Jean Hétu, Ad. E. Legal counsel

Environment Litigation Municipal law
Education LL.L. Licentiate in Law, Université de Montréal in 1970
LL.M. Master of Laws, Harvard University in 1972
Bar Admission Québec (1971)
Phone 514 343-6099
Cell Phone 514 220-8976
Fax 514 331-0514
Assistant Diane Ruel
Assistant Phone 514 331-5010 #5743
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Me Jean Hétu is professor emeritus at the Faculty of Law of the University of Montreal, where he taught for 45 years mainly municipal law, environmental law as well as general administrative law.

Me Hétu is legal advisor to numerous municipalities as well as to the government of Québec. He is also the author of numerous articles and works on municipal and administrative law.

Awards and distinctions

  • Named Lawyer Emeritus by the Barreau du Québec in 2009.
  • Recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
  • Faculty of Law Medal from the Université de Montréal in2003.


  • Co-author of the Malouf report on the costs of the Montreal Olympic Games.
  • Founder of the Actualité juridique municipale published by Wolters Kluwer.
  • Me Hétu oversaw the reform of the municipal courts of Québec in 1987.
  • He was a member of the committee that created the Court of Québec in 1988.

Presentations and conferences

  • Full professor at the Faculty of Law of the Université de Montréal (municipal law and general administrative law).
  • Sought after and regular speaker before numerous stakeholders in the municipal realm.

Community involvement

  • President of the permanent committee on municipal affairs of the Barreau du Québec from 1996 to 2011
  • President of the Société d’histoire et du patrimoine de Lavaltrie since its founding in 2013.

Articles and publications

  • Me Hétu is the principal author of the sole reference work in municipal law (Droit municipal, Principes généraux et contentieux).
  • Legal protection of the environment in Québec.
  • The sale of buildings for non-payment of property taxes.
  • An Act Respecting Land use Planning and Development.
  • The powers of municipalities in protecting the environment.
  • An Act Respecting the Remuneration of Elected Municipal Officers, commented and indexed.
  • Access to information and the protection of personal information.