Jean Frédéric Ménard

A member of the Quebec Bar since 2007, Maitre Jean-Frédéric Ménard is a professor at the Faculty of Law at the Université de Sherbrooke and a Ph.D. student in law at the University College London—UCL (United Kingdom). At the McGill University Health Center, he is a member of the Pediatric Clinical and Research Ethics Committee. As a researcher, he is part of the group “Children’s voices: Interdisciplinary Studies in Childhood Ethics,” led by Professor Franco Carnevale of McGill University School of Nursing.

Jean-Frédéric Ménard’s doctoral research focuses on care interruption for neonates whose state of health is critical, in two neonatal resuscitation units (London and Paris). It explores and develops new models that can shape the norms and decisions in these situations. More generally, he is interested in clinical ethics, bioethics, human rights, childhood ethics and qualitative research methods.

Prior to his graduate studies in law, Jean-Frédéric Ménard was a law clerk to the Honourable Louise Charron at the Supreme Court of Canada, a member of the fiscal law department of a pan-Canadian law firm, the deputy director of the Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law at McGill University and consultant in clinical ethics at Montreal Children’s Hospital. He has also worked at the Center for Applied Ethics at the McGill University Health Center.


BCL, University of Oxford (graduate diploma)

BCL (Civil Law) and LLB (Common Law), McGill University

BA, Laval University, philosophy


Doctoral Scholarship, Pierre-Elliot Trudeau Foundation , 2013

Doctoral Scholarship, UCL Center for Ethics and Law , 2013


Van Praagh S, Menard J-F, Montreuil M, Noronha C, Talwar V, Carnevale FA (2018) Learning from JJ: An interdisciplinary conversation about child welfare, health care, and law. McGill JL & Health 12:123 Cite
Montreuil M, Menard J-F, Carnevale FA (2018) Where vulnerability can become a strength: A focused ethnography of a community program for youth exposed to violence. Children and Youth Services Review 91:390–397 Cite
Menard J-F (2016) Cobayes de la relève: l’artiste et le chercheur à la rencontre de l’expérience. BioéthiqueOnline 5 Cite Download
Duggan-Larkin J, Frantziou E, Menard J-F, Keall A (2015) UCL laws inaugural postgraduate & early career conference. UCL Journal of Law and Jurisprudence 4 Cite
Laflamme E, Menard J-F (2011) Hyperréalisme des sentiments. Spirale Arts• Lettres• Sciences Humaines 237:78–9 Cite Download
Menard J-F (2010) A nudge for public health ethics: libertarian paternalism as a framework for ethical analysis of public health interventions? Public Health Ethics 3:229–238 Cite Download
Menard J-F, Savoir P-O (2002) Chronique de jurisprudence québécois portant sur le droit international. Rev quebecoise de droit int'l 15:77–114 Cite Download
Menard J-F, Mouttaki S (2001) La pratique gouvernementale du droit international en 2001. Rev quebecoise de droit int'l 14:241–254 Cite Download