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.
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. Professor Webber clerked for Justice André Rochon of the Quebec Court of Appeal and Justice Ian Binnie of the Supreme Court of Canada.
Professor Webber's commitments to public service have included working as a senior policy advisor with the Privy Council Office, serving as Legal Affairs Advisor to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and working as a legal agent of the Department of Justice. 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. For his role in co-founding the Institute, the Governor General of Canada awarded Professor Webber a Meritorious Service Medal.
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
- 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 (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]