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Name: Prof. Paul-AndrÃ© CrÃ©peau
Convocation date: October 25, 2008
Discipline / contribution: law ; legal education
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Paul- AndrÃ© CrÃ©peau was born in Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan on May 20th, 1926, and the CrÃ©peau family was part of the early history and politics of Saskatchewan. However, following the sudden death of his father, a young Paul-AndrÃ© and his mother left Saskatchewan in 1943 and settled in Ottawa where Paul-Andreâ€™s two sisters had joined the Civil Service and where he pursued his academic studies at the University of Ottawa.Degree received: Doctor of Laws
Paul-AndrÃ© went on to an extraordinary career, training as a Rhodes Scholar in common law and comparative law at the University of Oxford and attaining a doctorate in classical civil law from the UniversitÃ© de Paris. He has six earned degrees from the University of Ottawa (1946, 1947), the UniversitÃ© de Montreal (1950), the University of Oxford (as a Rhodes Scholarship Recipient, 1952), the UniversitÃ© de Paris (1955) and the International Faculty of Comparative Law of Strasbourg (1959). Professor CrÃ©peau has also received seven Honorary Doctorates from universities in Canada and Europe. Throughout his long and highly distinguished career, Professor CrÃ©peau has always paid tribute to his formative years growing up in Saskatchewan.
Professor CrÃ©peau is widely recognized in the university community in Canada as one of the founders of the academic tradition in the law and is generally hailed as the spiritual father of the Civil Code of Quebec and the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms. His work in the law of obligations and Private International Law over nearly fifty years at McGill University has set the highest standard for teaching and scholarship in law in Canada. Writing prolifically in French and English, his many books and articles on the Civil Law are considered to have shaped the development of the law over the last generation. Professionally, his unflagging leadership in learned societies has been a strong theme throughout his career.
A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Dr. CrÃ©peau was made a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1992. He is winner of Quebecâ€™s highest honour for academic work in the humanities and the social sciences - Prix LÃ©on-GÃ©rin. In recognition of his contribution to internationalism and the law, the Canadian Bar Association created the â€œPaul-AndrÃ© CrÃ©peau Medal in International Commercial Lawâ€ in 2001.
Professor CrÃ©peau now makes his home in Quebec where he was intimately involved in the reform of the Civil Code of Quebec and is Director Emeritus of the Centre for Private and Comparative Law at McGill, which he founded in 1975.
Degree presented by: Brent Cotter, Dean of Law
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