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Canadian judge to give Tetley maritime law lecture April 9

April 02, 2015


Johanne Gauthier, a judge on Canada’s Federal Court of Appeal, is scheduled to deliver Tulane Law School’s Tetley Lecture in Maritime Law April 9.

Johanne Gauthier, a judge on Canada’s Federal Court of Appeal and a leader in international maritime law, is set to deliver Tulane Law School’s annual Tetley Lecture in Maritime Law April 9.

The event, which is open to the public, is scheduled for 5:45 p.m. in the Wendell H. Gauthier Appellate Moot Court Room 110 in John Giffen Weinmann Hall, 6329 Freret St., with a reception to follow in the Marian Mayer Berkett Multipurpose Room.

Gauthier was appointed to the Federal Court of Appeal in 2011. The court, second only to the Supreme Court of Canada, hears appeals from the trial-level Federal Court, federal boards, tribunals and administrative bodies and the nation’s Tax Court. The Federal Court of Appeal is charged with ensuring that federal law is interpreted and applied consistently throughout the government. Its jurisdiction includes Canadian maritime claims and cases relating to patents, copyright and other intellectual property rights — areas in which Gauthier has particular expertise.

Before being appointed to the bench, Gauthier was a partner at the Montréal firm Ogilvy Renault, handling intellectual property law litigation and coordinating the technology team. She previously practiced maritime law and arbitration for more than 15 years and was vice president of the Comité Maritime International, the worldwide umbrella group for national maritime law associations.

She started her judicial career as a judge of the Federal Court and has sat on the Court Martial Appeal Court and been a member of the Competition Tribunal. She is past president of the Marine Advisory Board, the Canadian Maritime Law Association and the Electronic Commerce Institute of Quebec.

A native of Montréal, Quebec, Gauthier attended the University of Montréal and the London School of Economics and joined the Quebec Bar in 1979. She also received the Governor General of Canada Gold Medal. 

Tulane’s Maritime Law Center established the Tetley Lecture in 1999 in honor of William Tetley, a law professor at McGill University in Montréal for his devotion to Tulane Law School’s maritime program, his contributions to scholarship and his service to the international maritime community.

Known worldwide for his maritime law expertise, Tetley for 14 years taught mini-courses at Tulane on a range of admiralty topics. In 2011, he endowed the lecture series that bears his name.

Tetley’s long and distinguished career included 36 years teaching at McGill, 18 years practicing commercial and maritime law, eight years as a member of the Quebec National Assembly and six years as a cabinet minister. He was named an honorary member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States and honorary life vice president of the Comité Maritime International. He died in 2014 at age 87.


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