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Constitutional lawyer Jean-François Gaudreault-Desbiens is a professor in the Faculty of Law, where he served as Dean from 2015 to 2019, and Canada Research Chair in North American and Comparative Legal and Cultural Identities from 2006 to 2016. Before teaching at Université de Montréal, he was a professor at McGill University and the University of Toronto. In recognition of his contribution to the advancement of knowledge and law, he was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 2015 and the Barreau du Québec awarded him the title of Avocat émérite in 2013.

Author of more than a hundred articles and several books published in various languages, Mr. Gaudreault-DesBiens is a member of the Barreau du Québec and the Law Society of Ontario.  From 2010 to 2014, he was a member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Constitutional Law.  He currently sits on the Consultative Committee of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology – Department Law and Anthropology in Halle, and the Scientific Advisory Board of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Gottingen.


The Vice-Rectorate of Strategic Planning and Communications develops the University’s strategic plan. In close collaboration with the other vice-rectors and faculty teams, it is responsible for devising and implementing a process to bring the University’s missions up to date and generate an innovative vision of its future intended to drive its long-term strategic positioning. The Vice-Rectorate expresses a unified institutional message, both internally and externally, that is aligned with the University’s values and objectives. It also generates institutional data and compiles the information required to support reflexive decision-making processes.


Dayana Lavoile

Executive Assistant


 514 343-6111, ext. 30366


Contact information of the Vice-Rector

Street address
Pavillon Roger-Gaudry
2900, boulevard Édouard-Monpetit
Montréal (Québec) H3T 1J4

Mailing address
C.P. 6128, succ. Centre-ville
Montréal (Québec) H3C 3J7