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    Anne-Julie Asselin - Lawyer and Partner

    A formidable cross-country skier, Anne-Julie is as tenacious in the class actions she leads as on the snowy trails of the Valin mountains at the Masters circuit final. The outdoor enthusiast became a lawyer with one goal: to protect the environment. It was during a Bachelor’s degree in Public Affairs and International Relations, completed in 2011, that she discovered environmental law. Her master’s thesis in Common Law and transnational law (J.D. and LL.M.) in 2014 focused on class actions in environmental law in Quebec and other provinces. She then spent a year as a law clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada with the Honorable Richard Wagner.

    Since her arrival at TJL in October 2015, Anne-Julie has passionately represented groups of citizens affected by industrial pollution, particularly in the cases of the Canadian Malartic gold mine in Abitibi and the Anacolor paint factory in Cap-Rouge. She also initiated legal proceedings on behalf of environmental groups to protect the woodland caribou and the copper redhorse, two endangered species. Sign of the extent of her implication, Anne-Julie sits on the board of directors of the Centre québécois du droit de l’environnement since 2016, and has been its vice-president since 2019.

    Anne-Julie is also interested in cases involving human rights violations. For example, together with Me Lespérance she attempted to stop the export of Canadian light armored vehicles to Saudi Arabia in the Federal Court of Canada. On another front, she now represents nine “Courageuses”, nine women who are suing Gilbert Rozon for the sexual assaults and harassment he inflicted on them.

    She joined as a partner in January 2023.

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