Our doctoral students

This page is a partial list of our current DCL students. If you are one of our DCL students and wish to have your bio added, please lysanne [dot] larose [at] mcgill [dot] ca (email the webmaster).

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Ayodele Akenroye

Ayodele Akenroye

Thesis Topic

Militants and Victims of State Terrorism: Resistance and Reparations under International Human Rights Law and Transitional Justice


Doctoral Candidate, McGill University Faculty of Law
LL.M. (Human Security), University of Manitoba, Canada
B.L., Nigerian Law School, Nigeria
LL.B. (with Honours), Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria

Recent Professional Experience

  • Human Rights Officer – Manitoba Human Rights Commission
  • Political Affairs Intern – Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)

Recent Prizes and Distinctions

Sir Lionel Brett Prize for the overall best student in Criminal Procedure, Nigerian Law School, 2008.


“ECOWAS Regional Framework on HIV/AIDS and the Military in West Africa” in Obijiofor Aginam (ed.) HIV/AIDS and the Military in Africa (United Nations University Press, 2011) [forthcoming].


The Faculty of Law is indeed World Class, the library is home to an impressive collection of books and the supervision for Doctoral Students is top-notch!

Brian Bird


The Still Small Voice: Freedom of Conscience in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

My research focuses on freedom of conscience in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. To date, this freedom has received little judicial or academic consideration. My objective is to identify what freedom of conscience protects and when the Canadian state can justifiably limit this freedom.


  • DCL Candidate, McGill University (2015 to present)
  • BCL, University of Oxford (2015)
  • JD, University of Victoria (2011)
  • BA, Simon Fraser University (2008)

Prizes, Fellowships, and Awards

  • Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (2015-2018)
  • Law Foundation of British Columbia Graduate Fellowship (2015-2016)
  • McGill Graduate Excellence Fellowship (2015-2018)

Professional Experience

  • Legal Counsel, Supreme Court of British Columbia (2014)
  • Law Clerk to the Hon. Justice Andromache Karakatsanis, Supreme Court of Canada (2012-2013)
  • Law Clerk, Supreme Court of British Columbia (2011-2012)

Publications and Presentations

  • “Prayer for Relief: Saguenay and State Neutrality toward Religion in Canada” (with Ravi Amarnath), Cambridge Student Law Journal (2016, forthcoming)
  • “Federal Power and Federal Duty: Reconciling Sections 91(24) and 35(1) of the Canadian Constitution”, (2011) 16 Appeal: Review of Current Law and Law Reform 3-14

Kuzi Charamba

Kuzi Charamba is a doctoral candidate from Zimbabwe at McGill University’s Institute of Comparative Law. Kuzi’s research interests are in the realms of conflict and security, transnational governance and alternative dispute resolution. His current doctoral research focuses on the development of a remedial arbitration mechanism for victims of human rights violations perpetrated by private military contractors.

As coordinator of the Private Justice and Rule of Law Research Group at McGill’s Faculty of Law, Kuzi was in charge of organising the group’s agenda of conferences, workshops and lectures in international dispute resolution. He is also active in the initiatives of McGill’s Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, including the Rule of Law and Economic Development Project.

Kuzi holds the Macdonald Graduate Fellowship, the Graduate Excellence Fellowship and was the 2012-2013 recipient of the Fasken Martineau Corporate Social Responsibility Grant. Prior to commencing his doctorate, Kuzi obtained a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) with European Legal Studies from King’s College London, a Diplôme in International, European and Comparative Law from Université de Strasbourg (Robert Schuman) and a Master of Laws (LL.M) from McGill University.

Stefanie Carsley

Dissertation: Surrogate Motherhood in Theory and Practice: Exploring Preconceptions about Surrogacy in Canadian Law and Policy

Stefanie Carsley (stefanie [dot] carsley [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (email)) is a doctoral candidate at McGill University’s Faculty of Law. Her research to-date has focused on Canadian law and policy responses to assisted procreation. Her work has been published in the Canadian Journal of Family Law, the Health Law Review and the University of British Columbia Law Review, and is forthcoming in the Dalhousie Law Journal. Her doctoral research is supported by the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship and the Queen’s Fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).


  • Doctor of Civil Law (D.C.L.), McGill University, Faculty of Law, 2014 - present
  • Master of Laws (LL.M.), University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, 2012-2013
  • Bachelor of Civil Law/Bachelor of Laws (B.C.L./LL.B.), McGill University, Faculty of Law, 2007-2011
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), McGill University, Faculty of Arts, 2004-2007

Scholarships and Fellowships

  • Queen’s Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), 2015-2016
  • Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), 2015-2018
  • Bourse de doctorat en recherche, Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et culture (FRQSC), 2015-2018 (declined)
  • Richard H. Tomlinson Doctoral Fellowship, McGill University, 2014-2017 (declined for 2015-2017)
  • McGill Graduate Excellence Fellowship, 2014-2017
  • CIHR Health Law, Ethics and Policy Training Program Fellowship, University of Toronto, 2012-2013
  • University of Toronto Fellowship, 2012-2013
  • Edwin Botsford Busteed Scholarship, McGill University, Faculty of Law, 2012-2013

Academic Awards and Essay Prizes

  • Donald F. Sim, Q.C. Memorial Prize (essay prize), Sim Ashton & McKay LLP and Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal of Canada, 2015
  • W.C.G. Howland Prize (for most outstanding performance in the LL.M. Program), University of Toronto, 2013
  • J.S.D. Tory Writing Award (essay prize), McGill University, Faculty of Law, 2011

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Stefanie Carsley, “DNA, Donor Offspring and Derivative Citizenship: Redefining Parentage under the Canadian Citizenship ActDalhousie Law Journal [Forthcoming, 2016].
  • Stefanie Carsley, “Rethinking Canadian Legal Responses to Frozen Embryo Disputes” (2014) 29:1 Canadian Journal of Family Law 55.
  • Stefanie Carsley, “Tort’s Response to Surrogate Motherhood: Providing Surrogates with a Remedy for Breached Agreements” (2013) 46:1 University of British Columbia Law Review 1.
  • Stefanie Carsley, “Funding In Vitro Fertilization: Exploring the Health and Justice Implications of Quebec’s Policy” (2012) 20:3 Health Law Review 15.

Media Articles

  • Stefanie Carsley, “What Problem is Quebec’s IVF Bill Trying to Solve?” The Globe and Mail (9 December 2014).

Relevant Professional Experience

  • Law Clerk for The Honourable Madam Justice Johanne Trudel, Federal Court of Appeal (2013-2014)
  • Student Law Clerk for The Honourable Mr. Justice Pierre J. Dalphond, Quebec Court of Appeal (2010-2011)
  • Called to the Ontario Bar (June 2014)

Priscilla César

Priscilla Maria Dias Guimarães César is a Brazilian lawyer and researcher, and a doctoral student at McGill University’s Faculty of Law. Her area of research explores new approaches to intellectual property rights (IPRs) regulation and governance in innovation systems in the field of health-related biotechnology research, development, and innovation. She is particularly interested in analyzing how an approach based in complexity and systems theories can inform the law and facilitate evaluation of the ways in which emerging economy states legislate, develop policy, and negotiate internationally with respect to IPRs. Drawing on both theory and a case study analysis of Brazil, her research aims to create a guiding framework to these states’ activities centered in access to knowledge and follow-on innovation. Her project is supervised by Professor Richard Gold.

