Étienne Cossette-Lefebvre is currently pursuing a doctorate at the University of Toronto, where he obtained an LLM in 2020. His dissertation develops a novel trans-systemic account of the concept of self-ownership to explain a person’s rights in her body, image, voice and personal information. He feels privileged to be a Junior Fellow at Massey College.
Étienne earned a BCL/LLB (Hons) in the Faculty of Law at McGill University in 2014. He won numerous awards of excellence and graduated on the Dean’s Honour List. He was also awarded the First Prize in the undergraduate category of the essay competition of the Quebec Association of Comparative Law (2013-2014). Throughout his post-secondary education, Étienne has continued to pursue his study of music, training and performing as a classical pianist.
After successfully completing the Quebec Bar, earning the second-highest grade point average in the Quebec Bar School (2014-2015), Étienne worked as a law clerk at the Court of Appeal of Quebec. In 2018-2019, he clerked for Justice Russell Brown at the Supreme Court of Canada.
Étienne is a course lecturer at McGill. In September 2020, he was appointed Assistant Director of the Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law.