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Ayodele Akenroye

Ayodele Akenroye obtained his LLB (with honors) from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria, where he studied on an academic scholarship from Ondo State of Nigeria. He completed his Bar Examinations from the Nigerian Law School, winning the Sir Lionel Brett Prize for the overall best student in criminal procedure. He earned his LLM from University of Manitoba, Canada, where he studied on a full academic scholarship. He is currently a doctoral candidate in the Faculty of Law.

Before commencing his doctoral studies, Ayodele interned with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), worked as a Human Rights Officer for the Manitoba Human Rights Commission in Winnipeg, Manitoba and practiced law in his home country – Nigeria.

Ayodele is currently pursuing his doctoral degree under the supervision of Prof. Frédéric Mégret. His doctoral thesis will critically examine the construction of victimhood under international law. His research interests include international criminal law, international human rights law, law of international organizations, and transitional justice.

Enrique Boone Barrera


Enrique Boone Barrera obtained his law degree from the Tec de Monterrey, in Mexico, with honorific mention. He worked for the government of his home state having different responsibilities and positions. Enrique obtained a Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution from York University in 2003 and, in 2006, an LL.M degree from Queen's University. His research project focused on the legal and socio-economic conditions that affect accountability mechanisms of public officials in the municipalities of his state. Enrique is currently a D.C.L candidate under the supervision of Professors Víctor Muñiz-Fraticelli and Fabien Gélinas. He is researching the effects that the interaction of different power players have on politics and society and their impact on the rights and freedoms of individuals in a federalized context. His interests are in law and development, human rights, law and politics, and law and economics.

Alvaro R. Cordova Flores – O’Brien Fellow

AlvaroAlvaro is a Peruvian lawyer and a O'Brian Fellowship recipient in Human Rights and Legal Pluralism. He is currently a student in the Doctoral Civil Law Program (DCL) at McGill University's Faculty of Law. He is conducting his research under the supervision of Colleen Sheppard, focusing on the intersections of the politics of identity, indigenous rights and legal realism. His ongoing research explores how non-indigenous judges resolve indigenous rights cases, and how certain judicial approaches can recreate cultural discrimination against indigenous peoples in Peru.

He started the LLM Program at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada in 2010 under the supervision of Jeremy Webber and Avigail Eisenberg. In his LLM thesis (The Right of Indigenous Self-Determination and the Right to Consultation in the Peruvian Constitutional Tribunal Jurisprudence [2005-2011]) Alvaro explored the relationship between the right of indigenous consultation and the right of indigenous self-determination in the Peruvian context.

Alvaro is a 2004 summa cum laude graduate from the University of Lima School of Law in Peru. He has extensive professional experience in areas of constitutional law and fundamental rights. Since 2004 he has worked at the Peruvian Constitutional Tribunal, and previously he worked at the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission (2002). He also taught constitutional law (Fall 2010) at the Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola (Lima, Peru).

Julie Cousineau

Since September 2006, Julie Cousineau has been a Doctoral Candidate in Civil Law (D.C.L.) at the Institute of Comparative Law at McGill University under the supervision of Professor Angela Campbell. Her thesis work focuses on laws of anonymous gamete and embryo donations. In this context, Me. Cousineau is interested particularly in dialectic language, internormativity, and the relationship between ethics and law. Me. Cousineau is the recipient of an FQRSC Doctoral Research Fellowship, a McGill Graduate Studies Fellowship (Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office), and a John Dobson Foundation Fellowship. In the Fall 2009, Me. Cousineau will be furthering her research at Centre de recherche Droit, Sciences et Techniques, l'UniversitÈ de Paris 1 PanthÈon-Sorbonne, under the supervision of Christine Noiville, on French law of assisted procreation, made possible through an International Internship Bursary offered by the Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade. Me. Cousineau is a member of the Quebec Bar since 2002.

Erin Crandall

Erin Crandall

Erin Crandall (erin [dot] crandall [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)) received her MA in political science from the University of British Columbia in 2006.

Presently pursuing a Doctoral degree in political science (under the supervision of Professor Christopher Manfredi) at McGill, Erin’s thesis proposes to examine the correlation between rights reform and changes to the judicial appointment processes in Canada, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand.

Her research interests include legal pluralism, constitutional law, and federalism.

Maude Choko

Maude Choko

Après avoir effectué un stage à l'Organisation internationale du travail et pratiqué en droit du travail dans un des cabinet d'avocats international, Maude Choko (maude [dot] choko [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)) a choisi de poursuivre une carrière universitaire. Chargée de cours à l'Université de Montréal à la Faculté de droit, elle a obtenu son LL.B. à l'Université de Montréal et son LL.M. à l'Université McGill, et est actuellement inscrite au doctorat à la Faculté de droit de l'Université McGill.

Avec le soutien successif de bourses doctorales du Centre de recherche interuniversitaire sur la mondialisation et le travail (CRIMT) et du Centre canadien de recherche en sciences humaines du Canada (CRSH), ses recherches portent sur la liberté d'association et la promotion de l'autonomie collective des travailleurs autonomes.

