Born in Wrocław, Poland, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1971, a Bachelor of Civil Law degree in 1971, and a Master of Arts degree in 1973 from McGill University. Grey has been a member of the Quebec Bar and the Canadian Bar Association since 1974. Since 1976 he has been involved in numerous associations such as the Canadian Foundation for Individual Rights, serving as its president from 1985 to 1988. He was a professor of law at McGill University from 1979 until 1993.
In 1982 Grey defended two Montreal writers who had published an article, “Signs of the Times,” in the January 22 issue of the Jerusalem Post, which summarized the anxiety then being experienced by the Montreal Jewish community following the election in November 1976 of the Parti Québécois. On February 17, the newspaper Le Devoir attacked the Post article, under the sensationalist headline “La diaspora de Montréal est menacée par l’anti-sémitisme.” A day later an editorial, “Le Québec discrédité en Israël,” appeared in the paper. Grey filed a suit in Quebec Superior Court, charging that that the authors had been the victims of a hate campaign. Le Devoir finally settled out of court and printed an apology on its op-ed page on December 17, 1985.
Grey assisted in annulling a stipulation in the Charte de la langue française (Bill 101) that forbade the application of different languages on business signboards. Presently, French must merely be the predominant language, but others are allowed.
Grey defended the periodical La Presse Chinoise against a defamation lawsuit filed by Falun Gong. In 2005, the Superior Court of Quebec ruled that the articles published by the newspaper did not qualify as defamation. However, a subsequent ruling by the Quebec Court of Appeal in June 2008 reversed the lower court's ruling.
Grey has publicly supported the New Democratic Party and Québec Solidaire. He was rumoured to be a future star candidate for the party in Montreal, following that party's successful capture of Outremont in a by-election by Thomas Mulcair on September 17, 2007; however, he did not run in the 2008 or 2011 general elections. He is considering running in the next Canadian federal election.
- "Canadian Who's Who 1997: Julius Grey". Retrieved April 4, 2006.
- "The Charter: Its Achievements and Its Detractors", Library and Archives Canada
- Michael Brown, Jew or Juif?: Jews, French Canadians, and Anglo-Canadians, 1759-1914 (Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 1987), p. 263; Jacques Langlais and David Rome, Juifs et Québécois Français: 200 Ans D'histoire Commune (Montreal: Fides, 1986), p. 235.
- Chinese Newspaper Defamed Group, Quebec Court Says by Antoine Latour, Epoch Times, June 5, 2008.
- Normandin, Pierre-André."Julius Grey aimerait devenir député." La Presse, 14 October 2011.
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