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Jean-Louis  Baudouin

Jean-Louis Baudouin, AdE

Partner Fasken
What I find fascinating about the law is the vision it provides of society.
Jurisdiction Quebec, 1963
Language(s) French, English
Office(s) Montreal

The Honourable Jean-Louis Baudouin is an internationally renowned legal scholar and former judge of the Court of Appeal of Québec (1998-2008). He applies his outstanding expertise, built on a profound knowledge of the law and lengthy court experience, to complex domestic and international arbitrations and trial simulations in major cases.

Judge Baudouin is a true legal pioneer in the areas of biotechnology and life sciences and has acted as a bioethical consultant to the Government of Canada. He has authored seminal works and hundreds of articles on the civil law and other areas of the law, and is often cited in Supreme Court of Canada decisions.

Judge Baudouin had already spent many years as a law professor before being appointed to the bench.  He taught for more than 25 years at the Faculty of Law of the Université de Montréal and was a visiting professor at universities across the world.

A sought-after speaker both in Canada and abroad (including Paris, Athens, Strasbourg, Cairo, Rio, Amsterdam, Brussels, Tunis, Abidjan, Beijing, Beirut, Hanoi, etc.), Judge Baudouin has participated in many conventions, conferences, and assemblies on various legal, paralegal and bioethical subjects.  He is an active member of a wide range of organizations, he chaired for 45 years the Quebec section of the Association Henri Capitant and is currently vice president of the Institut international de Droit d’Expression et d’Inspiration Françaises.

In  2006, he created the Chaire Jean-Louis Baudouin en droit civil at the Faculty of Law of the Université de Montréal, endowed with a one million dollar fund to ensure the development of the civil law. Judge Baudouin has received numerous prestigious honours and was appointed as an Officer of the Ordre national du Québec in 2012 and an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2014.




  • Honorary degree from the Université de Montpellier (2015) , Montpellier University 2015
  • Officer of the Order of Canada (2014), Officer of the Order of Canada 2014
  • Recipient of the Grand Officer medal from l'Ordre national du Québec (2012) , Ordre national du Québec 2012
2015 Montpellier University Honorary degree from the Université de Montpellier (2015)
2014 Officer of the Order of Canada Officer of the Order of Canada (2014)
2012 Ordre national du Québec Recipient of the Grand Officer medal from l'Ordre national du Québec (2012)


  • Doctorate Université de Paris
  • Diploma, Études majeures de droit comparé International Faculty of Comparative Law, Madrid and Strasbourg
  • BCL McGill University

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Honorary President of the Québec division of the Association Henri Capitant des amis de la culture juridique française
  • First vice-president of the Institut International des droits des pays d'expression française
  • Academy Member, International Academy of Comparative Law
  • Academy Member, Academia Puertorriqueña de jurisprudencia y legislacion de Puerto Rico, since 1993
  • Academy Member of the French Academie des Sciences d'Outremer (2014)
  • Member of the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice
  • Member of the Académie des lettres du Québec and the Royal Society of Canada
  • Member of the Association québécoise du droit comparé
  • Member of the Société française de législation comparée
  • Director of the Collection Minerve d'ouvrages de droit (Éditions Yvon Blais)
  • Member of the Civil Law Initiative's Technical Council (Paris)
  • Quebec editor of the Canadian Bar Review (1983-1989)
  • Legal counsel at Geoffrion, Prud'homme (1980-1983), Aquin, Chénard (1983-1985), Leclerc, LeBel (1986-1989)
  • Commissioner, then vice-chair of the Law Reform Commission of Canada (1976-1980)
  • Secretary of the Comité sur les obligations of the Civil Code Revision Office (1966-1977)
  • Member of the Journées Strasbourgeoises planning committee (1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008)
  • Guest professor at Addis Ababa University (1965), Louisiana State University (1968, 1970) Univeristé de Sherbrooke (1967, 1968), McGill University (1969, 1977), University of Warsaw (1983, 1988), the Swiss University of Fribourg (1989), Université Paris XII (1988), the University of Toronto (1988), Université Paris I (1988), the Institute of Comparative Law at the University of Genoa (Italy) (2004, 2005), and three Tokyo universities (2008)


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