Thierry Bourgoignie is regular professor of law at UQAM (Université du Québec à Montréal), in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He obtained a Ph.D. degree from the University of Louvain in Belgium and an LL.M. degree from the Yale Law School in the United States. After 25 years of academic career in Europe as full professor in Louvain and inviting professor in several European institutions, he joined UQAM in June 2003. He teaches European Law, Consumer Law, Critical Analysis of Private Law, and International and Comparative Consumer Law. For six years he acted as the director of a graduate programme in international relations and international law. Between 2009 and 2011, he was appointed Director of the Department of Law within the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences. His publication list comprises more than 20 individual and collective monographs and about 100 published papers. His main research focus has always been and still is consumer protection law and policy. He was elected Chairman of the International Association of Consumer Law from 1998 to 2003. He played a major role in the development of consumer action programmes and the adoption of consumer directives by the European Commission in the 1980s and 1990s. In 2004, he founded at UQAM the research group GREDICC (Groupe de recherche en droit international et comparé de la consummation -, of which he is the acting director. GREDICC conducts research programmes relating to consumer subject matters, mainly with a comparative and international dimension. It also organises summer programmes in national, comparative and international consumer law. Professor Bourgoignie is also acting as a consultant in consumer affairs, product safety and market surveillance, to several international institutions and governments worldwide.

Correspondence address:

Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)
Faculté de science politique et droit
Montréal, Québec, Canada


Research programmes

Research Interests

  • Consumer law and theory
  • Comparative consumer law and policy
  • International consumer law and policy
  • Product safety and market surveillance
  • Sustainable production and consumption patterns

Research projects