Marie-France Fortin


Marie-France Fortin
Assistant Professor

Ph.D. (Cambridge) (2020)
LL.M. (Harvard) (2010)
LL.M. International Law (Cambridge) (2009)
LL.B. avec mention profil international, Paris II Panthéon-Assas (Laval) 2006

Room: 57, rue Lous-Pasteur, bureau 305
Bureau: 613-562-5800 ext. 3237
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Marie-France Fortin submitted her doctoral thesis, “A Historical Constitutional Approach to the King Can Do No Wrong: Revisiting Crown Liability” in 2019 at the University of Cambridge. After having completed an exchange at the Université de Paris II – Panthéon-Assas, she graduated from Université Laval in Quebec City in 2006, finishing first in her cohort. She also obtained a Master of Law with specialization in international law from the University of Cambridge in 2009 and a Master of Law from Harvard Law School in 2010.

Marie-France was granted several awards and scholarships, among which the Canadian Institute for Advanced Legal Studies’ The Right Honourable Paul Martin Sr scholarship, the Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship and a doctoral scholarship from the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation.

Her research interests cover the broad field of public law, constitutional theory, comparative constitutional law, as well as legal history in public law.

Marie-France Fortin served as a law clerk to the Honourable Morris J Fish at the Supreme Court of Canada from 2007 to 2008. She practised law in prominent Canadian law firms and acted as legal counsel for various departments and governmental organisations at both the federal and provincial levels. She is a member of the Quebec Bar since 2007.

Publications and Communications


- “The King’s Two Bodies and the Crown a Corporation Sole: Historical Dualities in English Legal Thinking”, article en voie de publication par History of European Ideas.

- “ Reconcevoir la Prérogative royale : une approche constitutionnelle historique anglaise”, article en voie de publication par Les Chantiers de la recherche en droit, CRDP de l’Université de Montréal.


Conferences and presentations

- “Prérogative Royale et The King Can Do No Wrong: une approche historique, théorique et normative”, for the CML 4501 – Studies in Constitutional Law class, 13 January 2020, Faculté de droit, Université d’Ottawa

- “The King’s Two Bodies and the Crown a Corporation Sole: Legal Historical Insights for Reconceptualization of the Monarchy”, 9 January 2019, Monarchy and Modernity Since 1500 Conference, University of Cambridge, Cambridge

- Before Black: A Historical Perspective on the Application of Statutes to the Crown, 29 November 2018, Centre for Public Law, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge

- The King Can Do No Wrong Met the King’s Two Bodies: Rule of Law in Late Medieval and Tudor England, 29 May 2018, Centre for English Legal History, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge, Cambridge

- The King Can do No Wrong: A Traditional Maxim in Need of Transformation?, Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) DTP International Conference 2017, Tradition and Transformation, 18-20 September 2017, Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge

- A Constitutional Approach to Crown Liability: Revisiting the king can do no wrong from a Legal Historical Perspective, Summary of Research Project and Analytical Model, 13 March 2017, Doctoral Research Training Development Program Seminar, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge, Cambridge

- S’interroger sur les actes de puissance publique, 6 May 2016, Colloque des chercheurs de la relève de l’Université de Montréal, Imaginer de nouvelles avenues en droit et sciences humaines: affaires, travail, personnes, Université de Montréal 

- Immunity from Scrutiny, with Simon Potter, 25 October 2012, Ontario Bar Association Conference, Ottawa


Courses taught

  • Introduction to Law
  • Fundamentals of Public Law
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
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