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Robert Leckey

Associate Professor
William Dawson Scholar
Director, Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law

3690 Peel Street, Room 301
Montreal, Quebec
Canada H3A 1W9

514-398-4148 [Office]
robert [dot] leckey [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)


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Biography

Robert Leckey is an associate professor and William Dawson Scholar in the Faculty of Law ; he became director of the Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law in August 2014. He teaches constitutional law and family law.

From 2002 to 2003, he served as law clerk for Justice Michel Bastarache of the Supreme Court of Canada. From 2003 to 2006, he undertook doctoral studies in law at the University of Toronto as a Trudeau scholar. His dissertation, which received the Alan Marks Medal for best graduate thesis in 2006, was published as Contextual Subjects: Family, State, and Relational Theory, by University of Toronto Press in 2008. In 2005-2006, he worked as a visiting scholar at the Centre de recherche en éthique de l’Université de Montréal (CRÉUM). He joined the Faculty of Law in July 2006 and was named a William Dawson Scholar by McGill University in 2011. During his sabbatical leave in 2012-2013, he was a special visitor at the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada.

He has been a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada since 2003 and serves on the editorial boards for Les Ateliers de l’éthique, the Canadian Journal of Law and Society, and the Review of Constitutional Studies. From 2008-2011, he chaired the McGill Equity Subcommittee on Queer People. In 2010-2011, he served as director of research for the Inquiry Commission on the Process for Appointing Judges (the Bastarache Commission). He is the president of Egale Canada as well as the chair of its Legal Issues Committee.

Robert Leckey has received the Prix de la Fondation du Barreau du Québec (2007), the Canadian Association of Law Teachers' Scholarly Paper Prize (2009), the McGill Law Students’ Association’s John W. Durnford Teaching Excellence Award (2009), the Canada Prize of the International Academy of Comparative Law (2010), and the Principal's Prize for Excellence in Teaching (2010).

In 2014, he was selected for membership in the Global Young Academy.

Research interests

Robert Leckey conducts research in constitutional law, family law, and comparative law. He is editor of a collection entitled After Legal Equality: Family, Sex, Kinship (Routledge, forthcoming in 2015). He is working on a book for Cambridge University Press tentatively titled Bills of Rights in the Common Law. Ongoing research interests include the regulation of adult conjugality, relations between parents and children, and the relationship between public and private regulation of intimacy.

He welcomes queries concerning potential graduate supervision.

Employment

Director, Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law, August 2014-

William Dawson Scholar, 2011-

Acting Director, Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law, July 2011-Dec 2011

Associate Professor, McGill University, Faculty of Law, 2011-

Assistant Professor, McGill University, Faculty of Law, 2006-2011

Visiting Scholar, Centre de recherche en éthique de l’Université de Montréal (CRÉUM), 2005-2006

Law Clerk to the Hon. Justice Michel Bastarache, Supreme Court of Canada, 2002-2003

Manager, Public Affairs, The Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC), 1997-1998

Education

S.J.D. (University of Toronto), 2003-2006
B.C.L./ LL.B., (McGill University), 1998-2002
Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II), Academic Exchange (CRÉPUQ), 2001-2002
B.A. (Hons.) (Queen’s University), 1993-1997

Areas of Interest

Family law, administrative law, constitutional law.

Publications

Forthcoming publications

Bills of Rights in the Common Law (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press) [forthcoming in 2015].

“Strange Bedfellows” 64:4 University of Toronto Law Journal [forthcoming in 2014], 38 pp.

Journal articles

“Developments in Family Law: The 2012-2013 Term” (2014) 64 Supreme Court Law Review (2d) 241-66.

“Family Law and the Charter’s First 30 Years: An Impact Delayed, Deep, and Declining but Lasting” (2013) 32:1 Canadian Family Law Quarterly 21–52 (with Nicholas Bala).

"Developments in Family Law: The 2010-2012 Terms" (2012) 59 Supreme Court Law Review (2d) 193-231.
Related Link: SSRN

"Developments in Family Law: The 2008-2009 Term - Just Divisions?" (2009) 48 Supreme Court Law Review (2d) 181-219.
Related Link: Developments in Family Law, the 2008-2009 Term: Just Divisions?

