Madeleine Cantin Cumyn

Faculty of Law


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Emeritus Wainwright Professor of Civil Law

Chancellor Day Hall, Rm 43 [Map]
3644 rue Peel Montreal Quebec Canada
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 1W9
514-398-6624 [Office]


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Professor Cantin Cumyn joined the Faculty of Law in 1977 as Wainwright Research Fellow and became Full Professor in 1991. She had previously participated in the revision of the Civil Code as member of the Quebec Revision of the Civil Code Office where she was namely responsible for the drafting of the Reports on Successions, Substitutions, Trust and Legal personality. She is a retired member of the Bar of Quebec, associate member of the International Academy of Comparative Law and full member of the Paul-André Crépeau Research Center of Private & Comparative Law.

Professor Cantin Cumyn's professional and scholarly activities include General Reporter on the Law of Trusts at the XVth congress of Comparative Law, Bristol, England (1998), consultant in the McGill-Russia Legal Collaboration Project on the Civil Code of the Russian Federation, consultant as expect on the Quebec Trust by the Commission sur la fiducie at the Ministère de la Justice de la République Française (2005) and, with two collaborators, presenting a brief on the legal status of water to the Commission sur la gestion de l’eau au Québec in 1999.

She held an appointment as Visiting Professor at the Université de Droit, d’Économie et de Sciences d’Aix-Marseilles, 1986, at the Facultat de Dret, Universitat de Barcelona, 2000 and 2002, and at the School of Law, Keio University, Tokyo, 2011. She is a former member of the advisory board of The Edinburgh Law Review and of the Revue générale de droit. She delivered the Wainwright Memorial Lecture at the Faculty of Law of McGill University in 2005, on “Le pouvoir juridique”.

For a list of Professor Cantin Cumyn’s publications and conferences, see the Wainwright Fund website:

Areas of Interest

Property law, successions, trusts, legal persons, administration of property of another, private law codification, comparative law.