• LL.L., 1964
    University of Montréal
  • Attestation of Vocational Education, 1965
    McGill University

Year of Call/Admission

  • Québec, 2007
  • Québec, 1966

Languages Spoken

  • French
  • English

Louise Mailhot, Ad.E.

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A member of the Barreau du Québec, Louise is a member of the Commercial Litigation practice group and the Labour, Employment & Human Rights practice group. A former justice of the Court of Appeal of Québec and retiring vice-president of the International Association of Judges, the Honourable Louise Mailhot acts as strategic counsel to Fasken Martineau's Litigation and Employment Law Practice Groups. Louise also mentors the firm's young lawyers.

Louise is a prolific author who has actively contributed to both the Québec and Canadian legal communities. She was the co-editor of Revue du droit du travail, Revue légale, and Rapports de pratique; she is a member of the editorial board of the Magazine Justice dans le Monde and the coordinator for several collective publications on the legal system in Canada and abroad. An international lecturer, Louise has dealt with a number of topics over the years: judicial independence, legal discipline and ethics, judicial drafting, reform of civil justice and Canadian history of women in law and on the bench. In 2013, a book she wrote on the subject was published by Éditions Yvon Blais.

After being the first woman articling student admitted to the law firm Martineau Walker in 1965, Louise worked as a lawyer in private practice with highly regarded law firms, mainly practising in labour and public law, subjects which she taught in the continuing education programs of two universities, and at the Barreau du Québec. She has also been a member of various boards of directors, including the executive committees of the Québec Bar, the Québec Bar Foundation and the University of Montréal.

In 1980, she was appointed judge to the Superior Court of Québec and, in 1987, was the first woman appointed judge to the Court of Appeal of Québec in Montréal. While she was on the bench, Louise implemented a training program on judicial drafting for Canadian judges and she has taught to the judges of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. She was on the executive committee of the Canadian Superior Courts Judges Associations and has chaired the Québec Superior Court Judges' Conference. From 1996 to 2005, she was elected vice-president of the International Association of Judges, an NGO that encompasses national associations of judges from over 65 countries. Since 2005, she acts as the International Association of Judges' representative to the United Nations.

Honours and Awards

  • 2016 - Medal of recognition from the Asian, North American and Oceanian (ANAO) Group of the International Association of Judges (IAJ)
  • 2013 - Canadian Bar Association Cecilia I. Johnstone Award
  • 2012 - Lexpert Zenith Award
  • 2008 – Honourary doctorate, University of Ottawa
  • 2006 – Medal of the International Association of Judges
  • 2003 – President's Award, Canadian Superior Courts Judges Association
  • 2002 – Jules-Deschênes Award, Canadian Bar Association
  • 2001 – Christine-Tourigny Award, Québec Bar
  • 2000 – YWCA Woman of Distinction
  • 1997 – Medal of the Canadian Bar Association


  • Member, Barreau du Québec
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Lifetime Member, Québec Bar Foundation
  • Member, Administrative committee of the Québec Bar, 1974-1975 
  • Member, Board of Directors, Québec Bar Foundation, 1982-1992
  • Member, Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice, 1985-1993
  • Vice-president, Société québécoise d'information juridique (SOQUIJ), 1983-1988
  • Member, Executive Committee, University of Montréal, 1977-1981
  • Member of the Task Force on the reform of the civil justice systems in Canada, Canadian Bar Association, 1995-1996
  • Québec Superior Court Judges' Conference, presidency (1997-1998) and Canadian conference, executive committee (1994)
  • Vice-president, International Association of Judges (Rome), 1996-2005
  • Chairperson, Academic Board of the International Institute for the Judicial Power, 1999-2006
  • Member, Board of Directors of L'Oeuvre Léger, since 2007
  • Mentor, Trudeau Foundation, 2008-2009
  • Éducaloi, 2008