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Ontario Congratulates 2016 Mundell Medal Recipient

Ministry of the Attorney General

Ontario has awarded the 2016 David Walter Mundell Medal for excellence in legal writing to Sébastien Grammond.

Sébastien Grammond is a professor and former Dean of the Faculty of Civil Law at the University of Ottawa. Professor Grammond is an accomplished researcher and writer, and holds a Doctorate of Law from Oxford University. His book, Terms of Coexistence: Indigenous Peoples and Canadian Law, is an important contribution to the area of Aboriginal law. Throughout his career, Professor Grammond has provided his legal expertise on a variety of complex cases before the Supreme Court of Canada. In 2016, he was elected as a fellow to the prestigious Royal Society of Canada.

Quick Facts

  • In 1986, former Attorney General Ian Scott created the Mundell Medal to honour Ontario authors who have made an exceptional contribution to legal writing.
  • David Walter Mundell was a renowned constitutional lawyer and the first director of the Ministry of the Attorney General's constitutional law branch.
  • The Mundell Medal is awarded by the Attorney General on the recommendation of a selection committee chaired by the Honourable George Strathy, Chief Justice of Ontario.

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“I am pleased to recognize Sébastien Grammond for his outstanding contributions to the law. Professor Grammond’s work brings clarity and elegance to a wide range of challenging and complex legal issues. His contributions regarding the complex relationship between Indigenous customary laws and the Canadian legal system are especially influential.”

Yasir Naqvi

Attorney General

“Sébastien Grammond is a leading academic and accomplished appellate lawyer who has made a great contribution to legal writing. He brings an original perspective and presents an accessible and influential understanding of complex legal issues of constitutional law, minority rights and the growing field of Indigenous peoples’ law. In addition to writing in both of Canada’s official languages, he brings to bear a bi-cultural sensitivity reflective of both the common law and civil law traditions of our country.”

The Honourable George Strathy

Chief Justice of Ontario and Chair of the Selection Committee

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