Geneviève Saumier

Full Professor
Peter M. Laing Q.C. Professor of Law

3644 Peel Street
Chancellor Day Hall
Room 40
Montreal, Quebec
Canada H3A 1W9

514-398-6637 [Office]
genevieve.saumier [at] (Email)

Geneviève Saumier


Media mentions: CBC News, 26/03/2021, 8 months after Canadian Grand Prix cancelled, no explanation for stalled refunds.
Professor Saumier's File CV and list of publications (May 2020)
Focus online: Entrevue avec Geneviève Saumier (January 2011)


A recognized expert in private international law, Professor Saumier’s research focuses on consumer law, the resolution of international disputes and cross-border class actions. Her papers on private international law and on consumer arbitration have been cited many times by the Supreme Court of Canada. Beyond these subjects, Professor Saumier also teaches law of civil liability, mediation and civil procedure.

An elected Titular Member of the International Academy of Comparative Law and of the American Association of Private International Law, she is also a member of the board of the Office de la protection du consommateur since 2012. She was appointed co-rapporteur for the judgments convention project at the Hague Conference on Private International Law.

Geneviève Saumier was awarded the Paul-André-Crépeau Medal by the Canadian Bar Association, Quebec Branch, in November 2016, for her distinguished contributions to legal science. In 2020, she was appointed a Norton Rose Fulbright Faculty Scholar.


  • PhD, Univ. of Cambridge, 1997
  • BCL, LLB, McGill, 1991
  • BCom (Finance & Int'l Business), McGill, 1987


  • Peter M. Laing Q.C. Professor of Law, Faculty of Law, McGill University (2016- )
  • Full Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill University (2014- )
  • Associate Dean (Academic), Faculty of Law, McGill University (2005-2008)
  • Visiting Professor, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy (2004-2005)
  • Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill University (2003-2014)
  • Lecturer, Summer Law Program, Penn State (2006), Tulane (2003-2004)
  • Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill University (1996-2003)
  • Deputy Director, Quebec Centre for Private and Comparative Law (1998-1999)
  • Law Clerk to the late Justice J. Sopinka, Supreme Court of Canada (1995-1996)
  • Visiting Research Fellow, Faculty of Law, University of New Brunswick (1994-1995)

Areas of Interest

Private international law, comparative law, international commercial law & litigation, consumer law and mediation.

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