Gerard Kennedy joined the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba as an assistant professor in January 2020. He teaches and researches civil procedure, the legal profession, administrative law, and international law. He has been published in many leading Canadian law journals, including the Osgoode Hall Law Journal, Supreme Court Law Review, Queen's Law Journal, Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice, and Manitoba Law Journal.
Gerard earned his doctorate at Osgoode Hall Law School, where he was a 2016 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar and a SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholar. He spent the 2018-2019 academic year at NYU School of Law as a Visiting Doctoral Researcher before taking a Visiting Scholar position at the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg. Previously, Gerard completed his Masters of Law degree at Harvard Law School in 2012, as a Frank Knox Memorial Fellow. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2011 after clerking for the judges of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. He earned his law degree from Queen’s University, where he was awarded the Dean’s Key as the graduating student who best combined academic achievement and community involvement.
Prior to commencing his career in academia, Gerard had a litigation practice at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, with particular emphases in employment matters, constitutional litigation, administrative-regulatory issues, and construction and procurement disputes. His interests in constitutional and international law were put into action as part of Osler's Pro Bono Community Law project, and as an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto, where he taught international law, and the Faculty of Law at Queen's University, where he has taught administrative law and international law, in which he designed an online course. He completed an internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague in 2009.