The team

Professor Johanne Poirier surrounded by students Lana Rackovic, Sajeda Hedaraly, Maryna Polataiko and Jesse Hartery. Professor Johanne Poirier surrounded by students Lana Rackovic, Sajeda Hedaraly, Maryna Polataiko and Jesse Hartery.

Scholars in Residence

2015-2016

Professor Nicolas Levrat was the Chair's first ‘Scholar in Residence’ (March 2015). His visit was made possible through a collaboration with the Groupe de recherche sur les sociétés plurinationales at UQAM.

Levrat, a professor at the University of Geneva, gave two talks: The Impact of Globalisation on Multinational Federations on March 16, 2016, and Gouvernance européenne et migration on March 31, 2016.

Research assistants

Professor Poirier has had the pleasure of working with a number of dedicated and highly effective research assistants.

Patrick Baud (2015-2016) is a student at McGill's Faculty of Law. He is a member of the Research Group on Constitutional Studies and received the Stephen A. Scott Award in Constitutional Law. A graduate of the University of Toronto’s Victoria College with great distinction, he holds a Master’s degree in Political Studies from Queen’s University. Previously, Patrick worked in the office of the Financial Accountability Officer of Ontario, the office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer and in the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat.

Éléna Sophie Drouin (2017-2018) is a BCL/LLB student at McGill's Faculty of Law, where she received the Stephen A. Scott Award in Constitutional Law. She currently is acting Editor-in-chief of the McGill Law Journal for Volume 63. During her law studies, Elena also volunteered with the Canadian Association of Civil Liberties (CCLA) through Pro Bono Canada. She holds a joint degree in Economics and Political Science from Université Laval, where she made the Dean’s Honour List. Previously, Éléna worked at the Secrétariat du Conseil du Trésor du Québec, as well as at other Ministries of the Quebec Provincial Government.

Antoine Godin-LandryAntoine Godin-Landry (2017-2018) is a BCL/LLB candidate at McGill’s Faculty of Law, where he is a teaching assistant to Professor Poirier's Constitutional law class. Holder of an International Baccalaureate in History from Cégep Garneau, he is the recipient of the Stephen A. Scott Award in Constitutional Law in 2016. In 2017, he participated in a Constitutional Law Research Seminar to draft a "Constitution of Canada 2017" ", where he is particularly interested in issues of division of powers, and international relations. Outside the Faculty, he is currently involved at the Mobile Legal Clinic.

Jesse HarteryJesse Hartery (2015-2018) is a BCL/LLB student at McGill's Faculty of Law. He is currently a law clerk to a Justice of the Superior Court of Québec and is a group assistant in Professor Johanne Poirier’s Constitutional Law course. He was previously the Program Coordinator of the McGill Chapter of Pro Bono Students Canada and the Co-President of the McGill Runnymede Society. He holds an Honours B.A. in History and a Minor in Asian Studies from the University of Ottawa. During his time in Ottawa, he worked in our federal political institutions, namely as a Page in the House of Commons and as a staffer in the office of the former Minister of Finance, the Honourable Jim Flaherty. He has won the André-Pratte Prize from the Federal Idea and the Louis-Philippe-Pigeon Contest in Legal Writing from the Université Laval.

Sajeda HedaralySajeda Hedaraly (2015-2018) completed her BCL/LLB studies at McGill in December 2018, after having previously completing a Bachelor of Arts & Science with a major in cell/molecular biology. During her legal studies, Sajeda volunteered at the Caregivers’ Association of Quebec (AAFQ) and at the Legal Information Clinic. She was an editor for the McGill Law Journal, completed a clerkship at the Québec Superior Court, and participated to the Harold G. Fox Moot in Intellectual Property. She also worked as a summer student in the Montreal office of a national law firm. As of next year, Sajeda will work as a clerk at the Ontario Court of Appeal. As of 2019, Sajeda will be clerking for Justice Gascon of the Supreme Court of Canada

Stéphanie Pépin (2017-2018) is a DCL candidate at McGill’s Faculty of Law. She has a certificate in Political science, a LLB degree with honours in Law as well as a master’s degree in law from Université Laval, where she held the positions of law tutor and vice-president of Academic Affairs at the Graduate Law Student Association. Throughout her studies, she also worked as a paralegal at the law firm Stein Monast s.e.n.c.r.l. and as a research assistant and teaching assistant for multiple professors. Stéphanie received a research grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) for her master’s degree and from the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et culture (FQRSC) for her doctoral studies. Her main areas of interests are constitutional law, public institutions and human rights regimes.  

Maryna PolataikoMaryna Polataiko (2015-2018)is a BCL/LLB student at McGill's Faculty of Law. She is interested public law, namely constitutional and Aboriginal law. She holds a McGill Honours degree in Political Science and was awarded the Research Group on Constitutional Studies Prize for her research on the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement. In 2013, she interned with the Indigenous Peoples of Africa Co-ordinating Committee in Cape Town.

Lana RackovicLana Rackovic (2015-2018) is a BCL/LLB student at McGill's Faculty of Law. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Political Science and Communication from the University of Ottawa. She received research grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et culture (FQRSC), which she used to pursue graduate studies that focused on the rights of European ethnic and linguistic minorities at the University of Montreal. During her time in Ottawa, she worked for Elections Canada and the Parliament of Canada before completing an internship at the Council of Europe. Lana is involved with Contours, a McGill publication aiming to give voices to women in law, and with "Bien que chez soi", an organization aiming to fight homelessness in its many forms in Montreal.

Marie Rondeau, BCL/LLB'16 (2015-2016) has now finished her  BCL/LLB program at McGill Law. During her time at the Faculty, she led workshops to help first year students with their learning and study skills, and acted as a volunteer for the McGill Legal Information Clinic. She was also Managing Editor of the McGill Journal of Law and Health, as well as vice-president of the Law Students’ Association. An accomplished athlete, she was a Member of the Canadian national synchronised swimming team between 2009 and 2012, and a coach thereafter. In 2014, she interned with the World Anti-Doping Agency. 

Portrait: Scott WhitelawScott Whitelaw (2016-2017) obtained his LLM from McGill's Faculty of Law in 2017. He holds degrees in history (BA Hons.), civil law (LLL) and common law (LLB) from the University of Ottawa. Scott clerked at the Federal Court of Appeal, and has been called to the Bar in Ontario, Saskatchewan, and New York. Scott has worked as Legal Counsel at the Canadian Human Rights Commission, and as a Legal Intern with the Legal Resources Centre in South Africa. Before relocating to Montréal for graduate studies at McGill’s, he worked as a Crown Prosecutor in Saskatchewan. His LLM thesis focused on the right to a basic education in both a South African and First Nations context. Since graduating, he is working as a litigation lawyer with Justice Canada in Ottawa.

Current collaborations