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Timiebi Aganaba-Jeanty

Thesis outline

My thesis seeks to give meaning and significance to the freedom of outer space granted by Article 1 of the Outer Space Treaty. It presupposes that there is a dominant position in interpreting the freedom of outer space which has not given much real significance to the idea of benefit sharing.  Acknowledging Isaiah Berlin’s seminal work distinguishing between negative and positive liberty, the prevailing view of the freedom of outer space is best explained as negative freedom: an absence of constraint rather than enabling an outcome. This thesis proposes an opening of the discussion to determine what freedom can mean when it is conjoined with benefit sharing. It proposes a middle ground variant to the strong and weak variants of the positive conception of the freedom of outer space for the benefit of all countries. It investigates how the existing framework can enable developing countries to foster capabilities in a way that is of mutual significance to all. It is proposed that this leads us to analyzing closely the hierarchy of possible benefits and how we can imagine a cycle of positive feedback to build increasing cooperation between those on the margins of space activity and those gaining the greatest benefit from space. This analysis is presented through the space benefit hierarchy concept.


  • DCL Candidate 2014 McGill University
  • LLM 2011 McGill University
  • MSc 2008 International Space University
  • BL 2006 Nigerian Law School
  • LLB 2003 University of Leicester


  • Erin JC Arsenault Fellowship, Institute of Air and Space Law, McGill University
  • Nicholas Matte Prize in Space Law, McGill University
  • Cains Prize for Space Law, International Space University

Professional Experience

  • Space Industry Analyst-Consultant, EUROCONSULT (Montreal, Canada)
  • Legal Associate, Kayode Sofola and Associates (Lagos, Nigeria)
  • Legal Intern, Cains Advocates (Isle of Man, UK)
  • Legal Trainee, Nigerian National Space Research and development Agency (Abuja, Nigeria)

See Timiebi Aganaba-Jeanty's complete Academic CV [.docx]

Md Tanveer Ahmad

Tanveer Ahmad

DCL Thesis Title: Toward Firmly Arresting Climate Change and Global Warming for the Welfare of both Present and Future Generations: An Aviation Perspective


  • Robert E. Morrow, Q.C., Fellowship, 2012
  • Graduate Excellence Fellowship, 2012
  • Principal's Graduate Fellowship, 2009
  • Provost's Graduate Fellowship, 2009


  • DCL Candidate, Institute of Air & Space Law, McGill University
  • Master of Laws with thesis, Institute of Air & Space Law, McGill University
  • Bachelor of Laws with honors, University of London
  • Diploma in Law, University of London

Professional Experiences:

  • Research Assistant, Erin J.C. Arsenault Fund, Institute of Air & Space Law, McGill University, 2012 -
  • Jr. Lecturer, School of Law, BRAC University, Bangladesh, 2011 -
  • Research Assistant, Professor John Cobb Cooper Project, Institute of Air & Space Law, McGill University, 2009 - 2011.


"One person, one fare: a policy which neither benefits the air carriers nor the disabled population" (2011) XXXVI Ann. Air & Sp. L. 377.


Adapting the Existing Regime for the Contemporary World to Achieve Global Civil Aviation Safety: A Developing Country Perspective (LL.M. Thesis, McGill University Faculty of Law, Institute of Air and Space Law, 2009) [unpublished].


Life Member, Institute of Air & Space Law Association, McGill University

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!

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 is 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

Stefanie Carsley is a doctoral candidate at McGill University’s Faculty of Law. She is currently in her first year, working under the supervision of Professor Angela Campbell. Her dissertation compares how feminist theorists and Canadian lawmakers, judges and practitioners use, interpret and understand the principle of consent in relation to assisted reproduction and adoption. More broadly, her current research examines legal issues relating to reproduction and parenting and explores law’s treatment of different family forms. Her work has been published in the Canadian Journal of Family Law, the Health Law Review and the University of British Columbia Law Review.


  • Master of Laws (LL.M.) (University of Toronto) 2013
  • Bachelor of Civil Law/Bachelor of Laws (B.C.L./LL.B.) (McGill University) 2011
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) (McGill University) 2007

Academic Awards and Distinctions

  • Richard H. Tomlinson Doctoral Fellowship (2014-2017)
  • McGill Graduate Excellence Fellowship (2014-2017)
  • W.C.G. Howland Prize (2013)
  • CIHR Health Law, Ethics and Policy Training Program Fellowship (2012-2013)
  • University of Toronto Fellowship (2012-2013)
  • Edwin Botsford Busteed Scholarship (2012-2013)
  • J.S.D. Tory Writing Award (2011)

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Stefanie Carsley, “Rethinking Canadian Legal Responses to Frozen Embryo Disputes” 29:1 (2014) 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.

Relevant Professional Experience

  • Law Clerk for The Honourable Madame 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 science, technology, and innovation systems in the field of biotechnology. 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 Science, Technology, 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);
  • National Coordinator at Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) in Brazil, 2011-2012. Member of UAEM-Brazil Advisory Committee, 2013-present;
  • Collaborator with the Center for Study and Research on Health Law (CSRHL) at the University of São Paulo Public Health School, Brazil, 2011-present;
  • 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, 2013-2014.

