Fonds comprises Ronald St. John Macdonald's records regarding his personal, academic, and professional activities as a jurist, judge, and professor. Records include those related to Macdonald's involvement with Osgoode Hall, University of Western Ontario, University of Toronto, Dalhousie University, the European Court of Human Rights, the Hague, Peking University, World Academy of Arts and Science, Canadian Council of International Law, United Nations, Institute of International Law, African Society of International Law, British Institute of International Law, Canadian Institute of International Law, International Law Association, and others. Records types include correspondence; meeting minutes and agendas; research materials; photographs; newsletters; newspaper clippings; manuscripts; and off-prints.
Series comprises correspondence regarding Macdonald's professional and academic involvement with institutions including Osgoode Hall, University of Western Ontario, University of Toronto, Dalhousie University, the European Court of Human Rights, the Hague, Peking University, World Academy of Arts and Science, Canadian Council of International Law, United Nations, Institute of International Law, African Society of International Law, British Institute of International Law, Canadian Institute of International Law, International Law Association, and others. Series also contains correspondence between Ronald St. John Macdonald and individuals including Joseph Philippe Pierre Yves Elliott Trudeau, Paul E. Martin, Jean Chrétien, Elisabeth Mann Borgese, Wang Tieya, A. Donat Pharand, and others.
File contains unsorted correspondence with different individuals, including Lyman R. Robinson, Bruce P. Archibald, K.V. Raman, Mark A. Roy, Manfred Lachs, Blair Seaborn, G.V. La Forest, Leon E. Trakman, Jules Deschenes, H. Scott Fairley, Luzius Wildhaber, Horace Krever, Margaret H. Ogilvie, A. Watts, Dawn A. Russell, D.H.N. Johnson, John King Gamble, Choon-ho Park, Lorenne M.G. Clark, John Willis, Gerald-A. Beaudoin, Bin Cheng, Finlay MacDonald, Roma Andrusiak, Irving Abella, Anne Bayefsky, Gerald K. Helleiner, Brian Mulroney, May Lui, Robert D. Watt, Joseph W. Samuels, Douglas Lambert, Eugene Forsey, R.J. Moores, B.S. Chimni, Jimmy Carter, Taslim O. Elias, Joseph Caron, Volodymyr Butkevych, Judith A. LaRocque, Bertha Wilson, Stewart McInnes, William R. Slomanson, Hector Gros Espiell, Rudolph Bernhardt, Timothy Wilson, Murray Fraser, Wang Tieya, Richard L. Evans, Julien S. Mackay, R.K. Dixit, Marie-Helene Boyle, Frank Iacobucci, Nicholas d'Ombrain, Hans Corell, Henry J. Bourguignon, Charles B. Bourne, Luo Haocai, Irene Courage, Frau Ulrike Dorr, Peter Weiss, K. Venkatta Raman, Detlev F. Vagts, Vladimir Semenov, Charlotte Ku, Donat Pharand, Keith B. Jobson, Gabriel Warren, W.Z. Estey, and others, regarding a wide range of topics. File includes the University of Victoria Faculty of Law newsletter vol. 3, 4, and 5 of February 1983, April 1984, and May 1985, the Canadian Council on International Law meeting minutes, Dalhousie University Faculty of Graduate Studies meeting minutes, Dalhousie University Senate meeting minutes, Dalhousie University Executive Committee meeting minutes, Dalhousie University Faculty Council meeting minutes, Dalhousie University Joint Committee on Faculty Salary Data Base report of March 1990, DFA Dialogue vol. III, no. 10, of April 1990, the Canadian Council on International Law bulletin vol. 11, no. 1, of September 1984, the African Society of International and Comparative Law newsletter no. 7 of June 1992, the American Society of International Law newsletter of January and February 2003, Foundation for International Human Rights by-laws, World Academy of Art and Science by-laws of February 1988, two photograph of Ronald St. John Macdonald - in which in one of them his sister Mairi Macdonald is present - in Ottawa during an unidentified ceremony in Ottawa, ON, a photograph of a newspaper article about C.P.R. Chief, the editor's agreement between Koninklijke Brill NV., Douglas M. Johnson, and Ronald St. John Macdonald regarding the book "towards world constitutionalism: issues in the legal ordering of the world community" of 2003, the publication agreement between Ronald St. John Macdonald, Columbia Journal of Transnational Law and Martinus Nijhoff Publisher regarding the work "derogations under the article 15 of the European Convention on Human Rights" of 1997, consulta contract between Ronald St. John Macdonald and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization regarding the framework of the United Nations Development Program "strengthenin training and research in selected key universities in the People's Republic of China", annotated typescripts, handwritten notes, and other materials.