« For the last three years he has fought a protracted and seemingly quixotic legal battle against the federal government to hold it accountable for selling weapons to a murderous regime. For this, Turp deserves another title: hero »
(Martin Patriquin, « Canada, Saudi Arabia and Daniel Turp's heroic crusade »,
The Montreal Gazette, 11 July 2018)
Daniel Turp is a trained musicologist. He obtained his undergraduate degree at the Faculty of Music of the Université de Montréal and is currently completing the requirements for a Master’s degree at the Université de Montréal as well. He is the founding director of L'Opéra- Revue Québécoise d’art lyrique, a publication that includes a magazine, a bulletin and a website and is now published under the auspices of the Réunion des operas du Québec (ROQ) which he chairs. He is the Director General of the Théâtre Lyrichorégra 20 (L20) and of its « Jeunes ambassadeurs and ambassadrices lyriques »’s Program. He is a promoter of compulsory music education in the Quebec education systemHe was the president of the Board of Directors of the Opéra de Québec, its Festival and its Foundation from 2020 to 2023.
Daniel Turp was a sitting member for the Bloc Québécois in Canada’s House of Commons between 1997 and 2000. He was also an elected member for the Parti Québécois in Québec’s National Assembly between 2003 and 2008. He is President of the Research Institute for Self-Determination of Peoples and National Independence (IRAI). An activist for peace, the respect for human rights and the protection of the environment, he has undertaken strategic litigation, notably to stop arms exports from Canada to Saudi Arabia.
Daniel Turp studied law as an undegraduate the Université Sherbrooke, Quebec. He earned a master's degree at the Université de Montréal, a Diploma of International law at the University of Cambridge and a Doctorat d’État (Ph.D) (summa cum laude) at the Université de droit, d’économie et de sciences sociales de Paris (Paris II). He also was the first Quebecker to be granted the prestigious Diploma of the The Hague Academy of international law. He taught at the Faculty of Law of the Université de Montréal from 1980 to 2020. He was a guest professor in several Québec, Canadian and European universities as well at the Strasbourg International Institute of Human Rights and The Hague Academy of International Law. He was a guest researcher at Harvard University’s Faculty of Law. He is an Emeritus professor as well an associate professor which allows him to continue to supervise doctoral theses. He continues his research endeavours in the areas of constitutional law and international law. He is president of the Québec Association of Constitutional Law (Association Québécoise de droit constitutionnel) (AQDC) and the president of the Board of the Québec Society of International Law (Société québécoise de droit international) (SQDI)