Thesis Title

“Bio-Knowledge Governance: The role of emerging economy states in complex intellectual property and innovation systems”.


  • Master of Laws at University of Sao Paulo (USP) Faculty of Law, Brazil, 2011;
  • Degree Certificate in Industrial Property at University of Buenos Aires (UBA), Argentina, 2007;
  • Bachelor in Law (Hons) USP Faculty of Law, Brazil, 2005.

Selected Professional and Research Experience

  • Researcher at the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy (CIPP) at McGill Faculty of Law, 2012-present and 2008-2009. Projects: Personalized, Accessible, Cost-Effective OMICS Technologies (PACEOMICS) and the International Barcode of Life (iBOL);
  • Graduate student fellow at the Law Research Program (ILRP) at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), 2015-2016;
  • Collaborator with the Center for Study and Research on Health Law (CSRHL) at the University of São Paulo Public Health School, Brazil, 2011-present;
  • DCL Teaching Fellowship Program at McGill University Faculty of Law, “Intellectual and Industrial Property” Course, Supervisor: Prof. David Lametti, 2015;
  • National Coordinator at Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) in Brazil, 2011-2012;
  • Researcher at International Trade Law and Development Institute (IDCID), Brazil, 2005-2008;
  • Researcher at Getúlio Vargas Foundation Faculty of Law, Brazil, 2008;
  • Lecturer at the WIPO Brazil Summer School on Intellectual Property, 2010-2011, and tutor at the WIPO Academy’s Distance Learning Course, 2013-2015.

Selected Fellowships and Awards

  • Graduate Scholarship in International Law International, Law Research Program (ILRP) at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), 2015-2016.
  • Graduate Excellence Award in Law; Chief Justice R. A. Greenshields Scholarship, and Clive V. Allen Fellowship, Canada, 2012-2013, 2013-2014 and 2014-2015;
  • Graduate Students Exchange Program (GSEP), Government of Canada, 2008- 2009;
  • Honor award for best undergraduate thesis from the Department of International and Comparative Law at USP Faculty of Law, Brazil, 2005.

Selected Publications

  • César, Priscilla M.D.G.; Polido, Fabrício; Guise, Monica. Propriedade Intelectual: Potencialidades e fragilidades do ambiente jurídico-institucional brasileiro para inovação. In: Trubek, D.; Schapiro, M. (org.). Direito e Desenvolvimento: Um Diálogo entre os BRICS. São Paulo: Saraiva. 2012, p.135-180.
  • César, Priscilla M. D. G.. "Diretrizes Terapêuticas e Protocolos Clínicos: da ética do individual à coletiva para a efetivação do direito à saúde". Rev. Direito Sanitário. V.13. N. 2. 2012. p. 156-172.
  • César, Priscilla M. D. G. “Análise crítica da proteção das patentes de invenção farmacêuticas e biotecnológicas: perspectiva dos países em desenvolvimento”. Master Thesis. University of São Paulo (USP) Faculty of Law. June 2011.
  • Basso, Maristela; Salomão Filho, Calixto; César, Priscilla M. D. G.; Polido, Fabrício Pasquot. "Direitos de Propriedade Intellectual e Saúde Pública: o acesso universal aos medicamentos anti-retrovirais no Brasil". IDCID: Sao Paulo, 2007.

Geoffrey Conrad

Geoffrey Conrad

A native of Montreal, Geoffrey earned a bachelor’s of arts in economics from Bishop’s University before pursuing undergraduate studies in law at McGill, where he was a director of the McGill Legal Information Clinic, worked as a constitutional law teaching assistant, and completed a term abroad at the Université Montpellier 1, in France. After obtaining his BCL/LLB degrees in 2007, Geoffrey practised civil and commercial litigation for several years at a prominent Montreal law firm.

In 2010, he left private practice to attend graduate school at the University of Victoria. His master’s thesis in law and society, which examined the challenges that religious pluralism poses to judicial decision-making, was awarded the Lieutenant Governor’s Silver Medal, as the top master’s thesis at the university in 2012, across all departments and faculties.

Since returning to McGill in September 2012 to undertake his doctorate in law, Geoffrey has been working under the supervision of professor Alana Klein. Combining his interests in media, public discourse, judicial decision-making, constitutional law and legal theory with his concern for social justice, Geoffrey’s doctoral research identifies a growing discrepancy between the nature of the community imagined by the traditional structure and model of constitutional adjudication, and the nature of the communities in which our social and political lives are increasingly embedded. Through an exploration of that discrepancy, his work asks us to reconsider the privileged role attributed to constitutional courts in the process of social norm formation and transmission by conventional models of judicial review, especially when it comes to issues of distributive justice.

Geoffrey holds a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. He is a member of the Barreau du Québec.

In November 2014, he acted as a rapporteur at the je vois mtl symposium.

Alvaro R. Cordova Flores – O’Brien Fellow

Alvaro 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).

Laura Dehaibi

Laura Dehaibi is a DCL candidate at the faculty of Law at McGill University and works under the supervision of Professor Kirsten Anker. She holds an LLB (2006) and an LLM (2012) from Université de Montréal. She is also member of the Quebec Bar since 2007.

For her masters’ thesis, Laura studied the protection of the freedom of association of agricultural workers at the international and Canadian level, under the supervision of Professor Isabelle Duplessis, for whom she also worked as a research assistant. Her main fields of research are in international human rights, labour law, social rights and social justice, history of law and jurisprudence.

In her doctoral research, Laura explores the intersections between individual and collective human rights at the international level, from an historical and discursive perspective. In particular, she is focusing her work on the relationship between the human right to property and rights to an adequate standard of living, such as the right to food and the right to shelter.

Fellowships & Awards:

  • Bourse de doctorat Hydro-Québec - droit (McGill, 2013-2014)
  • Graduate Excellence Award (McGill, 2014)
  • Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel Award (McGill, 2014)

Isabelle Deschamps

Isabelle Deschamps poursuit son doctorat au sein de l’Institut de Droit Comparé de l’Université McGill. Ses études étaient dirigées jusqu’en 2014 par le regretté professeur Roderick A. Macdonald et le sont depuis par la professeure Adelle Blackett. Dans le cadre de ses recherches, Isabelle s’intéresse aux interactions entre la réforme du droit des affaires qu’effectue l’Organisation pour l’Harmonisation en Afrique du Droit des Affaires et l’exploitation de microentreprises par les femmes.

En parallèle, Isabelle agit de façon ponctuelle comme expert-conseil au Secrétariat de la Commission des Nations Unies pour le droit commercial international (CNUDCI – UNCITRAL) et comme membre de la délégation canadienne au sein du Groupe de Travail I de la CNUDCI (micro, petites et moyennes entreprises – MPMEs). Isabelle a été invitée à donner des conférences en Amérique, en Europe et en Afrique. Elle compte également diverses publications à son actif. Enfin, elle a fondé et dirige toujours un organisme sans but lucratif, Santé et Éducation Maintenant!, menant des projets de développement communautaires au Cameroun et au Bénin.

Isabelle détient un LL.B. de l’Université de Montréal (1999-2002), une maîtrise en relations internationales de l’Institut Ortega y Gasset – Universidad Complutense de Madrid (2004) et une maîtrise en droit de l’Université McGill (2012). Elle est également membre du Barreau du Québec (2005) et membre du Law Society of England and Wales (2008, non-practising solicitor). Elle a exercé comme avocate en litige commercial au sein d’un cabinet international à Montréal (2005-2007) et à Londres (2007-2009). Elle a aussi agi comme attachée d’enseignement auprès des professeurs François Crépeau dans le cadre du cours de droit international public (2012) et Catherine Walsh dans le cadre du séminaire International Business Law (2013).

