François Larocque

Counsel

flarocque@powerlaw.ca

Tel & Fax: 613-702-5560

François’ practice and academic research interests include language rights, torts, human rights law, and international law (public and private).

Originally from Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, François is a tenured professor in the Common Law Section (French Program) of the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law. He has also twice served as vice-dean of the French Common Law program, and is currently acting dean of the Faculty of Law.

François joined Power Law in 2014 as Counsel to the firm.

His practice and academic research is focused on two main areas of law: tort responsibility for severe international human rights violations; and minority French-language rights in Canada. Regarding the former, François has appeared as an expert witness to the sub-committee of the House of Commons on International Human Rights Law to answer questions about transnational civil litigation.

At the beginning of his legal career, François served as law clerk to former Justice Louise Arbour of the Supreme Court of Canada and to former Justices Louise Charron, Jean-Marc Labrosse, Stephen Goudge and Stephen Borin at the Court of Appeal for Ontario.

François practices in English and French.

Law Societies

Ontario, 2002

Education

Ph.D. (Cambridge University – 2006)

LL.B. (University of Ottawa – 2000)

B.A. (University of Ottawa – 1997)

Publications and conference presentations: Reference Books
  • La responsabilité délictuelle en common law, 2nd ed, (Cowansville: Yvon Blais) (with Louise Bélanger-Hardy and Denis Boivin) [forthcoming]

     

  • Doing Peace the Rights Way: International Law and Human Rights in Conflict, Essays in Honour of Louise Arbour (Brussels: Intersentia, forthcoming) (with Fannie Lafontaine)

  • Civil Actions for Uncivilized Acts: The Adjudicative Jurisdiction of Common Law Courts in Transnational Human Rights Proceedings (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2010)

Publications and conference presentations: Book Chapters
  • “Torture, Jurisdiction and Immunity: Theories and Practices in Search of One Another” in A. Orekhelashvili, ed., Research Handbook on the Theory and History of International Law (Northampton (Mass): Edward Elgar Publishing) [forthcoming]

     

     

  • “Archéologie d’un pacte constitutionnel oublié : la proclamation royale de 1869” in Sophie Bouffard and Peter Dorrington, eds, Le statut du français dans l’ouest canadien (Cowansville: Yvon Blais, 2014) (with Mark Power and Michel Doucet)

     

  • “Les recours en matière de droits linguistiques” in Michel Bastarache, et al, eds., Les droits linguistiques au Canada, 3rd ed. (Cowansville: Yvon Blais, 2014)

     

  • “Civil Actions and Uncivilized Acts: Transnational Human Rights Litigation” in The Common Law Tradition (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2010)

     

  • “Le délit transnational de la torture” in Sanda Rogers, Rakhi Ruparelia, Louise Bélanger-Hardy, eds., Critical Torts (Toronto: LexisNexis Canada Inc, 2009) (also published in 44 SCLR (2nd) 263)

  • “Civil Remedies for Terrorism” in Craig Forcese and Nicole LaViolette, eds, The Human Rights of Anti-Terrorism (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2008)

Publications and conference presentations: Articles
  • “La Loi sur les services en français à 25 ans : constats et propositions” (2014) 39 Revue du Nouvel-Ontario 11 (with Mark Power and Albert Nolette)

     

  • “Qui se marie prend pays : le divorce exogame, la garde des enfants et le droit constitutionnel à l’instruction dans la langue de la minorité” (2014) 1 RD Linguistique 3 (with Mark Power)

     

  • “Let [Language] Right[s] Prevail : Le statut du français au Barreau du Haut-Canada” (2013) 44:1 RD Ottawa 103 (with Mark Power)

     

  • “Taxonomie juridique des institutions postsecondaires offrant des programmes et des services en français à l’extérieur du Québec” (2012) 36:1 Manitoba LJ 67 (with Mark Power and Albert Nolette)

     

  • “Constitutional Litigation, the Adversarial System and some of its Adverse Effects” (2012) 17:2 Rev Const Stud 1 (with Mark Power and Darius Bossé)

     

  • “L’élargissement du concept d’obligation fiduciaire au profit des communautés de langue française en situation minoritaire dans leurs relations avec l’État” (2012) 63 UNBLJ 368 (with Mark Power and Maxine Vincelette)

     

  • “Le statut du français à l’Université d’Ottawa et la Loi sur les services en français de l’Ontario” (2010) 2 RCLF 55 (with Mark Power, Matthew Létourneau and Joseph Morin)

     

  • “La Loi sur l’immunité des États canadienne et la torture” (2010) 55 RD McGill 81

     

  • “La proclamation royale du 6 décembre 1869” (2010) 33:2 Manitoba LJ 298-326

     

  • “The Tort of Torture” (2009) 17:3 Tort Law Review 158

     

  • “Recent Developments in Transnational Human Rights Litigation: A Postscript to Torture as Tort” (2008) 46:3 Osgoode Hall LJ 605

     

  • “L’incorporation de la coutume internationale en common law canadienne” (2007) 45 Annuaire canadien de droit international 173 (with Martin Kreuser)

     

  • Bouzari v Iran: Testing the Limits of State Immunity in Canadian Courts” (2003) 41 Canadian Yearbook of International Law 343

     

  • “La dissuasion et le no-fault” (2001) 9 Health LJ 171

  • “Eunomia et le droit selon Allott” (2001) 31:2 RGD 255

Publications and conference presentations: Book Reviews
  • The Law of State Immunity and Terrorism by James Cooper-Hill” (2007) 45 Canadian Yearbook of International Law 611

     

  • Peremptory Norms in International Law by Alexander Orakhelashvili” (2007) 38:2 Ottawa LR 219

