My name is Lex Gill.
I’m a lawyer based in Montreal.
I work for a law firm known for class actions and groundbreaking public interest litigation in areas like human rights, environmental law, and corporate accountability. As a former staffer and current fellow at Citizen Lab, I am also known for my work at the intersection of emerging technology and civil liberties. I am a fully licensed member of both the Law Society of Ontario and the Barreau du Québec and have a special interest in constitutional and administrative law.
I clerked for Chief Justice Richard Wagner of the Supreme Court of Canada in 2018-19. Prior to my clerkship, I worked at places like Citizen Lab, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic, and the Berkman Klein Center on high-profile legal research and advocacy initiatives. I have also served on governing and advisory boards for organizations that include Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, the Digital Justice Lab, Head & Hands / À deux mains, and the Concordia University Board of Governors.
PRO BONO & ADVISORY
I’m committed to providing pro bono support to movements organizing toward economic, social, and environmental justice and to individuals who are otherwise unable to access a lawyer. Please see the Contact page for my work address. Even when I am not able to take a file, I can usually make a suitable referral.
SPEAKING & RESEARCH
Over the years I’ve spoken before a wide range of academic, government, private sector, and civil society audiences. For example, I was proud to appear before a parliamentary committee on behalf of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association on an omnibus national security bill in 2017. In 2018, I interviewed the acclaimed whistleblower Chelsea Manning before a massive live audience in Montreal. I have also spoken at major technology and human rights conferences like HOPE, NorthSec, CLSI, and RightsCon.
My research has been presented at Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, McGill University, University of Waterloo, Humboldt University of Berlin, and the University of Toronto, among others, and has appeared in several academic publications (see e.g., Law, Metaphor, and the Encrypted Machine, Advancing Human Rights by Design in the Dual-Use Technology Industry, Towards Digital Constitutionalism). I have also authored and co-authored a number of major reports and international submissions (see e.g., Bots at the Gate, Shining a Light on the Encryption Debate, Planet Netsweeper, Submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on Technology-Facilitated Violence, Abuse, and Harassment).
I graduated from McGill University with degrees in both civil and common law. I also have an undergraduate degree and graduate diploma from Concordia University’s School of Community and Public Affairs.
I received a number of awards during the course of my studies, including the Henry Benson Prize (for highest standing in the McGill Law program’s core courses), the Alexander Morris Exhibition Prize (for highest standing in second year), the Lord Reading Society of Montreal Prize and the Adolphe Mailhiot Memorial Prize (both for highest standing in first year), The J.S.D. Tory Writing Award (to support publication of a peer-reviewed article), la Médaille du Lieutenant-gouverneur pour la jeunesse (for community and public service in Québec), and the Concordia Medal (for leadership, nominated by one’s fellows and the faculty).