Professor François Larocque has been awarded the Canadian Francophonie Research Chair in Language Rights. This is a fitting recognition of Professor Larocque’s proven leadership in this field, and a meaningful example of the University of Ottawa’s commitment to its status as a bilingual institution.
The University of Ottawa established the Research Chairs in Canadian Francophonie to help lay the foundation for a strong network of researchers with shared interests in Canada’s French-speaking communities. Few individuals have contributed as much to the advancement of the language rights of Francophones living in minority situations in Ontario and Canada as Professor Larocque. A committed researcher and eloquent advocate, Professor Larocque has defended the rights of Francophones for more than a decade, making him a valuable addition to uOttawa’s Canadian Francophonie research chairs program.
Professor Larocque will use this new chair to advance knowledge in the field of language rights and to contribute concretely to the development of legal standards related to language in Canada. He plans to focus specifically on the legal protection of minority language communities and their institutions, particularly with respect to the development and interpretation of constitutional, legislative and jurisprudential statutes. This research will primarily address French language rights, but will also incorporate Aboriginal languages.
Professor Larocque’s five-year mandate will begin on July 1st, 2018.
Congratulations to Professor Larocque on this important achievement. The Common Law Section is exceptionally proud to host one of the University’s leaders in Canadian Francophonie.