     

  • The Globalized Rule of Law by O.E. Fitzgerald, ed.” (2006) 44 Canadian Yearbook of International Law 759

     

  • Using international law in National Courts by Shaheed Fatima” (2006) 44 Canadian Yearbook of International Law 739”

     

  • Corporations and Transnational Human Rights Litigation by Sarah Joseph” (2005) 76 British Yearbook of International Law 543

     

  • Using International Law in Canadian Courts by Gibran van Ert” (2003) 35:1 Ottawa LR 146 (with Mark Power)

     

  • Torture as Tort: Comparative Perspectives on the Development of Transnational Human Rights Litigation by Craig Scott (ed.)” (2003) 41:1 Osgoode Hall LJ 147 (with Mark Power)

  • The Law of State Immunity by Hazel Fox” (2002) 62:2 Cambridge LJ 504

Publications and conference presentations: Other Publications
  • “L’Obligation de faire adopter la version française des textes constitutionnels canadiens” in Linda Cardinal et François Larocque, ed, La Constitution bilingue du Canada : un projet inachevé (Québec: Presses de l’Université Laval, 2017) [forthcoming] (with Darius Bossé)

  • “Cornwall ou comment faire face au mur” Le Droit (10 March 2012) at 19 (with Linda Cardinal, Mark Power et al)

     

  • “Advance Cost Awards and Access to Justice” 30:46 The Lawyer’s Weekly (15 April 2011) at 10, 14 (with Mark Power)

     

  • “Affaire Caron : La Cour d’appel de l’Alberta entendra la question du bilinguisme législatif”, AJEFO : L’expression (November-December 2010) at 4 (with Mark Power)

     

  • “Les provisions pour frais : L’affaire R c Caron”, AJEFO : L’expression (September-October 2010) at 3 (with Mark Power)

     

  • “Alien Tort Statute Survives the Supreme Court” (2004) 63 Cambridge LJ 532

     

  • “The Choice of Torture” 23:1 The Lawyer’s Weekly (2 May 2003) at 4

     

  • “State Immunity Drumpfs Rights to Fair Trial and Freedom from Torture” (2003) 6:3 Constitutional, Civil Liberties and Human Rights Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association 6

     

  • “No Right to Assisted Suicide Under European Human Rights Convention” (2003) 6:3 Constitutional, Civil Liberties and Human Rights Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association 15

     

  • “Old Battles, New Arguments: Recent Language Rights Cases in Ontario and Quebec” (2002) 5:2 Constitutional, Civil Liberties and Human Rights Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association 27

     

  • “De la possibilité d’un recours civil pour le terrorisme”, Canadian Lawyers for International Human Rights – Bulletin (2001-2002) at 2, 19 (with Mark Power)

     

  • “Bill C-36 Lacks Civil Remedies” 21:30 The Lawyer’s Weekly (7 December 2001) at 5 (with Mark Power)

     

  • “Canadian Administrative Law Cases at the Supreme Court of Canada” (2001) 9:3 Constitutional, Civil Liberties and Human Rights Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association (with Marya Duckworth)

     

  • Bush v Gore: Is the Bloom off the Robes?” (2001) 4:2 Constitutional, Civil Liberties and Human Rights Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association 1

  • “Anti-Gang Legislation: Is the Disease Worse than the Cure?” (2001) 4:1 Constitutional, Civil Liberties and Human Rights Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association 3

Cases
  • Morasse v Nadeau-Dubois, 2016 SCC 44 (contempt of court for media statements, freedom of expression)

     

  • Bowden Institution v Khadr, 2015 SCC 26 (criminal law, sentencing, international transfer of offenders)

     

  • Kazemi Estate v Islamic Republic of Iran, 2014 SCC 62 (international public law, state immunity, torture)

     

  • Steen v Islamic Republic of Iran, 2013 ONCA 30 (international public law, state immunity, terrorism)

     

  • Perron v Perron, 2012 ONCA 811 (custody case considering the language of education for child from exogamous parents)

     

  • Club Resorts Ltd v Van Breda, 2012 SCC 17 (international private law)

     

  • Islamic Republic of Iran v Hashemi, 2012 QCCA 1449 (international public law, state immunity, torture)

     

  • R v Caron, 2011 SCC 5 (jurisdiction, costs)

     

  • Kazemi (Estate of) v Islamic Republic of Iran, 2011 QCCA 876 (international public law, state immunity)

     

  • Kazemi (Estate of) v Islamic Republic of Iran, 2011 QCCS 196 (international public law, state immunity)

     

  • Landry v Law Society of Upper Canada, 2011 ONSC 2947 (language rights, professional responsibility)

     

  • Islamic Republic of Iran v Hashemi, 2011 QCCA 1386 (motion, international public law, state immunity, torture)

     

  • Perron v Perron, 2011 ONCA 776 (custody case considering the language of education for child from exogamous parents, motion for security for costs and for an adjournment) 

     

  • Steen v Islamic Republic of Iran, 2011 ONSC 6464 (international public law, state immunity, terrorism)

  • Landry v Law Society of Upper Canada, 2010 CSON 3501 (motion, professional responsibility)

  • Bouzari v Islamic Republic of Iran (2004), 71 RJO 3e 675 (ONCA) (international public law, state immunity, torture)

Before Power Law
  • As a recipient of the Commonwealth, Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Ricard and Prince of Wales Foundation scholarships, François completed his doctoral research at the University of Cambridge (Trinity College) under the joint direction of Professors James Crawford and Philip Allott. He completed his doctoral thesis on the jurisdiction of domestic courts in relation to human rights violations in international law.