On March 14, 2012, the Faculty of Law held a reception in the Common Room to celebrate the official renaming of the Quebec Research Centre of Private and Comparative Law as the Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law, and to celebrate the life and distinguished career of Paul-André Crépeau (1926-2011).
Present at this occasion were members of the Crépeau family, Principal Heather Munroe-Blum, Dean Daniel Jutras, former Deans Nicholas Kasirer, John Durnford, Rod Macdonald and William Foster, along with many Faculty members and friends, Me France Allard from Justice Canada, and the current Director of the Centre, Lionel Smith.
Joining the Faculty of Law in 1959, Paul-André Crépeau founded the Quebec Research Centre of Private and Comparative Law in 1975, which he led for more than twenty years. Today, the Centre remains a gathering place for dialogue between and among the greatest experts in civil law, both from Quebec and overseas. The Centre has remained faithful to the research priorities established by its founder: it devotes its activities in large measure to the publication of leading works in comparative law, as well as to the development of a legal vocabulary which fully reflects the richness of the languages of the law in Quebec, through the publication of remarkable dictionaries and bilingual lexicons.
At the end of his remarks, Dean Jutras unveiled a commemorative montage, with images of Professor Crépeau at different stages of his long career. This montage will find a permanent home in the Crépeau Centre.
"This is an important moment in the life of the Centre," declared Professor Lionel Smith during the ceremony. "I am excited to continue in our research mission under our new name, which will help to commemorate the achievements and the intellectual legacy of our Founding Director, Paul-André Crépeau. Longue vie au Centre Crépeau!"