Convaincue de l'intérêt du régime de rapports collectifs des artistes pour un plus grand nombre de travailleurs autonomes et soucieuse d'intégrer ses démarches artistiques et juridiques, Maude Choko a choisi d'orienter ses recherches doctorales vers le régime de rapports collectifs des artistes au Québec et les effets de la promotion de leur autonomie collective, par l'encadrement législatif, sur leur protection. En effet, en parallèle à sa formation juridique et à ses recherches académiques, Maude Choko a également exploré sa passion pour les arts dramatiques, en suivant plusieurs formations de jeu tant théâtral que devant la caméra. Persuadée du pouvoir de communication des arts dramatiques et de leur capacité de toucher un large public sur des questions de société, elle a fondé un organisme de bienfaisance, le Théâtre Misceo, voué à l'éducation du public quant aux arts du théâtre et offrant des représentations de nature théâtrale. C'est ainsi qu'avec le soutien de la Fondation du Grand Montréal, elle a produit et interprété un des personnages d'une pièce de théâtre, intitulée 5F.

L'implication sociale lui tenant à cœur, Maude Choko a également œuvré au sein d'Avocats sans frontière Canada à titre de Vice-présidente aux communications et participe aujourd'hui activement à la vie de l'École alternative Nouvelle Querbes, école primaire fréquentée par ses enfants.

Maria del Pilar Vanegas Guzman

Maria is a Colombian lawyer, who holds graduate law degrees from the London School of Economics and Universite de Paris II Pantheon-Assas. She obtained an LL.M. in International Business Law and a degree in Public International Law respectively, and did her law degree in Colombia at Universidad del Rosario. She has worked as delegate for the International Committee of the Red Cross for several years, covering Rwanda, Central Asia, Guinea, the Balkans, Israel and the Occupied Territories, Peru and Ecuador.

She is currently doing research on the discourse of the International Committee of the Red Cross for the promotion of International Humanitarian Law, with particular focus on the role of moral, legal diversity and human behaviour as key factors for compliance and adherence to the law, in contrast with legal positivism.

Her research includes the vision of a common humanity as an emerging narrative in law. This research is integral part of the Master of Law she is doing at McGill to specialize further in the areas of International Criminal Law, International Humanitarian Law, Human Rights and Legal Traditions of the World.

Other than humanitarian work, Ms. Vanegas Guzman has varied experience in the private and public sectors. She was a corporate lawyer in Colombia and in-house legal counsel for the Colombian State Oil Company ECOPETROL, as well as for Coca-Cola's subsidiary in Bogota. She worked in reinsurance brokerage in London and Bogota and did internships at the Constitutional Court and the Ministry of Finance of Colombia.

Isabelle Deschamps

Isabelle Deschamps is currently pursuing a LL.M. with thesis under the supervision of Professor Roderick A. Macdonald, for whom she also works as research assistant.

Isabelle is investigating the interactions between commercial law reform, informal business, and culture in West and Central Africa, with a particular focus on women entrepreneurs. She is also exploring the implications of traditional and critical legal pluralist theories for understanding law-making and development in West and Central Africa.

Prior to commencing graduate studies at McGill, Isabelle worked in the commercial litigation department of an international law firm in Montreal from 2001 to 2007 and in London (UK) from 2007 to 2009. She qualified with the Quebec Bar in 2005 and was admitted at the Law Society of England and Wales in 2008 (currently non-practising solicitor).

In the summer of 2009, she spent five months volunteering and teaching French in rural Benin and travelling through neighbouring Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal. Following this experience, Isabelle decided to pursue her enduring interests in academics and international cooperation by enrolling in the LL.M. Programme at McGill. She returned to Benin in May and June 2010 to conduct research (including at the Organization for Harmonisation of Business Law in Africa's (OHADA) École Régionale Supérieure de la Magistrature in Porto Novo) in preparation for her graduate studies. At the same time, she volunteered for a Beninese Cotonou-based NGO providing health and education assistance to underprivileged communities.

She completed her LL.B. at Université de Montréal in 2002 and did a Masters in International Relations at Instituto Ortega y Gasset (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) in 2004. Her thesis, for which she received a grade of "outstanding distinction", examined the legitimacy of political institutions in Canada and the United States at the dawn of the twenty-first century.

Isabelle Deschamps currently sits on the board of directors of Danse Danse, a non-for-profit international dance broadcasting organization. In the past, she presided the board of international cooperation organization La Société Mer et Monde and was the corporate secretary for Diagramme Gestion Culturelle, which offers management services to dance companies.

