Etienne Madelein
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Etienne is passionate about public and international law. He is particularly interested in using these areas of law to promote social justice and the protection of minorities, whether in the courts or in the political arena.

After articling at the Montreal office, Etienne joined the Power Law team as a lawyer in the Vancouver office in fall 2023.

Etienne practices civil litigation, mainly in constitutional and linguistic law.

Having the protection of vulnerable people at heart, Etienne looked into the reform of child protection law with regard to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and volunteered with Amnesty International. In 2023, he received the Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella Prize, awarded annually to the graduating student from each of the 24 law schools in Canada most likely to positively influence equity and social justice in Canada or globally.

Since 2022, as an MP and then as the mover of a motion, Etienne has taken part in the Parlement jeunesse du Québec, which aims to promote the participation of young people in democratic life and improve their understanding of the parliamentary system. The Parlement jeunesse meets annually for five days at the Parliament Building in Quebec City.

Etienne obtained his bachelor’s degree in civil law and his graduate diploma in common law and transnational law (Juris Doctor) from the Université de Sherbrooke. During his studies, he was a teaching and research assistant and took part in the Laskin Moot.

Etienne practices law in English and French, and can converse in Spanish.

Law Societies

  • British Columbia
  • Quebec


  • Graduate Diploma of Specialized Studies in Common Law and Transnational Law, J.D. (Université de Sherbrooke, 2022)
  • LL.B. (Université de Sherbrooke, 2022)
  • “A Space for Research on Children and Law” Round Table, where he presented his essay analyzing child protection law in British Columbia in relation to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (To Look & Play Project, VOICE: The Childhood Ethics Project, McGill University) September 28, 2022, online: <link>

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