Selected Fellowships and Awards

  • 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).

Dia Dabby

Dia Dabby
Thesis Topic

"Children's Rights, Religion and the Complexity of Identity"/"Les droits des enfants, la religion et la complexité identitaire"

Her doctoral work focuses on children's rights to religious freedom and equality in schools in a comparative constitutional context. Her interests include more broadly constitutional law, religion and law, comparative law, administrative law, legal pluralism, socio-legal studies, legal geography and legal education.


Dia Dabby is a D.C.L. candidate at the Faculty of Law at McGill University, under the supervision of Professor Colleen Sheppard. She holds previous degrees in political science and sociology from McGill (B.A., 2002) and law from the Université de Montréal (LL.B., 2005; LL.M., 2010). She has been a member of the Québec Bar since 2008. She is affiliated with the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism and the Institute of Comparative Law.

Recent Fellowships, Awards and Prizes

  • Post-Graduate Research Fellowship, Center for Comparative Constitutional Law and Religion, Universität Luzern (awarded for 2014-2015)
  • DCL Teaching Fellowship with Professor René Provost for CMPL-600 “Legal Traditions” (an obligatory course for all incoming graduate students of the Institute of Comparative Law at the Faculty of Law) (Winter 2015)
  • SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship (2012-2015)
  • McDonald Graduate Fellowship (McGill, 2011-2012)
  • Graduate Excellence Fellowship (McGill, 2011-2012)
  • Association québécoise de droit comparé, Graduate student prize (2009-2010)
  • Aisenstadt Fellow, Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism (2010)
  • Centre de recherche en éthique de l'Université de Montréal, Graduate Scholarship (2009-2010)

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)

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).

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 Title
Andrea 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)

Róisín Hennessy

Thesis Topic

Róisín Hennessy

A Critical Examination of the Role of Rule of Law Development Cooperation Programs in Combatting Gender Based Violence in Post-Conflict Developing States


  • Doctoral Candidate, Faculty of Law, University of McGill, Montreal.
  • European Masters in Human Rights and Democratisation, 2003.
  • LLM, University College Cork, National University of Ireland, 2001.
  • BCL, University College Cork, National University of Ireland, 2000.

Professional Employment

  • 2008-2010, Senior Research, Policy and Legislative Review Officer, Irish Human Rights Commission, National Human Rights Institution of Ireland.
  • 2003-2006, Research, Policy and Legislative Review Officer, 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", in Human Rights in Development Yearbook, Prof. Martin Scheinin and Prof. Markku Suksi (eds.), 2002, The Hague; Boston: Kluwer Law International; Oslo: Nordic Human Rights Publications.

Fellowships and Prizes

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


"I came to McGill to benefit from the unique expertise of the Faculty of Law, in particular in the area of international human rights law, and to enjoy the supportive collegiate environment provided to Doctoral students by the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism."

Charles Hoffman

Charles Hoffman

Thesis Topic

"The Canadian Anti-Combines Act of 1889 in its Legal and Historical Context"


  • Master of Laws, McGill University Institute of Comparative Law (anticipated February 2012)
  • Juris Doctor, University of Illinois College of Law (May 2005) (magna cum laude, Order of the Coif)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Comparative Literature), University of Chicago (June 2001)

Professional Experience

  • Antitrust Associate, Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP, New York, New York, 2007-2010
  • Litigation Associate, White & Case LLP, New York, New York, 2005-2007

Recent Fellowships and Awards

  • Richard H. Tomlinson Doctoral Fellowship, McGill University (2011-2014)
  • Saul Hayes Graduate Fellowship (2011-2012)
  • Pilarczyk Graduate Award In Law (2011)



  • The Abolition of the Legislative Council of Nova Scotia, 1925-1928 (LL.M. thesis, McGill University Institute of Comparative Law, 2011) [unpublished].


"McGill's Faculty of Law is a vibrant intellectual community, where professors and students are never reticent to ask the fundamental questions of what the law is, why it is that way, and what it should be. Graduate students are pressed to think through the theoretical implications of their work; even if it does not necessarily end up in the thesis itself, having thought about these questions can be very helpful in framing our own research and understanding why it is important. Plus, the regular faculty seminars and workshops open to doctoral students provide a way to remain part of the broader scholarly debates without getting isolated in one's own work."

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.

Jessica Ko

Jessica Ko

Doctoral thesis topic

Compensation for Injuries in International Carriage by Air


  • Master of Laws (LLM), McGill University, Institute of Air and Space Law, Montreal, 1993-1995. Thesis subject: Liability Aspects of Air Transport between Taiwan, Hong Kong and Mainland China.
  • Master of Laws (LLM), Soochow University, School of Law, Taiwan, 1989-1991. Thesis subject: Policy and Legislation Review for Air Transportation Deregulation in the United States and European Economic Committee.
  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB), Tunghai University, Department of Law, Taiwan, 1985-1989

Fellowships and scholarships

  • Boeing Fellowship, 2010-
  • China Aviation Development Foundation, Master of Laws scholarship awarded to one student in recognition of her academic distinction and contribution to her country's aviation development, 1993-1995.
  • Ministry of Education, Executive Yuan, Republic of China, two-year Master degree scholarship awarded to students in recognition of their outstanding scholastic achievement, 1989-1991.
  • Occupation Committee for Professional Driver, Republic of China, Bachelor study scholarship awarded to students in recognition of their outstanding scholastic achievement, 1985-1989.


