Professor Benoît Pelletier is spending part of his academic leave, which started in January and ends in September, as a visiting professor in the law school at prestigious Cornell University.
Pelletier is conducting research on comparative constitutional law.
Cornell is a private American university located in the small town of Ithaca, New York. It also has a campus in New York City, as well as one in Qatar.
Founded in 1865, Cornell is one of the eight prestigious Ivy League schools. A total of 41 Nobel Prize laureates have been affiliated with the school as students or professors. Cornell regularly ranks among the top 15 universities in the world.
Called to the Quebec Bar in 1982, Benoît Pelletier first practised law in Ottawa, in the civil litigation and real property section of the federal Department of Justice (from 1983 to 1989) and at Legal Services, Correctional Service of Canada (from 1989 to 1990). In 1990, he joined the faculty of the Civil Law Section.
For 10 years, Benoît Pelletier represented the riding of Chapleau in Quebec’s National Assembly. He was a minister in the Quebec government for nearly six years, handling the portfolios of Canadian Intergovernmental Affairs and the Canadian Francophonie, Aboriginal Affairs and Reform of Democratic Institutions.
Benoît Pelletier holds a bachelor of laws from Université Laval, a master of laws from the University of Ottawa and two doctorates of laws, from the Université de Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne) and Université Aix-Marseille III. He also holds an honorary doctorate of laws from the Université de Moncton.
In 1989, Benoît Pelletier received the Medal of the Barreau de Paris, as best student in the graduate law programs at the University of Ottawa. In 1998, he received the Award of Excellence in Teaching from the University of Ottawa. In 2011, he received the Gloire de l’Escolle medal as a distinguished alumnus of Université Laval and the title of lawyer emeritus from the Quebec Bar. In 2012, he received the Mérite du Barreau de l’Outaouais. He is an officer of the Ordre national du Québec. Over the years, he has received many other awards and distinctions.
Benoît Pelletier has published numerous scholarly texts and has given many lectures in Canada and abroad. He has been a visiting professor at universities such as Nantes, Corse, Paris II, Paris V and Lyon III. He has also twice been a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, in 2007 and 2009.