Nicholas Kasirer has been a puisne judge of the Quebec Court of Appeal since 2009. Prior to that time, he was James McGill Professor of Law at McGill University and Director of the Quebec Centre for Private and Comparative Law at McGill where he also served as Dean of Law from 2003 to 2009. A former law clerk for the Honourable Jean Beetz of the Supreme Court of Canada, he was sworn in as a member of the Bar of Quebec in 1987. Justice Kasirer is a graduate of the University of Toronto (B.A., Hons.), McGill University (B.C.L., LL.B.), the Université de Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne) (DEA) and received a doctorate honoris causa from the Université de Sherbrooke in 2012.
As a judge, Nicholas Kasirer teaches in the Seminar for Newly Appointed Federal Judges; he serves as Vice President of the Conférence des juges des cours supérieures du Québec; Trustee, Foundation for Legal Research (Canadian Bar); Board member, Paul-André Crépeau Research Centre (McGill U.); member of the Committee for Access to Justice in English (Bar of Montreal); and of editorial boards of the Revue du Notariat; Revue internationale de droit comparé (Paris); Revue de droit de l’Université de Sherbrooke; Journal of Civil Law Studies (Louisiana), Concours Minerve, Journées strasbourgeoises, etc. Since his appointment, Justice Kasirer has given special lectures at many different universities and organizations including the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice, Superior Court Judges (Family Law), Court of Québec Judges (Civil Law) the Tulane Law School, Université Laval, Université de Montréal, Louisiana State University, McGill University, Canadian Bar Association (Que), Université de Poitiers, Lord Reading Law Society, etc.
Nicholas Kasirer is the author or editor, alone or with others, of more than a dozen books, including the Private Law Dictionary (multiple editions), Jurilinguistics – La jurilinguistique the Civil Code of Québec: Bilingual Edition, Le droit civil, avant tout un style, etc., as well as many articles and notes in collections and periodicals such as the Oxford U. Commonwealth Law Journal, the Louisiana Law Review, the Revue international de droit comparé, Canadian Bar Review, Osgoode Hall Law Journal, Cahiers de droit, American Journal of Comparative Law, Dalhousie Law Journal, Revue juridique Thémis, Manitoba Law Journal, McGill Law Journal, etc.
Over the course of his career, Nicholas Kasirer has been awarded various prizes including the Prix de la Fondation du Barreau, the John W. Durnford Law Teaching Award, the Principal David Johnson Medal from McGill University, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Hessel Yntema Prize of the American Society of Comparative Law.
Justice Kasirer was elected a Titular Member of the International Academy of Comparative Law in 2006 and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.