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Ottawa law professor Grammond named Federal Court judge

Monday, November 13, 2017 @ 12:19 PM | By Carolyn Gruske

Sébastien Grammond, who is a University of Ottawa professor of civil law, has been named to the Federal Court.

Sébastien Grammond

Sébastien Grammond, University of Ottawa

In addition to formerly serving as a dean of the faculty of law, Justice Grammond authored or co-authored six books and numerous articles about Aboriginal law, constitutional law and contracts. His area of research focuses on Indigenous identity, Indigenous legal systems, and contractual justice.

In addition to holding an engineering degree, Justice Grammond has a bachelor of laws and a master of laws from the Université de Montréal and a doctorate in law from the University of Oxford. He clerked for Chief Justice Antonio Lamer of the Supreme Court of Canada before moving to Byers Casgrain (now Dentons) in Montreal.

In announcing his appointment, the Department of Justice, Canada, highlighted his “pro bono advocacy [which] led to a historic judgment of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal dealing with the discriminatory underfunding of child welfare services in First Nations communities, as well as legislative reforms regarding child welfare, customary adoption and the rights of victims of sexual assault.”

Justice Grammond has earned the Quebec Bar Merit Award, the Mundell Medal and the Ontario Bar Association President’s Award.

He replaces Justice Simon Noël, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective Sept. 1, 2017.