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Jennifer Quaid

Associate Professor & Vice-Dean Research, Civil Law Section, Faculty of Law, L’Université d’Ottawa/University of Ottawa

I actively research and publish on a range of topics that explore how the criminal law is applied to organizations. The different strands of my research, which range from general criminal law, business regulation, anti-corruption law, competition and the digital economy and artificial intelligence, are connected by a common theme: when and how can law be used to stimulate good governance and ethical business practices, particularly in the prevention of serious and foreseeable harm caused by large organizations?

My most recent research projects are focused on three areas: (1) Corporate Sentencing: re-framing the sentencing process to focus on rehabilitation of organizational offenders through culture change and meaningful consultation of stakeholders, like victims and local communities (2) Responding to Economic Crime: assessing the effectiveness of Canada's new remediation agreement regime (more commonly known as DPAs) and other measures to support enforcement against serious economic crimes like fraud, corruption and cartel behaviour, (3) Competition and the Digital Economy: exploring how the emergence of digitally-driven markets, big data, pervasive surveillance and artificial intelligence should influence both competition law reform and broader approaches to economic regulation.

A member of the Bars of Québec, Ontario and New York, I practised law for several years, first with the federal Department of Justice and then in private practice for a leading New York firm before joining the academy. I also clerked for the Honourable Frank Iacobucci of the Supreme Court of Canada.

I am currently the Chair of the Legal Committee of Transparency International Canada (since 2022) and a Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (since 2022).


  • –present
    Professor of Corporate Criminal Law, L’Université d’Ottawa/University of Ottawa


  • 2017 
    Queen's University, PhD (Law)