Carlos Iván Fuentes - O'Brien Fellow

Carlos Iván Fuentes

Carlos Iván Fuentes (carlos [dot] ivan [dot] fuentes [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)) obtained his Law and Political Sciences degree (summa cum laude) from the Universidad Católica Santa María La Antigua (Panama City, Panama) in 2005. His thesis, supervised by Dr. Jaime Franco, was recommended for publication by the jury. In the same year he was granted the certification to practice law in Panama. He received his LL.M. degree from McGill University in 2007. Under the supervision of Prof. Evan Fox-Decent, he studied Canadian Aboriginal title and proposed its redefinition using the doctrine of Indigenous right to land of the Inter-American Court on Human Rights. During his master studies he worked as a legal researcher for the Special Court for Sierra Leone Clinic, and received American University’s 2006 Human Rights Award (Spanish) for his essay “Protegiendo el Derecho a la Salud en el Sistema Interamericano de Derechos Humanos”.

Before returning to McGill to pursue his doctoral studies, Carlos Iván briefly worked for the US-based management consulting firm Casals & Associates, Inc. as a legal advisor and grant manager in USAID’s Central America Transparency and Accountability Program. He was also a seasonal lecturer on philosophy of law at the Universidad Latina de Panamá. Carlos Iván is currently an O´Brien Fellow at the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism. Under the supervision of Prof. Mark Antaki, he is exploring the normative plurality within the international legal order, particularly international human rights law. His interests include inter-american human rights law, international humanitarian law, sustainable development and public governance. Recent publications can be found at the American University International Law Review and the Revista Colombiana de Derecho Internacional.

Carlos Iván is a member of the Centro de Iniciativas Democraticas (CIDEM), a Panamanian NGO dedicated to the promotion of human rights and democracy. He was recently selected through the United Nations’ national competitive recruitment examination, for future placement in the UN Secretariat-Office of Legal Affairs.

Marika Giles Samson - O'Brien Fellow

Marika (Email) is a British-born, Canadian-trained lawyer with an interest in international criminal justice, international human rights and the rule of law. The O’Brien Fellowship will afford her the opportunity to explore the phenomenon of judicial persecution, that is, the use of the courts to undermine political opposition and individual human rights, under the supervision of Professor Frédéric Mégret. 

Marika grew up in Montreal, and obtained her B.A. in Communication Studies from Concordia University before turning her attention to the law. During LL.B. studies at Osgoode Hall Law School, she spent two years working on a thematic study of the six major United Nations human rights treaties and attended the inaugural Summer Course on the International Criminal Court at the National University of Ireland Galway, as a result of which she submitted an independent research paper on U.S. objections to the ICC. 

After graduating, she clerked for the Federal Court of Canada, articled at Fasken Martineau LLP in Vancouver and then practiced civil litigation for six years before returning to the bosom of academia, and the UK, in 2008. Marika obtained her LL.M. with a specialisation in Public International Law, with distinction, from University College London, submitting a dissertation proposing a framework for the evaluation of amnesties in international criminal law, under the supervision of Professor Philippe Sands QC. She then spent a year as an Associate Fellow at the Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House) researching immunities in international criminal law and European refugee law. While living in London, Marika also had two beautiful children and was a key strategist on the campaign to save her local library.

Kate Glover

Kate Glover

Kate Glover (kate [dot] glover%20 [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)) earned her B.A. in Philosophy (with great distinction) from McGill University in 2003. She went on to study law at Dalhousie University, graduating in 2006 with more than a dozen awards for her academic achievements and community involvement. After being called to the Bar of Ontario in 2007, Kate earned an LL.M. in public international law and comparative law from the University of Cambridge, where she studied as the recipient of the Rt. Hon. Paul Martin Sr. Scholarship, rowed for her college crew and spearheaded a sexual assault awareness and fundraising campaign.

Upon returning to Canada, Kate practiced law with Borden Ladner Gervais, representing clients in a variety of public law and commercial litigation matters. In 2009-2010, she served as a law clerk for Madam Justice Abella at the Supreme Court of Canada.

A past recipient of the O’Brien Fellowship in Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, Kate Glover now holds a Vanier Scholarship. Kate’s doctoral research focuses on the ways in which theories of law shape how society designs and conceives of its legal institutions. To explore this relationship, she is assessing the present and future significance of the Supreme Court of Canada. Her research uncovers the theoretical underpinnings of mainstream accounts of the Court and proposes an alternative analytical framework that more fully reflects the Court’s relationship to law. She argues that the Court is not the legal institution it is commonly thought to be – it is both much less and much more.

Kate’s primary research interests include topics in legal institutions and procedure, legal theory (especially legal pluralism), legal education, legal scholarship and methodology (including interdisciplinarity), law & society, and law/constitutional reform.

Arthur Green

Arthur Green

Arthur Green received his MS (cum laude) in Natural Resource Management from North Carolina State University in 2005. As a McGill Major Fellow and USINDO Fellow, he is currently working on his doctoral dissertation under Dr. Jon Unruh in the Department of Geography. His research examines how land reforms in post-conflict and legally pluralistic contexts impact access to resources and subsequently the dynamics of resistance, conflict, and peace. His dissertation focuses specifically on conflict transformation and land reform in Aceh, Indonesia. His general research interests include land reform; legal pluralism; evolutionary economics; uneven spatial development; spatial statistics; and resistance, conflict, and peace studies. He combines his academic work with applied practice through consulting in Africa (Cameroon) and SE Asia and management of a non-profit organization, Green Consensus.