"Thick Instrumentalism and Comparative Constitutionalism: The Case of Gay Rights" (2009) 40 Columbia Human Rights Law Review 425-78.
Related Document: Thick Instrumentalism and Comparative Constitutionalism: The Case of Gay Rights [.pdf]

"Chosen Discrimination" (2002) 18 Supreme Court Law Review (2d) 445-75.
Related Link: Chosen Discrimination

Articles in refereed journals

« ‘Infiniment plus de choses dans la vie que dans la loi’: La reconnaissance des mères lesbiennes » (2014) 86 Droit et Société 115–32.
Related Link: SSRN.

“Must Equal Mean Identical? Same-sex Couples and Marriage” (2014) 10:1 International Journal of Law in Context 5-25.
Related Link: SSRN.

“Face to Face” (2013) 19 Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture, 743-58.
Related Link: SSRN

“Marriage and the Data on Same-Sex Couples” (2013) 35:2 Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law 179–91.

"Two Mothers in Law and Fact" (2013) 21:1 Feminist Legal Studies 1–19.
Related Link: SSRN

“Bankruptcy, Provincial Law, and the Family Farm” 91 (2012) 91:2 Canadian Bar Review 435–53.
Related Link: SSRN.

“Les trente premières années de la Charte canadienne en droit de la famille” (2012) 42:3 Revue de droit de l’Université de Sherbrooke 409–57 (with Nicholas Bala).

“Unjust Enrichment and De facto Spouses” (2012) 114:3 Revue du Notariat 475–500.

"Gimme Shelter" (2011) 34 Dalhousie Law Journal 197-228.
Related Link: SSRN

Law Reform, Lesbian Parenting, and the Reflective Claim" (2011) 20 Social & Legal Studies 331-48.

"Lesbian Parental Projects in Word and Deed" (2011) 45 Revue Juridique Thémis 315-41.
Related Link: Lesbian Parental Projects in Word and Deed

"The Practices of Lesbian Mothers and Quebec’s Reforms" (2011) 23 Canadian Journal of Women and the Law 579-99.
Related Link: The Practices of Lesbian Mothers and Quebec’s Reforms

"But What Is Judicial Guidance? Debating Canadian Judgments on Children" (2010) 32 Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law 381-90.
Related Link: But What is Judicial Guidance? Debating Canadian Judgments on Children

"Complexifying Roncarelli’s Rule of Law" (2010) 55 McGill Law Journal 721-41.
Related Link: Complexifying Roncarelli's Rule of Law

"Rhapsodie sur la forme et le fond de l’harmonisation juridique" (2010) 51 Les Cahiers de Droit 3-49.
Related Link: Rhapsodie sur la forme et le fond de l'harmonisation juridique

"A Common Law of the Family? Reflections on Rick v. Brandsema" (2009) 25 Canadian Journal of Family Law 257-96.
Related Link: A Common Law of the Family?

"‘Where the Parents Are of the Same Sex’: Quebec’s Reforms to Filiation" (2009) 23 International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family 62-82.
Related Document: Where the Parents Are of the Same Sex: Quebec’s Reforms to Filiation [.pdf]

"Cohabitation and Comparative Method" (2009) 72 Modern Law Review 48-72.
Related Document: Cohabitation and Comparative Method [.pdf]

"Family outside the Book on the Family" (2009) 88 Canadian Bar Review 545-78.
Related Link: Family outside the Book on the Family

"Contracting Claims and Family Law Feuds" (2007) 57 University of Toronto Law Journal 1-41.
Related Document: Contracting Claims and Family Law Feuds [.pdf]

"Family Law as Fundamental Private Law" (2007) 86 Canadian Bar Review 69-96.
Related Document:  Family Law as Fundamental Private Law [.pdf]

"Prescribed by Law/Une règle de droit" (2007) 45 Osgoode Hall Law Journal 571-620.
Related Document: Prescribed by Law / Une règle de droit [.pdf]

"Private Law as Constitutional Context for Same-Sex Marriage" (2007) 2 Journal of Comparative Law 172-91.
Related Document: Private Law as Constitutional Context for Same-sex Marriage [.pdf]

"Profane Matrimony" (2006) 21(2) Canadian Journal of Law & Society 1-23.
Related Document: Profane_Matrimony [.pdf]

"Embodied Dignity" (2005) 5 Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal 63-83.
Related Document: Embodied Dignity [.pdf]

