Westmoreland-Traoré, Juanita

While Dean of the Faculty of Law of the University of Windsor, Judge Juanita Westmoreland-Traoré was appointed to the Criminal and Penal Division and the Youth Division of the Court of Quebec in 1999, from where she retired in 2012. Previously, she taught in the Department of Legal Sciences at the University of Quebec in Montreal from 1976 to 1991.

A specialist in immigration and citizenship law, human rights, family law, and non-profit organization law, Judge Westmoreland-Traoré is well-known for her role in establishing the Conseil des communautés culturelles et de l’immigration du Québec, over which she presided from 1985 to 1990. She has served as Ontario’s Employment Equity Commissioner and advisor to Haiti’s Commission on Truth and Justice.

Judge Westmoreland-Traoré has served on the board of the Canadian Chapter of the International Association of Women Judges and as co-chair of the Equality and Diversity Committee of the Canadian Association of Provincial Court Judges. She has received many awards for achievements in human rights, as a pioneering woman in the legal profession, and as the first person of African origin elevated to the Bench in Quebec. She obtained her law degree from the University of Montreal and a Doctorate of State from the University of Paris II. In 1991, she was named an officer of the Ordre national du Québec. She has received Honorary Doctorates from the University of Ottawa and the University of Quebec in Montreal.