Jing Guan - O'Brien Fellow

Jing Guan

Jing obtained her LL.B. (Distinction, 2005) and LL.M. (International Law, Distinction, 2008) degrees from School of Law, Xiamen University, China. She then pursued another LL.M. degree at Harvard Law School as a Victor and William Fung Fellow. During Jing’s studies at Xiamen University, she had the opportunity to participate in the Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot and Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. For 2005 Vis, her team advanced to top 32 finalists and she gained honorable mention prize for best oralists. For 2006 Jessup, her team won world champion in Dillard Best Memorials Competition and she received “The Top Oralist from the Team that Received the Award for the Best Memorial (Non-US University)” award. As a result of her Jessup awards, Jing obtained full tuition scholarship from the International Law Institute to participate in its 2006 orientation courses on the US Legal System in Washington DC. She then interned at Allen & Overy LLP, New York Office for six weeks.

Conducting extensive legal research for Jessup and Vis moots cultivated Jing’s fascination for international law, especially public international law and international trade law. Under the supervision of Prof. Yixin Liao (Xiamen) and Prof. William Alford (Harvard), Jing’s research topics included the International Criminal Court (ICC), state succession and UN membership, indigenous people and their human rights, and international sale of goods. Jing has several Chinese publications, including two on Chinese national key journals.

As a 2009 O’Brien Fellow, Jing is currently pursuing her D.C.L. degree at McGill under the supervision of Prof. Rene Provost. Her proposed dissertation topic is the “responsibility to protect” (R2P) – a new solution aimed at replacing the notoriously controversial concept of “humanitarian intervention”. Given China’s traditional strong ideology of absolute state sovereignty and thus non-intervention, Jing’s deeper research goal is to better understand the dynamics between international law and China. She wishes to explore how China, a rising power claiming to act as a responsible big nation in world affairs, should adapt to normative changes such as the ICC and R2P, and more importantly, what role China should play in contributing to the further shaping of these international law norms.

Claris Harbon - O'Brien Fellow

Claris Harbon

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Claris has LL.B. (1998, with honors) from Northumbria Law School, and LL.M degrees respectively from Yale University and from Tel-Aviv University. She is a member of the Israeli Bar Association.

Claris is engaged in clinical education and social justice in Israel, mainly from a communitarian perspective. Hers is an activist legal scholarship, focused on revealing the societal causes of her clients' disadvantaged status. She focuses on disempowered groups or silenced minorities, such as Mizrahis (Jews of Arab descent), Arab-Israelis, Palestinians, Ethiopians, women and children.

By her exploration of the presumably "neutral" role that the Law plays in constructing the ethnic and racial identities of underprivileged minorities, which can result in structural, legal and social inferiority, she seeks to develop an alternative legal discourse that reflects the needs of the community and by which the community can translate personal legal problems into social change.

For example, she has been researching the Eurocentric discriminatory basis of the Israeli Land Law and the crucial role it has played in discriminating against Mizrahis and Palestinians in Israel, especially with regard to public housing policies. She argues that the differential land policies directed against Mizrahis formed the basis for their legal and social inferiority, and resulted in creating unique structural legal problems that collectively affect Mizrahis. Specifically, she represented Mizrahis and Palestinians who resisted the ruling order, especially through land and property lawbreaking. It is this notion of resistance and civil disobedience that she now wishes to explore further for her doctoral research at McGill as an O'Brien Fellow.

Among her publications are "Squatting and Invasion to Public Houses in Israel: Mizrahi Women Correcting Past Injustices" (in Law, Gender and Feminism. Daphne Barak - Erez et al. eds., 2006, Nevo Publishers), and "On Sense and Sensitivity - A Deconstructive Quest for My Mizrahi (Grass) Roots and Identity in Legal Representation" (in To My Sister: Mizrahi Feminist Politics. Shlomit Leer et al. eds., 2006, Babel Publishers). Claris Harbon has other scholarly articles in progress, and she is about to publish a children's book, along with a poetry book. Many of her poems have already been published in major poetry journals.

Bethany Hastie - O'Brien Fellow

Bethany Hastie (bethany [dot] hastie [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (email)) is a current O’Brien Fellow in Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, and doctoral student with the Institute of Comparative Law at the Faculty of Law, McGill University.

Her doctoral research, under the supervision of Professor François Crépeau, examines the status of migrant worker programs in Canada, with a particular focus on the institutional and pragmatic gaps that enable exploitation and forced labour trafficking to occur.

Bethany completed her J.D. at the University of British Columbia (2009), and LL.M. at McGill University (2012). She has worked with the BC Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons, the Canadian Council for Refugees, and as part of the UBC Human Trafficking Working Group.

Alexandra Harrington

Alexandra Harrington

Alexandra R. Harrington graduated cum laude from New York University with a BA in Politics and a BA in History. She received her J.D. from Albany Law School of Union University and was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2006. During her studies at Albany Law School, she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Albany Law Journal of Science & Technology. In 2007 she graduated summa cum laude from Albany Law School with an LL.M. in International Law.

