Gowling WLG alumnus Justice Rowe nominated to the Supreme Court of Canada

17 October 2016

Earlier today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the nomination of Mr. Justice Malcolm Rowe, a Gowling WLG alumnus, for the Supreme Court of Canada.

Justice Rowe, who has sat on the Court of Appeal of Newfoundland and Labrador since 2001, began his career as a litigation associate in Gowling WLG's Ottawa office in 1984. He later became a partner and remained with the firm until 1996, when he returned to Newfoundland to take up the position of Clerk of the Executive Council and Secretary to Cabinet.

He was appointed to the Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court, Trial Division, in 1999 and elevated to the Court of Appeal in 2001.

Throughout his distinguished career, Justice Rowe has been involved in constitutional matters, foreign relations, the arbitration of maritime boundaries, and the negotiation of conventional law through the United Nations, and has made significant contributions to the area of sentencing law.

This is the first nomination by the Government of Canada under its new Supreme Court selection process, which will now involve a special committee hearing of the House of Commons' Committee on Justice and Human Rights, as well as a question and answer session with the nominee, attended by MPs from all parties.

Read the official press release from the Prime Minister.