"Employing Fairness" (2003) 18:2 Canadian Journal of Law and Society 45-67.
Related Document: Employing Fairness [.pdf]

"Harmonizing Family Law’s Identities" (2002) 28 Queen’s Law Journal 221-77.
Related Document: Harmonizing Family Law's Identities [.pdf]

"Relational Contract and Other Models of Marriage" (2002) 40 Osgoode Hall Law Journal 1-47.
Related Document: Relational Contract and Other Models of Marriage [.pdf]

"Taking Stock: Securities Regulation and the Division of Powers" (1999) 22(2) Dalhousie Law Journal 250-91 (with Eric Ward).
Related Link: Taking Stock

Articles in technical/professional publications

“Suspended Declarations of Invalidity and and the Rule of Law,” U.K. Const. L. Blog (12 March 2014)
Related link: Suspended Declarations of Invalidity and and the Rule of Law.

"Sameness and Change Respecting Unmarried Couples," STEP Inside: Newsletter of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (Canada) (May 2013, 5–6).
Related Document: Sameness and Change Respecting Unmarried Couples [.pdf]

"The Charter & Family Law: The First 30 Years" Special NJI Family Law e-Letter 208A (17 April 2012) (National Judicial Institute) (with Nicholas Bala).

"Lawmakers Should Create Intermediate Parenting Category" (2007) The Lawyers Weekly 9 November 2007
Related Document: Lawmakers Should Create Intermediate Parenting Category [.pdf]

"A Matter of Distributing Public Goods Equally" 23:19 The Lawyers Weekly (19 September 2003).

Books and monographs

After Legal Equality: Family, Sex, Kinship (Abingdon: Routledge, 2015) (edited collection)

Queer Theory: Law, Culture, Empire (Abingdon: Routledge, 2010) (ed. by Robert Leckey and Kim Brooks), 222 pp.

Contextual Subjects: Family, State, and Relational Theory (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008), 355 pp.

Articles/chapters in books and monographs

“Introduction” in Robert Leckey & Kim Brooks, eds., Queer Theory: Law, Culture, Empire(Abingdon: Routledge, 2010) 1-18 (with Kim Brooks).

"What Is Left of Pelech?" in Jamie Cameron, ed., Reflections on the Legacy of Justice Bertha Wilson (Markham: LexisNexis Canada, 2008) 103-29; also published as (2008) 41 Supreme Court L.R. (2d) 103-29.
Related Document: What Is Left of Pelech? [.pdf]

"Legislation and Bilingualism" in Michel Bastarache, ed., Language Rights in Canada, 2d ed. (Cowansville, Qc.: Yvon Blais, 2004) 37-139 (1st ed. by A. Braën).

"The Private Law of Language" in Bastarache, ibid., 453-525 (1st ed. by E. Didier).

French translations published in Michel Bastarache, ed., Les droits linguistiques au Canada, 2d ed. (Cowansville, Qc.: Yvon Blais, 2004).

Reviews

Review: Patrice Corriveau, Judging Homosexuals: A History of Gay Persecution in Quebec and France, trans. by Käthe Roth (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2011) (2012) 50 Osgoode Hall Law Journal 275–82.

Review: Fiona Kelly, Transforming Law’s Family: The Legal Recognition of Planned Lesbian Motherhood (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2011) (2012) 24 Canadian Journal of Women and the Law 482–488

Review: Sara Ahmed, The Promise of Happiness (Durham: Duke University Press, 2010) (2012) 24 Canadian Journal of Women and the Law 240–56 (with Margaret Denike, Elaine Craig, Kira Tomsons, and Kim Brooks).

Review: Richard Collier, Men, Law and Gender: Essays on the ‘Man’ of Law (Abingdon: Routledge-Cavendish, 2010); Richard Collier and Sally Sheldon, Fragmenting Fatherhood: A Socio-Legal Study (Oxford: Hart, 2008) (2011) 20 Social & Legal Studies 123–6.