She is currently a DCL student at McGill University’s Faculty of Law. Her doctoral thesis, conducted under the supervision of Professor Frédéric Mégret, will examine the transformation of territory in international law. She has published over fifteen law review articles on a variety of topics including human rights law, military law, criminal law, corruption law, international trade law, food law, constitutional law, privacy law, international and comparative law, religious law, aviation law, international organizations, international and regional environmental law, health law and international policing.

Róisín Hennessy – O’Brien Fellow

Róisín Hennessy

Róisín is currently a DCL student at McGill University’s Faculty of Law. Her doctoral thesis is titled "A Critical Examination of the Role of Rule of Law Development Cooperation Programming in Combatting Gender Based Violence in Developing States in Transition from Conflict."

Róisín holds a European Masters in Human Rights and Democratisation (2003) along with an. LLM (2001) and a BCL (2000) from University College Cork, National University of Ireland.

From 2008 to 2010, she was a Policy and Legislative Review Officer with the Irish Human Rights Commission, National Human Rights Institution of Ireland. Previously, from 2003 to 2006, she was a Policy and Legislative Review Officer with the Irish Human Rights Commission, National Human Rights Institution of Ireland.


"Defining States’ International Legal Obligations to Cooperate for the Achievement of Human Development: One Aspect of Operationalizing a Human Rights Based Approach to Development", 2002 in Human Rights in Development Yearbook, Prof. Martin Scheinin and Prof. Markku Suksi (eds.), The Hague; Boston: Kluwer Law International; Oslo: Nordic Human Rights Publications.

Edin Hodžić – O’Brien Fellow

Edin Hodžić

Edin Hodžić (edin [dot] hodzic [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)) graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Sarajevo and obtained his Master's Degree in international human rights law (with Distinction) from the University of Oxford, for which he was supported by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Open Society Institute joint scholarship scheme.

From 2002 to 2005, Edin worked as a project coordinator at Media Center Sarajevo, following which he took up a post of an analyst at the Prosecutor's Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina, where he worked until mid-2007. He was engaged as a consultant on a number of occasions and participated in several research projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Since May 2006 he has been engaged as the Human Rights Editor for Open Society Fund Bosnia and Herzegovina’s The Pulse of Democracy, a bi-monthly online publication aimed at featuring critical analysis of the current policy issues in BaH.

Edin came to Montreal in September 2007 as an O’Brien Fellow to work on his doctoral research under the supervision of Professor Mark Antaki. His doctoral thesis is devoted to a human rights analysis of the possible approaches to constitutional engineering in, and legal recognition of ethno-cultural groups within, societies characterized by deep cleavages along ethno-cultural lines. His research interests are mostly related to constitutionalism and international human rights law, respectively, with a particular focus on theory and practice of collective and minority rights, international criminal law and transitional justice in general.

John Hursh – O’Brien Fellow

John Hursh was named an O’Brien Fellow in 2012. He is pursuing a LL.M. at McGill University’s Institute of Comparative Law, where his thesis will focus on the various and overlapping legal traditions that shape women’s rights and women’s land rights in North Africa.

Before attending McGill, Mr. Hursh worked as a Research Associate for Landesa, a nonprofit legal organization based in Seattle that works to secure land rights for the world’s poorest people. His responsibilities included completing legal and policy research to support the organization’s work, especially within Kenya and Rwanda.

A member of the American Bar Association’s Africa Committee and the Missouri Bar, Mr. Hursh’s research interests include Islamic law – particularly within the Maghreb, critical appraisals of international law, and land tenure reform in Africa. His most recent article, Advancing Women’s Rights through Islamic Law: The Example of Morocco, appeared in the BERKELEY JOURNAL OF GENDER, LAW, AND JUSTICE earlier this year.

Mr. Hursh holds a J.D. from Indiana University Maurer School of Law and a M.P.A. from Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He also holds a M.A. and B.A. from Carnegie Mellon University. He has completed a research fellowship at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge and served as Executive Editor of Volume 84 of the INDIANA LAW JOURNAL.

Ivana Isailovic

Ivana Isailovic

Ivana Isailovic has a Master Degree in International Law from Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, and a Master 2 in Global Business Law and Global Governance, from Université Paris 1, in partnership with Columbia Law School and Sciences Po Paris.

She is a doctoral student at Sciences Po Paris, working under the supervision of Professor Horatia Muir-Watt, on the issue of extraterritoriality. Her doctoral thesis challenges the traditional distinction of public and private international law. It examines the impact of human rights law and economic law on the traditional classification, and the way this illuminates the question of extraterritoriality.

She is currently on exchange at McGill University, working under the supervision of Professor Geneviève Saumier.

Last year, she thought a course in Introduction to International Economic Law at Sciences Po Paris, and a course in Introduction to Law at Paris 1 Sorbonne.

