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Pierre Marc Johnson
Pierre Marc Johnson
Former Prime Minister of Quebec, Government of Quebec’s Chief Negotiator in the Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union; and Counsel

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A former Premier of Québec, Pierre Marc Johnson, lawyer and physician, is recognized for his expertise in international trade negotiations and international partnerships as well as environmental and health law. He is chief negotiator for the Government of Québec in the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union (AECG-CETA).

Mr. Johnson has been lead counsel and strategic adviser to international partnerships and foreign investments. He has extensive experience in international negotiations with the United Nations on environmental and development issues.

Co-author of The Environment and NAFTA — Understanding and Implementing the New Continental Law, published by Island Press, and of Beyond Trade: The Case for a Broadened International Governance Agenda, he has also penned numerous essays and articles on international trade, globalization and the environment.

Recognized as one of Canada’s leading lawyers in the area of International Arbitration in the 2012, 2013 and 2014 editions of The Best Lawyers in Canada (Woodward/White), he holds an honorary doctorate from Université Claude Bernard Lyon I, France. He is Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Grand Croix of the Ordre de la Pléiade and grand officer of the Ordre national du Québec.

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