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Tanya J. Monestier

Tanya J. Monestier
Associate Professor of Law

LL.M., Cambridge University
LL.B., Osgoode Hall
B.A., York University

Contact:
401-254-4518

After graduating first in her class from Osgoode Hall, one of Canada’s top law schools, Professor Tanya Monestier clerked for the Honourable Justice Frank Iacobucci of the Supreme Court of Canada. Subsequently, she earned her LL.M. with First Class Honours from the University of Cambridge, where she was both a Commonwealth Scholar and a Mackenzie King Travelling Scholar.

Professor Monestier was a visiting professor at Queen’s University where she taught Conflict of Laws, Commercial Law and Civil Procedure. She won the Queen’s Law Students’ Society Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2009. Professor Monestier’s article, “A Real and Substantial Mess: The Law of Jurisdiction in Canada,” has been cited by three appellate courts in Canada, as well as numerous lower courts, and served as a catalyst for reform of the law of jurisdiction in Ontario.

Professor Monestier previously worked as in-house counsel for the U.S. pharmaceutical company Purdue Pharma, specializing in product liability litigation. Professor Monestier teaches Contracts, Class Actions, and Sales at RWU.

Selected Publications

Articles

Jurisdiction and the Enforcement of Foreign Judgements, 42 The Advocates' Quarterly 107 (2013)

(Still) A “Real and Substantial” Mess: The Law of Jurisdiction in Canada, 36 Fordham International Law Journal 396 (2013)

Is Canada the New Shangri-La of Global Securities Class Actions?, 32 Northwestern Journal of International Law & Business 305 (2012)

Transnational Class Actions and the Illusory Search for Res Judicata, 86 Tulane Law Review 1 (2011)

A 'Real and Substantial' Improvement?: Van Breda Reformulates the Law of Jurisdiction in Ontario, 2010 Annual Review of Civil Litigation 185

Personal Jurisdiction Over Non-Resident Class Members: Have We Gone Down the Wrong Road? 45 Texas International Law Journal 537 (2010)

Lépine v. Canada Post: Ironing Out the Wrinkles in the Inter-provincial Enforcement of Class Judgments, 34 The Advocates' Quarterly 499 (2008)

A 'Real and Substantial' Mess: The Law of Jurisdiction in Canada, 33 Queen's Law Journal 179 (2007)

Foreign Judgments At Common Law: Rethinking the Enforcement Rules, 28 Dalhousie Law Journal 163 (2005)

Nothing Comes of Nothing...Or Does it?  A Critical Re-Examination of the Doctrine of Separability in American Arbitration, 12 American Review of International Arbitration 223 (2001)

A Win-Win Proposition: The Viability of a Rule 23(B)(1)(b) Class Action in the American Mass Tort Context, published as part of the conference materials for the Canadian National Symposium on Class Actions, Osgoode Hall Professional Development Program, Sept. 2002; an abridged version of the article was published in Class Action Vol. I, No. 3, (2002)