Martin St-Amant

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Partner

Martin St-Amant is a partner of the firm, he advises clients of companies of all sizes for all matters relating to international commercial law and intellectual property, both at a national and international level, as well as business immigration.

After completing a degree in civil law at the University of Ottawa, a degree in International Studies in Paris, and a doctorate from Paris-Sorbonne University in international commercial law, Me St-Amant quickly specialized in this area of law, developing his skills on both sides of the Atlantic. He was notably part of the negotiating team of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). A member of the Barreau du Québec and several international law organizations, he is the author of numerous texts, articles, and columns on his speciality, international law, both in economics as well as in public and private law.

Publications

  • Commerce international [International Trade] – Chronique de droit économique international en 1988 [International Economic Law Column], Annuaire canadien de droit international (ACDI) / The Canadian Yearbook of International Law – Volume XXVII, 1989, University of British Columbia Press, pp. 339-357
  • Commerce international – Chronique annuelle de droit économique international en 1989, Annuaire canadien de droit international (ACDI) / The Canadian Yearbook of International Law – Volume XXVIII, 1990, University of British Columbia Press, pp. 433-437
  • Commerce international – Chronique annuelle de droit économique international en 1990, Annuaire canadien de droit international (ACDI) / The Canadian Yearbook of International Law – Volume XXVIII, 1991, University of British Columbia Press, pp. 416-428
  • Commerce international – Chronique annuelle de droit économique international en 1991, Annuaire canadien de droit international (ACDI) / The Canadian Yearbook of International Law – Volume XXVIII, 1992, University of British Columbia Press, pp.
  • Commerce international – Chronique annuelle de droit économique international en 1992, Annuaire canadien de droit international (ACDI) / The Canadian Yearbook of International Law – Volume XXVIII, 1992, University of British Columbia Press, pp.
  • Commerce international et produits de base, Chapitre dans Notes et études documentaires, [International Trade and Commodities, Chapter in Notes and Literature Reviews] Éditions La Documentation française (Paris)
  • Organisation internationale de normalisation [International Organization for Standardization] (ISO), Chapitre dans Accords économiques internationaux, Notes et études documentaires [Chapter in International Economic Agreements, Notes and Literature Reviews], Éditions La Documentation française (Paris) et Wilson Lafleur (Montréal), 1989
  • Rapport du groupe spécial du GATT concernant les restrictions canadiennes à l’importation de crème glacée et yogourt [GATT Panel Report Concerning Canadian Import Restrictions on Ice Cream and Yogurt], Bulletin du Conseil canadien de droit international [Canadian Council of International Law Bulletin], Volume 16, no  1, 1989
  • L'affrontement agricole s'est poursuivi lors de la réunion à mi-parcours du GATT [Agricultural Clash at the GATT Mid-term Meeting], Information SDIE, Volume 2, no 1, Mars 1989
  • Démocratisation en Europe de l'Est - répercussion sur le commerce et les investissements [Democratization in Eastern Europe - Repercussions on Trade and Investment], Éditorial, Bulletin de la SDIE, Volume 3, no 1, 1990
  • Taxe sur la valeur ajoutée : implantation, harmonisation et réglementation internationale [Value Added Tax: Implementation, Harmonization and International Regulation], Éditorial, Bulletin de la SDIE, Volume 3, no 2, 1990
  • Sanctions économiques dans le cadre de l'O.N.U. - Éléments d'un système de sécurité collectif au service du maintien et du rétablissement de la paix [Economic Sanctions in the Context of the United Nations- Elements of a Collective Security System for the Maintenance and Restoration of Peace], Éditorial, Bulletin de la SDIE, Volume 4, no 1, 1999
  • Intégration et souveraineté - À la recherche d'une Europe unifiée et d'une nouvel équilibre dans les relations Québec-Canada [Integration and Sovereignty- In Search of a Unified Europe and a New Balance ins Québec-Canada Relations], Éditorial, Bulletin de la SDIE, Volume 4, no 2, 1991
  • Définition d'une subvention selon la Loi sur les mesures spéciales d'importation [Definition of a Subsidity According to the Special Import Measures Act], Ottawa Law Review, Ottawa (Article forthcoming in 1999)
  • Several other articles in the electronic press media and journals specializing in international trade

