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Catherine Piché

Catherine Piché is a professor at the Faculty of Law. She is a specialist in civil evidence and procedure, complex litigation, comparative law and private international law. She holds a doctorate in law from the Institute of Comparative Law at McGill University. Her thesis, published in 2011 by Carswell Editions, is entitled “Fairness in Class Action Settlements”.

Prior to joining the Faculty, she was a law clerk in the Appeal Division of the Federal Court of Appeal of Canada. Professor Piché received her legal training at the Universities of Ottawa (LL.L., magna cum laude, 1997), Dalhousie (LL.B. 1999), and New York University School of Law (LL.M. 2001).

A member of the Quebec and New York bars, she practised commercial litigation for more than six years with national law firms in New York and Montréal, with a particular focus on class actions and complex litigation.

Professor Piché is the author of numerous articles in the areas of procedural law and civil evidence and procedure. Many of these articles deal with class action issues and, in particular, with questions relating to authorization criteria, relations between the various judicial actors, underlying ethical issues, the role of the judge and out-of-court settlements, always in class actions. These articles have been published in North America and Europe in refereed journals, including the Supreme Court Law Review, the Journal of Civil Law Studies and the Ottawa Law Review. Catherine Piché has also lectured on these topics at the invitation of judges, professors and practitioners, both in Canada and internationally. Her most recent research uses the empirical method to explore the use of technology in complex and class actions.


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