Consultez son curriculum vitae [.docx] 

Alexander Ezenagu


Tax Cooperation and Development: the Developing Country Experience.


The field I study is the intersection of taxation, development, and cooperation among states. This is an important field because the ongoing inequality between states is sustained by unequal regulatory capacity and bargaining power between developing and developed countries. Taxation is an important revenue-generating tool in most societies, but it is threatened by both rising fiscal needs and intensifying economic competition among nations.

This is especially the case for developing countries, whose needs are great but whose defensive capacities against tax competition are constrained both by domestic resources and lack of geo-political power. Each government’s ability to derive necessary revenue from economic activities within its jurisdiction is threatened from without by the prevalence of tax avoidance opportunities and strategies, some of which are intentionally designed for this purpose by other nations. A sophisticated army of tax planners seeks to profit by creating novel ways to beat the efforts of governments to impose tax obligations on some of societies’ most wealthy members.

To check the activities of tax planners, governments must constantly and vigilantly monitor and update their laws and strengthen their tax administration capacities in order to achieve gains in tax collection. Developing countries are the worst hit by the activities of tax planners, activities that are largely aided by international tax treaties guiding cross-border transactions that are designed and supported by the world’s wealthiest countries.

My research seeks to analyze the socio-legal and economic impacts of these treaties on developing countries from a normative perspective.


D.C.L. Candidate, International Tax Law, McGill University, Canada

LL.M (Commercial Law), Cambridge University, United Kingdom

B.L. (First Class), Nigeria Law School, Nigeria

LL.B. (First Class), University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

Awards and Prizes

  • Fellow, Rathlyn Foundation Fellowship in Law
  • Graduate Dean’s Award in Law, McGill University;
  • Scholar, Cambridge Commonwealth Shared Scholarship 2013/2014;
  • Scholar, Cambridge Trust Scholarship 2013/2014;
  • Col. Yohana Madaki Prize for Best Student in Environmental Law, Faculty of Law, University of Ibadan, 2010;
  • Gamaliel O. Onosode (OFR) Scholarship Scheme for Excellence, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

Professional Experiences

  1. Research Assistant to Professor Allison Christians of the Faculty of Law, McGill University, Canada. I research and write on various topics of international tax law and policy.
  2. Associate Research Fellow, ((Trade, Investments and Public Private Partnerships), Institute for Oil, Gas, Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development, Afe Bablola University, Ekiti, Nigeria. I research and write on international commercial law, taxation, international project finance and public private partnerships.
  3. Interim Consultant, Oil and Gas Tax Unit, Ernst & Young Nigeria, (June 2015).
  4. Associate (Banking & Finance; Capital Markets; Mergers & Acquisition; Projects & Infrastructure; and International Tax Law), Templars Barristers and Solicitors, Lagos Nigeria (August 2014- May 2015).
  5. Associate (Energy, Project Finance and Tax Divisions), Banwo and Ighodalo, Lagos, Nigeria (September 2011- July 2013).


  1. Structured Finance & Securitisation 2015 Questionnaire, in Getting The Deal Through (March 2015), available at [https://gettingthedealthrough.com/area/74/jurisdiction/18/structured-fin..., with Chike Obianwu and Modupe Dabiri.
  2. Alexander Ezenagu, “The Private Transfer of Oil and Gas Proprietary Rights in Nigeria: Mechanisms for Business Growth” (August 2013), available at the archive of the Christian Lawyers Fellowship of Nigeria (CLASON), Lagos, Nigeria.
  3. Alexander Ezenagu, “Towards a Re-definition of Corporate Governance in the Nigerian Banking Sector: A Case Study of Auditor’s Liability,” LL.B dissertation, 2010. Available at the Faculty of Law public library, University of Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria.
  4. Allison Christians and Alexander Ezenagu: “Kill-switches in the U.S. Model Tax Treaty” (2016), to be published in the Brooklyn Journal of International Law.
  5. Damilola Olawuyi and Alexander Ezenagu: “Carbon Taxation as a Tool for Sustainable Development in Africa: Evaluation of Potentials, Paradoxes and Prospects” (2016), to be published in the African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF) Journal and presented at the ATAF September 2016 conference.
  6. Alexander Ezenagu: “Economic Growth: the Good, Bad and Ugly” (2016), to be presented at the 46th St. Gallen Symposium to be held from May 11-13 2016.


  1. 5th Edition of the Montreal Summit on Innovation with the theme, “Climate of Change: Cities, Citizens, and Prosperity,” held on November 30, 2015 in Montreal.
  2. TaxCoop Conference held on Novermber 3. 2015 in Montreal.
  3. Business Law conference, Section of Business Law of the Nigeria Bar Association, June 8, 2015 held in Lagos, Nigeria and was panel co-chair on the relationship between junior and senior lawyers.
  4. Annual Conference of the Christian Lawyers Fellowship of Nigeria (CLASON) | August 23, 2013 I delivered a paper on “the private transfer of oil and gas proprietary rights in Nigeria” and discussed the mechanisms for business growth.
  5. Annual Conference and Launch of the International Lawyers Association (Nigeria branch) October 15, 2014. I attended, as a participant, the 1st Annual Conference & Launch of the International Law Association (Nigerian branch). The theme of the conference was: "International Investments in an Era of Transnational Threats: Taking Stock and Charting International Law Responses for the Future". This conference was held in Lagos, Nigeria.
  6. Culture diplomacy in the modern world, Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, December 19, 2013. I attended the annual conference on cultural diplomacy organized by the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy and The IMAN Foundation held in Berlin, Germany. The theme of the conference was: "Cultural Diplomacy & Cross Continental Cooperation: Building Bridges for a United Global Community."
  7. Tax Law Workshops, organized by the Tax institute, Cambridge University, February 18, 2014. I participated, as a student at the University of Cambridge, at the series of tax law conferences delivered by notable tax experts such as Philip Baker and OECD representatives, held at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Laure Fouin

Laure Fouin

Thesis Topic

Incentive-based regulation and the derivatives' market: repeal the bankruptcy safe harbours?


  • Ecole du Barreau du Québec (2012)
  • Master 2 droit bancaire et financier, Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas (2010)
  • L.L.M, McGill University (2009)
  • Master 2 droit des affaires, Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas (2008)
  • Master 1 droit des affaires et fiscalité, Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas (2007)

Past Master Thesis Topics

  • La régulation des sondages de marché et le marché obligataire primaire
  • L'harmonisation du droit des sûretés: la nécessaire conservation d'une pluralité limitée de régimes
  • L'articulation entre droit commun de la concurrence et droit de la régulation sectorielle


  • Clive V Allen Fellowship (McGill University, 2010-2012)
  • Graduate Excellence Award (McGill University, 2012-2013)

Marika Giles Samson

Current Research

Marika’s doctoral project studies the ways in which courts are instrumentalised to marginalise political opposition and repress dissent. In doing so, Marika is exploring the interactions of judicial and political institutions, with particular emphasis on the role of the judiciary in the constitutional order, as well as questions of judicial ethics, court procedure, civil and political rights, and the rule of law. This project is being completed under the supervision of Professor Frédéric Mégret.


