5th Annual Chevrette-Marx Lecture 2019

"Droits et Droit"

By Professor Grégoire Webber, Canada Research Chair in Public and Philosophy of Law at Queen’s University Faculty of Law

With a commentary by Professor Christine Vézina, Université Laval Faculty of Law



Grégoire Webber is Canada Research Chair in Public and Philosophy of Law at Queen’s University Faculty of Law, cross-appointed to the Department of Philosophy, and Visiting Senior Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. .

He obtained a Bachelor of Civil and Common Law from McGill University and is a graduate from the University of Oxford with a doctorate in law, where he studied as a Trudeau scholar. He worked as a judicial assistant for Justice André Rochon of the Québec Court of Appeal as well as for Justice Ian Binnie of the Supreme Court of Canada.

Professor Webber is the founder and the Executive Director of the Supreme Court of Advocacy Institute, which aims at providing free advice to counsels appearing before the Supreme Court. In December 2015, he was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal by the Governor General of Canada for his role with the Institute, highlighting the impact of the institute on “access to justice for all Canadians.”

Professor Webber has made several contributions to the academic world and has been a senior policy advisor for the Privy Council Office as well as Legal Affair Advisor to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.


Christine Vézina is an Associate Professor at the Université Laval Faculty of Law. She teaches constitutional law, human rights law and international economic, social and cultural rights. Her research, which favours a sociolegal perspective and mobilizes empirical methodologies, focuses on the implementation of economic, social and cultural rights in the context of marginalization or social exclusion.

Professor Vézina holds a Bachelor of Laws from the Université de Montréal (1996), a Master of International Law (1997) and a Specialized Graduate Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance (1998), both from the Université d’Aix-Marseille. In October 2013, she defended her doctoral thesis on community practices in the fight against HIV and the effectivity of the right to health. Her thesis was awarded an “exceptional” honour as well as the “best thesis prize” from the Association des professeures et professeurs de droit du Québec (2014).

Professor Vézina currently researches on human rights culture, justiciability of economic, social and cultural rights, and the mobilization of law by non-governmental organizations. She is a member of the board of the Institut québécois de réforme du droit et de la justice (IQRDJ) and a former administrator of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network (2008—16). Before her appointment as a professor, Christine Vézina worked within community organizations engaged in the fight against HIV/AIDS in both Québec and Africa (2002—10), and practised law in  a Montreal law firm (1999—2002).




This content has been updated on December 4th, 2019 at 16 h 20 min.