December 20, 2021 – Ottawa, Ontario
Department of Justice Canada
The Honourable David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the following appointment under the judicial application process established in 2016. This process emphasizes transparency, merit, and the diversity of the Canadian population, and will continue to ensure the appointment of jurists who meet the highest standards of excellence and integrity.
Azimuddin Hussain, Partner at NOVAlex in Montréal, is appointed a puisne Judge of the Superior Court of Quebec for the district of Montréal. Justice Hussain replaces Justice P. Kalichman (Montréal), who was elevated to the Court of Appeal effective April 26, 2021.
“I wish Justice Hussain every success as he takes on his new role. I am confident he will serve the people of Québec well as a member of the Superior Court.”
The Hon. David Lametti
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
Justice Azimuddin Hussain graduated from McGill University’s Faculty of Law with degrees in civil law and common law (Great Distinction, Dean’s Honour List). He had previously earned a B.A. in Sociology (First Class Honours, Dean’s Honour List) from McGill University and M.Sc. in Sociology (Distinction) from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has been a member of the Barreau du Québec since 2001 and the Law Society of Ontario since 2002.
Justice Hussain clerked for the Honourable Justice Charles Gonthier of the Supreme Court of Canada in 2001-2002. He started his career in 2002 as a litigator at Ogilvy Renault LLP, which later became part of Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP. His practice covered a wide range of commercial and civil disputes before arbitral tribunals, and all levels of court in Quebec, the federal courts, and the Supreme Court of Canada. He has extensive experience in multi-jurisdictional commercial disputes, involving complex issues of conflicts of laws and jurisdiction. His practice included litigation of matters under constitutional law, notably the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and public law generally, including the liability and immunity of foreign states. He is the co-author of a forthcoming book called Annotated State Immunity Act / Loi sur l’immunité des États annotée. In October 2020, Justice Hussain became a partner at NOVAlex Law Firm Inc., where he devoted a considerable portion of his practice to pro bono cases to facilitate access to justice, especially on matters of public importance.
Justice Hussain is fluently trilingual in English, French, and Urdu, and speaks basic conversational Hindi. He is the proud father of two teenaged daughters.