Darius Bossé
Lawyer
Available in: English Français
Darius prioritizes effective problem-solving, providing his clients with legal experience and knowledge of the workings of the judicial and legislative processes.
dbosse@powerlaw.ca
613-702-5566
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Originally from New Brunswick, Darius now lives in Ottawa where his passion for public law and politics has flourished. Darius focuses his practice on constitutional law, administrative law, and parliamentary and government affairs.

Complementing his focused public law practice, Darius has gained extensive experience working on civil litigation matters more broadly, including on appellate and judicial review matters. He has represented his clients’ interests before the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal, the New Brunswick Court of Appeal, and the Ontario Superior Court.

With experience at the crossroads of law and policy, he guides his clients through legislative and policy development processes, including by proposing legislative amendments and preparing clients for appearances before parliamentary committees. He also has experience interpreting, negotiating, and implementing intergovernmental agreements.

Darius began his legal career clerking for Justice Henry S. Brown of the Federal Court and Justice Suzanne Côté of the Supreme Court of Canada. As an articling student and then associate at Power Law, Darius worked on the largest and most complex education rights trial since the adoption of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Darius’ work experience before and during law school greatly informs his practice. For example, while studying law, Darius worked as a Parliamentary Assistant to a member of the House of Commons, and interned at the Office of the Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel for the Senate of Canada.

Recipient of the Joseph-Armand-Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships and the New Brunswick Law Foundation, Darius is pursuing his Master of Laws at McGill University. His research focused on Canadian constitutional law and the autonomy of official language minority communities. He is the author of several academic articles that explore a variety of issues in the areas of constitutional law, administrative law, minority law, statutory interpretation law, and human rights.

Darius practices in English and French.

Law Societies

  • Ontario

Education

  • LL.M. (McGill University - candidate)
  • J.D. (University of Ottawa - 2013)
  • B. Sc. Soc. (University of Moncton - 2010)
  • “Loi sur les langues officielles : rien de plus qu’un épouvantail”, La Presse (June 6, 2018) (with Mark Power)

  • “Time for action on Indigenous language protection”, Winnipeg Free Press (September 25, 2018) (with Madelaine Mackenzieand Mélanie Power)

  • “Pierre De Bané 1938-2019 : la clairvoyance en matière de langues officielles », La Presse (January 19, 2019) (with Mark Power and Perri Ravon)

  • “No, it’s not ‘ok’”, La Presse (March 11, 2019) (with Mark Power and Perri Ravon)

  • “A call for coherence on official language”, The Hill Times (March 27, 2019) (with Jennifer Klinck, Mark Power, Padminee Chundunsing and Perri Ravon)

  • “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) 87 (with François J. Larocque)

  • “Acadianité et droits de la personne : autodétermination identitaire, membriété et droit des minorités nationales” (2016) 5:1 Canadian Journal of Human Rights 27 (with Mark C. Power)

  • “A Review of From Treaty Peoples to Treaty Nation” (2016) 79:1 Saskatchewan Law Review 113

  • “La « communauté linguistique française » du Nouveau-Brunswick dans l’article 16.1 de la Charte canadienne des droits et libertés. Entre politiques de reconnaissance et reconnaissance politique d’une communauté linguistique au Canada” (2015) 37 Francophonies d’Amérique 39 (with Christophe Traisnel)

  • “Une tentative de clarification de la présomption de respect des valeurs de la Charte canadienne des droits et libertés” (2014) 55 Les Cahiers de droit 775 (with Mark C. Power)

  • “Le droit, un rempart à la fragilité minoritaire?” (2013) 4:1 La Relève: Le journal des étudiants de la francophonie canadienne 6 (with Stéphanie Chouinard)

  • “Un entretien avec l’honorable sénateur Serge Joyal” (2012-2013) 44:3 Ottawa Law Review  595 (with Stéphane Sérafin, Anna Oroianu and Philippe Gollin)

  • “Le statut du français au sein de l’appareil judiciaire ontarien : une révolution tranquille inachevée” (2012-2013) 44:1 Ottawa Law Review 161 (with Mathieu Demilly)

  • “Le statut du français au sein de la profession juridique en Ontario : Réflexions sur le droit d’exiger une audience devant des membres de panel d’audition qui s’expriment en français au Comité d’audition du Barreau du Haut-Canada” (2012-2013) 44:1 Ottawa Law Review 77 (with Pierre Champagne and Mark C. Power)

  • “Constitutional Litigation, the Adversarial System and some of its Adverse Effects” (2012) 17:2 Review of Constitutional Studies 1 (with Mark C Power and François J. Larocque)

  • “Colloque sur le statut du français dans la réglementation de la profession juridique”,  La Clef – Bulletin de la Conférence des juristes d’expression française de common law, Canadian Bar Association (July 2012) (with Mathieu Demilly)

  • “Un entretien avec le professeur émérite Joseph E. Roach” (2011-2012) 43:2 Ottawa Law Review 323 (with Nicholas Malone, Dana Antakly and Ariane Courtemanche)

  • Book review: “Recension – A Great and Noble Scheme: The Tragic Story of the Expulsion of the French Acadians from Their American Homeland by John Mack Faragher” (2011) 12 Revue de la common law en français 315

  • “La répartition géographique des dépenses de capital du Gouvernement du Nouveau-Brunswick, 1994-2008” (November 2009), online: cneb.com <http://www.cenb.com/document/ch/2010-02-19.pdf> (with André Leclerc and David Roy)

  • “L’obligation de faire adopter la version française des textes constitutionnels canadiens”, 6th Annual Meeting of the Language Rights Supports Program: The progression towards equality of status and use of French and English in Canada, organised by the Language Rights Support Program (LRSP), University of Ottawa, November 23, 2015 (with François J. Larocque)

  • “Francophonie canadienne : Quand le public dépasse les frontières du droit”, Symposium : La francophonie canadienne comme public : penser ses espaces, ses politiques et ses problèmes, organised by the Centre de recherche en civilisation canadienne-française (CRCCF), University of Ottawa, November 12, 2015

  • “Quelles sont les valeurs de la Charte canadienne des droits et libertés?”, 83e Congrès de l’Association francophone pour le savoir (Acfas), Université du Québec à Rimouski, May 2015

  • “Les nouvelles théories de la liberté et le droit des minorités”, 82e Congrès de l’Association francophone pour le savoir (Acfas), Concordia University, May 14, 2014

  • “Pour une posture néo-républicaine en francophonie canadienne”, Colloque : Francophonie canadienne et pouvoir, organisé par le Centre de recherche en civilisation canadienne-française (CRCCF), University of Ottawa, November 8, 2013

  • “L’affaire Caron et l’importance de la preuve historique et sociologique en droit constitutionnel”, 81e Congrès de l’Association francophone pour le savoir (Acfas), Université Laval, May 6, 2013

  • “Le principe d’interprétation fondé sur les valeurs de la Charte : examen de la jurisprudence canadienne et constat d’irrégularités”, Célébration des contributions de la Justice Louise Charron, University of Ottawa, March 23, 2013 (with Mark C. Power)

  • “L’article 16.1 et le modèle canadien de protection des minorités linguistiques : contrainte ou opportunité politique ? ”, Journée de réflexion « Égalité et autonomie : le passé, le présent et l’avenir de l’article 16.1 », organised by the International Observatory on Language Rights, Law Faculty of the University of Moncton, March 16, 2013 (with Christophe Traisnel)

  • Bessette v British Columbia (Attorney General) 2019 SCC 31 (language of trial, judicial review in criminal matters, statutory interpretation)

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