Rosalie Jukier

Full Professor

New Chancellor Day Hall
3644 Peel Street
Room 35
Montreal, Quebec
Canada H3A 1W9

514-398-3041 [Office]
rosalie.jukier [at] (Email)

Rosalie Jukier

McGill Teaching Snapshots 

Academic papers on SSRN at


Since 1985, Rosalie Jukier has been a professor in McGill’s Faculty of Law where she teaches in both the civil and common law legal traditions, primarily in the areas of Contractual Obligations and Judicial Institutions and Civil Procedure. 

Professor Jukier’s research focuses on comparative Contract Law (particularly the remedy of Specific Performance and the intersection of religious rights and private contract law), the impact of legal traditions and mixed legal systems on Procedural Law and Judicial Methodology, as well as on Legal Pedagogy.

In 2004, 2016 and 2018, Professor Jukier was recognized with the John W. Durnford Teaching Excellence Award. In 2010, she was awarded with the Principal’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching. In 2022, she was the co-recipient of McGill University’s Morty Yalovsky Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Academic Leadership. In November 2023, she was awarded the McGill University Lifetime Achievement Award for Leadership in Learning.

Professor Jukier held the position of McGill University’s Dean of Students from 1995-2001 and has served the Faculty of Law as Associate Dean, Admissions (1991-1995), Associate Dean Strategic Planning (2004-2005), Associate Dean Graduate Studies (2010-2013) and Associate Dean Academic (2019-2022).  

Professor Rosalie Jukier is a graduate of McGill University’s Faculty of Law where, in 1983, she obtained her BCL and LLB degrees, and graduatedwith both the Elizabeth Torrance Gold Medal and the Aimé Geoffrion National Programme Gold Medal.  She went on to pursue graduate studies in law at Oxford University and became a member of the Quebec Bar in 1986.


  • BCL (Oxon.) 1985
  • BCL, LLB (McGill) 1983


  • Associate Dean (Academic), Faculty of Law, McGill University, 2019-2022
  • Full Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill University, 2016-
  • Associate Dean, Graduate Studies, Faculty of Law, McGill University, 2010-2013
  • Senior Advisor, National Judicial Institute, 2005-2007
  • Associate Dean, Strategic Planning, Faculty of Law, McGill University, 2003-2005
  • Dean of Students, McGill University, 1995-2001
  • Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill University, 1993-2016
  • Associate Dean, Admissions and Placement, Faculty of Law, McGill University, 1991-1994
  • Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill University, 1985-1993
  • Member of the Quebec Bar since 1986

Areas of Interest

Comparative Private Law, Mixed Legal Systems, Contract Law and Remedies, Judicial Law, Judicial Methodology, Legal Pedagogy.


Richard Janda, Rosalie Jukier, Daniel Jutras, eds., The Unbounded Level of the Mind:  Rod Macdonald’s Legal Imagination (Montreal & Kingston:  McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2015).

Chapters in books and edited collection

“The Untapped Potential of Transsystemic Thinking”, in Yaël Emerich & Marie-Andrée Plante, eds., Repenser les paradigmes: Quel avenir pour l’approche transsystémique du droit?, (Cowansville: Éditions Yvon Blais, 2018) 1 – 30. Read [SSRN]

“The Impact of ‘Stateless Law’ on Legal Pedagogy”, Helge Dedek & Shauna Van Praagh, eds, Stateless Law:  Evolving Boundaries of a Discipline, (Surrey: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2015) 201 - 211. Read [.pdf]

with José Woehrling, “Religion and the Secular State in Canada”, in Javier Martinez-Torron & W. Cole Durham, Jr., (General Reporters), Donlu D. Thayer, ed., Religion and the Secular State, (Madrid: servicio publicaciones facultad derecho Universidad Complutense Madrid, 2015) 155 – 191. Read [.pdf]

“If It’s not Impossible, It’s Not Worth Doing: Rod Macdonald’s Vision of Legal Education”, in Richard Janda, Rosalie Jukier & Daniel Jutras, eds, The Unbounded Level of the Mind: Rod Macdonald’s Legal Imagination, (Montreal & Kingston:  McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2015) 198 – 205. Read [.pdf]

"Taking Specific Performance Seriously: Trumping Damages as the Presumptive Remedy for Breach of Contract" in Robert J. Sharpe & Kent Roach, eds., Taking Remedies Seriously/Les Recours et les Mesures de Redressement:  Une Affaire Sérieuse (Montreal: Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice, 2010) 85 – 118. Read [.pdf]

with José Woehrling, “Religion and the Secular State in Canada" in Javier Martinez-Torron & W. Cole Durham, eds, Religion and the Secular State: National Reports (Provo, Utah: The International Center for Law and Religious Studies at Brigham Young University, 2010) 183 – 212. Read [.pdf]

Chapter on Contractual Obligations in J.E.C. Brierley and R.A. Macdonald eds, Quebec Civil Law, An Introduction to Quebec Private Law (Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 1992) 389 – 419.

