Monferrier Dorval

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Born (1956-06-10) June 10, 1956 (age 67)
DiedAugust 28, 2020(2020-08-28) (aged 64)
Alma materState University of Haiti

Monferrier Dorval, born in Grande-Saline, Artibonite, town of the Artibonite (department) department on June 10, 1956 was the president of the Ordre des Avocats de Port-au-Prince ("order of the lawyers", assassinated in his private residence on August 28, 2020. Throughout the whole history of this bar which saw the light of day in 1859, never has a president been assassinated until him.


Monferrier Dorval left his hometown in 1969 after completing his primary education. He subsequently attended Lycée Alexandre Pétion where he completed his secondary studies in 1976.

In the process, he was admitted to the Faculty of Human Sciences of the State University of Haiti where he followed a course in Social Work until 1980. The following year, in 1981, he joined as studying at the Faculty of Law and Economics (FDSE) of the State University of Haiti.

Winner of a competition organized by the French Embassy in Haiti, Dorval was the recipient of one of two masters scholarships available under an agreement between the FDSE and the University of Aix-Marseille. Thus, he went to study in France, at the Faculty of Law and Political Science of Aix-Marseille, where he defended his doctoral thesis on the Haitian public administration on July 8, 1992 and returned to Haiti in 1993.

From November 1993 he began teaching constitutional and administrative law at Quisqueya University. In January 1994, he joined the faculty of the Faculty of Law and Economics of the UEH[1].

Back in Haiti, he was sworn in as a lawyer at the Ordre des Avocats de Port-au-Prince in 1993 and began his career as a lawyer with the law firm Lamarre. He opened his own firm, Dorval, on January 3, 2000. In 2015, he was elected to the Council of the Port-au-Prince Bar Association. In the process, he was appointed president of the scientific commission of the first Bar of the Caribbean. In December 2017, he chaired the Organizing Committee of the 32nd Congress of the International Conference of Bars (CIB) in Haiti and of the International Union of Lawyers (UIA) seminar held in Decameron in May 2019. February 6 2020, he wins the Port-au-Prince bar elections, with 228 votes against his opponents Patrick Laurent and Jacquenet Oxilus who respectively obtained 146 and 132 votes[2][3][4][5].


According to the investigation report of the Central Directorate of Judicial Police (DCPJ), the “named Modelet Sénégeau alias Abidy, Mackender Fils-Aimé, Dunès Vilpique alias Jah, Markenson Charles alias Cobra, Gerson Laurent alias TiLuc or Louko, Richelet Augustin, Johny Toussaint and others, joined together as criminals to assassinate citizen Monferrier Dorval, President of the Ordre des Avocats de Port-au-Prince"[6].


The "Monferrier Dorval Award of Excellence" was created by the Executive Council of the State University of Haiti following a resolution adopted on September 15. "The prize will be awarded each year to the student who succeeds in writing the best bachelor's thesis, the best master's thesis and the best thesis in law"[7].

On Friday, September 18, 2020, the Quisqueya University (UNIQ) paid tribute to Bâtonnier Monferrier Dorval in the presence of several professors including former ministers and other political figures[8][9].

The Council of the Paris Bar Association adopted on Tuesday September 1 a motion in honor of the memory of Monferrier Dorval and awarded him the posthumous title of honorary member and meets on Friday September 18 for him pay a final tribute[10]. On this occasion, Olivier Cousi, the President of the Bar of Paris pronounced “We are not only paying tribute to a friend who left too early but to a defender of rights and freedoms”[11].


  1. "Qui était Monferrier Dorval ?". Le Nouvelliste. Retrieved 2020-09-30.
  2. "Qui était Monferrier Dorval ?". Le Nouvelliste. Retrieved 2020-09-30.
  3. "Monferrier Dorval nouveau bâtonnier de l'ordre des avocats". Haiti24 (in français). 2020-02-07. Retrieved 2020-09-30.
  4. "10 dates clés de la vie de Me Monferrier Dorval". Retrieved 2020-09-30.
  5. "Monferrier Dorval : le portrait de l'intellectuel engagé". Retrieved 2020-09-30.
  6. "Assassinat de Me Monferrier Dorval : la DCPJ identifie exécutants et complices". Haiti24 (in français). 2020-09-25. Retrieved 2020-09-30.
  7. "L'Université d'État d 'Haïti crée le " Prix d'excellence Monferrier Dorval "". Le Nouvelliste. Retrieved 2020-09-30.
  8. "L'Université Quisqueya rend hommage au bâtonnier Monferrier Dorval". Le Nouvelliste. Retrieved 2020-09-30.
  9. "Hommage au Professeur Monferrier Dorval | UniQ Haïti". Retrieved 2020-09-30.
  10. Nodwes, Rezo (2020-09-17). "Le Barreau de Paris rendra un dernier hommage vendredi à Me Monferrier Dorval après lui avoir attribué le titre posthume de membre d'honneur". Rezo Nòdwès (in français). Retrieved 2020-09-30.
  11. VBI (2020-09-18). "Assassinat du Bâtonnier de Port-au-Prince : Le Barreau de Paris rend hommage à Me Monferrier Dorval". Vant Bèf Info (in français). Retrieved 2020-09-30.

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