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Gérard La Forest, C.C, K.C.


501-140 Carleton Street
Fredericton, N.B.
E3B 3T4



Language(s) spoken: English, French

Bar Admission(s): New Brunswick, 1949

Legal Assistant(s): Francine Bradbury, Wendy Ebbett

Describing Gérard as having a wealth of experience and knowledge does not do him justice. A K.C since 1968, the author of six books, and the recipient of nine university degrees, he has both practiced law and taught it. Gérard now acts as counsel for Stewart McKelvey.

Education & Career


Yale University, J.S.D., 1966
Yale University, LL.M., 1965
Oxford University, M.A., 1956
Oxford University, B.A. (jurisprudence), 1951
University of New Brunswick, B.C.L., 1949
St. Francis Xavier, 2 years Arts


Member, Canadian Bar Association
Member, International Law Association
Member, International Commission of Jurists
Member, Canadian Counsel International Law
Director, Canadian Pension Plan, 1998-1999
Judge, Supreme Court of Canada, 1985-1997
Judge, Court of Appeal of New Brunswick, 1981-1985
Appointed a Companion of the Order of Canada, 2000


King’s Counsel, 1968
Recipient, Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, 2012


(With associates) Water Law in Canada – The Atlantic Provinces (Ottawa, 1973)

(With others) Le Territoire Québécois (Montreal, 1970)

Natural Resources and Public Property Under the Canadian Constitution (Toronto, 1969)

The Allocation of Taxing Power Under the Canadian Constitution (Toronto, 1967), 2nd ed 1981

Disallowance and Reservation of Provincial Legislation (Ottawa) (reprinted 1965)

Extradition To and From Canada (New Orleans , 1961), 2nd ed. 1977


Lecturer in law, McGill University, 1971-1979

Professeur à la leçon, Unviersité d’Ottawa (Droit civil Maitrise), 1971-1978

Visiting professor of law, Université de Montréal, 1962-1963

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