Refereed Journal Articles

“Good Faith in Contract: A Judicial Dialogue between Common Law Canada and Québec”, (2019) 1:1. Journal of Commonwealth Law. Read.

“Canada’s Legal Traditions: Sources of Unification, Diversification or Inspiration?”, (2018) 11:1 Journal of Civil Law Studies (Louisiana) 75 – 104. Read [SSRN] 

“La contribution du juge LeBel au droit judiciaire et à la tradition civiliste”, (2016) 94 Revue du Barreau canadien 507 - 518. Read [SSRN]

“Quebec Procedural Law as a Microcosm of Mixity: Implications for Legal Pedagogy, Judicial Decision-Making and Law Reform”, (2016) 62:3 Loyola Law Review 691 – 723. Read [SSRN]

“The Impact of Legal Traditions on Quebec Procedural Law: Lessons from Quebec’s New Code of Civil Procedure”, (2015) 93 Canadian Bar Review. Read [.pdf]

“The Legacy of Justice Louis LeBel: The Civilian Tradition and Procedural Law”, (2015) 70 Supreme Court Law Review (2d) 27 - 46, as reprinted in Newman & Thorburn, The Dignity of Law: The Legacy of Justice Louis LeBel (Markham, ON: LexisNexis, 2015). Read [.pdf]

with Mariela Tovar, Jennie Ferris and Kristen Cardoso, “Overcoming Pedagogical Solitude: The Transformative power of discipline-specific Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs)”, (2015) 34:1-2 To Improve the Academy 319 – 344. Read [.pdf]. 

with Kate Glover, “Forgotten? The Role of Graduate Legal Education in the Future of the Law Faculty”, (2014) 51:4 Alberta Law Review 761 – 785. Read [.pdf].

“Transcending Boundaries in Legal Education:  A Vehicle for Teaching Students to Think Critically”, (2013) 6 CELT (Collected Essays on Teaching and Learning) 23 – 27. Read [.pdf]

“Inside the Judicial Mind: Exploring Judicial Methodology in the Mixed Legal System of Quebec” (2011) 6:1 Journal of Comparative Law (UK) 54 – 69, republished in the European Journal of Comparative Law and Governance (2013) DOI 10.1163/22134514-45060013). Read [.pdf]

“Contract Law:  What can Jersey Learn from the Quebec Experience?” (2011) 14 Jersey and Guernsey Law Review 131 – 149. Read [.pdf]

with Shauna Van Praagh, “Civil Law and Religion in the Supreme Court of Canada:  What should we get out of Bruker v. Marcovitz?”, (2008) 43 Supreme Court Law Review (2d) 381 – 411. Read [.pdf]

 “Transnationalizing the Legal Curriculum: How to Teach What We Live”, (2006) 56:2 Journal of Legal Education 172 – 189. Read [.pdf]

“Challenging the Existing Paradigm: How to Transnationalize the Legal Curriculum” (2006) 24:4 Penn State International Law Review 775 – 786. Read [.pdf]

“Where Law and Pedagogy Meet in the Transsystemic Contracts Classroom” (2005) 50:4 McGill Law Journal 789 – 808. Read [.pdf]

with Roderick A Macdonald, “The New Quebec Civil Code and Recent Federal Law Reform Proposals: Rehabilitating Commercial Law in Quebec?” (1992) 20 Canadian Business Law Journal 380 – 405. Read [.pdf]

“Banque Nationale du Canada v. Houle (S.C.C.):  Implications of an Expanded Doctrine of Abuse of Rights in Civilian Contract Law” (1992) 37 McGill Law Journal 221 – 241. Read [.pdf]

“Non-Pecuniary Damages in Defamation Cases” (1989) 49 Revue du Barreau 3 – 51. Read [.pdf]

“Flexibility and Certainty as Competing Contract Values: A Civil Lawyer’s Reaction to the Ontario Law Reform Commission’s Recommendations on Amendments to the Law of Contract” (1988) 14 Canadian Business Law Journal 13 – 39. Read [.pdf]

“The Emergence of Specific Performance as a Major Remedy in Quebec Law”, (1987) 47 Revue du Barreau 47 – 72. Read [.pdf]

Non-Refereed Publications and Other Papers or Reports

“Serving all of Canada’s Judges:  Bilingualism and Bijuralism at the National Judicial Institute”, in NJI 20th Anniversary Essays – A Collection. Read the article [.pdf]. Read the full collection [.pdf]

with José Woehrling, National Report for Canada on Religion and the Secular State, January 2010, prepared for the XVIIIth International Congress of Comparative Law.

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