Jennifer Quaid


Jennifer Quaid
Assistant Professor

PhD Queen’s
LLM Columbia
LLM Cantab
LLB magna cum laude Ottawa
LLL magna cum laude Ottawa
B Soc Sci (Econ) Ottawa

Room: 57, Louis-Pasteur, room 310A
Bureau: 613-562-5800 ext. 3240
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Jennifer Quaid


Jennifer Quaid is an assistant professor in the Civil Law Section.  An expert on corporate criminal liability, Prof. Quaid’s work focuses on the theoretical and practical aspects of applying the criminal law to organizations.  In her latest work, she brings together a desert-based perspective on criminal law with approaches drawn from organization theory to build a new framework within which to analyse organizational responsibility for mens rea crimes.  She also applies her interdisciplinary approach to emerging issues in organizational punishment and organizational liability for regulatory offences, Prof. Quaid’s other research interests lie in criminal law, especially the philosophy of criminal and punishment theory, as well as various aspects of business law, with special emphasis on matters of competition law, business regulation, corporate finance and corporate governance.

A member of the Bar of Québec, the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Bar of the State of New York, Prof. Quaid practised law for several years, first with the federal Department of Justice and then in private practice for a leading New York firm, where she worked in both the head office and the Melbourne, Australia office.   Before practising, she clerked for the Honourable Frank Iacobucci of the Supreme Court of Canada.

Publications and Communications

Refereed publications

Jennifer Quaid & Mistrale Goudreau, “Bref commentaire sur l’affaire Tervita de 2015 », 28 :3 CPI (forthcoming fall  2016)

Jennifer Quaid & Mistrale Goudreau, “Cinq décisions en droit de la concurrence en 2013“, (2014) 26:2 CPI 523-552.

Jennifer A. Quaid, “Making Sense of the Shift in Paradigm on Cartel Enforcement: The Case for Applying a Desert Perspective” (2012) 58:1 McGill LJ 149-198.

Other publications

Jennifer A. Quaid, “Infractions relatives à la concurrence“, in Droit de la consommation et de la concurrence, vol. 6, Droit des affaires collection (S. Rousseau, ed.), Encyclopédie Jurisclasseur Québec, Montréal: LexisNexis Canada, 2015.

Jennifer A. Quaid, “La responsabilité pénale des organisations“, in Droit pénal général, vol. 1, Droit pénal collection (S. Roy & M.-P. Robert, eds.), Encyclopédie Jurisclasseur Québec, Montréal: LexisNexis Canada, 2013.


Conference presentations

“Finance and Criminal Accountability for the Materialization of Catastrophic Risk: A Consideration of the Moral Limits of the Profit Motive”, presentation to be made at Finance & Social Justice Conference, organized by Finance & Philosophy @ UBT,  Departments of Philosophy & Economics, University of Bayreuth, Bayreuth, Germany, 3-5 November 2016.

“Plea-Bargaining and Economic Crime: Exploring the Tensions and Contradictions in Canadian Law”, presentation to be made at Corporate Crime and Negotiated Justice: Comparing Experiences conference co-organized by Fondazione Centro nazionale di prevenzione e difesa sociale (CNPDS), Commissione “Enrico de Nicola” di diritto e procedura penale and the International Scientific and Professional Advisory Council of the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme (ISPAC), Milan, Italy, 28 October 2016.

“At Cross Purposes: Abstract Individualism, Organizational Reality and the Criminal Law”, presentation to be made at Collective Action: Ontology, Ethics, and Application conference, organized by the Manchester Centre for Political Theory, Manchester, UK, 8-9 September 2016.

« Dénoncer à tout prix? La coexistence inconfortable entre les régimes de disqualification aux appels d’offres publics et les programmes d’immunité et de clémence en matière de concurrence », Conformité en entreprise : perspective canadienne et internationale, Université de Montréal, 6 November 2015. 

“The Next Frontier of International Criminal Law: Holding Organizations to Account as Distinct Responsible Actors”, International Criminal Justice: The State of Play Conference, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, 18-20 March 2015. (Read the Conference Report)

Research projects

“Strengthening Organizational Accountability Under the Criminal Law for the Materialization of Foreseeable Risks of Catastrophic Harm: Considering the Merits of An Approach Based on Organization Culture,” Research project funded by the Fondation du Barreau du Québec.

This research projects explore the merits of integrating elements of organization culture theory into the way we apply the criminal law to organizations by studying recent law reform efforts along these lines in the United Kingdom and Australia.

Courses taught

  • DRC 1701 Droit pénal I
  • DRC 4590 Droit de l’entreprise II
  • DRC 4594 Droit de la concurrence

Fields of Interest

  • Droit pénal des entreprises
  • Droit pénal général
  • Philosophie du droit pénal et de l’imposition de la peine
  • Droit de la concurrence
  • Droit des affaires
  • Théories de l'organisation et culture des organisations
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