Grégoire Webber is Canada Research Chair in Public Law and Philosophy of Law at Queen’s Law, cross-appointed to the Department of Philosophy, and Visiting Senior Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is joint convenor of the Colloquium in Legal and Political Philosophy.
He is a graduate of McGill University with bachelors of civil law and common law and of the University of Oxford with a doctorate in law, where he studied as a Trudeau scholar. Professor Webber clerked for Justice André Rochon of the Quebec Court of Appeal and Justice Ian Binnie of the Supreme Court of Canada. He is co-founder and Executive Director of the Supreme Court Advocacy Institute, which provides free advocacy advice to counsel appearing before the Supreme Court of Canada. In December 2015, the Governor General of Canada awarded Professor Webber a Meritorious Service Medal for his role in co-founding the Institute.
In 2016-2017, Professor Webber was on a leave of absence from Queen's Law and from his Canada Research Chair to serve as Legal Affairs Advisor to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.
Prior to joining Queen’s, Professor Webber was senior policy advisor with the Privy Council Office and then Associate Professor of Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has been a visiting professor at the Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II).
Foundational questions in human rights, public law, and the philosophy of law, including:
- the natural law tradition;
- the nature of rights;
- the relationship between positive law and human rights;
- foundations of authority and obligation; and
- methodology in the study of human affairs.
Recent Professional Achievements
- Cross-appointed to the Department of Philosophy, 2018
- Appointed Legal Affairs Advisor to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, 2016-2017
- Awarded a Meritorious Service Medal by the Governor General of Canada, 2015
- Founding convenor (with Jean Thomas) of the Colloquium in Legal and Political Philosophy, 2015
- Appointed Senior Visiting Fellow, London School of Economics and Political Science, 2015
- Appointed Canada Research Chair in Public Law and Philosophy of Law, Queen's University, 2014
For a full list of publications and other information, please see Professor Webber's CV.
- Legislated Rights: Securing human rights through legislation (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2018) (jointly authored with P. Yowell, R. Ekins, M. Köpcke, F.J. Urbina, and B.W. Miller) [CUP] [SSRN]
- Constitutional Dialogue: Rights, Democracy, Institutions (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2019) (edited with G. Sigalet and R. Dixon) [CUP]]
- Proportionality and the Rule of Law: Rights, Reasoning, Justification (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014; paperback edition, 2016) (edited with G. Huscroft and B.W. Miller) [CUP] [SSRN]
- The Negotiable Constitution: On the Limitation of Rights (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009; paperback edition 2012) [CUP] [SSRN]
- 'Proportionality and limitations on freedom of speech' in Frederic Schauer and Adrienne Stone (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Freedom of Speech (forthcoming) [SSRN]
- "A conservative disposition and constitutional change" (2019) Oxford Journal of Legal Studies (forthcoming, with Graham Gee) [OJLS]
- "Past, present, and justice in the exercise of judicial responsibility" in Geoffrey Sigalet, Grégoire Webber, and Rosalind Dixon (eds), Constitutional Dialogue: Rights, Democracy, Institutions (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2019) [SSRN] [CUP]]
- "Proportionality and absolute rights" in Vicki Jackson and Mark Tushnet (eds) Proportionality: New Frontiers, New Challenges (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2017) [CUP] [SSRN]
- "Loyal Opposition and the political constitution" (2017) 37 Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 357-382 [OJLS] [SSRN]
- "The Question Why and the Common Good" (2017) 8 Jurisprudence 99-109 [Juris] [SSRN]