  • LLM, specialisation in Public International Law, University College London (with distinction)
  • LLB, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
  • BA, Communications Studies and Sociology, Concordia University

Professional and Teaching Experience

Marika has a substantial history as a legal researcher, having worked with the McGill International Criminal Justice Clinic, the UCL Centre for International Courts & Tribunals, and the Human Rights Treaty Study at York University. Outside the academy, Marika has also held an Associate Fellowship at the Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House).

In 2015, Marika will be a Teaching Fellow in Judicial Institutions and Civil Procedure at the Faculty of Law, and has previously been a guest lecturer in Extrajudicial Dispute Resolution as part of the Teaching Mentorship Programme. Marika has also guest lectured on International Criminal Law and Restorative Justice, as well as a number of public legal education programmes, and has completed both the Law Teachers’ Programme at UCL and the Legal Education Seminar at McGill.

A member of the Law Society of Upper Canada since 2002, Marika articled as a law clerk at the Federal Court of Canada and practiced civil litigation for several years before undertaking graduate study.

Prizes and Awards

  • O’Brien Fellowship, Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, McGill University
  • Doctoral Scholarship, Fonds de recherche société et culture de Québec

Kate Glover

Kate Glover


Kate’s primary research interests include legal theory, legal institutions and process, constitutional law and procedure, legal education, and legal scholarship & research methodology. Her doctoral research explores how legal theory shapes the way that we see the world and considers why it matters.  In her dissertation, Kate explores these issues by first uncovering and assessing the legal theories that shape dominant narratives about the modern Supreme Court of Canada.  She then shows how theories of legal pluralism can contribute to our narratives by expanding and contracting our understandings of the Court and its relationship to law and society.


Kate is a doctoral candidate at McGill University’s Faculty of Law working under the supervision of Professors Roderick Macdonald (2011-2014) and Hoi Kong (2014-2015). She holds degrees in philosophy and law from McGill (B.A., 2003, with great distinction), Dalhousie University (LL.B, 2006) and the University of Cambridge (LL.M., 2008).

Teaching & Professional Experience

Kate has been a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada since 2007. After being called to the Bar, she practiced law with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, 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. In 2013, she served as junior counsel for the amicus curiae before the Supreme Court of Canada in the Senate Reform Reference.

During her doctoral studies, Kate held the Ian Pilarczyk Teaching Fellowship for two years and co-taught Graduate Legal Research Methodology, a mandatory course for all incoming LL.M students at McGill (2011-2013).  Also during this time, Kate has presented her research at conferences with national and international audiences (including the Osgoode Constitutional Cases Conference, the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Law Centenary Conference on The Future of Law School, the Quebec Society of Comparative Law’s 50th Anniversary Conference, UBC Interdisciplinary Legal Studies Conference and the Conference of the Toronto Group for the Study of International, Transnational & Comparative Law) and been invited to give guest lectures in multiple courses in law and political Science.

Academic Awards & Distinctions (Selected)

  • 2012-2015   Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship
  • 2010-2012   O’Brien Fellowship for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism
  • 2007-2008   Right Honourable Paul Martin Sr. Scholarship

In additon, Kate received more than a dozen awards for her academic achievements and contributions to the academic community (2003-2006) as a law student at Dalhousie University.

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • “Structure, Substance & Spirit: Lessons in Constitutional Architecture from the Senate Reform Reference” (2014) [forthcoming in the Supreme Court Law Review].
  • “Forgotten? The Role of Graduate Legal Education in the Future of the Law Faculty” (2014) 51:4 Alta L Rev [forthcoming] (with Professor Rosalie Jukier).
  • “Implicit Comparative Law” (2013) 43:1&2 RDUS 123 (with Professor Rod Macdonald).

Adrien Habermacher

Adrien HabermacherResearch interests

Mr. Habermacher’s doctoral research focuses on legal education in Canada under the supervision of Professor Helge Dedek. He wrote his master’s thesis on the role of European education and legal thought in the shaping of American legal education in the 19th century. His research interests also include international law, dispute resolution, legal history and legal theory.


Adrien Habermacher has been a doctoral candidate at the Faculty of Law and the Institute of Comparative Law since 2015. He obtained Sciences Po’s Bachelor Degree (cum laude) in 2013 after studying at Sciences Po Euro-American campus in Reims (2010-12) and at the UBC Faculty of Law in Vancouver (2012-13). He studied at Sciences Po Law School in Paris (2013-15) and Columbia Law School in New York (2014), and obtained a Master in Economic Law (summa cum laude) as well as a Common certificate of achievement in global business law and governance from Sciences Po Law School, Columbia Law School and University Paris 1-Panthéon Sorbonne in 2015.

Experience & activities

Mr. Habermacher has been supervising teams for the Philip C Jessup International Law Moot Court at Sciences Po Law School (2015) and McGill Faculty of Law (since 2016), after he participated himself in the competition in 2014 and qualified for the Advanced International Rounds. He also completed a Teaching Mentorship in Professor Payam Akhavan’s public international class in 2016.

He is also an Executive Editor for the McGill Journal of Dispute Resolution, and the Vice-President Academics of the Graduate Law Students Association (2015-16).

He worked for Pro Bono Students Canada in Vancouver in 2013, General Electric Energy Management (Legal & Compliance) in Paris in 2014, and Professor George Bermann at Columbia Law School in 2014-15.

Claris Harbon

Claris Harbon


For full details, please download Claris Harbon - Complete bio, publications and conferences .

Claris Harbon specializes and focuses on economic – social and feminist lawyering mainly on subjects concerning the subordination of minorities and disempowered groups such as Mizrahis, women, Arab-Israelis and children.

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.

View a 2012 Télé-Québec interview with Claris on Youtube where she explains her doctoral research project.


  • LL.M. 2008, Yale
  • LL.M. (magna cum laude) in "Law, Society and Politics", Tel-Aviv University
  • LL.B. 1998 (with honors) from Northumbria Law School (Newcastle, England)

Fellowships and awards

  • O'Brien Doctoral Fellowship, Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, Faculty of Law, McGill University.
  • Trudeau Scholar, 2011


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.


"McGill’s Faculty of Law, whereby the law is not the only source of reference, but rather a medium of research amongst other intersecting disciplines, that can provide me with the intellectual means for pursuing my research."

Andrea J. Harrington

Doctoral Thesis TitleAndrea DiPaolo

Risk Management in Space: Insurance and Legal Issues in the Growth of Commercial Space Activities

Past Education:

  • LLM, McGill University Institute of Air and Space Law
  • JD, University of Connecticut School of Law
  • MSc, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • BA, Boston University

Fellowships and Awards:

  • P.E.O. Scholar Award (DCL)
  • SWF Young Professionals Scholarship for IAC (DCL)
  • Erin JC Arsenault Fellowship in Space Governance (LLM & DCL)
  • Aisenstadt Teaching Fellowship in Public International Air Law (DCL)
  • International Aviation Women’s Association Scholarship (DCL)
  • Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel Award (DCL)
  • Setsuko-Ushioda Aoki Prize (LLM)
  • Graduate Excellence Award (LLM)
  • Dean’s Scholarship (JD)
  • CALI Excellence Awards in Contract Drafting, Contracts, Business Organizations, Legal Profession, Law and Literature of Crime (JD)

Master’s Theses

  • Space Law and The Protection of Cultural Heritage: The Uncertain Fate of Humanity’s Heritage in Space (LLM)
  • The Politics and Economics of UK Participation in the Euro: How the City of London Weighed the Arguments (MSc)

