Jessica Joly Hébert – International Court of Justice
Jessica Joly Hébert is a recent graduate of the Master of Laws program at McGill University. Considering her motivation to pursue a career as an international lawyer, she wrote her thesis on the topic of States’ obligations towards their own population according to international regulations. Prior to these studies, she completed her Bachelor of Laws at the Université de Montréal and has been admitted to the Québec Bar in 2013.
Her clerkship position at the International Court of Justice alongside President Ronny Abraham will not be her first experience in The Hague. In 2012, Jessica attended The Hague Academy of International Law to study public international law. The following year, she returned to complete her articling position for the Québec Bar. She worked as a legal assistant for the defense of Mr. Ngudjolo Chui at the International Criminal Court.
To expand her fields of expertise, Ms. Joly Hébert undertook an internship at the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations in New York City during the final year of her Master’s studies. Assigned to the mission in Mali, she acquired a legal and political understanding of global issues arising in West Africa.
She is currently editor-in-chief for the organization Québec Lawyers Abroad. She is looking forward to work at the renowned International Court of Justice and to learn with some of the best practitioners in the field.
Rana Hatata – Permanent Court of Arbitration
Rana Hatata (BCL/LLB'15), had obtained a BA with distinction from Concordia University prior to coming to McGill.
Rana first became interested in arbitration while attending a seminar on International Dispute Resolution. She subsequently wrote several essays on topics ranging from jurisdictional issues to the challenges of enforcing arbitral awards against sovereign States.
During her time at McGill, she was a clerk to the Honorable Justice Lori Renée Weitzman at the Court of Quebec. She was also an editor at the McGill Journal of Dispute Resolution. Upon graduation, she joined an international law firm in Paris as a trainee where she assisted the arbitration team in representing clients in both commercial and investment arbitrations under the auspices of the International Chamber of Commerce.
Her passion for international law has led her to explore work and study opportunities in different parts of the world including South America, Europe, the Middle East as well as East Asia. She looks forward to joining the PCA team in September 2015.