November 9, 2017 – Ottawa, Ontario – Department of Justice Canada
The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the following appointment under the new judicial application process announced on October 20, 2016. The new process emphasizes transparency, merit, and diversity, and will continue to ensure the appointment of jurists who meet the highest standards of excellence and integrity.
Sébastien Grammond, a professor in the Civil Law Section of the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law, is appointed a judge of the Federal Court. He replaces Mr. Justice S.B. Noël, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective September 1, 2017.
Mr. Justice Sébastien Grammond was, until his appointment, a professor of the Civil Law Section of the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law, where he was also a former dean. He has authored or co-authored six books and numerous articles about Aboriginal law, constitutional law, and contracts. His research dealt with the legal recognition of Indigenous identity, Indigenous legal systems, and contractual justice.
After studies in engineering, Justice Grammond obtained an LL.B. and an LL.M. from the Université de Montréal, as well as a doctorate in law from the University of Oxford. He clerked for Chief Justice Antonio Lamer of the Supreme Court of Canada. He then practised law with Byers Casgrain (now Dentons Canada) in Montreal and continued to practise in parallel to his academic career. A member of the Quebec and Ontario bars, he argued several major constitutional and civil law cases before the Supreme Court of Canada and many other cases before trial and appellate courts.
Justice Grammond’s pro bono advocacy led to a historic judgment of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal dealing with the discriminatory underfunding of child welfare services in First Nations communities, as well as legislative reforms regarding child welfare, customary adoption, and the rights of victims of sexual assault. He received the Quebec Bar Merit Award, the Mundell Medal and the Ontario Bar Association President’s Award. He is also a member of the Royal Society of Canada.
Justice Grammond and his spouse have two children.