Philipp Kastner

Philipp Kastner obtained his first law degree (Mag. iur.), from the University of Innsbruck, Austria. Francophile since an exchange year at Sciences-Po Paris, he moved to Montreal in 2006, where he earned an LL.M. with a focus on international criminal law and international humanitarian law from McGill University. He wrote his doctoral thesis (“International Criminal Justice in bello? The ICC between Law and Politics in Darfur and Northern Uganda”) for the University of Innsbruck while pursing internships with Human Rights Watch in New York, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, and an Arabic course in Damascus, Syria.

In 2009, Philipp started the DCL at McGill University under the supervision of Professor René Provost. His thesis, “Law – Unrest in Peace? Legal Normativity in the Resolution of Armed Conflicts”, explores the normative dynamics of peace negotiations and aims to contribute to a better understanding of the creation and role of legal norms in the context of the peaceful resolution of internal armed conflicts. In 2010/2011, Philipp was also a Teaching Fellow at the Faculty of Law.

Philipp’s broader research interests include peace and conflict studies, international criminal law, international humanitarian law and international human rights law, legal theory and legal pluralism as well as legal education.

Shimelis Mulugeta Kene 

Shimelis KeneShimelis Mulugeta Kene is pursuing his Doctor of Civil Law (DCL) at the Institute of Comparative Law as an O’Brien Fellow at the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, McGill University.  His proposed doctoral research on Counter-terrorism and Human Rights with a focus on Ethiopia is being supervised by Professor Payam Akhavan.

In his home country, Ethiopia, Shimelis worked in varied settings, including at the Ethiopian Federal First Instance Court; the Organization for Social Justice in Ethiopia; the Human Rights Office of the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE), and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

While in law school, he volunteered for human rights organizations in Ethiopia, and trained city-code enforcement officials and others in basic laws and human rights.

In 2007, Shimelis was a recipient of Outstanding Applicants Scholarship and participated in the third Intergenerational Leadership Forum organized by UNESCO Chair in Comparative Human Rights at the University of Connecticut, USA.

Shimelis holds an LLB (2005) from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia and an LLM (Honors) (2010) in International Human Rights from Northwestern University, USA where he was a recipient of an academic fellowship. In 2010, as a Postgraduate Assistant at Northwestern University School of Law, he conducted a field research project on the Liberian Juvenile Justice System under the auspices of UNICEF Liberia.

Sabaa Khan

Sabaa Khan is an O'Brien Fellow in Human Rights and Legal Pluralism at the Faculty of Law, and a DCL candidate within the Institute of Comparative Law. She holds an LL.M. in International Law from the Université de Montréal (2010, Liste d'excellence) and a Licentiate in Civil Law from the University of Ottawa (2000). She is a Member of the Barreau du Québec and has clerked at the International Labour Office, Freedom of Association Branch (Geneva).

Khan's current research explores interactions between international trade, labour and environmental regimes on the issues of electronic waste and urban ore mining. She has lectured at the 2010 CÉRIUM European and International Environmental Law Seminar (Montréal) and spoken at the 2011 World Resources Forum (Davos), on behalf of the StEP E-waste Summer School initiative of the United Nations University, Institute for Sustainability and Peace.

Her work on human rights and migrant caregivers has been published in the Canadian Journal of Law and Society and her comparative research on the waste dimension of pervasive computing has been featured in the Lex Electronica. Khan is also a pianist and published composer, the author and illustrator of two children's books, and she holds a 1st dan black belt certified by the Japanese Karate Federation.

Amar Khoday - O'Brien Fellow

Amar Khoday

Amar Khoday (amar [dot] khoday [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)) earned his J.D. from the New England School of Law in Boston and his LL.M from McGill University’s Faculty of Law. Amar completed his LL.M thesis under the supervision of Professor Ronald Sklar. He previously obtained his M.A. (South Asian History) and B.A. (Double Major in History and Southern Asian Studies) from Concordia University. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the state bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Amar worked as an associate (and prior to that, as an articling student) at Shell Lawyers, a progressive labour and employment law firm located in Toronto. During his LL.M, he worked as a researcher for the McGill Clinic for the United Nations Special Court for Sierra Leone.

A recipient of both the O’Brien Fellowship for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship, Amar is currently pursuing his doctoral degree under the supervision of Professor Frédéric Mégret. His research explores the ways that refugee law legitimizes and in some ways legalizes otherwise illegal acts of resistance when such conduct is waged against oppressive regimes and/or normative legal systems that undermine human rights, democracy and the rule of law.

Vanessa Lentz

Vanessa Lentz (vanessa [dot] lentz [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)) completed a Bachelor of Science (Honours) at the University of Winnipeg in 2005, before enrolling in the Master’s Specialization in Bioethics here at McGill University. She has considerable volunteer experience in community health, having volunteered at HIV/AIDS clinics in both Winnipeg and Montreal, and as an HIV Prevention and Education volunteer with an NGO in Belize, Central America. Within her master’s degree, Vanessa has been able to further develop her interest in HIV/AIDS. Working under the supervision of Professor Angela Campbell, her dissertation examines the ethical and legal issues related to the utilization of assisted reproductive technologies by HIV-positive couples, focusing on the professional role responsibilities of the providing physician. Recently, she also served as a small group discussion leader for second-year medical students at McGill, in the context of the Faculty of Medicine’s Medical Ethics and Health Law course.

