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Érik Labelle Eastaugh, D.Phil.

Counsel

  • Assistant Professor and Director of the International Observatory on Language Rights at the University of Moncton Faculty of Law
  • Holds a D.Phil. and M.St. from the University of Oxford
  • Former law clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada

Biography

Érik is Assistant Professor and Director of the International Observatory on Language Rights at the University of Moncton Faculty of Law.  He assists CazaSaikaley with matters relating to public law, in particular in the areas of constitutional law, language rights and human rights, having published a number of scholarly articles in those areas.

From 2012 to 2017, Mr. Labelle Eastaugh practiced law as an associate with Caza Saikaley.  In that capacity, he developed substantial experience in constitutional litigation, having represented both public and private sector clients in such matters in Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick.  He argued before the Supreme Court of Canada in Thibodeau v. Air Canada, [2014] 3 S.C.R. 340, an important case in public law and language rights law.

Mr. Labelle Eastaugh acts as an expert advisor to the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie, and testified as an expert witness by the Standing Senate Committee on Official Languages in the course of its study on the modernization of the Official Languages Act. 

Trained in both civil law and common law, Mr. Labelle Eastaugh has taught at the University of Oxford, the University of Ottawa and the University of Moncton in the areas of administrative law, public international law, language rights, immigration and refugee law and international arbitration.  From 2009 to 2010 he served as law clerk to the Honourable Marshall Rothstein at the Supreme Court of Canada.  From 2008 to 2009, he served as legal counsel in the Trade Law Bureau of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, where he took part in a number of international arbitrations commenced under the North American Free Trade Act (NAFTA).

