Jérémy Boulanger-Bonnelly
SJD Candidate
Thesis title:
Whose Justice? A Comparative Approach to Canadian Civil Lay Justice
Office in Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park
Toronto, M5S 2C5

Jérémy Boulanger-Bonnelly is a Boulton Junior Fellow and incoming Assistant Professor at McGill University’s Faculty of Law and a doctoral candidate at the University of Toronto. His doctoral research is supported by a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship and a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholarship.

Passionate about access to justice, he adopts a comparative approach to explore the many facets of that issue. His current projects focus, for example, on the role of public participation in improving access to justice, particularly through lay courts. More broadly, his research extends to various areas of law, including private law, civil procedure, judicial institutions, and constitutional law.

Originally from Québec City, Jérémy completed his bachelor in civil law and common law at McGill University as a Loran Scholar. He then served as a law clerk to Justice Clément Gascon at the Supreme Court of Canada and practised as a lawyer in civil, appellate and constitutional litigation in Montreal. In parallel to his research, he remains actively involved in access to justice initiatives, including as a pro bono lawyer in constitutional cases and as a volunteer for Interligne, a front-line centre providing various services, including legal information, to LGBTQ+ communities across the Province of Quebec and beyond.

Doctor of Juridical Science, University of Toronto, 2019-2023
Visiting Researcher, Harvard Law School, Fall 2022
Bachelor of Civil Law / Bachelor of Laws (Honours), McGill University, 2011-2015
Awards and Distinctions
John W. Durnford Award for Teaching Excellence, McGill University, 2023
Hommage bénévolat-Québec Award / Young Volunteer category (Claude-Masson Award), Government of Québec, 2023
James G. Wright Award, McGill Alumni Association, 2023
Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Canada™ in Administrative & Public Law and Corporate & Commercial Litigation, 2023
Finalist, Lawyer of the Year - Pro bono, Young Bar of Montréal, 2021
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, SSHRC, 2020-2023
Doctoral Scholarship, Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, 2020-2023
Mary and Louis Anisman Fellowship in Law and Fairness, University of Toronto, 2020
Canada Graduate Scholarship - Doctoral, SSHRC, 2020 (Declined)
Doctoral Scholarship, Québec Research Fund - Society & Culture, 2020 (Declined)
University of Toronto Fellowship, 2019-2021
Canada Graduate Scholarship to Honour Nelson Mandela - Master's Level, SSHRC, 2019
Aimé Geoffrion Medal, McGill University, 2015
Dean's Honours List, McGill University, 2013-2015
Maxwell Cohen Award (public international law), McGill University, 2015
Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt Prize (corporate and commercial law), McGill University, 2015
Bereskin & Parr Prize (intellectual and industrial property), McGill University, 2014
Patricia Allen Award (involvement in the Faculty), McGill University, 2014
Kark Claxton Jr. Memorial Award, McGill University, 2014
Borden Ladner Gervais Research Fellowship, McGill University, 2012
W. Garfield Weston Loran Award, Loran Scholars Foundation, 2011
Professional Affiliations
Boulton Junior Fellow, McGill University Faculty of Law
Chair, Access to Justice Subcommittee, Canadian Bar Association
Member, CRN04 (Lay participation in law), Law & Society Association
Member, Collectif de l'Observatoire pluridisciplinaire sur le devenir du droit privé
Member, Canadian Association for Legal Ethics
Young Governor, Quebec Bar Foundation
Member of the Quebec Bar (2017)
Vice-President, Interligne (formerly Gai-Écoute)
Board Member, La Clairière - Compagnie de création
Selected Publications


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  • “Actions collectives et tribunaux administratifs : un vide juridictionnel à combler” (2022) 67:4 McGill Law Journal 453.
  • “Shelters of Justice in Displaced Persons Settlements: A Proposal for Rohingya Camps” (2022) 73 UNBLJ 42 (with Louise Otis).

Other Journal Articles

  • "The Hybridization of Lay Courts: From Colombia to England and Wales" (forthcoming, Chicago-Kent Law Review).
  • “L’affaire Marcotte à l’intersection du fédéralisme, de la protection du consommateur et de l’accès à la justice” (2021) 103 Supreme Court Law Review (2d) 103.
    • Also published in Jérémy Boulanger-Bonnelly & Joshua Sealy-Harrington, eds, Une force tranquille – The Judicial Legacy of Clément Gascon (Toronto: LexisNexis, 2022).

Peer-Reviewed Chapter

Other Chapter

Editorial Activities

Book Review

  • “Sanja Kutnjak Ivković, Shari Seidman Diamond, Valerie P. Hans and Nancy S. Marder, eds. Juries, Lay Judges, and Mixed Courts: A Global Perspective. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2021.” (2022) 37:1 Canadian Journal of Law and Society 179.



Research Interests
Canadian Constitutional Law
Civil Law
Comparative Law
Judicial Decision-Making
Legal Ethics
Legal Process
Committee Members