Isabelle Martin

Isabelle Martin

Isabelle Martin (isabelle [dot] martin [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)) completed a B.A. (honours) in economics at McGill University before studying law at Université de Montréal (LL.B. and LL.M.). Her LL.M thesis (La justice distributive et le droit aux services socio-sanitaires à travers la jurisprudence québécoise) was written under the supervision of Pr. Andrée Lajoie. She is a member of the Quebec Bar and has clerked at the Quebec Court of Appeal for Justice Baudouin and Justice Rothman. Before beginning her doctoral studies, she worked at Melançon Marceau Grenier Sciortino, a firm specialized in labour law. A SSHRC Canadian Graduate Scholar, she is now working on her thesis under the supervision of Pr. Jean-Guy Belley. Her thesis examines the regulation of the tension between dignity and efficiency in firms. Three particular problems are studied: the nature of the relationship between shareholders and the firm, the duty to accommodate workers, and the regulation of marketing.

Isabelle Martin is mainly interested in the interaction between law and economics, particularly in labour, corporate and health law. She seeks to study the relationship between the discourses of economics and law while being attentive to their social and institutional contexts.

Ugochi Nnadozie

Ugochi Nnadozie

Ugochi Nnadozie (Ugochi [dot] Nnadozie [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)) received her LLB from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Her undergraduate work focused on the environmental and human rights challenges in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. Her recent activities cover local and international developments that affect the rights and welfare of children, including making presentations at workshops and seminars on behalf of UNICEF Quebec on these issues. Her LLM thesis, under the supervision of Prof Kirsten Anker, explores the intersection between Culture, Literature and Human Rights. Her thesis uses a literary rendition of the socio-cultural realities of the Igbo society as told in Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart as a backdrop to investigate the role, perceptions and, therefore, "the rights" of a child in an African context and how these roles and perceptions interface, and how they correspond with the concept of "best interest of the child" as postulated in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Taking this approach her intention is question the credibility of the CRC as a universal instrument in light of Africa traditional cultures and customary norm.

Her research interests cover issues related to Legal Pluralism, Children's Rights, Multiculturalism, Culture and Cultural Defenses, and Social Justice. Ms Nnadozie is on the Board of Directors of Art of Raising Children (ARC), a non-profit organization that aims to enhance parent-child and family interaction as well as help strengthen family interpersonal relationships through education, support groups and mobilization of resources.

Catalina Peralta

Catalina Peralta

Catalina Peralta received her BA in sociology from “El Rosario” University (Bogotá, Colombia) and her MA in Anthropology from “Los Andes” University (Bogotá, Colombia) . She is currently pursuing her PhD in Humanities at Concordia University, under the supervision of Professor David Howes.

During her PhD, she aims to investigate the concept of “past event” in satisfaction of right for truth that is predicted for victims of heinous crimes. She wants to advance her research from an ethnographic, legal and philosophical perspective. From this multi-disciplinary perspective, her purpose is to analyze the claims raised by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights with respect to truth, and trace the relationship that satisfaction of this right sets between the narrative of lived experience and the experience itself as an understandable event.

Peralta is currently a scholar at National Program of Education for Researchers “Generación del Bicentenario, Francisco José de Caldas” and at El Rosario University, where she was Researcher Professor.

Matthew Pritchard

M Prittchard

Matthew Pritchard received his MA (Dean’s Honours) in Geography from McGill University in 2011, and is currently working on his doctoral dissertation with Dr. Jon Unruh in the Department of Geography. His research examines the evolution of natural resource management systems within the complex, legally pluralistic and highly variable environments of post-conflict countries.

Matthew’s ongoing research projects and publications include: the formalization of land use and management systems in Rwanda; territorialization through ‘military tourism’ in Cambodia; the disarmament, demobilization and re-integration (DDR) of former combatants; and the evolving narratives and practical implications of global ‘land grabs.’ Building on these interests and experiences, his doctoral research focuses on land tenure, forced displacement, livelihood stability and legal instrumentalism in the Great Lakes Region of Africa.

Matthew’s general research interests include: land reform, legal pluralism, forced displacement, post-conflict development, postwar natural resource management and political ecology. He combines his current work with degrees from the US and UK (highest distinction), as well as fieldwork in Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, DRC and Cambodia.

Anna Purkey

Anna Purkey

Anna Purkey (anna [dot] purkey [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)) obtained her B.C.L./LL.B. with great distinction from McGill University in 2005. Her LL.M thesis (Whose Rights to What Justice: The Administration of Justice in Refugee Camps) was written under the supervision of Professor Audrey Macklin at the University of Toronto. Anna is a member of the Quebec Bar and worked as legal counsel at the Department of Justice Canada and as a contract instructor at Carleton University in Ottawa.

A recipient of the Tomlinson Doctoral Fellowship, Anna is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in international law under the supervision of Professor François Crépeau. Her thesis explores the importance of access to justice and legal empowerment in the context of protracted refugee crises and the relationship between legal empowerment and human dignity.

