Jérémy Boulanger-Bonnelly

Assistant professor

3644 Peel Street
Room 44
Montreal, Quebec
Canada H3A 1W9

jeremy.boulanger-bonnelly [at] mcgill.ca (Email)

Jérémy Boulanger-Bonnelly


Publications on SSRN: https://ssrn.com/author=3825789


Jérémy Boulanger-Bonnelly is an assistant Professor at McGill University’s Faculty of Law and a doctoral candidate at the University of Toronto.  His doctoral research is supported by a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship and a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholarship. He has received the 2023 John W. Durnford Award for Teaching Excellence, named in honour of the late professor and former dean John W. Durnford (BCL'52), and conferred by students, this award each year recognizes a law professor’s exceptional pedagogy. He received the award during the Law Convocation ceremony on 31 May 2023.

Passionate about access to justice, he adopts a comparative approach to explore the many facets of that issue. His current projects focus, for example, on the role of public participation in improving access to justice, particularly through lay courts. More broadly, his research extends to various areas of law, including private law, civil procedure, judicial institutions, and constitutional law. 

His work has been published, in both English and French, in the McGill Law Journal, the Cahiers de droit, the Dalhousie Law Journal, the Supreme Court Law Review, the International Organizations Law Review and the University of New Brunswick Law Review. He has recently co-edited a book celebrating the career of the Honourable Clément Gascon, entitled Une force tranquille : The Judicial Legacy of Clément Gascon

A member of the Quebec Bar, he strives to contribute to access to justice through community initiatives. He is involved as a pro bono lawyer in several constitutional cases, as Chair of the Canadian Bar Association's Access to Justice Subcommittee, and as Chair of the Legislation and Law Reform Committee of the CBA’s Quebec Division. He also serves as Vice-President of Interligne, a front-line center that provides various services, including legal information, to LGBTQ+ communities. 

Professional experience 

  • Boulton Junior Fellow, McGill University’s Faculty of Law, 2023 

  • Course Lecturer, McGill University’s Faculty of Law, 2021 – 2022 

  • Lawyer, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, 2017 –  

  • Law Clerk to the Honourable Clément Gascon, Supreme Court of Canada, 2016 – 2017 

  • Research Assistant to the Honourable Louise Otis, McGill University, 2014 – 2016 

  • Legal Intern, International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (Unidroit), 2014 


  • Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.), University of Toronto, 2019 – 2023 (expected) 

  • Visiting Researcher, Harvard Law School, Fall 2022 

  • Bachelor of Civil Law and Common Law (Honours) (B.C.L./LL.B.), McGill University, 2015 

Areas of Interest 

Access to Justice, Private Law, Judicial Institutions and Civil Procedure, Comparative Law, Constitutional Law. 

Selected Publications 

Refereed Articles and Chapters

Edited Collection 

  • Jérémy Boulanger-Bonnelly & Joshua Sealy-Harrington, eds., Une force tranquille : The Judicial Legacy of Clément Gascon, Toronto, LexisNexis, 2022 (249 pages). 

Other Articles and Chapters 

  • Jérémy Boulanger-Bonnelly, “The Hybridization of Lay Courts: From Colombia to England and Wales”, Chicago-Kent Law Review (accepted, forthcoming). 

  • Jérémy Boulanger-Bonnelly, “L’affaire Marcotte à l’intersection du fédéralisme, de la protection du consommateur et de l’accès à la justice” (2021) 103 Supreme Court Law Review (2d) 103. Reprinted in Jérémy Boulanger-Bonnelly & Joshua Sealy-Harrington, eds., Une force tranquille : The Judicial Legacy of Clément Gascon, Toronto, LexisNexis, 2022. 

  • Louise Otis & Jérémy Boulanger-Bonnelly, “The Protection of Legitimate Expectations in Global Administrative Law” in George P. Politakis, Tomi Kohiyama & Thomas Lieby, eds., ILO 100 – Law for Social Justice, Geneva, International Labour Organization, 2019, 395. 

Book Review 

  • Jérémy Boulanger-Bonnelly, “Sanja Kutnjak Ivković, Shari Seidman Diamond, Valerie P. Hans and Nancy S. Marder, eds. Juries, Lay Judges, and Mixed Courts: A Global Perspective. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2021.” (2022) 37:1 Canadian Journal of Law & Society 179


Selected Community Work 

  • Committee on Legislation and Law Reform, Canadian Bar Association – Quebec Branch, 2021 – 2022 (member), 2022 – 2023 (chair). 

  • Access to Justice Subcommittee, Canadian Bar Association, 2020 – 2021 (member), 2021 – 2023 (chair). 

  • La Clairière – Compagnie de création, 2020 – … (director). 

  • Interligne, 2019 – … (director), 2021 – … (vice-president). 

  • Pro Bono Lawyer, 2018  – … 

Selected Affiliations 

  • Law & Society Association, 2020 – … 

  • Canadian Law & Society Association, 2019 – … 

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