Distinguished professor Alain Roy from the University of Montreal
A doctor of laws, Alain Roy is a full Professor at the Faculty of Law at the Université de Montréal. His research and teaching activities are focussed on family law, children's rights, and animal rights. He is the author of more than 40 scientific articles and three monographies. He is one of the four co-writers of Code civil du Québec – Annotations et commentaires, published annually by Éditions Yvon Blais. From 2009 to 2013, Professor Roy was a consultant working with the Attorney General of Quebec on a much-publicized case referred to as Éric vs. Lola, upon which the Supreme Court delivered a judgment in 2013. He then presided over the Comité consultatif sur le droit de la famille (CCDF), a committee formed by the Quebec Department of Justice to suggest global reforms for family law, both in terms of conjugality and filiation/parentage. The CCDF submitted a final report containing 82 recommendations to the Government of Quebec on June 8, 2015.
In the spring of 2017, Professor Roy, together with a group of students from his animal rights course, filed an application for injunction to cancel the urban rodeo organized as part of the celebrations for the 375th anniversary of the City of Montreal. This application led to a settlement agreement approved by the Superior Court of Quebec providing for the establishment, by the Quebec Ministry of Agriculture, of an Advisory committee on the well-being and safety of animals used in rodeos in Quebec. The committee, with a mission to assess the lawfulness of rodeo activities based on independent expertise (which was made possible by the settlement), is expected to file its final report in the summer of 2018.
Professor Roy is a member of the scientific committees of Revue générale de droit (Ottawa), Revue du notariat (Montreal), and Diritto delle successioni e della famiglia (Rome). From 2006 to 2009, he co-directed the international journal Enfances, Familles, Générations, and from 2004 to 2007, he chaired the scientific committee of Conseil de développement de la recherche sur la famille du Québec (CDRFQ).
Alain Roy received the André-Morel prize for professorial excellence in 2010 and again in 2016. He was also awarded the Medal of Honour from the Chambre des notaires du Québec in 2012; the Medal of the National Assembly of Quebec in 2016; the Quebec Interprofessional Council's Merit Award Medal in 2017; the Notarius Emeritus (Not. E.) title in 2017; and the "Distinction" award from the ADDUM (Association of law graduates from the Université de Montréal) in 2017 for his outstanding career.
Since 2 years, he is teaching Ethics and Animal Law at the Université de Montréal, where Dr Sabine Brels (GAL Manager) is making annual presentation on Global Animal Law and the GAL project.