Yan Campagnolo


Yan Campagnolo
Associate Professor

Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD), University of Toronto, Massey College, 2018
Master of Laws (LLM), University of Cambridge, Trinity College, 2006
Bachelor of Laws (LLB), University of Ottawa, Common Law Section, 2004
Licentiate in Laws (LLL), University of Ottawa, Civil Law Section, 2003

Room: 57 Louis-Pasteur Street, Room 378
Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 7595
Fax: 613-562-5124
Work E-mail: yan.campagnolo@uottawa.ca

Yan Campagnolo


Professor Campagnolo is a member of the Ontario Bar. He holds degrees in both civil law and common law from the University of Ottawa (summa cum laude), where he was awarded the Gold Medal for the highest standing in law. As a recipient of the Right Honourable Paul Martin Sr. Scholarship, he then obtained a master’s degree in public international law from the University of Cambridge. Professor Campagnolo completed doctoral studies in constitutional law at the University of Toronto with the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). His doctoral research focused on the political, legal and theoretical dimensions of Cabinet secrecy in Canada.

At the professional level, from 2004 to 2005, Professor Campagnolo served as a law clerk to Justice Morris Fish of the Supreme Court of Canada. In 2006, he joined the Civil Law Section of the University of Ottawa, where he worked as an assistant professor, assistant dean and codirector of graduate studies in law until 2008. From 2008 to 2015, Professor Campagnolo practised law as counsel for the Privy Council Office. In this capacity, he advised the Prime Minister and the Clerk of the Privy Council on Supreme Court of Canada high-impact constitutional litigation, commissions of inquiry, democratic reform and access to information. In 2015, he joined the Common Law Section of the University of Ottawa as an assistant professor, and in 2020, he was promoted to the rank of associate professor.

Research Interests

Access to information law
Administrative law
Cabinet secrecy
Comparative law
Constitutional law
Political and legal theory
Public international law
Trusts and fiduciary relationships


Administrative Law (CML 2712)
Cabinet Secrecy and the Rule of Law (CML 4916)
Legislation (CML 1704)
Trusts (CML 3707)

Selected Publications


Le secret ministériel: théorie et pratique (Quebec: Presses de l’Université Laval, 2020), 391 pages.

La Constitution canadienne (Toronto: Dundurn, 2019), 296 pages (with Adam Dodek).

“Contract Law in Quebec”, 2nd edition, in Jacques Herbots, editor, International Encyclopaedia of Laws (Alphen aan den Rijn: Wolters Kluwer, 2016), 409 pages (with Sébastien Grammond and Anne-Françoise Debruche).

Quebec Contract Law, 2nd edition (Montreal: Wilson & Lafleur, 2016), 344 pages (with Sébastien Grammond and Anne-Françoise Debruche). First edition reviewed by Frédéric Lévesque in (2012) 53:2 Les Cahiers de droit 447 and cited by the Supreme Court of Canada in Union Carbide Canada Inc. v. Bombardier Inc., 2014 SCC 35, Uniprix Inc. v. Gestion Gosselin et Bérubé Inc., 2017 SCC 43 and Threlfall v. Carleton University, 2019 SCC 50. Second edition cited by the Supreme Court of Canada in Churchill Falls (Labrador) Corp. v. Hydro-Québec, 2018 SCC 46.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Rethinking Cabinet Secrecy” (2020) 13:3 JPPL 497.

“Repenser le secret ministériel” (2020) 50:1 RGD 5.

“Assessing the Influence of the Ottawa Law Review at the Supreme Court of Canada: 1966-2017” (2019) 50:3 Ottawa LR 89 (with Kyle Kirkup).

“Étude de l’influence de la Revue de droit d’Ottawa auprès de la Cour suprême du Canada (de 1966 à 2017)” (2019) 50:3 RD Ottawa 55 (with Kyle Kirkup).

“Cabinet Secrecy in Canada” (2019) 12:3 JPPL 583.

“Le secret ministériel au Canada” (2018) 12:1 RDPP 33.

“Cabinet Immunity in Canada: The Legal Black Hole” (2017) 63:2 McGill LJ 315.

“The History, Law and Practice of Cabinet Immunity in Canada” (2017) 47:2 RGD 239.

“A Rational Approach to Cabinet Immunity Under the Common Law” (2017) 55:1 Alta L Rev 43.

“The Political Legitimacy of Cabinet Secrecy” (2017) 51:1 RJT 51.

See Professor Campagnolo’s SSRN page.

Selected Presentations

“In the Interest of Democracy and the Rule of Law: The Time Has Come to Reform the Rules Relating to Cabinet Secrecy”, Conference on Emerging Issues in Canadian Public Law, Public Law Group, University of Ottawa, 25  May 2016.

“Is Section 39 of the Canada Evidence Act Truly Constitutional?” Department of Justice, Government of Canada, 1 February 2016; Public Law Group, University of Ottawa, 15 April 2016.

“Cabinet Secrecy in Canada”, Department of Justice, Government of Canada, 9 and 13 December 2013, 27 and 28 May 2014, 12 December 2014, 30 April 2015, 1 May 2015, 26 and 28 January 2016, 24 May 2016, 12 and 14 December 2016, 15 June 2017.

“Is Secrecy Essential to the Proper Functioning of Responsible Government?” University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, 30 October 2013; Department of Finance, Government of Canada, 7 November 2013; Annual Conference, Agents of Parliament, 18 September 2014.

“Cabinet Secrecy and Freedom of Expression”, Massey College, University of Toronto, 10 November 2011.

“Under the Seal of Confidentiality: The Protection of the Confidences of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada”, Conference on the Media and the Law, Civil Law Section, University of Ottawa, 24 September 2011.

“Demystifying Cabinet Secrecy”, Department of Justice, Government of Canada, 25 March 2011, 7, 15 and 21 July 2011, 25 August 2011.

“The Constitutional Legitimacy of Cabinet Secrecy”, Privy Council Office, Government of Canada, 30 June 2011.

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