Former students of UdeM Faculty of Law can be found in every sphere of activity in Canadian society, and many are renowned not only in Canada, but around the world.
Those listed below are just a few of our more prominent success stories. All students who pursue a program at UdeM Faculty of Law are success stories in their own right.
- Antonio Lamer (LL.L. 1956), Chief Justice of Canada from 1990 to 2000.
- Gérald Fauteux (LL.L. 1925), Chief Justice of Canada from 1970 to 1973.
Leaders in international law
- Louise Arbour (LL.L. 1970), Chief Prosecutor for the United Nations International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda (1996 to 1999), Supreme Court of Canada Justice (1999-2004), High Commissioner for Human Rights at the United Nations (2004-2008); and President and CEO of the International Crisis Group since 2009.
- Philippe Kirsch (LL.L. 1969, LL.M. 1972), first president of the International Criminal Court from 2003 to 2009.
- Jules Deschênes (LL.L. 1946), Judge of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia from 1993 to 1997.
- Élise Groulx Diggs (LL.L. 1973), founder of the International Criminal Defence Attorneys Association and of the International Criminal Bar.
- Pierre-Elliott Trudeau (LL.L. 1943), former professor at UdeM Faculty of Law, Prime Minister of Canada from 1968 to 1984. His government adopted the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
- Jean Drapeau (LL.B. 1941), Mayor of Montreal (1954 to 1957 and 1960 to 1986). He was Mayor of Montreal during Expo 67 and the 1976 Summer Olympics.
- Jules Léger (LL.L. 1936), Governor General of Canada from 1974 to 1979.
- Georges P. Vanier (LL.B. 1911), Governor General of Canada from 1959 to 1967.
- Robert Gratton (LL.L. 1966), Chairman of the Board, Power Financial Corporation, a diversified international management and holding company with interests in companies that are active in North American financial services. Power Financial also has a significant interest in the Pargesa Group, a Europe-based holding company with interests in five large European companies operating in such strategic industries as media and entertainment, energy, water, waste services, and specialty minerals.
- Pierre-Karl Péladeau (LL.B. 1987), President and Chief Executive Officer, Quebecor Inc., a communications company with operations in North America, Europe, Latin America and India. It has two operating subsidiaries, Quebecor World Inc., one of the largest commercial print media services companies in the world, and Quebecor Media Inc., one of Canada’s largest media companies.
- Jacques Bougie (LL.L. 1973), Chief Executive Officer from 1993 to 2001 of Alcan, the world’s second largest producer of primary aluminum, a technology leader in this sector and a predominant global producer of value-added engineered products and composites, supplying key market sectors such as aerospace, transportation, construction and packaging.
- Alain Doré (LL.B. 1988), Principal Director for Legal Affairs, Bombardier Inc., a large multinational enterprise manufacturing business jets, regional aircraft and rail transportation equipment. It also provides financial services and asset management all over the world.
- Sean Finn (LL.L. 1981, D.D.N. 1988, D.E.S. 1990), Senior Vice-President Public Affairs, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, Canadian National Railway Company (CNR), the largest freight railroad in Canada. CNR provides transportation and intermodal service throughout North America, linking customers to all three NAFTA nations.
- Louis Carbonneau (LL.B. 1987), General Manager International Intellectual Property & Licensing Group, Microsoft Corporation, USA. Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.