Unpublished research work

  • Législation canadienne et obligations internationales en matière de droits antidumping, Mémoire de DEA,[Canadian Legislation and International Obligations on Anti-Dumpting Laws, DEA Brief] University de Paris 1, 1988
  • Quelques aspects juridiques de l'Accord de libre-échange entre le Canada et les États-Unis [Some Legal Aspects of the Free Trade Agreement between Canada and the United States], University of Paris 1, 1988
  • Le règlement des différends dans le cadre des accords sur les produits de base, Mémoire de DEA, [Dispute Settlement Under Commodity Agreements, DEA Brief] University of Paris 1, 1987
  • La légitime défense et la menace d'emploi de la force dans les relations internationales, Mémoire de DEA [Lawful Defense and the Threat of the Use of Force in International Relations, DEA Brief], University of Paris 1, 1987
  • L'interprétation de la première phase de l'article 19 de la Charte des Nations-Unies [Interpretation of the First Phase of Article 19 of the United Nations Charter], University of Paris 1, 1987

Presentations

  • La sécurité alimentaire des consommateurs en droit transnational - l'affaire du lai UHT [Consumer Food Safety in Transnational Law - the UHT Lai Affair], Fifth International Conference on Consumer Law, Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, Toronto, 1995
  • Le Canada, mode d'accès privilégié ou marché américain et mexicain, Chambre de commerce italienne, section Québec, [Canada, Privileged Access Mode or American and Mexican Market, Italian Chamber of Commerce, Québec Section] 1994
  • La mise en oeuvre des mécanismes de règlement des différends de l'Accord de libre-échange Canada-États-Unis, 34e congrès de l'Association des auditeurs et anciens auditeurs de l'Académie de droit internationale de La Haye [The Implementation of the Dispute Settlement Mechanisms of the Canada-United States Free Trade Agreement, 34th Congress of the Association of Auditors and Former Auditors of the Hague Academy of International Law], 10-14 June 1991, University of Montréal
  • Free Trade Agreements between Canada and United States, Harvard University, March 1990
  • Les mécanismes de règlement des différends sans le cadre de l'Accord de libre-échange Canada-États-Unis et dans l'Accord de libre-échange Australie-Nouvelle-Zélande [Dispute Settlement Mechanisms Outside the Canada-United States Free Trade Agreement Framework and within the Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement], University of Paris 1, 1988
  • Le compromis d'arbitrage [The Arbitration Agreement], University of Paris 1, 1988
  • Le règlement des différends dans le cadre du FMI [IMF Dispute Settlement], University of Paris 1, 1988
  • La protection de l'environnement dans l'Antarctique [Environmental Protection in Antarctica], Université de Paris 1. 1987 (in collaboration with the dean, the late Mr. Claude-Albert Colliard)
  • Problèmes juridiques liés à la télédétection [Legal Issues Related to Remote Sensing], University of Paris 1, 1987
  • La jurisprudence et la doctrine comme moyens auxiliaires de détermination des règles de droit [Case Law and Doctrine as Auxiliary Means of Determining Rules of Law] , University of Paris 1, 1987
  • Several other presentations to business professionals

Professional and community activities

  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Théâtre Premier Acte
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Théâtre Les Gros Becs
  • Member of the Political Committee of the Québec Liberal Party
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Bulletin of the International Law Society, 1991
  • Editor-in-Chief of the Bulletin of the International Law Society, 1989-1991
  • Judge at the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, Moncton, February 1991
  • Student President - Canadian House, Paris, 1987-1988
  • Delegate from the University of Ottawa to the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, Edmonton, February 1984
  • Advanced English Language Course, Regent’s School, London (England), Summer 1980

Education

  • Doctorate in International Commercial Law, University of Paris I, 1994
  • Harvard Law School, Graduate Program-Visiting Researcher, 1989-1990
  • Member of the Barreau du Québec since 1989
  • Diploma of Advanced Studies - International Economic Law, University of Paris I, 1987-1988
  • Diploma of Advanced Studies - International Law and International Organization, University of Paris I, 1986-1987
  • Institute of Higher International Studies of Paris, 1986-1987
  • LL.L., University of Ottawa, 1982-1985

Boards and Professional Affiliations

  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Centre du Commerce de l’Est du Québec [Eastern Québec Trade Centre]
  • Member of the Canadian Council on International Law
  • International Economic Law Society - Montréal
  • Member of the Société québécoise de droit international (SQDI) [Quebec Society of International Law]
  • Member of the Montréal Council on Foreign Relations
  • Member of the Alumni Association of the University of Ottawa
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