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Exceptional graduates

Raoul Dandurand

LL. B. 1882
Speaker of the Canadian Senate (1905-1917)
First President of League of Nations (1925)
Grand Officer of Légion d'honneur
Raoul Dandurand UQAM Chair

Édouard Montpetit

LL. L., with very great distinction, 1904
Secretary General of the Université de Montréal
Founder of the Faculty of Social, Economic and Political Sciences at the Université de Montréal (1920)

Georges P. Vanier

LL. B. 1911
Governor General of Canada (1959-1967)
Decorated for demonstrating exceptional bravery in France during the First World War Founding Officer of the Royal 22nd Regiment

Gérald Fauteux

LL. L. 1925
Supreme Court of Canada Justice (1949)
One of the founders of the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa, he also served as Dean from 1953-1962. In 1970, Fauteux was named Chief Justice of Canada and sat on the Supreme Court for 24 years.

Gérard Delage

LL. L. 1935
Founder of Union des artistes (UDA) (1941-1954)
Founder, General Director and Legal Counsel for Association des hôteliers de la Province de Québec (1944-1980)
Founder of Institut de tourisme et d'hôtellerie du Québec (ITHQ) and Chaîne des Rôtisseurs declared him the Prince of Gastronomy.

Jules Léger

LL. L. 1936
Canadian Ambassador to London, Mexico, Italy, and France (from 1940)
Governor General of Canada (1974-1979)

Daniel Johnson, father

LL. L. 1940
Prime Minister of Québec (1966-1968)

Alan B. Gold

LL. L., with distinction, 1941
Chief Justice of the Québec Superior Court (1983-1992)

Paul Gérin-Lajoie

LL. L. 1942
Deputy Prime Minister and Québec Minister of Youth (1960-1964)
First Québec Minister of Education (1964-1966)
President of Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) from 1970-1977

Pierre Elliott Trudeau

LL. L., with great distinction, 1943
Prime Minister of Canada (1968-1979 and 1980-1984)
Former Professor of Law at the Faculty

Jules Deschênes

LL. L. 1946
Chief Justice of the Québec Superior Court (1973-1983)
Deschênes was also named to the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal in the former Yugoslavia (1993-1997).

Jean Beetz

LL. L., with distinction, 1950
Faculty Dean (1968-1970)
Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada (1974-1988)

Antonio Lamer

LL. L., with distinction, 1956
Justice (1980-1990) and Chief Justice (1990-2000) of the Supreme Court of Canada

Robert Bourassa

LL. L., with great distinction, 1956
Prime Minister of Québec (1970-1976 and 1985-1994)

Alice Desjardins

LL. L., with distinction, 1957
Doctorat honoris causa, Université de Montréal, 2012
First woman to become a full-time professor in a Canadian Faculty of Law and the first
woman nominated to the Federal Court of Appeal in 1987.

Bernard Landry

LL. L.1963
Prime Minister of Québec (2001-2003)

Daniel Johnson, son

LL. L. 1966
Prime Minister of Québec (1994)

Nicole Duval Hesler

LL. L., with distinction, 1967
Chief Justice of the Québec Court of Appeal and the first woman to occupy the highest post in the Québec Judiciary.

Herbert Marx

LL. L., with distinction, 1967
Professor of constitutional law in the Faculty (1969-1979)
Québec Justice Minister (1985-1988)
Justice of the Québec Superior Court (1989-2007)

Philippe Kirsch

LL. L. 1969, LL. M. 1972
Doctorat honoris causa, Université de Montréal, 2003
First President of the International Criminal Court

Louise Arbour

LL. L., with distinction, 1970
President and Chief Executive Officer, International Crisis Group (since 2009)
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (2004-2008)
Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada (1999-2004)

Michel Bastarache

LL. L., with distinction, 1970
Doctorat honoris causa, Université de Montréal, 2003
Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada (1997-2008)

Pierre Marc Johnson

LL. L. 1970
Prime Minister of Québec (1985)

Élizabeth Corte

LL. L., with distinction, 1972
Chief Judge of the Court of Québec

Elise Groulx Diggs

LL. L., with distinction, 1973
President of the International Criminal Defence Attorneys Association and founding member of the International Criminal Bar.

Yves-Marie Morissette

LL. L., with distinction, 1973
Judge on the Québec Court of Appeal
Dean of the Faculty of Law at McGill University (1989-1994)

Marie Deschamps

LL. L., with distinction, 1974
Doctorat honoris causa, Université de Montréal, 2008
Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada (2002-2012)

Gérard (Gerry) Roufs

LL. L. 1976
Competitive sailor who beat the cross-Atlantic record three times (1986, 1988 and 1990) and won the Single-handed Trans-Atlantic Race in 1996. Roufs disappeared in 1997 during the Vendée Globe race.

Calin Rovinescu

LL. L. 1978
President and C.E.O., Air Canada
Chair of the Board of Governors for International Air Transport Association (IATA)

William A. Schabas

LL. L. 1973, LL. M. 1990, LL. D. 1993
Former Director, Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland

Pierre Karl Péladeau

LL. B. 1987
Canadian businessman, son of the founder of Quebecor
President and CEO of Quebecor (1999-2013)
MNA for Saint-Jérôme (2014-2016)
Leader of the Opposition in the Québec National Assembly (2015-2016)