November 23rd, 2014

We captured Michel Robert’s reaction, which you can enjoy by watching the video above (French only).

BCF Business Law wishes to highlight a major honour for its consulting partner, the Honourable Michel Robert. The Quebec division of the Canadian Bar Association has created the Michel-Robert Prizes to honour his contribution to Canadian justice.

These prizes will emphasize the determining role that this great jurist has played in public and constitutional law. He participated in both the drafting of the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms in 1975 as well as the negotiations that led to the repatriation of the Canadian Constitution in 1982, as well as the inclusion of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. These two charters significantly altered the country’s legal landscape.

“I humbly accept the honour bestowed upon me by lending my name to these two prizes, which I hope will be coveted and prestigious,” said Michel Robert in response to this tribute that will cement his legacy in Quebec’s legal history. He added, “The ongoing global struggle for democratic governance makes the rule of law more important now than ever before, while maintaining a reasonable and just balance with the protective powers of the state and its democratic components.”

The Michel-Robert prizes will recognize the best master’s and doctoral theses by law students studying in Quebec in one of the following fields: international law, constitutional and human rights law, as well as studies of the rule of law. Each prize winner will receive a bursary and see his or her thesis published by Yvon Blais. The first Michel-Robert Prizes will be awarded in the Fall of 2015.

CBA-Quebec chair and BCF partner Antoine Leduc expressed his great admiration for the magistrate’s accomplishments: “This is my way of saying thank you and tying your name to a project that aims to disseminate legal knowledge in the fields with which you have been so closely linked throughout your career.”

In addition to this honour, the Honourable Michel Robert has been named an Officer of the Order of Canada for his remarkable qualities as both a jurist and an administrator as the Chief Justice of Quebec and the Court of Appeal from 2002 to 2011. The insignia has been awarded to him by His Excellency, the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, at the investiture ceremony on November 21, 2014.

BCF is proud to count among its ranks this exceptional man and to be able to count on his expertise and rigour.