Robert Godin

Faculty of Law


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Chancellor Day Hall, Rm 23 [Map]
3644 rue Peel Montreal Quebec Canada
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 1W9
514.398.5400 [Office]
514-398-4659 [Fax]




Professor Godin's main teaching and research interests lie in property law. He has written and published a number of articles and participated as a contributor to a number of collective works, dealing for the most part with subjects related to real estate law and practice, the law of trusts as applied to commercial transactions and commercial leasing. Over the years, he has been actively involved in the process of revision leading to the adoption and implementation of the Civil Code of Québec in 1994. He has presided over several committees of the Québec Bar (Property, Hypothecs and other forms of security, Registration of Real Rights), and has participated in committees dealing with aspects of the revision including legislation dealing with the implementation of the new Code. More recently, he was a member of one of the committees dealing with the ongoing revision of the Code of Civil Procedure.

He was appointed Senior Wainwright Fellow.

On behalf of the Institute of Comparative Law of McGill University, he participated in two projects concerning the law reform presently taking place in the Russian Federation, the first dealing with the Analysis of registration and land title systems for real rights and real property, and the second entitled “The relationship between public and private property in Canada and Québec”. Both projects were prepared for the Research Centre for Private Law of the Office of the President of the Russian Federation and included the giving of a conference at that Centre, in Moscow, in February 2006. Professor Godin has been ranked by The Canadian Legal LEXPERT Directory 2006 as one of the consistently recommended lawyers in Property Development (Real Estate: Land Use Planning/Municipal.) He is also listed in the LEXPERT Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (2006)


B.C.L. (McGill) 1962

B.A. (Sir George Williams University) 1959


Adjunct professor, Faculty of Law, McGill, 1991-95 and 1999-

Legal counsel, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin, 1999-

Private law practice in Montreal, 1970-1999

Notary, 1963-1970

Course lecturer, Faculty of Law, McGill, 1977-84, 1987-91;

Member of the Canadian Bar Association

Areas of Interest

Real estate law, real rights (ownership and its division - real servitudes, usufruct, emphyteusis), indivision, condomiums, superficies, “voisinage”, real estate financing, real securities, commercial trusts, financial leases, mortgaged backed securitizations, property law and environment and the law.