Full Professor, Faculty of Law, Université Laval
UNESCO Chair on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions
Leader of the Arts, Media and Cultural Diversity axis, OBVIA
Véronique Guèvremont is a Full Professor in the Faculty of Law of Université Laval and holds a UNESCO Chair on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions inaugurated in November 2016. She is the leader of the “Arts, Media and Cultural Diversity” axis of the International Observatory on the Societal Impacts of Artificial Intelligence and Digital Technology (OBVIA). She is a regular member of the Centre de droit international et transnational (CDIT, Centre for International and Transnational Law), the l’École supérieure d’études internationales (ESEI, Advanced School of International Studies), the Cultures – Arts – Society Research Centre (CELAT) and the Institut du patrimoine culturel (IPAC, Cultural Heritage Institute). In 2008, she co-founded the Réseau international des juristes pour la diversité des expressions culturelles (RIJDEC, International Network of Jurists for the Diversity of Cultural Expressions) and in 2015 she created the Clinic for Cultural Law and Copyright. She teaches public international law, international cultural law and World Trade Organization (WTO) law.
Her research and publications fill a significant void in the legal literature devoted to cultural law. Her work focuses on the treatment of cultural goods and services in trade agreements, the preservation of the diversity of cultural expressions in digital environments, the cultural dimension of sustainable development, as well as the recognition of the relationship of interdependence between culture and nature in international law. She is also the author of Valeurs non marchandes et droit de l’OMC (Non-market values and WTO law), Brussels: Bruylant, 2013; and she contributed a chapter in two UNESCO world reports (2015, 2018). She is a member of the UNESCO Experts on the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions and contributes to the implementation of the UNESCO Aschberg Program on the International Mobility of Artists and Preferential Treatment.
She collaborates regularly with UNESCO, the International Organization of La Francophonie, the Quebec Ministry of International Relations, the Quebec Ministry of Culture and Communications, the Canadian Coalition for the Diversity of Cultural Expressions and the International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity. From 2003 to 2005, she acted as Associate Expert in the Cultural Policies Division of UNESCO during the negotiation of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. From 1999 to 2002, she was Head of European Affairs within the General Delegation of Quebec in Brussels.
She graduated from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (LL.D. 2009, very honorable mention with the congratulations of the jury).