On September 2, 2010, Emeritus Professeur Paul-André Crépeau was honored at the Opening of the Montreal tribunals to mark the occasion of the 60th anniversary of his accession to the Bar.
Professeur Crépeau has dedicated his professional life to studying and developing Canadian civil law from a comparative law perspective, as well as to promoting the French-inspired civilian tradition, in Canada as well as internationally.
In 1965, Professor Crépeau was entrusted by the Québec government to reform the Civil Code, and 13 years later, he presented the National Assembly with a draft of a new civil code, accompanied by commentaries. It served as the framework for the governmental project that eventually became the Civil Code of Québec, which came into force on January 1, 1994.
"With our colleague Paul-André, we are celebrating a remarkable professional longevity paired with an extraordinary contribution to the life of the law in Quebec, Canada and abroad," said Professor Daniel Jutras, Dean of the Faculty of Law. "For several generations of lawyers, Paul-André Crépeau is the true embodiment of the rich legal culture that emerged in Quebec during the 20th century."