Graduated from the Université de Montréal in 2000, Caroline Harnois is a member of the family, personal and estate law team in the Montreal office. Her practice covers all aspects of family law and she specializes in private international family law cases including in international child abduction cases.
Prior to joining our firm, she worked as a lawyer with the Children, Person and Family Law team at The Hague Conference on Private International Law in the Netherlands, where she developed an expertise in extraterritorial conflicts and the application of international conventions, in particular regarding international child abduction, recovery of maintenance abroad, intercountry adoption and international protection of children and vulnerable adults.
During her last years in this international organization, Ms. Harnois took part in international negotiations meetings, organized and conducted training sessions for lawyers, judges, civil servants and representatives of other international organizations, and worked towards the implementation of conventions. She was also invited in several countries as a guest lecturer in her areas of practice.
Ms. Harnois also practiced in the public international law field at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague, the Netherlands, and did her articling in family law with a Montreal firm.
Ms. Harnois has written several articles on family law including « La Convention de La Haye du 25 octobre 1980 sur l’enlèvement international d’enfants : la nécessité d’agir de façon rapide et efficace » and « Débiteurs alimentaires récalcitrants à vos gardes, la planète rétrécit » respectively published in « Les Développement récents en droit familial from of 2008 and 2010 ». She has appeared as a guest lecturer at the Quebec Bar Continuing Education Workshops.
She has been one of the three (3) finalists of the YBAM Gala “The leaders of tomorrow” in the category “YBAM lawyer of the year in family law” in 2009 and 2010.
Languages: French and English
Areas of Practice
- Family Law, Personal Law and Estate Law
- Protection and Transmission of Estates and Assets
Canadian Bar Association;
Association des avocats et avocates en droit de la famille du QuÃ©bec
Association internationale francophone des intervenants auprÃ¨s des familles sÃ©parÃ©es (AIFI)
Professional Activities and Experience
Member of the Family Law, Elder Law, Will, Estates and Trusts, and International Law Sections of the Canadian Bar Association
Volonteer at the SAGE (Service d’avocats de garde en matière familiale)
President of the Board of Directors of Centre de la Petite-Enfance La Garde-Amis
Member of Quebec Bar since 2002
University of Montreal, L.L.B. 2000