Biographical Note - Benoît Pelletier

Benoît Pelletier has been a professor at the University of Ottawa’s Law Faculty since 1990. He has authored more than 50 varying publications including one major paper on constitutional changes in Canada.

Mr. Pelletier earned a Bachelor of Laws from Université Laval in 1981, and a Master of Laws from the University of Ottawa in 1989. He also has two doctoral degrees: one from Université Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne), which he received in 1996, and the other from Université d’Aix-Marseille III in 2000.

Mr. Pelletier was a Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for 10 years. He was also a government minister for nearly six years, from 2003 to 2008. Other ministerial positions he has held include Quebec Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs from 2003 to 2008, and Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs from 2003 to 2005 and from 2007 to 2008.

Mr. Pelletier has given a number of speeches and addresses at international conferences. More specifically, he has been received as a visiting professor at a number of French universities (Nantes, Paris 2, Lyon 3, Corte and Paris 5). He was welcomed as Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington D.C. in 2007 and again in 2009.