The Hywel Dda Institute Seminars on Language Laws and Language Rights

Professor Michel Doucet Q.C., Director, International Observatory on Language Rights, Université de Moncton, New Brunswick will be speaking on the subject of “Language Laws in New Brunswick and Canada” as part of The Hywel Dda Institute Seminars on Language Laws and Language Rights.

Date: Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Time: 2pm

Venue: Conference Room, Richard Price Building, Swansea University.

The event is free and everyone is welcome

For further information tel: 01792 513229  or email:

This seminar will be held in English.

Mr Doucet is Full Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law of the Université de Moncton and Director of the International Observatory on Language Rights. He has a vibrant legal practice focused primarily on language rights. Indeed, his expertise in that field has led him to appear before courts in many of the provinces as well as to argue numerous cases before the Supreme Court of Canada.

Professor Doucet has an outstanding academic career. Between 1995 and 2000, he was Dean of the Faculty of Law of the Université de Moncton. He was a key player in the creation of the Faculty’s Centre international de la common law en français, which he headed from 1989 to 1995, and later of its International Observatory on Language Rights. Between 2002 and 2010, he sat on the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, and is a mediator and arbitrator in industrial relations.

Professor Doucet has received numerous awards for his work in the field of language rights. He was inducted in the Quebec Government's Ordre des francophones d'Amérique in 1990 and received the Citation for citizenship from the Canadian Government in 1991. At the 1988 National Symposium on Canada's Official Languages celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Official Languages Act, he received an Award of Distinction from Justice Canada for his commitment to Canada's linguistic and legal duality. In 1999, he received the Jurist of the Year award of the Association des juristes d'expression française du Nouveau-Brunswick. He became Queen's Counsel in 2008. In 2009, the Société de l'Acadie du Nouveau-Brunswick granted him the A.-M. Sormany prize for his contribution to the advancement of the Acadian community.

Professor Doucet is a prolific author and continues to publish articles, book chapters, book and legal papers.