2023). Bryan also created and helps deliver an annual summer program at Hebrew University in Israeli Law and Society and has served as a visiting Professor at both Hebrew University and Reichman University. Bryan P Schwartz holds a bachelor’s degree in law from Queen’s University, Ontario, and Master’s and Doctorate Degree in Law from Yale Law School. As an academic, he has over forty years of experience, including being the inaugural holder of an endowed chair in international business and trade law, and has won awards for teaching, research and scholarship. He has been a member of the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba since 1981. Bryan serves as counsel for the Pitblado Law firm since 1994. Bryan is an author/contributor of 34 books and has over 300 publications in all. He is the founding and general editor of both the Asper Review of International Business and Trade Law and the Underneath the Golden Boy series, an annual review of legislative developments in Manitoba. Bryan also has extensive practical experience in advising governments – federal, provincial, territorial and Indigenous –and private clients in policy development and legislative reform and drafting. Areas in which Bryan has taught, practiced or written extensively, include: constitutional law, international, commercial, labour, trade, internet and e-commerce law and alternate dispute resolution and governance. For more information about Bryan’s legal and academic work, please visit: