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Pierre Cloutier de Repentigny

  • Scholar 2017
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University of Ottawa

    Pierre Cloutier de Repentigny is a doctoral student and a Part-Time Professor at the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Law. He is the recipient of a Bombardier Doctoral Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Pierre holds a civil law and a common law degree (LL.L. & LL.B.) from the University of Ottawa, and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the University of British Columbia, where he wrote a thesis on the sustainability of biofuels legislation in the European Union.

    Pierre's doctoral thesis, supervised by Professor Heather McLeod-Kilmurray, analyzes the marine life protection provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea through the lens of critical environmental law. It seeks to uncover the pervasive liberal biases of the framework regime preventing a sustainable relationship between marine life and humanity.

    Currently, Pierre co-teaches the bilingual Environmental Law Clinic course in the Common Law Section of the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Law. The clinic is a partnership between the Common Law Section and the public interest environmental law firm Ecojustice, and it aims at providing practical skills through experiential learning to the environmental lawyers of tomorrow. Pierre is also voluntarily assisting Professor Cissé Yacouba of Côte d'Ivoire in his duties as a member of the United Nations' International Law Commission, and is actively involved in the University of Ottawa's Centre for Environmental Law and Global Sustainability's activities.

    Throughout his education and career, Pierre had the chance to gain valuable experiences in environmental law through volunteering, and through his work at Environment Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada, the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy, and the Cohen Commission of Inquiry into the Decline of the Fraser River Sockeye Salmon. He was also Law Clerk to the Honorable Justice Richard G. Mosley of the Federal Court. Additionally, Pierre has been active in the defence and promotion of LGBTQ2S rights, work which he continues as Director of Research for JusticeTrans, a non-profit promoting access to justice for trans people.