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 Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is joint convenor of the Queen's Colloquium in Legal and Political Philosophy

Professor Webber 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. He clerked for Justice Ian Binnie of the Supreme Court of Canada and, as a student, for Justice André Rochon of the Quebec Court of Appeal. 

Professor Webber previously worked as a senior policy advisor with the Privy Council Office and as Legal Affairs Advisor to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and is currently legal agent of the Department of Justice (Canada). He is joint founder and Executive Director of the Supreme Court Advocacy Institute, which provides free advocacy advice to counsel appearing before the Supreme Court of Canada. For his role in co-founding the Institute, the Governor General of Canada awarded him a Meritorious Service Medal.

Research

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;
  • balancing and proportionality in human rights law; and
  • the political constitution.

Recent Professional Achievements

  • Appointed to the Royal Society of Canada's College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, 2019
  • Cross-appointed to the Department of Philosophy, 2018-
  • Appointed legal agent of the Department of Justice, 2017-
  • 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 (joint) of the Colloquium in Legal and Political Philosophy, 2015
  • Appointed 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-

Recent Publications

For a complete list of publications and other information, please see Professor Webber's CV and Google Scholar profile. 

Books

  • Legislated Rights: Securing human rights through legislation (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2018; paperback edition, 2019) (jointly authored with P. Yowell, R. Ekins, M. Köpcke, F.J. Urbina, and B.W. Miller) [CUP] [SSRN]
  • The Negotiable Constitution: On the Limitation of Rights (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009; paperback edition 2012) [CUP] [SSRN]

Edited collections

  • Constitutional Dialogue: Rights, Democracy, Institutions (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2019) (edited with G. Sigalet and R. Dixon)  [CUP] [SSRN]
  • 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]

Articles

  • "Legislated Rights in the real world" (2020) Jerusalem Review of Legal Studies (with Paul Yowell) (forthcoming) [SSRN]
  • "A conservative disposition and constitutional change" (2019) 39 Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 526-552 (with Graham Gee) [OJLS]
  • "Legislated Rights in the Anglo-American Tradition" (2018) 10 Faulkner Law Review 129-169 (with Richard Ekins) [SSRN]
  • "Judicial power and judicial responsibility" (2017) 36 University of Queensland Law Journal 205-220 [UQLJ]
  • "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]
  • "Asking why in the study of human affairs" (2015) 60 American Journal of Jurisprudence 51-78 [AJJ] [SSRN]

Chapters in edited collections

  • "Proportionality and limitations on freedom of speech" in The Oxford Handbook of Freedom of Speech (Frederic Schauer and Adrienne Stone, eds, Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming) [SSRN]
  • "Can the constitution of a fruit fly be written?" inFrom morality to law and back again: Liber amicorum for John Garder (Michelle Dempsey and François Tanguay-Renaud, eds, Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming) [SSRN]
  • "The duty to govern and the Rule of Law in an emergency" in Vulnerable: The Law, Policy and Ethics of COVID-19 (Colleen M. Flood, Vanessa MacDonnell, Jane Philpott, Sophie Thériault, and Sridhar Venkatapuram, eds, Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 2020) [open access: UOP]
  • "Past, present, and justice in the exercise of judicial responsibility" in Constitutional Dialogue: Rights, Democracy, Institutions (Geoffrey Sigalet, Grégoire Webber, and Rosalind Dixon, eds, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2019) [SSRN] [CUP]
  • "Proportionality and absolute rights" in Proportionality: New Frontiers, New Challenges (Vicki Jackson and Mark Tushnet, eds, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2017) [CUP] [SSRN]
  • "On the loss of rights" in Proportionality and the Rule of Law: Rights, Reasoning, Justification (Grant Huscroft, Bradley W. Miller, and Grégoire Webber, eds, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014; paperback edition, 2016) 123-154 [CUP] [SSRN]

Media and shorter essays

  • "The faculty received wisdom around the notwithstanding clause" IRPP Policy Options, 10 May 2019 (with Robert Leckey and Eric Mendelsohn) [IRPP]
  • "Une idée reçue sur la disposition dérogatoire" IRPP Options politiques, 10 mai 2019 (avec Robert Leckey et Eric Mendelsohn) [IRPP]
  • "The two party system is imperfect, but more effective" The New York Times: Room for Debate, 9 September 2015 [NYT]
  • "The current system holds parties and candidates to account" The New York Times: Room for Debate, 6 May 2015 [NYT]