Friday, June 19, 2020

Jérémy Boulanger Bonnelly

Named after Major-General Georges P. Vanier, the first francophone Governor General of Canada, the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (Vanier CGS) program helps Canadian institutions attract highly qualified doctoral students.

Doctoral candidate (SJD) Jérémy Boulanger Bonnelly has been named a Vanier Scholar (SSHRC) for his research proposal titled, "Whose Justice? A Comparative Approach to Disempowerment, Participation and Access to Justice".

His research explores the role of public participation in improving access to justice. Originally from Quebec 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 at Norton Rose Fulbright in Montreal. In parallel to his studies, he remains actively involved in access to justice initiatives, including as a pro bono lawyer in two constitutional cases and as a volunteer for Interligne’s LGBTQ+ legal information clinic in Montreal. Member of the board of Interligne, he is also a volunteer for Forces AVENIR and a member of the executive of Canada’s New Democratic Party.

The Vanier CGS is valued at $50,000 per year for three years during doctoral studies, and considers three equally weighted selection criteriaacademic excellenceresearch potential, and leadership.

Boulanger-Bonnelly was also named a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar this year.