Bar Admission


Relevant Professional Experience

  • Junior Project Manager (Secure World Foundation)
  • Research Assistant and Annals of Air and Space Law Assistant Editor (McGill Institute of Air and Space Law)
  • Wordings Specialist (Beazley Group)
  • Senior Operational Risk Specialist, Assistant Vice President (Bank of America)

Vanessa Henri

Doctoral thesis title

Is espionage beyond the rule of law? Thoughts for an educated debate on the regulation of cyber-espionage in international law


  • LLB, Université du Québec à Montréal, 2013
  • LLM, McGill University, 2015


  • Co-chair of the 2016 McGill Law Graduate Conference titled Legal Challenges in Cyberspace
  • Organizing committee of the 2016 McGill Law Graduate Ball
  • Project Innocence
  • UQÀM’s judicial clinic
  • Decryption blog

Selected publications & conferences

  • The Duty of Allegiance: the Legitimacy of Disloyalty as a Rationale for Treason Law in the Social Contract Paradigm (Lambert publishing, 2015).
  • “Is there a duty of allegiance in cyberspace?”, 2014 Osgoode Law Graduate Conference

Awards and funding

  • Quebec Bar Association : Dark web & encryption (2016)
  • Montreal Bar Association : Implication in the Project Innocence (2013)


  • Member of Giganet


Guillaume Laganière

Guillaume LaganiereI am a second-year doctoral candidate at McGill under the supervision of Professor Geneviève Saumier, with funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

I am interested in all aspects of private international law, including conflicts of laws and problems of international jurisdiction. My doctoral work focuses on civil liability for transboundary pollution in public and private international law.

I was born and raised in Montreal and I am a member of the Quebec Bar since 2014. I practice law at Woods LLP, a specialized civil litigation boutique. Prior to my doctoral studies, I clerked for the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada (2013-2014). I hold a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from the University of Cambridge (1st class honours) and another from McGill University (Quebec Law Professors’ Award for best thesis). I also graduated from Université de Montréal with the highest standing in the Bachelor of Laws program.

When I am not studying or working, I enjoy rock climbing, swimming, trail running and hiking.

LinkedIn Profile: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/guillaume-laganière-a1325934/en

Jodi LazareJodi Lazare


Jodi’s research focuses on the effects and legitimacy of judicial reliance on non-legislated instruments in the regulation of the family and the protection of vulnerable spouses. Her doctoral dissertation seeks to redefine the boundaries of family law by exposing its relationship with the broader areas of governance, regulation and the unwritten constitutional principle of the rule of law.

Her broader research and teaching interests include family law, constitutional law, administrative law and animal law.

Education & Professional Affiliations

  • DCL Candidate, McGill University
  • Member of the Law Society of Upper Canada
  • LLM, McGill University (2013)
  • JD, University of Ottawa (2011)
  • LLL, University of Ottawa (2010)
  • Graduate Diploma in Journalism, Concordia University (2006)
  • BA, McGill University (2004)
  • MEQ Bilateral Exchange Program, Sheffield University (2003-2004)

Selected Distinctions

  • Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship – Doctoral, Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2014-2017)
  • Wainwright Scholarship for Law (2013)
  • Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship – Master’s, Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2011-2012)
  • McCarthy-Tétrault Leadership Award (2008)

Recent Professional Experience

  • Schulich Fellow & Part-time Professor, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University
  • Law Clerk to the Honourable Justice Michael J. Moldaver, Supreme Court of Canada (2012-2013)
  • Part-time Professor, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section (Since 2010)

Chunbao Liu

Thesis topicD.C.L. student, Chunbao Liu

China’s Approaches to the International Trading System: the Tensions between Regionalism and Multilateralism


LL.B. (2003), Soochow University, China; LL.M. (2006), Soochow University, China


  • “The Priority Rules in the Convention on the Assignment Receivables in International Trade” (2007) 3 Journal of the East China University of Politics and Law 87.
  • “Rejection of Goods: A Comparative Legal Analysis” (2004) 9 Legal Science Monthly 85.


"McGill is a great intellectual community fully committed to fundamental inquiries."

Francis Lord

Thesis: Copyright Law and the Shaping of Literary Works: Between Trade and Enlightenment

“I’m doing a legal history of knowledge. I research whether copyright law has any effect on how literary works diffuse knowledge. My work shows how the law served as a catalyst through which people defended and confronted various conceptions of literary works. Copyright law today reflects and enforces the outcomes of these struggles, with crucial implications for the diffusion of knowledge. I explore this phenomenon through the history of infringement and collective management in Canadian and French law, and the different options they opened and closed to diffuse knowledge.”

The Centre for Intellectual Property Policy

“An important part of my work occurs at the CIPP. Where my thesis focuses on the epistemic implications of copyright law, my work at the CIPP is more about the economic ones: innovation, trade, technology transfer, etc. Between the two I find a good balance between fundamental and policy-oriented research that serves me well. The CIPP is a great place to study intellectual property; its members are experts in a wide range of topics and fully exploit the richness of the field. They are very invested on providing training and formative experiences to their students, doctoral or otherwise. Given that, it’s not surprising that IP is generating a lot of interest at the Faculty.”

Why McGill?

“The Faculty of law conceived its program to train academics in every aspect; it is centered on writing and defending an original thesis, but it goes beyond that. For example, the training it offers its students on legal pedagogy is more robust than in most North-American doctoral programs. The Faculty also puts a lot of emphasis on building a tight-knit ‘doctoral community’; my colleagues contribute to my education as much as the faculty members involved in my research. Moreover, some of the smartest undergrad and Masters students from around the world come to study here, creating a vibrant environment that constantly pushes towards self-improvement.”

Sara Mahboob

Sara Mahboob is a doctoral candidate at McGill University’s Faculty of Law. Her dissertation examines how women interact with the criminal justice system. More broadly, her research explores legal issues relating to intersection of state law, codified religious law, customary practices, and how this impacts women who come into contact with the criminal justice system in Pakistan.


  • Doctor of Civil Law (D.C.L.), McGill University, Faculty of Law, 2014 - present
  • Master of Laws (LL.M.), Boston University School of Law, 2007-2008
  • Bachelor of Laws (LL.B. Honours), University of London, 2002-2005

Fellowships and Awards

  • International Fellowship awarded by The American Association of University Women (AAUW) (2009)
  • Graduate D.C.L. Fellowship awarded by McGill University (2014-2017)
  • Nominated to coach McGill University Faculty of Law’s team for Julius Alexander Isaac Diversity Moot (2014 - 2015)
  • Rathlyn Foundation Fellowship awarded by Rathlyn Foundation and nominated by Faculty of Law, McGill University (2015-2016)
  • McGill Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel Award (GREAT Award) awarded by Faculty of Law, McGill University (March 2016)

Relevant Professional Experience

  • Summer Research Fellow at Law Reform Commission of Saskatchewan (2014)
  • Visiting Human Rights and Social Justice Fellow at Robson Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba (2014)
  • Assistant Professor, School of Law and Policy, University of Management and Technology, Pakistan (2011 – 2014)
  • Assistant Director, Centre for Law and Policy, University of Management and Technology, Pakistan (2011 – 2014)
  • Project Legal Officer, British Pakistan Law Council Project Advocate (2006 -2007)


  • Called to the Punjab Bar Council, Pakistan
  • Certificate of Qualification, Canadian National Committee on Accreditation

Giacomo Marchisio Giacomo Marchisio

Giacomo est doctorant à la Faculté de droit de McGill, où il travaille sous la direction du Prof. Fabien Gélinas.

