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Social Sciences and Humanities; Law

Han-Ru Zhou

Constitutional Law

Professeur agrégé

Faculté de droit

Pavillon Maximilien-Caron, room A-9444

514 343-6111 #28498



Han-Ru Zhou is an Associate Professor of Public Law at the Université de Montréal and an Associate Research Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies in London. He is a past visiting professor at the University of Ottawa, visiting scholar at uOttawa Public Law Centre, Sproul Research Fellow at the University of California at Berkeley and Boulton Fellow at McGill University.

Han-Ru has published in leading journals including The Law Quarterly Review, the International Journal of Constitutional Law, the American Journal of Comparative Law and the American Journal of Legal History. He is the author of Constitutional Law: Fundamental Principles – Notes and Cases (Montréal: Thémis 2021, 1,164 p.). His research has been funded without interruption since 2014 as a principal investigator by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Fonds de recherche du Québec, the Chambre des notaires du Québec, and the Canadian Bar Association.

In 2006-2007, Han-Ru served as a law clerk to Justice Marie Deschamps at the Supreme Court of Canada. A member of the Québec Bar, he also practised as a corporate lawyer at a national law firm. He received his legal education at Montréal, Harvard and Oxford Universities. For over a decade, he studied classical piano at the Conservatory of music of Montreal. Han-Ru teaches, researches and consults in the areas of constitutional law and human rights law.

Han-Ru is a past Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Review of Constitutional Studies and member of the Independent Advisory Board for Supreme Court of Canada Judicial Appointments. From 2018 to 2020, he served as the President of the Harvard Club of Québec.


  • 2001 — Baccalauréat en droit (LLB) — DroitUniversité de Montréal
  • 2005 — Maîtrise en droit (LLM) — DroitHarvard Law School
  • 2013 — Doctorat (DPhil) — DroitUniversity of Oxford

Affiliations and responsabilities

Research affiliations

  • Associate Research Fellow, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London

Teaching and supervision Currently recruiting

Recruitment in research Currently recruiting

  • Constitutional law
  • Civil libertiies
  • Philosophy of law
  • Legal theory

Student supervision

Theses and dissertation supervision (Papyrus Institutional Repository)


Définir la primauté du droit dans le cadre de la justice transitionnelle au Sri Lanka

Graduate : Beurrier, Baptiste
Cycle : Master's
Grade : LL. M.


Research projects

2023 - 2026

Les grands arrêts constitutionnels du Comité judiciaire du Conseil privé

Funding sources: Chambre des notaires du Québec
Grant programs:


Publications and presentations


Liste sélective

  • F. Chevrette et H. Marx, Droit constitutionnel : principes fondamentaux – notes et jurisprudence, 2e éd. rev. et augm. par H.-R. Zhou, Éditions Thémis, 2021, 1 272 pages (traduit: Constitutional Law: Fundamental Principles – Notes and Cases)
  • H.-R. Zhou, « International Legacies of a Century and a Half of the Case Method » (2023) 63 American Journal of Legal History 402
  • H.-R. Zhou, « L’État de droit, une perspective de droit comparé – Canada », Service de recherche du Parlement européen, Unité Bibliothèque de droit comparé, mai 2023, 113 p.
    en ligne :
  • H.-R. Zhou, « Legal Principles, Constitutional Principles and Judicial Review », (2019) 67 American Journal of Comparative Law 899
  • H.-R. Zhou, « A Contextual Defense of ‘Comparative Constitutional Common Law’ », (2014) 12 International Journal of Constitutional Law 1034
  • H.-R. Zhou, « Revisiting the ‘Manner and Form’ Theory of Parliamentary Sovereignty », (2013) 129 Law Quarterly Review 610


  • Law

Areas of expertise

  • Constitutional Law
  • Comparative law
  • Theory of law
  • Human rights
  • Public law