Nicolas M. Rouleau
Barrister & Solicitor
Nicolas M. Rouleau is an appellate and constitutional lawyer. He frequently argues cases before the Supreme Court of Canada, the Court of Appeal for Ontario, and in other provinces. He also provides advice and opinions on complex or novel legal matters.
Other lawyers regularly seek out Nicolas to prepare and argue their civil, criminal, and constitutional appeals, their applications for leave to the Supreme Court of Canada, and their constitutional motions at trial. He is highly regarded for his clear and persuasive writing and advocacy, particularly on the most difficult of cases. He also counsels Pape Barristers on appeals and reviews potential Supreme Court of Canada cases for Pro Bono Law Ontario’s Supreme Court Leave to Appeal Assistance Project.
Prior to starting his own practice, Nicolas clerked for the Honourable Justice Marie Deschamps at the Supreme Court of Canada. He holds a Master of the Science of Law (JSM) from Stanford University and an LL.B. magna cum laude from the French Common Law Program at the University of Ottawa. He has also studied at the University of Toronto, where he is currently the co-chair of the Monday Club as well as a mentor at Massey College. He has received numerous academic scholarships, published on constitutional law and legal philosophy, presented at several conferences, and hosted Toronto’s popular interdisciplinary lecture series: The Treehouse Talks.
In addition to his Canadian legal practice, Nicolas advises the Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs in Ontario as a member of her Provincial Advisory Committee and sits on the Board of Directors of the Canadian International Council and Board of Advisors of WorldVuze. He previously lived for a few years in India and West Africa, where he worked on international development and taught law. He continues to consult internationally on issues of law, democracy, and development.
He is fluently bilingual in French and English.
Cases & publications
Supreme Court of Canada cases
- L’Association des parents de l’École Rose-des-Vents and Joseph Pagé v Minister of Education of BC,  2 SCR 139 (constitutional law)
- Caron v Alberta,  3 SCR 511 (constitutional law)
- Yukon Francophone School Board, Education Area #23 v Yukon (Attorney General),  2 SCR 282 (constitutional law)
- Michael McAteer, et al v Attorney General of Canada, 2015 CanLII 8563 (SCC) (Application for leave to appeal / constitutional law)
- Reference re Supreme Court Act, ss. 5 and 6,  1 SCR 433 (constitutional law)
- R v Gibbons,  2 SCR 92 (criminal law)
Other selected appeals
- R v Gibbons, 2015 ONCA 47 (criminal/constitutional law)
- Martin-Vandenhende v Myslik, 2015 ONCA 806 (tort law)
- Impact Tool & Mould Inc (Re), 2015 ONCA 393 (bankruptcy law)
- R v Gibbons, 2014 ONSC 4269 (criminal law)
- McCreight v Canada (Attorney General), 2013 ONCA 483 (tort law)
- Lo Faso v Ferracuti Estate, 2013 ONCA 123 (commercial law)
- L’Association des parents de l’École Rose-des-Vents and Joseph Pagé v Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique, 2013 BCCA 407 (constitutional law)
- 3574423 Canada Inc v Baton Rouge Restaurants Inc, 2013 ONCA 39 (commercial law)
- Impact Tool & Mould Inc v Impact Tool & Mould Inc Estate, 2013 ONCA 697 (bankruptcy law)
- Beraldo v Janzic, 2013 ONSC 4770 (tort law)
- Brisco Estate v Canadian Premier Life Insurance Company, 2012 ONCA 854 (evidence law)
- Greenhalgh v Douro-Dummer (Township), 2012 ONCA 299 (tort law)
- Conseil Scolaire Francophone de la Colombie-Britannique v British Columbia, 2012 BCCA 282 (constitutional law)
Other constitutional cases
- L’Association des parents de l’école Rose-des-vents v Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique, 2012 BCSC 1614 (constitutional law)
- L’Association des parents de l’école Rose-des-Vents v Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique, 2012 BCSC 1206 (constitutional law / rules of procedures)
- R v Gomez, unreported, 2011 (Ont. S.C.J.) (criminal/constitutional law)
- L’Association des parents de l’école Rose-des-Vents v Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique, 2011 BCSC 89 (constitutional law / rules of procedures)
- R v Sheridan et al. (2010), 224 C.R.R. (2d) 308 (Ont. S.C.J.) (criminal/constitutional law)
- "Caron, Carter, and Bedford at the Supreme Court of Canada: Society can change but history will always stay the same" [forthcoming in the Supreme Court Law Review]
- "We need a new citizenship oath", National Post (12 March 2015)
- “Get rid of the Senate cronies”, National Post (29 April 2014)
- “If citizenship becomes more exclusive it must be more meaningful”, Globe and Mail (27 February 2014)
- “When Equality, autonomy and politics collide: Unpacking Eric v. Lola”, September 2013 The Advocates Journal 3 (with Shantona Chaudhury)
- “Pluralism from Below: Building Constitutional Pluralism from Value Pluralism” in P.I. Bhat, ed., Constitutionalism and Constitutional Pluralism (New Delhi: Lexis Nexis, 2013) (with Pritam Baruah).
- “Democracy, Representation, and Self-Rule in the Indian Constitution” (2011) 44 Verfassung und Recht in Übersee VRÜ/Law and Politics in Africa, Asia and Latin America 177 (with Pritam Baruah)
- “Impact of Legal and Jurisprudential Developments in the Last Twenty-Five Years on Centre-State Relations”, Study conducted for the Commission on Centre-State Relations, Government of India, 2010 (with Prof. (Dr.) M.P. Singh, Prof. Jasmine Joseph, and Prof. Pritam Baruah, WBNUJS)
- “Minority-Language Education Rights” (2008) 39 S.C.L.R. (Supreme Court Law Review) (2d) 261; and in Joseph Eliot Magnet, ed., Official Languages of Canada: New Essays (Markham, On: LexisNexis Butterworths, 2008) ch. 7
- “The Future of Canada’s Official-Language Minorities” (2008) 39 S.C.L.R. (2d) 347; and in Joseph Eliot Magnet, ed., Official Languages of Canada: New Essays (Markham, On: LexisNexis Butterworths, 2008) ch. 8 (with Sina Muscati)
- “Revisiting Doucet-Boudreau – Perspectives on Remedies in Section 23 Cases” (2006) 32 S.C.L.R. (2d) 301; and in A. Braën, P. Foucher, & Y. LeBouthilier, eds., Languages, Constitutionalism and Minorities/Langues, constitutionalisme et minorités (Markham, On: LexisNexis Butterworths, 2006) (with the Honourable Mr. Justice Paul S. Rouleau and Subrata Bhattacharjee)
- “Georges Rutaganda v. The Prosecutor: Case No. ICTR-96-3-A”, 12 No. 2 Hum. Rts. Brief 33 (2005)
- “L’affaire Casimir et les minorités francophones et acadiennes du Canada” (Niagara Falls, On: AJEFO, 2004) (with Michelle Vaillancourt)
- "Vaid: The Need to Consider the Parliamentary Authorities", Report commissioned by the Senate Standing Committee on Rules, Procedure and the Rights of Parliament (Ottawa: Senate of Canada, 2003) (with Joël M. Michaud and Charles Robert)