Review article: “Language and Judgment’s Reach: Reflecting on Limits on Rights” (Luc B. Tremblay & Grégoire C.N. Webber, eds., The Limitation of Charter Rights: Critical Essays on R. v. Oakes (Montreal: Thémis, 2009)) (2010) 60 University of Toronto Law Journal 1031-44.
Related Link: Language and Judgment's Reach

Review: Maurice Tancelin, Des obligations en droit mixte du Québec, 7th ed. (Montreal: Wilson & Lafleur, 2009), [2009] Uniform Law Review 1061-6.
Related DocumentReview_of Maurice Tancelin Book [.pdf]

Review article: "Territoriality in Canadian Administrative Law" (2004) 54 University of Toronto Law Journal 327-64.
Related Document: Territoriality in Canadian Administrative Law [.pdf]

Conference proceedings

“Le passé de l’adopté aux frontières du droit” in Institut canadien d’études juridiques supérieures, ed., Droits de la personne: La circulation des idées, des personnes et des biens et capitaux (Cowansville: Yvon Blais, 2013) 487–504.

"Particular Justice: Michel Bastarache and Family Law" in Nicolas Lambert, ed., À l'avant-garde de la dualité: Mélanges en l'honneur de Michel Bastarache/At the Forefront of Duality: Essays in Honour of Michel Bastarache (Cowansville: Yvon Blais, 2011) 117-41.
Related Link: Particular Justice

"Filiation and the Translation of Legal Concepts" in Eleanor Cashin Ritaine, ed., Legal Engineering and Comparative Law, vol. 2 (Geneva: Schulthess, 2009) 123-41.
Related Link: Filiation and the Translation of Legal Concepts

"Harmoniser le droit dans un espace multilingue et pluri-juridique: un point de vue canadien" [2008] Uniform Law Review 39-58.
Related Link: Harmonizing language and legal traditions

"Following Same-Sex Marriage: Redefining Marriage and the Impact for Polygamy" (2007) 2(1) Les ateliers de l’éthique: la revue du CRÉUM 30-35.
Related Document: Following Same-Sex Marriage: Redefining Marriage and the Impact for Polygamy [.pdf]

"Language Regulation in New Brunswick’s Private Sector" (2006) 32 Supreme Court Law Review (2d) 85.

Research reports

“Introduction aux rapports d’experts” in Commission d’enquête sur le processus de nomination des juges du Québec, Annexes (Québec: Publications du Québec, 2011) 101–12.

"Families in the Eyes of the Law: Contemporary Challenges and the Grip of the Past." 2009. IRPP Choices 15 (8), 44 pp. (refereed policy paper).
Related Link on irpp.org site: Full Report [.pdf]

Columns in newspapers/magazines

"Le droit familial au Québec: une réflexion s’impose", Bulletin de liaison: Fédération des associations de familles monoparentales et recomposées du Québec 34(2), 4-5 (October 2009).

Media articles

“Ottawa Must View Sex Work through a Bigger Lens,” Op-ed, The Globe and Mail (9 September 2014).
Related document: Ottawa Must View Sex Work through a Bigger Lens [.pdf]

“Soyons fidèles à nos droits et valeurs,” Op-ed, La Presse (12 June 2014, A26).
Related document: Soyons fidèles à nos droits et valeurs [.pdf]

“Infertilité et assurance ‘maladie’?”, éditorial, Le Soleil (3 May 2014, 34).
Related document: Infertilité et assurance ‘maladie’? [.pdf]

“Has the Supreme Court Made Harper an Accidental Reformer?,” Op-ed, The Globe and Mail (25 April 2014).
Related document: Has the Supreme Court Made Harper an Accidental Reformer? [.pdf]

“À votre tour de vous faire entendre”, éditorial, La Presse (16 April 2014, A17).
Related document: À votre tour de vous faire entendre [.pdf]

“The Essential Question Raised by Bill 60,” Op-ed, The Gazette (7 February 2014, A17).
Related document:  The Essential Question Raised by Bill 60 [.pdf]

“La vraie question,” Op-ed, La Presse (29 January 2014, A16).
Related document: La vraie question [.pdf]

“Gay Rights: Battle is far from won,” Op-ed, The Globe and Mail (13 December 2013, A15).
Related document: Gay Rights: Battle is far from won [.pdf]

“Une réforme prématurée,” Op-ed, La Presse (9 December 2013, A23).
Related document: Une réforme prématurée [.pdf]

"Quebec should be as tolerant of religious diversity as it has been of sexual orientation." Op-ed, The Gazette (19 September 2013, A19) with Prof. Robert Wintemute, KCL.
Related Document: Quebec should be as tolerant of religious diversity as it has been of sexual orientation [.pdf]

