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Marie Manikis

Assistant Professor

New Chancellor Day Hall
3644 Peel Street
Room 507

Montreal, Quebec
Canada H3A 1W9

514-398-6624 [Office]
marie [dot] manikis [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

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Media contributions

Life Without Parole sentencing violates human rights. With Marion Vanier. Montreal Gazette, April 1, 2015 (PDF)

Where are the rights in the proposed Victims Bill? The Globe and Mail, April 07, 2014. (PDF)

Marie Manikis


Marie Manikis joined the Faculty of Law of McGill University in 2013 and teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure and Sentencing. Her research interests include criminal law, criminal procedure, human rights, victims, sentencing, gender theory and criminal justice.

Professor Manikis’ scholarship is interdisciplinary and uses social science methodologies, proportionality theory in sentencing and gender perspectives to advance the available knowledge in criminal law and criminal justice. Her work has been published in Canadian and British peer-reviewed journals and was presented at several conferences and seminars, including for judicial training seminars with the National Judicial Institute (Canada), the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law, the British Association of Comparative Law, the World Society of Victimology, as well as Canadian, British and American Universities.

She completed a DPhil in law in 2014 at the University of Oxford under the supervision of Professors Andrew Ashworth and Carolyn Hoyle. Her doctoral research compares and analyses the enforcement and redress mechanisms available in England and Wales and the United States in response to victims’ rights breaches. It was supported by the SSHRC, the FQRSC, the Maple Leaf Trust, the Peter Birks fund and the Modern Law Review.

During her doctoral studies, she taught graduate tutorials in criminal justice at the Centre for Criminology at the University of Oxford and was a Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School. In 2008-2009, she taught tutorials on the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and judicial review at York University.  Prior to this, she practiced law in Montreal and clerked for a Superior Court Justice. Finally, Professor Manikis has been interested in the development of evidence-based policies and has provided consultation reports based on her research to the Department of Justice in Canada, the Ministry of Justice in England and Wales and the Canadian Senate.

Professor Manikis is happy to supervise graduate and postdoctoral students working on topics that relate to victims, sentencing, criminal law and criminal justice.

Selected publications

Marie Manikis, “The recognition of prosecutorial obligations in an era of mandatory minimum sentences of imprisonment and over-representation of Aboriginal people in prisons” (2015) 71 Supreme Court Law Review 277

Marie Manikis, “Imagining the future of victims’ rights in Canada: A comparative perspective” (2015) 13:1 Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law 163

Marie Manikis, “Victim impact statements at sentencing: Towards a clearer understanding of their aims” (2015) 65:2 University of Toronto Law Journal 85-123

Marie Manikis (with Julian V. Roberts), “Victim Personal Statements: Latest (and last) Trends from the Witnesses and Victims Experience Survey in England and Wales” (2013) 13:3 Criminology and Criminal Justice 245

Marie Manikis, “Navigating through an obstacle course: The complaints mechanism for victims of crime in England and Wales” (2012) 12:2 Criminology and Criminal Justice 149

Marie Manikis, “Recognizing Victims’ Role and Rights During Plea Bargaining: A Fair Deal for Victims of Crime” (2012) 58:3-4 Criminal Law Quarterly 411


  • DPhil (Law) University of Oxford, (2010-2014)
  • MSt (Law), University of Oxford (2009-2010)
  • LL.M., Osgoode Hall Law School (2008-2009)
  • Member of the Quebec Bar (2007)
  • LL.B. (Hons.), University of Montreal (2003-2006)


  • Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill University, 2013-
  • Researcher (2009-2013), Tutor (2012), Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford, 2009-2013
  • Teaching Assistant, York University (2008-2009)
  • Lawyer (litigation) (2007-2008) and legal intern (2005-2007)
  • Judicial Clerkship, Superior Court of Quebec (2005-2006)

Areas of interest

Criminal law, human rights, victims, sentencing and criminal justice.