Il agit à titre de coordonnateur académique du groupe de recherche "Justice privée et État de droit" et de rédacteur en chef de la Revue de règlement de différends de McGill.

Il est également membre de la Commission de travail CCI en matière d'arbitrage d'urgence.


  • Giacomo Marchisio, "Recent Solutions to Old Problems: A Look at the Expedited Procedure under the Newly Revised ICC Rules of Arbitration" (2017) ICC Bulletin (à paraître)
  • Giacomo Marchisio, “The Notion of Award in International Commercial Arbitration: Lessons from English and French Law” (2016) 2 Revue d’arbitrage et de médiation
  • Giacomo Marchisio, “A Comparative Analysis of Consent Awards” (2016) 32:2 Arbitration International 
  • Giacomo Marchisio, “Louis Marquis, Droit de la prévention et du règlement des différends” (2016) 1 Revue d’arbitrage et de médiation
  • Emmanuel Jolivet, Giacomo Marchisio et Fabien Gélinas, “Trade Usages in ICC Arbitration”, dans Fabien Gélinas, dir, Trade Usages and Implied Terms in the Age of Arbitration (Oxford University Press, 2016)
  • Luca Radicati di Brozolo et Giacomo Marchisio, “Usages and Implied Terms in Italy”, dans Fabien Gélinas, dir, Trade Usages and Implied Terms in the Age of Arbitration (Oxford University Press, 2016)
  • Fabien Gélinas et Giacomo Marchisio, “The Arbitrators’ Investigative Powers” (2015) 47 Revista de Arbitragem e Mediação 
  • Giacomo Marchisio, “Jurisdictional Matters in International Arbitration: Why Arbitrators Stand on an Equal Footing with State Courts” (2014) 31:4 Journal of International Arbitration


  • “Soft law et droit processuel étatique” (conférence: “Soft Law et droit du commerce international”, Université de Montréal, 11-12 mai 2017)
  • “The notion of award in international commercial arbitration” (Séminaire d'été, International Courts and Tribunals Research Center (Copenhagen, 20-24 juin 2016)

Julie McCann

Sujet de thèse de doctorat: Julie McCannL’entente de partenariat public-privé: le cadre juridique formel, la pratique contractuelle et la relation partenariale. Essai d’élaboration d’une méthodologie de l’analyse contractuelle


LL.M. Université Laval (avec mention); LL.B. Université Laval (avec mention); Science politique, Université Laval.

Subventions de recherche

  • Chaire de recherche du Canada en droit de l’environnement: Subvention de recherche de 2 ans.
  • Fiducie collection Bleue, subvention d’aide à la mise à jour d’un manuscrit


  • Prix Louis-Philippe-Pigeon du Jeune Barreau de Québec 2010
  • CRSH, bourse de doctorat du Programme de bourses d’études supérieures du Canada Joseph-Armand-Bombardier
  • FQRSC Bourse de doctorat en recherche
  • Bourse de doctorat Hydro-Québec en droit
  • Bourse de rédaction de la Faculté de droit de l’Université Laval

Publications et conférences

  • LEMIEUX, D., MCCANN, J., « Les contrats de PPP au Canada », C.J.A.L.P., (à paraître).
  • LEMIEUX, D., MCCANN, J., « Les contrats de PPP au Canada », Rapport général pour le Canada, Washington, Conférence annuelle de l’Académie internationale de droit comparée, juillet 2010.
  • MCCANN, J, TREMBLAY É (coll.), Prescription extinctive, délais extinctifs et fins de non-recevoir au Canada , Collection Bleue, Montréal, Éditions Wilson & Lafleur, 2010 (à paraître).
  • MCCANN, J., La prescription des créances: à la croisée du droit processuel et du droit substantiel, mémoire de maîtrise, Université Laval, 2008.
  • BOUCHARD, C., LACOURSIÈRE, MCCANN, J., « La cyberpublicité, son visage, ses couleurs : qu’en est-il de la protection du consommateur? », (2005) 107 R. du N.
  • MCCANN, J., et André LAREAU, « Les nouvelles réalités matrimoniales et la planification fiscale », conférence prononcée dans le cadre d'un colloque organisé par l'Association de planification fiscale et financière, Québec, 12 mai 2004.


"La richesse de McGill repose sur la diversité des doctorants qui y étudient; tant par leurs champs d’intérêts que leur provenance, ces derniers alimentent, à travers leurs diverses implications, le débat juridique."

Shimelis Mulugeta Kene

Shimelis Mulugeta Kene is a Doctor of Civil Law Candidate at the Institute of Comparative Law and an O’Brien Fellow at the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism. His doctoral research, supervised by Professor Payam Akhavan, explores the interplay between authoritarianism, counterterrorism and law by drawing on socio-legal perspectives.

Prior to joining McGill, Shimelis worked in a variety of roles and settings: as Law Clerk at the Ethiopian Federal First Instance Court; as a Senior Trainer at Organization for Social Justice in Ethiopia (a prominent human rights and social justice organization in the country); as a Human Rights expert at the Human Rights Office of the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE); and as a Child Rights Officer at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

He completed his LLM in International Human Rights with Honors at Northwestern University’s School of Law in 2010, for which he was awarded a graduate legal studies fellowship. Following his graduation, as a Postgraduate Assistant at Northwestern, he conducted field research and wrote an assessment report on the Liberian Juvenile Justice System under the auspices of UNICEF Liberia. While at Northwestern, Shimelis served as a board member and the LLM students’ representative at the Amnesty International USA Northwestern University School of Law Chapter.

Prior to graduate studies, Shimelis earned an LLB from Addis Ababa University, producing a thesis entitled “Civil Trial on Trial: A Critical Evaluation of the Ethiopian Practice of Civil Trial”. While studying for his law degree, he also volunteered for a number of community organizations, teaching basic Ethiopian law and human rights, and contributed a number of book reviews to local papers.

In 2007, Shimelis was a recipient of the Outstanding Applicants Scholarship and participated as a delegate from Ethiopia in the Third Intergenerational Leadership Forum convened by the UNESCO Chair in Comparative Human Rights at the University of Connecticut.

Fellowships and awards

  1. O’Brien Fellowship, Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, McGill University, 2013 – 2016
  2. Travel Grant, Graduate Student Workshop, Law and Society Annual Meeting, Seattle, USA, May 26th-27th, 2015
  3. Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel Award, McGill University (2015)
  4. Graduate Excellence Award, McGill University (2013-2014)
  5. Fellowship for Graduate Legal Studies in International Human Rights, Northwestern University School of Law (2009 – 2010)
  6. Outstanding Applicant Award, UNESCO Chair in Comparative Human Rights, University of Connecticut (2007)


  1. Law and Society Association Annual Meeting: Law’s Promise and Law’s Pathos in the Global North and Global South, Seattle, May 28–31, 2015
    Presentation: “Counterterrorism and Human Rights Under Authoritarian Systems”
  2. Graduate Student Workshop, Law and Society Association Annual Meeting: Law’s Promise and Law’s Pathos in the Global North and Global South, Seattle, USA, May 26 –27, 2015.
  3. Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities, Eighteenth Annual Conference, Georgetown University Law Centre, Washington, D.C., March 6-7, 2015.
    Presentation: “Legal Rituals”
  4. 20th Annual University of British Columbia Interdisciplinary Legal Studies Graduate Student Conference: Law: Past, Present, and Future, Vancouver, May 7 – 8, 2015.“When Dissent is ‘Terrorism’: The Silence of Law?” Paper accepted but not presented.
  5. University of Western Ontario, Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, London, May 21-22, 2015
    “Counterterrorism: Law, Politics, and Violence”. Paper accepted but not presented.

