Daniel Jutras

Full Professor
Wainwright Chair in Civil Law

Old Chancellor Day Hall 
3644 Peel Street
Room 20
Montreal, Quebec
Canada H3A 1W9

514-398-1453 [Office]
daniel.jutras [at] mcgill.ca (Email)

 Daniel Jutras

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Professor Daniel Jutras' teaching and research interests are in civil law and comparative law, and he now conducts research in the law of obligations from a comparative and pluralist perspective. He is also pursuing a few research projects on judicial institutions and civil procedure. Professor Jutras is frequently invited to speak on these issues before judicial and academic audiences in Canada and in Europe.

From 2002 to 2004, Professor Jutras was on leave from the Faculty, and acted as personal secretary to the Chief Justice of Canada, the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, in the position of Executive Legal Officer of the Supreme Court of Canada. He is a former Director of the Institute of Comparative Law and has served as Associate Dean (Admissions and Placement), and Associate Dean (Academic) in the Faculty. He was Dean of the Faculty of Law from 2010 to 2016, after having previously led the Faculty as Interim Dean for a period of eight months.

He was named to the Wainwright Chair in Civil Law in 2011. In 2013, Professor Jutras was appointed by the Supreme Court of Canada to serve as amicus curiæ in the Reference on the Reform of the Senate of Canada, and was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. The Barreau du Québec awarded him the Advocatus Emeritus (Ad.E.) distinction in 2014 and its Mérite award in June 2016.

In January 2016, Professor Jutras was named a federal member of the Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments by the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Democratic Institutions.


LL.M. (Harvard) 1985

LL.B. (Montréal) 1982


Wainwright Chair, Faculty of Law, McGill University, 2011-

Dean, Faculty of Law, McGill University, 2010-2016

Interim Dean, Faculty of Law, McGill University, Jul 2009 - Feb 2010

Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill University

Director, Institute of Comparative Law, McGill University, 1998-2002

Associate Dean (Academic), 1995-1998

Associate Dean (Admissions and Placement), Faculty of Law, McGill University, 1989-1991

Member of the Quebec Bar, 1984-

Awards and Honours

Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal - 2013

Advocatus Emeritus - 2014

Mérite du Barreau du Québec - 2016

Areas of Interest

Obligations, judicial institutions, civil procedure, comparative law, law and society.