“A Decade of Same-Sex Marriage in Ontario,” Op-ed, Ottawa Citizen (10 June 2013, A9).
Related Document: A Decade of Same-Sex Marriage in Ontario [.pdf]

“After a Decade of Same-sex Marriage, Issues Remain,” Op-ed, The Gazette (10 April 2013, A19).
Related Document: After a Decade of Same-sex Marriage, Issues Remain [.pdf]

“Message to Ottawa: Gay Marriage Is Settled, Right?,” Op-ed, The Globe and Mail (14 January 2013, A11).
Related Document: Message to Ottawa: Gay Marriage Is Settled, Right? [.pdf]

“Gare à l’inflation législative,” Op-ed, La Presse (25 October 2012, A27).
Related Document
: Gare à l’inflation législative [.pdf]

"HIV Sex Ruling: What Criminal Law Shouldn’t Be Saying", Op-ed, The Gazette (11 October 2012, A17).
Related Document HIV Sex Ruling: What Criminal Law Shouldn't be Saying [.pdf]

"It Takes More Than a Verdict to Win Equality", Op-ed, The Globe and Mail (13 January 2012).
Related Document: It Takes More Than a Verdict to Win Equality [.pdf]

"Cohabitants’ Battles Raises Hurdles for Charter Claims", Op-ed, The Lawyers Weekly (28 May 2010, 14, 16).
Related Document: Cohabitants’ Battles Raises Hurdles for Charter Claims [.pdf]

"Le projet de loi 94 risque d'enfreindre la liberté de religion", Op-ed, Cyberpresse (15 April 2010).
Related Document: Le projet de loi 94 risque d'enfreindre la liberté de religion [.pdf]

"L'union de fait: un droit dépassé", Op-ed, La Presse (4 November 2010, A27).
Related Document: L'union de fait: un droit dépassé [.pdf]

"Parentage Is about More Than DNA", Op-ed, The Globe and Mail (28 October 2010, A21).
Related Document: Parentage Is about More Than DNA [.pdf]

"Unmarried-Couples Law Hasn’t Kept up with the Times: Quebec Must Review the Rules in Light of Current Marriage Realities”, Op-ed, The Gazette (5 November 2010).
Related Document: Unmarried-couples law hasn't kept up with the times [.pdf]

“Être père, n’est-ce qu’une question de gènes?”, Op-ed, Le Soleil (15 July 2009).
Related Document: Être père, n’est-ce qu’une question de gènes? [.pdf]

"Adoptive Parents Aren't Second Best", Op-ed, The Globe and Mail (9 October 2009, A17).
Related Document: Adoptive Parents Aren't Second Best [.pdf]

"Être père, une question de gènes?," Op-ed, Le Devoir (17 July 2009, A9).

"Fatherhood Is Determined by More Than Just DNA", Op-ed, The Gazette (10 July 2009, A17).
Related Document: Fatherhood is determined by more than just DNA [.pdf]

"Legal Fatherhood Must Be Determined by More than DNA", Op-ed, The Vancouver Sun (4 August 2009, A9).

"Legal Strangers", Op-ed, National Post (11 February 2009, A13).
Related Document: Legal Strangers [.pdf]

"Too Many Unmarried Couples Are Ignorant of the Law", Op-ed, The Gazette (18 July 2009, B7).
Related Document: Too Many Unmarried Couples Are Ignorant of the Law [.pdf]

"Une réforme qui sape le sens de l'adoption", Op-ed, Le Devoir (22 October 2009, A9).
Related DocumentUne reforme_qui sape le sens de l'adoption [.pdf]

"Lest We Forget", Letter to the Editor, The Globe and Mail (13 June 2008, A14).

"The World Needs More Canada", Letter to the Editor, The Globe and Mail (13 August 2008, A12).

"Cuts Like a Knife," Letter to the Editor, The Globe and Mail (2 October 2006, A14).

"The PM Is Not Championing a Tradition of Marriage," Op-ed, The Globe and Mail (5 October 2006, A19).
Related Document: The PM Is Not Championing a Tradition of Marriage [.pdf]

"The Marriage Debate," Letter to the Editor, The Globe and Mail (20 June 2003).

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