Yan Campagnolo

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Yan Campagnolo
Assistant Professor

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

100 Thomas More Private, Room 407

Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 7595
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Work E-mail: Yan.Campagnolo@uOttawa.ca

Yan Campagnolo

Biography

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 Scholarship, he then obtained a Master’s degree in public international law from the University of Cambridge. He is currently pursuing doctoral studies in constitutional law at the University of Toronto with the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). His research focuses 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. From 2006 to 2008, 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. From 2008 to 2015, he 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 a member of the Public Law Group.


Research Interests

Access to Information Law
Administrative Law
Cabinet Secrecy
Comparative Law
Constitutional Law
Electoral Law
Political and Legal Theory
Public International Law


Courses

Cabinet Secrecy and the Rule of Law (CML 4914)
Democracy and Electoral Law (CML 4504)
Public Law and Legislation (CML 1704)
Settlement of International Disputes (DRC 4513)
Studies in Common Law and Equity (CML 4546)
Quebec Contract Law (DRC 1714)


Selected Publications

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

Quebec Contract Law, 2nd edition (Wilson & Lafleur, Montreal, 2016), 344 pages (with Sébastien Grammond and Anne-Françoise Debruche). First edition reviewed by Frédéric Lévesque in (2012) 53 Les Cahiers de droit 447 and cited by the Supreme Court of Canada in Union Carbide Canada Inc. v. Bombardier Inc., 2014 SCC 35.


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; and 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 and 24 May 2016.

“Why 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.

“Rethinking Cabinet Secrecy”, 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, and 25 August 2011.

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

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