Three University of Ottawa Professors Appointed to the Court Challenges Program

Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Three University of Ottawa Professors, Larry Chartrand (currently Academic Director, Wiyasiwewin Mikiwahp Native Law Centre, College of Law, at the University of Saskatchewan), Joanne St. Lewis, Assistant Professor, Common Law Section, Faculty of Law and Gilles LeVasseur, Lawyer and Law and Business Management Professor, were named to the Court Challenges Program in November.

The Court Challenges Program (CCP) helps to clarify and assert official language and equality rights guaranteed under Canada’s Constitution to Canadians.

The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, and the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie, appointed a total of 14 part-time members to two expert panels of the modernized CCP. The panels will assess funding applications for court cases of national significance and will allocate resources accordingly.

Members of the Official Language Rights Expert Panel:

  • Emmanuelle Richez, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Windsor
  • James Shea, Chairman/President, Western Québec School Board
  • Thomas Maillet, Lawyer, private practice
  • Marie-Claude Rioux, Director General, Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse
  • Johane Tremblay, General counsel, Director, Legal Affairs Branch, Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages (Retired)
  • Gilles LeVasseur, Lawyer and Law and Business Management Professor, University of Ottawa
  • André Poulin-Denis, Associate, Gowling WLG

Members of the Human Rights Expert Panel:

  • Yvonne Peters, Equity and Human Rights Lawyer
  • Larry Chartrand, Academic Director, Wiyasiwewin Mikiwahp Native Law Centre, College of Law, University of Saskatchewan
  • Catherine Dauvergne, Dean and Professor, Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia
  • Lucie Lamarche, Professeur, Faculté de science politique et de droit, Département des sciences juridiques at the Université du Québec à Montréal; Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa; Member of the Royal Society of Canada
  • Joanne St. Lewis, Assistant Professor, Common Law Section, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa
  • Adelle Blackett, Professor of Law & Canada Research Chair in Transnational Labour Law and Development, Faculty of Law, McGill University
  • Brenda Young, Community Justice Director, Chippewas of the Thames First Nation

The University of Ottawa is the independent third party responsible for the general administration and delivery of the modernized Court Challenges Program, and will support these two expert panels.

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