Hassan Razavi

Hassan Razavi

Hassan Razavi (hassan [dot] razavi [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)) is a postdoctoral fellow and course lecturer at the McGill University, Faculty of Law where he conducts his research under the supervision of Frédéric Mégret (Canada Research Chair in Human Rights) and teaches “International Trade Law and Human Rights”. He holds a PhD in law from the University of Neuchatel, Faculty of Law, in Switzerland and he wrote his doctoral thesis on international trade under the supervision of Petros Mavroidis (Columbia Law School). 

In Iran’s Public Universities Entrance Examination in 2001, he came second out of a field of 550,000 candidates. He completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Law at the University of Tehran, Faculty of Law and Political Sciences and he was awarded “Dr. Vahedi Memorial Award,” which is granted to the best law student in each year. Hassan also holds a Master’s degree (LL.M.) in private and Islamic law obtained from the University of Tehran, Faculty of Law and Political Sciences where he studied the impact of law and economics on contract law.

During his studies in Iran, Hassan practiced as a lawyer and member of the Iran Central Bar Association for two years and acted as a legal advisor or in-house legal counsel for some business entities and institutions in Iran. He has also served as a legal and compliance officer in Switzerland, and acted as an adviser for the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law. He is a winner of the Justice Makers Fellowship award from International Bridges to Justice-Geneva, and he is currently a member of the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA). Hassan provides legal advice on banking, economic sanctions, international trade law and human rights.

Jeffrey Sachs

Jeffrey Sachs (jeffrey [dot] sachs [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)) received his MA in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Chicago in 2007, where he studied religion and Islamic activism in contemporary Egypt. Presently pursuing a doctoral degree in Islamic Studies at McGill under the supervision of Professor Khalid Medani, Jeffrey’s dissertation proposes to explore the process of Islamization in Sudan and Egypt, with a concentration on issues of secularism, law, and human rights. His research interests include codification of religious law, education reform, and religion in the public sphere.

Mohamed Sesay, PhD student, Dept of Political Science, McGill

Mohammed Sesay

In 2009, I graduated from Fourah Bay College, the University of Sierra Leone with a Master of Philosophy in Political Science. My thesis was titled "Military Reform and Post-conflict Peacebuilding in Sierra Leone."

I am currently a 1st year PhD student in the Department of Political Science, McGill University. My research work focuses on security sector reform, disarmament demobilization and reintegration (DDR), transitional justice, and peacebuilding processes in post-war Sierra Leone. I presented a paper in the 2011 ISA conference in Montreal titled "Externally led Military Reform in Africa: Lessons from Sierra Leone."

I have also collaborated with Dr. Megan MacKenzie of the Victoria University of Wellington in a number of research projects culminating in conference presentations and journal articles on transitional justice processes. We are working on a project titled "Measuring Truth and Reconciliation Commissions: Lessons from Sierra Leone" with preliminary fieldwork conducted in 2009. Also, we have co-authored an article that has been provisionally accepted for publication by the International Studies Perspectives journal, titled "No Amnesty from/for the International: the Production and Promotion of TRCs as an International Norm in Sierra Leone."

As a researcher with the Centre for Development and Security Analysis (2004-09) I was actively involved in a nationwide study on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Sierra Leone (2007). In 2008 I participated in a graduate student exchange programme between the University of Sierra Leone and the University of Alberta, funded by the Department for Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT), Canada.

Mourad Shalaby

Mourad has a Bachelor`s degree in Human Environmental Geography from the University of Montreal, where he conducted multiple studies on urban issues in Third World countries, field assessments of land management, Environmental Impact Assessments and Natural Resources managements. Some of his work included the analysis of air pollution in the city of Cairo, the history of transport policy and planning in the city of Montreal and the evaluation of quality of life in the city of Montreal, with the University of Montreal and the help of the cities of Cairo and Montreal. He has a certificate in Trade, Development & the Environment from the London School of Economics, where he conducted research on the issue of Climate Change and the role of the United States. He is currently enrolled in the Geography Masters program at McGill University, where he is preparing a thesis on Climate Change, Development and Adaptation in the Congo Forest Region. During the summer of 2009, he will be working for the World Bank collecting data for his research.

Jon Waind

Jon Waind

Jon Waind received his Master of Theological Studies degree from Trinity Western University (Langley, BC) in 2007. He is currently working towards a PhD in the Faculty of Religious Studies at McGill University. He studies under the supervision of Professor Daniel Cere in the area of religion and culture. Jon’s main area of interest resides in the intersection between religion, human rights, and the institution of the family. Growing out of this interest, his thesis research will focus on how to approach the vulnerability of children in a pluralist society. It will be the aim of this research project to articulate a way of doing justice to children that takes into account the pluralism of our contemporary social context. Jon also has research interests in Christian ethics, political theology, political theory, and the interface between religion and globalization. In addition to studying, Jon enjoys life in Montreal with his wife Tonja and their four children.