Assistant Professor and Faculty Secretary, Université de Montréal’s Faculty of LawFaculty Secretary
Marie-Claude Rigaud is Assistant Professor at Université de Montréal’s Faculty of Law, where she is currently acting as Faculty Secretary. She is also the current director of the Business Law in a Global Context LL.M Program, which receives approximately 60 foreign students every year.
Marie-Claude is the co-editor of the Journal of Arbitration and Mediation, a joint initiative of the Faculty of Law, University of Sherbrooke, where she is adjunct professor of law, and the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, in collaboration with the Canadian Arbitration Congress., where she also sits as a member of the Board. The Journal's mission is to encourage reflection and debate on issues of concern to both academics and practitioners interested in arbitration, mediation and other forms of dispute resolution, in Canada and around the world. She teaches and conducts research in the areas of alternative dispute resolution, legal ethics and professionalism.
In 2008, after many years in practice in the areas of litigation, domestic and international commercial arbitration in Toronto, Zurich and Montreal, she received her Doctor of laws degree (with highest distinction) from the Université Paris XII for her thesis entitled “Transnational Arbitral Procedure.” Marie-Claude is also a graduate of McGill University, where she obtained her civil and common law degrees (B.C.L. and LL.B.) in 1992. She is a member of the Quebec Bar and of the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Marie-Claude is fluent in English and in French, her mother tongue, and speaks Spanish. She feels privileged to participate in the important project of forming future generations of jurists who are true citizens of the world and who “live at ease with multiple truths, irresolvable conflicts, abundant ambiguities and ironies galore.” (Harry W. Arthurs, 2009). She lives in Montreal with her husband and four children.