Jean-François Gaudreault-Desbiens



Canada Research Chair in North American and Comparative Legal and Cultural Identities

Tier 2 - 2006-08-01
Renewed: 2011-10-01
Université de Montréal
Social Sciences and Humanities

514-343-7956
jf.gaudreault-desbiens@umontreal.ca

Research involves


Examining the influence of the interactions between cultures and legal traditions and the identity-formation process that underlies many political claims and demands and attempts to instrumentalize the law.

Research relevance


Studying the epistemological aspects of the interpenetration of cultural and legal models by focusing, first, on the politicization of religion and the challenge of modern constitutionalism and, second, on the development of an ethno-legal theory of federalism.

The Political Organization of Canadian Society in Terms of Legal and Cultural Identities


The purpose of Professor Gaudreault-Desbiens' research is to examine the influence of the interactions between cultures and legal traditions and the identity-formation process that underlies many political claims and demands and attempts to instrumentalize the law.

As chairholder, he will begin his program by studying the emergence and migration of cultural and legal models and the competition and interpenetration between them. Then he will examine the politicization of religion, the "discourse of rights" and the challenge of modern constitutionalism. Finally, he will focus on the development of an ethno-legal theory of federalism, particularly as a means of reconciling different identities.

In conducting his research, Professor Gaudreault-Desbiens will draw on classical legal analysis, the philosophy of law, the epistemology of legal thought and the sociology of legal cultures. His program will therefore be innovative and provide a multidisciplinary perspective on the instrumentalization of law.