  • ‘L’application de la Loi sur les services en français de l’Ontario aux services de santé : la problématique des RLISS’, 49 Revue générale de droit 2 (forthcoming) 2019
  • ‘La nécessité de modifier la Partie VII de la Loi sur les langues officielles du Canada’, Blogue sur les droits linguistiques – Revue de droit linguistique (April 2019).
  • ‘The Concept of a Linguistic Community’, 69 University of Toronto Law Journal 117. 2018
  • ‘La Constitution bilingue du Canada’, 46-47 Francophonies d’Amérique (forthcoming). 2018
  • ‘Jurilinguistique et égalité : les droits linguistiques en tant qu’accords incomplètement théorisés’, (2017) 47 Revue de droit de l’Université de Sherbrooke 1 (forthcoming) 2018
  • ‘La partie VII de la Loi sur les langues officielles : écueils surmontés et enjeux à venir’, (2018) 5 Revue de droit linguistique 38. 2018
  • ‘Les droits linguistiques au niveau fédéral’ in Michelle Landry et al., eds., L’état de l’Acadie, 2018 (Institut du Nouveau Monde) (forthcoming) 2018
  • ‘Le droit à l’instruction en Atlantique’ in Michelle Landry et al., eds., L’état de l’Acadie, 2018 (Institut du Nouveau Monde) (forthcoming) (co-authored with Philippe Morin) 2018
  • ‘Enforcing Part VII of the Official Languages Act: the structure of s. 41 as a legal norm’, (2017) 4 Revue de droit linguistique 1 2017
  • ‘Non-state actors in international investment law: The legal personality of corporations and NGOs in the context of investor-state arbitration’ in J D’Aspremont (ed), Participants in the International Legal System (Routledge, 2011) 360-372 (co-authored with Patrick Dumberry). 2011
  • ‘Aspect fondamentaux des structures de gouvernance linguistique’, presented at the ‘Séminaire régional pour le renforcement des capacités des institutions et acteurs de l’aménagement linguistique destiné aux pays de l’espace francophone d’Afrique de l’Ouest’ organised by the Organisation internationale de la francophonie (OIF), June 26th to 28th, 2019, Dakar, Senegal.
  • ‘Environnement linguistique et instruments juridiques’, presented at the ‘Séminaire régional pour le renforcement des capacités des institutions et acteurs de l’aménagement linguistique destiné aux pays de l’espace francophone d’Afrique de l’Ouest’ organised by the Organisation internationale de la francophonie (OIF), June 26th to 28th, 2019, Dakar, Senegal.
  • ‘L’inefficacité de la Partie VII : diagnostic et solutions proposées’, presented at ‘50 ans de mise en œuvre de la Loi sur les langues officielles : bilan et perspectives’, conference organised by the Canadian Institute for Research on Linguistic Minorities (Université de Moncton), the Quebec English-speaking Communities Research Network (Concordia University) and the International Observatory on Language Rights (Université de Moncton), held as part of the 87th Annual Congress of the Association canadienne pour le savoir (Acfas), Université du Québec en Outaouais, Gatineau, Québec, May 28-30th, 2019.
  • ‘Litiges actuels au sujet de la Loi sur les langues officielles du Canada : prestation des services, langue de travail et développement des communautés’, lecture presented at the invitation of the Canadian Bar Association and the Association des juristes d’expression française du Nouveau-Brunswick, Université de Moncton, November 15th, 2018.
  • ‘Développements récents en droits linguistiques en Ontario et au Nouveau-Brunswick’, presented at the Annual Congress of the Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario, Moncton, New-Brunswick, June 23rd, 2018.
  • ‘La « culture » en tant que phénomène et concept juridique. Regards croisés sur les droits linguistiques et les droits autochtones’, presented at the workshop on interdisciplinary research on linguistic minorities during the Annual Congress of the Société québécoise de science politique, University of Ottawa, May 23rd, 2018.
  • ‘Comment démontrer une atteinte au droit à l’égalité en matière linguistique : analyse de la jurisprudence’, lecture presented at the invitation of Canadian Bar Association and the Association des juristes d’expression française du Nouveau-Brunswick, Université de Moncton, March 27th, 2018.
  • ‘Equality in a language rights context’, lecture delivered to the Minority Rights Group, London, United Kingdom, November 10th, 2017.
  • ‘L’égalité réelle dans le domaine des soins de santé : quel rôle pour l’autonomie institutionnelle ?’, presented at ‘Regards croisés et autochtones des problématiques linguistiques au Canada et au Québec : Colloque international de l’Observatoire national en matière de droits linguistiques’, Faculty of Law, Université de Montréal, September 8th, 2017.
  • ‘Les accords incomplètement théorisés relatifs à l’égalité en matière de droits linguistiques : retour sur l’arrêt Mahe’, presented as part of the plenary closing panel at ‘Jurilinguistique et égalité / Jurilinguistics and equality’, Summer Institute of the Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law, McGill University, June 16th, 2017.
  • ‘Les recours en vertu de la Partie VII de la Loi sur les langues officielles : analyse des obligations justiciables découlant de l’article 41’, presented at the Colloquium in honour of Michel Doucet, Faculty of Law, Université de Moncton, June 9th, 2017.
  • ‘La portée institutionnelle de la Loi sur les services en français’, presented at ‘Colloque sur les 30 ans de la Loi sur les services en français’, University of Ottawa, November 18th, 2016.
  • ‘Le développement des droits linguistiques dans le domaine de communications et services de 1867 à 2006’, presented at the Annual Congress of the Language Rights Support Program, Ottawa, October 24th, 2016.
  • ‘Le droit à la rencontre d’une société distincte: les principes constituionnels non-écrits’, presented to the Colloquium on the 400th anniversary of French-speaking Ontario, Laurentian University, Sudbury (2015).
  • ‘The Supreme Court of Canada’s Insite Decision: Slippery Slope or Deadbolt?’, presentation at Oxford CanTalk, Canadian Issues Discussion Group, University of Oxford, October 2011.
  • ‘A comparison of language rights in Canada and under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages’, presentation at the Graduate Conference on Legal Research and Methods, University of Oxford, May 2011.

Admission to the bar

Quebec (2008), Ontario (2015)

Education

D.Phil., University of Oxford, 2016

M.St., University of Oxford, 2011

J.D., summa cum laude, University of Ottawa, 2007

LL.L., magna cum laude, University of Ottawa, 2006

B.A.(Hons), magna cum laude, University of Ottawa, 2003

Professional Affiliations

  • Member of the Board of Directors, Association des juristes d’expression française du Nouveau-Brunswick
  • Member, Conseil des études acadiennes de l’Institut d’études acadiennes de l’Université de Moncton
  • Editor-in-chief, Revue de droit linguistique, University of Moncton
  • Member of the Editorial Board, Francophonies d’Amérique, University of Ottawa

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