Julie Paquin is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law – Civil Law Section of the University of Ottawa. Prior to joining the Faculty, she was Wainwright Junior Fellow at the Faculty of Law of McGill University and a postdoctoral research fellow at the Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work. Professor Paquin holds a bachelor of laws (Ll.B.) degree from Université de Montréal, a graduate degree (DEA) in Legal History from Université de Strasbourg III and master’s (Ll.M.) and Doctorate (DCL) degrees in Law from McGill University. Professor Paquin’s research focuses on the legal professions, legal education, access to justice, contract law and “law and development” approaches, with a focus on the impact of law on economic and social life and the production of legal norms and institutions by state and non-state actors. Her work draws on multidisciplinary, socio-legal perspectives from the fields of sociology, anthropology, economics, history and management sciences. Professor Paquin’s research resorts to various qualitative and quantitative research methods. She has already completed several field studies on a variety of subjects, such as the resolution of landlord-tenant disputes in Quebec, the management of business relations in developing countries and the practice of notarial law.
Professor Paquin authored several publications, including a book, Legal Reform and Business Contracts in Developing Economies: Trust, Culture, and Law in Dakar, published in 2013 by Ashgate. She regularly presents the results of her research in national and international conferences.
Professor Paquin is interested in supervising graduate students on the following topics:
- Sociology of law and sociolegal studies
- Empirical research in law
- The impact of technology on legal practice and legal education
- Regulation of the legal professions
- Access to justice, particularly in the field of consumer law
- “Law and development” approaches
Research assistantships are offered on a regular basis on a variety of topics. Expressions of interest and questions about an advertised position or assistantship opportunities in general are welcome.