  • Editor for the Civil Aviation Journal Quarterly, 1999 - 2005 CAA, Ministry of Transportation and Communications
  • "Comments on the Amended Maritime Act", Vol. 24, Taiwan Law Review (1997 April 15)
  • "Comments on the Amended Maritime Act", Vol. 23, Taiwan Law Review (1997 March 15)
  • "Comments on the Amended Maritime Act", Vol. 22, Taiwan Law Review (1997 February 15)
  • "Conflict of Law Issues relating to Air Transport between Taiwan, Hong Kong and Mainland China" (English text), Vol. 64, FT Law Review (1995 December 01)
  • "Conflict of Law Issues relating to Air Transport between Taiwan, Hong Kong and Mainland China" (English text), Vol. 64, FT Law Review (1995 October 01)
  • "You Must Know the Information for Direct Flight-Brief Introduction to Mainland China's Air Transportation", Vol. 68, FT Law Review (1993 April 01)
  • "Legislation Review for Taiwan's Deregulation in Air Transportation", Vol. 67, FT Law Review (1993 February 01)
  • "Legislation Review for Taiwan's Deregulation in Air Transportation", Vol. 66, FT Law Review (1992 December 01)
  • "Legislation Review for Taiwan's Deregulation in Air Transportation", Vol. 64, FT Law Review (1992 August 01)


"I have benefited from the Institute of Air and Space Law's masters program. To proceed with my doctoral studies, I have had no second thoughts about coming back to McGill, because I know that I will have the best aviation professionals to guide me and also to enable me to explore in this very challenging academic environment."

Jodi Lazare
Jodi 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 topic
D.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.”


Julie McCann

Sujet de thèse de doctorat:

Julie McCann
L’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."

Juan Camilo Pinto
Juan Camilo Pinto

Doctoral thesis topic

“687: The legal construction of a Social Scoring Mechanism


  • 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)
  • Called to the Bar, Colombia (2009)
  • Bachelor of Laws, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia (2009)

Work Experience

  • Risk-Analysis and Strategy Consultant, various projects, (2013)
  • Senior Advisor for Legal and Legislative Affairs/Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of Senator J. Tapias, Senate of the Republic of Colombia, (2009-2010)
  • Junior Advisor for Legal and Legislative Affairs, Office of Senator J. Tapias, Senate of the Republic of Colombia (2008-2009)

Academic Experience

  • Research Assistant, Faculty of Law, McGill University (2013-)
  • Teaching Assistant for the Honorable Associate Judge of the Supreme Court of Justice and Chair of the Criminal Law Department at Universidad de los Andes Dr. Ricardo Posada, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia (2005-2008)

Volunteer Experience

  • Director of Strategic Development, Making Waves Canada, Canada (2012)
  • Volunteer English Teacher for Soldiers injured in combat, Army of Colombia, 1st Brigade-Healthcare Battalion, Colombia (2003)

University Activities

  • President of the Graduate Law Student Association (GLSA), McGill University (2013-2014)
  • Member of the PGSS Board of Appeals, McGill University (2013-2014)
  • Volleyball and Soccer Intramural teams (2010-2013)

Recent Fellowships and Awards

  • 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)



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

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.

Jeffrey J. Smith

Thesis topic and research

Jeffrey Smith
I 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).

Jocelyn Stacey

Doctoral thesis topic

Permanent State of Emergency: Rethinking Environment and the Rule of Law


  • Doctoral Candidate, McGill Faculty of Law
  • Master of Law, Yale University (2011)
  • Bachelor of Law, University of Calgary (2009)
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Alberta (2006)

Selected Prizes and distinctions

  • SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship (2011-2014)
  • Viscount Bennett Scholarship (Law Society of Alberta, 2010)
  • Campbell McLaurin Achievement Award, Silver Medal (University of Calgary, 2009)
  • Talisman Energy Inc. Undergraduate Scholarship in Law (2008)
  • Borden Ladner Gervais Research Fellowship (2007)

Recent professional experience

  • Law clerk to the Honourable Justice Marshall Rothstein of the Supreme Court of Canada (2009-2010)

Vokhidjon Urinov

Doctoral thesis topic
Vokhidjon Urinov

"Ensuring Tax Compliance in a Globalized World: International Automatic Tax Information Exchange Regimes"


Doctoral Candidate, McGill University
LL.M. in Finance, Frankfurt University (2008)
LL.B., LLM (Honours), Tashkent State Institute of Law (2003, 2005)

Fellowships and prizes:

Aubrey Senez Scholarship
Deutsche Bank ILF Scholarship
Award of Excellence
Association of International Education Japan Fellowship


I think that the breadth and depth of McGill's law courses, its significant research resources, its stimulating professors and the exposure to some of the brightest minds that it provides are perfect opportunities for students doing cutting-edge legal research.

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.