Juan Camilo PintoJuan Camilo Pinto

Doctoral thesis topic

“Social Score: 689


  • Doctoral Candidate of Civil Law (Ph.D), McGill University, Canada (2012-)
  • Master of Laws, McGill University, Canada (2011)
  • Graduate Degree in Tax Law, Universidad del Rosario, Colombia (2010)
  • Bachelor of Laws, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia (2009)


  • Called to the Bar, Colombia (2009)

Work Experience

  • Director of Applied Research and Community Outreach, The McGill Social Score Project (2014).
  • Compliance and Regulatory affairs consultant (2012-).
  • Senior Advisor for Legal and Legislative Affairs, Senate of the Republic of Colombia, (2008-2010).

Academic Experience

  • Research Assistant to Prof. Richard Janda, Faculty of Law, McGill University (2012-).
  • Teaching Assistant for the Honorable Associate Judge of the Supreme Court of Justice and Professor of the Criminal Law Department at Universidad de los Andes Dr. Ricardo Posada Amaya, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia (2005-2008).

Recent Fellowships and Awards

  • 2015 Connected to the Community Award (Myko App), Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (2015).
  • Catalyst Award for Applied Research in Sustainability, McGill Office of Sustainability (2015).
  • Graduate Research Travel Award, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office of McGill University (2015).
  • Macdonald Graduate Fellowship, McGill University, (2012-)
  • Fern Gertrude Kennedy Fellowship, McGill University, (2012-)
  • Chief Justice R.A Greenshields Scholarship, McGill University, (2012-)
  • Graduate Excellence Award, McGill University, (2013-2014)
  • Graduate Research Mobility Award, McGill University, (2013)
  • Colfuturo Scholarship, Colfuturo-Republic of Colombia, (2010-2011)

University Activities

  • President of the Post-graduate Students Society (PGSS), McGill University (2014-2015).
  • McGill University Board of Governors, McGill University (2014-2015).
  • President of the Graduate Law Student Association (GLSA), McGill University (2013-2014).
  • Judge of the PGSS Judicial Board, McGill University (2013-2014).
  • Volleyball and Soccer Intramural teams (2010-2013).



Richard Janda and Juan C. Pinto, Fiduciary Governance of Impact and Benefit Agreements, Autonomie économique autochtone: dimensions multiples/ Dimensions of Indigenous Economic Autonomy, Editions Themis (2014).


Richard Janda & Juan C. Pinto: Canada Country Report on the situation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, Swiss Institute of Comparative Law (2013).

Published Cases

Constitutional Decision C-094 of February 14 2007, Case-docket D-6393 (2006), Gazette of the Constitutional Court of Colombia, Constitutional Court of Colombia.

Amici Curiae

Richard Janda, Juan C. Pinto & Carolina Cruz: Brief of Amici Curiae in Chevron Corporation V. Donziger & Associates (Chevron v. Ecuador), United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (2014)

Conferences, Presentations and Continuing Education

U21 Graduate Research Conference. U21 and School of Media and Design at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Shanghai, China (2015).

The Unbounded Level of the Mind: Rod Macdonald’s Legal Imagination Symposium. Logistics Coordinator, McGill University Faculty of Law (2014).

Graduate Research Conference, Graduate Law Students’ Association (2012).

Judicial Round Table on Access to Justice and Legal Empowerment of the Poor. Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs, Centre for International Sustainable Development Law, McGill University. Dialogue 1. Innovations from Local Tribunals (2011).

Mental Health First Aid Certificate. Mental Health Commission of Canada, (2014).

International Arbitration Summer Program. McGill University-Pennsylvania State University, Faculty of Law-Dickinson School of Law (2011).

Jeffrey J. Smith

Thesis topic and research

Jeffrey SmithI am considering the case for multilateral treaty regulation in the protection of the Arctic marine environment and the adequacies of conventional means for state actors to arrive at environmental protection in discrete regional geographic constructs. While intended to advance the policy and analytical development of marine environmental protection in the polar north, my work focuses on critical approaches to the legitimacy and state foundations of oceans law and environmental law as they have come to manifest themselves in the modern area.

An assessment of the utility and limitations of treaty making to realize environmental values and uses is an important area of inquiry, together with the validity of other sources of public international environmental law including the normative creation of apparent jus cogens principles.

The role of international organizations corollary to states in the development and promotion of rule-norms, including the United Nations Environment Program and the United Nations Development Program, together with the International Maritime Organization and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), are evaluated.

An important further area of inquiry is the comparative success of the Antarctic Treaty System.


B.Sc. (Oceanography) (Royal Roads Military College); 
J.D. (University of Victoria); 
LL.M. (Fletcher).

Recent professional experience

Barrister & Solicitor (British Columbia);
Counsel to the United Nations administration in East Timor (UNTAET);
Director Fleet Planning & Projects, BC Ferries (Vancouver); 
Principal legal advisor (jurisconsult) to the government of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (present appointment).

Prizes and awards 

Roberts Legal Writing Prize (UVic.);
Stikeman Elliott-Carswell National Tax Award (UVic.);
Campney & Murphy Marine Law Prize (UVic.);
CIBC Fellowship 2012-2013 (McGill).


“Notre mer? An independent Quebec’s maritime jurisdiction in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and Beyond” (Canadian Yearbook of International Law);
“A helping hand: The aiding and abetting of international crimes after Charles Taylor” (ASIL Accountability);
“Western Sahara: The failure and promise of international law” (The Advocate);
“The pillaging of the Sahara: Criminal liability of European Commission officials resulting from proposed renewal of the 2007 EU-Morocco Fisheries Partnership Agreement” (ASIL Accountability);
“Brunei and Malaysia Resolve Outstanding Maritime Boundary Issues” (ASIL Law of the Sea Reports);
“Ex nullius lex: The legal reconstruction of East Timor” (The Advocate).

Lukas Vanhonnaeker

lukas [dot] vanhonnaeker [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Lukas Vanhonnaeker )is a doctoral candidate at McGill University. He completed his bilingual (French/English) bachelor’s degree in law at the Facultés Universitaires Saint-Louis (Brussels, Belgium) in 2010 and his master’s degree in law at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium in 2012. Before enrolling at McGill University, he received a LL.M. in international business law from the Free University of Brussels, Belgium in 2013. At McGill University, Mr Vanhonnaeker pursued a LL.M. (2014), where he specialised in the fields of international trade law and international investment law.

Mr Vanhonnaeker mainly focuses on international trade law and international investment law and had the opportunity to study corporate and intellectual property law, which leads him to write on topics characterized by the intersection of these different legal fields.

As a DCL candidate he is currently conducting research on international investment law, investor-state arbitration and international corporate law.



