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Audrey Boctor

Partner
514 934-7737
Assistant: Manon Sansoucy
514 935-4460 extension 222

Languages: English and French

Law Society of Upper Canada — 2006
New York Bar— 2009
Quebec Bar — 2010

Audrey joined IMK in 2010. A former law clerk to Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, P.C., she previously practiced in the financial products and markets group at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York and taught at Columbia Law School.

Audrey represents clients in complex civil and commercial disputes and has extensive experience in appellate advocacy. She has a broad public law practice, including constitutional and human rights law and a range of administrative and regulatory matters. She also regularly advises on matters relating to private international law, including jurisdiction, state immunity, recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards and the taking of evidence abroad. Audrey is an accredited mediator with the Court of Quebec, Small Claims Division.

Representative work

Kazemi Estate v. Islamic Republic of Iran: Estate and son of the late photo-journalist Zahra Kazemi, at all levels of Court including the Supreme Court of Canada, challenging the constitutionality of Canada’s State Immunity Act in so far as it bars Civil redress for torture.

Churchill Falls (Labrador) Corporation vs. Hydro Québec: Churchill Falls (Labrador) Corporation in a dispute regarding the duties of good faith and cooperation arising out of its long-term contract with Hydro-Québec.

Center for Gender Advocacy & al v. Attorney General of Quebec: The Center for Gender Advocacy and named plaintiffs in a case challenging the constitutionality of provisions of the Civil Code of Quebec governing gender identification in official documents.

Instrubel, N.V. v. Republic of Iraq & al: Instrubel, N.V. in a case seeking the recognition and enforcement of arbitration awards rendered by the International Chamber of Commerce against various Iraqi state entities.

Villeneuve v. Ville de Montréal: The Canadian Civil Liberties Association, as intervener, in a case challenging the constitutionality of Montreal City By-Law P-6 dealing with protests.

Lizotte v. Aviva & al: The Advocates’ Society, as intervener, before the Supreme Court of Canada in a case dealing with the extent to which litigation privilege can be abrogated by broad statutory investigative powers.

SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. et al v. Ben Aïssa et al: a Swiss law firm, sued by SNC in Canada, in connection with fraud and bribery committed by SNC’s officers in Libya. 

Education

LL.B., McGill University, 2005
B.C.L., McGill University, 2005
B.A. (Hons) in Political Science and French (Gold Medalist), Western University, 2001

Clerkship

Law Clerk to the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, P.C., Chief Justice of Canada, at the Supreme Court of Canada, 2005-2006

Associations

Canadian Bar Association
The Advocates’ Society

Professional activities

Canadian Bar Association, National Administrative Law Section, Vice-Chair (since 2016), Treasurer (2015), Secretary (2014)

Canadian Bar Association, Quebec Administrative Law Section, Past Chair (2011-2014)

Canadian Bar Association, Quebec Division, Executive Committee Member (since 2015)

Canadian Civil Liberties Association, Member of the Board of Directors and Pro Bono counsel (since 2014)

Supreme Court of Canada Advocacy Institute, Sessions Coordinator (2016-current)

Tyndale Community Center, Member of the Board of Directors and Legal Clinic volunteer (since 2013)

Teaching

Sessional lecturer, Common Law Civil Procedure, University of Montréal (2013, 2014, 2015)

Recent publications

“The Abolition of the Death Penalty in Rwanda”, Human Rights Review, Vol. 10 No.1, March 2009 (Springer Netherlands) 99-118, chosen in 2013 to be part of the Ashgate International Library on Capital Punishment, Policy and Governance, Volume III (published November 2013)

Recent conferences

Lightning Round: Update on Privilege, The Advocates’ Society Fall Convention, November 11, 2016 (Sonoma)

L’indépendance des tribunaux administratifs : Commentaire sur l’arrêt Association des juges administratifs de la Commission des lésions professionnelles c. Québec (Procureur général), 2013 QCCA 1690, Déjeuner causerie Quelques aspects du statut juridique des juges et des décideurs administratifs, Association du Barreau canadien – Division Québec, 18 février 2014 (Montréal)

Courting Independence : View from Quebec, Courting Independence : Tribunal Governance, Independence and Accountability in Canada, Association du Barreau ontarien, 31 mai 2013 (Toronto)

Civil Liability in Canada and Quebec for War Crimes, Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity and Torture : An Overview Centre canadien pour la justice internationale, conférence annuelle, 30 septembre 2011 (Montréal)