Isavella Maria Vasilogeorgi

Thesis topic: Isavella Maria Vasilogeorgi

"Legal Implications of the Use of Hybrid Aerospace Objects: At the Crossroads of Regenesis and Redefinition"


2011-2014 (expected): DCL Candidate in Air and Space Law, McGill IASL;
2010-2012, LL.M.-Thesis Air and Space Law, McGill IASL;
2009-2010, LL.M. Public International Law, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens;
2009, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, 12th ECSL Summer Course on Space Law and Policy;
2007, Université Paris X - Nanterre, Erasmus in International Protection of Human Rights;
2003-2009, Law Degree, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

Awards & Scholarships:

2011 International Aviation Women's Association (IAWA) Scholarship;
2011-2012 McGill Graduate Excellence Fellowship;
2010-2011 Erin J.C. Arsenault Fellowship in Space Governance;
2004 "The Grand Moment for Education Scholarships" EFG-Eurobank Corporate Responsibility 1st Annual Initiative for High School Valedictorians;
2003, 21st Lyceum of Athens Class Valedictorian;
1997-2003 Hellenic Air Force Civilian Personnel Monetary Awards for Outstanding students;
1998-2004 City of Athens Valedictorian Awards and Medals.


  • Child pornography on the internet, Marangopoulos Foundation for Human Rights Youth Department Series, Nomiki Vivliothiki Publications, Athens [in Greek].
  • International Agreements signed or ratified by the Hellenic Republic in the year 2006, 59 Revue Hellénique du Droit International 2006.
  • International Agreements signed or ratified by the Hellenic Republic in the year 2007, 60 Revue Hellénique du Droit International 2007.
  • Book-review of Giovanni Distefano's & Gionata P. Buzzini's, Bréviaire de jurisprudence internationale: les fondamentaux du droit international public, Bruylant 2005, in 61 Revue Hellénique du Droit International 2008.
  • Al Oudha v. France, 48 Ιnternational Legal Materials (ILM) 871 (2009).
  • Delimitation of IMO - ICAO Search and Rescue Regions: A case of Jurisdictional Compilation and Complication, 37 Annals of Air and Space Law 2011.
  • Military uses of outer space: legal limitations, contemporary perspectives (LL.M. thesis, McGill University Institute of Air and Space Law, 2011) [forthcoming publication]



Ma'n H. Zawati

Doctoral thesis topic

Challenges to the legal duties of clinician-researchers in genomic research


  • Doctoral Candidate, Faculty of Law, University of McGill, Montreal, 2011-present.
  • Master of Laws (LL.M.), Université de Montréal, 2009-2011.
  • Quebec Bar School, Montreal, 2007-2008.
  • Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), Université de Montréal, 2004-2007.

Professional Affiliations

  • Lawyer, member of the Quebec Bar, 2008 - present

Fellowships and scholarships

  • John and Edmund Day Award, 2011-2012
  • Justice K. Hugessen Fellowship, 2011-2012
  • Rathlyn Foundation Award, 2011-2012
  • Graduate Excellence Fellowship, 2011-2012
  • European Commission's Erasmus Mundus Visiting Scholarship, 2010

Publications (selected)

Book Chapters:

  • KNOPPERS, B.M. and Ma'n H. ZAWATI, "De l'éthique et des avocats: les comités d'éthique dans le milieu hospitalier", Partie 2: Enjeux de société, in Éthique, profession juridique et société - Collection de droit 2011-2012, volume hors série, École du Barreau (Cowansville: Éditions Yvon Blais, 2011), 55-62.
  • KNOPPERS, B.M. and Ma'n H. ZAWATI, « Biobanks » in CHADWICK, R. (ed), International Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics, Chapter 22, London: Academic Press, 2011 (in press).
  • ZAWATI, M.H. and Bartha M. KNOPPERS "Biobanking between Hard Law and Soft Law: Harmonization?" in MASCALZONI D. (ed.), Ethics, Law and Governance of Biobanking: National, European and International Profiles, Springer, 2011 (in press)
  • KNOPPERS, B.M. and Ma'n H. ZAWATI, "Population Biobanks and Access" in ZATTI, P., S. RODOTÀ (eds), Trattato di biodiritto, Volume II, Dott. A. Guieffrè Editore S.P.A., Italy, 2011, 1181-1194.


  • OZDEMIR V., Tikki PANG, Bartha M. KNOPPERS, Denise AVARD, Samer A. FARAJ, Ma'n H. ZAWATI and Eugene KOLKER, "Vaccines of the 21st Century and Vaccinomics: Data Enabled Science Meets Global Health to Spark Collective Action for Vaccine Innovation", (2011) 15:9 OMICS, doi: 10.1089/omi.2011.03ed.
  • ZAWATI M.H., Pascal BORRY and Heidi Carmen HOWARD, "Closure of population biobanks and direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies" (2011) 130: 3 Hum. Genet., 425-432.
  • Knoppers B.M., Jennifer R. HARRIS, Anne Marie TASSÉ, Isabelle BUDIN-LJØSNE, Jane KAYE, Mylène DESCHÊNES and Ma'n H. ZAWATI, "Towards a data sharing Code of Conduct for international genomic research". (2011) 3:46 Genome Medicine, doi: 10.1186/gm262.
  • CAMBON-THOMSEN A., THORISSON G.A. and MABILE L. for the BRIF workshop group (ANDRIEU S., BERTIER G., ... ZAWATI M.H., ZINS M.), "The role of a bioresource research impact factor as an incentive to share human bioresources", (2011) 43 Nat. Genet., 503.
  • ZAWATI M.H., Matthew HENDY and Yann JOLY, "Incidental Findings in Data Intensive Postgenomic Science and Legal Liability for Clinician-Researchers: Ready for Vaccinomics?" (2011) 15:9 OMICS, doi: 10.1089/omi.2010.0137.
  • JOLY Y., Georgia KOUTRIKAS, Emma RAMOS-PAQUE, Ma'n H. ZAWATI, Jennifer GARDY, Michael HAYDEN and Bruce CARLETON, "Diagnostic Testing for Vaccinomics: Is the Regulatory Approval Framework Adequate?" (2011) 15:9 OMICS, doi: 10.1089/omi.2010.0135.
  • ZAWATI, M.H., Brian VAN NESS and Bartha Maria KNOPPERS, "Incidental Findings in Genomics Research: An International Comparative Analysis of Norms", (2011) 9:1 GenEdit 1.

Case Books

  • ZAWATI M.H. Recueil de textes normatifs et de doctrine - Obligations 2 DRT 1222GA, Montréal, COOP-Droit, Printemps-Été 2011.
  • ZAWATI M.H. Recueil de textes normatifs et de doctrine - Droit des sciences biologiques DRT 3802GA, Montréal, COOP-Droit, Printemps-Été 2011.

Conferences (selected)

  • "Return of Research Results and Incidental Findings in Biobanks: A Population-Based Perspective", Centre of Genomics and Policy Summer Presentations, Montreal, 16 August 2011.
  • « 'Workable Ethics' for Translational Research? », Best Practices for Personalized Medicine Meeting, Vancouver, 9 March 2011.
  • "Incidental Findings in Genomics Research: An International Normative Perspective", Managing Incidental Findings and Individual Research Results in Biobanks and Archives Working Meeting III, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 14 December 2010.
  • "Population Biobanks and Return of Results: A Review of Current Practices", Symposium on the Return of Research Results, McGill University, Montreal, 17 November 2010.
  • "Population Biobanks: If you Built It, Will They Come?", Centre for Biomedical Ethics and Law, Leuven, Belgium, 13 October 2010.
  • "CPTP ELSI and Privacy Task Force: Emerging Issues", 21st Canadian Bioethics Society Annual Conference, Kelowna, British Columbia, 12 June 2010.