Fellows and researchers

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Associate Fellows
O'Brien Fellows in Residence
O'Brien Graduate Fellows
Visiting Fellows & Scholars
Rathlyn Program Coordinators

Associate Fellows

Malado Agne (2020-2021)

Malado Agne
Malado Agne est enseignante à l’Institut des Droits de l’Homme et de la Paix (IDHP) de l’Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar. Docteure en droit de l’Université Le Havre-Normandie, elle a consacré sa thèse à l’étude du statut juridique de l’islam en France. Elle a enseigné le droit dans plusieurs universités, en France et au Sénégal. Elle a également travaillé dans le domaine de la justice.

Ses recherches portent sur les relations entre État et religion et sur les sources africaines du droit. Elle est affiliée au Centre Universitaire Rouennais d’Etudes Juridiques (CUREJ).

Elle poursuit actuellement un projet de recherche intitulé « Le Sénégal dans le contexte de la régulation internationale des migrations : aspects juridiques et politiques de la réception dans l'ordre étatique de sources exogènes. »

Pierre-Luc Bouchard (August 2020-July 2021)

Pierre-Luc Bouchard
A member of the Quebec Bar, Pierre-Luc Bouchard manages the Legal Aid Clinic of the Refugee Centre in Montreal.

Over his career, Pierre-Luc Bouchard has represented several asylum seekers and refugees in their immigration procedures before the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada.

He believes in social justice and helps people in difficult situations to establish themselves in Canada.

He is also co-president of Alternatives, an organisation that works in international cooperation, and he is also a board member of the Milton Park Community.

Edin Hodžić

Edin Hodžić
Edin Hodžić (DCL 2014) is co-founder, Director and Head of Public Law Program at Analitika – Center for Social Research from Sarajevo, a leading think-tank in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He holds a DCL from McGill University, LLM from the University of Oxford and BA in Law from the University of Sarajevo. Previously, among his several professional engagements, Edin worked on war crimes cases at the Prosecutor’s Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and was Editor-in-Chief of The Pulse of Democracy (Puls demokratije), an online publication on legal and policy issues in BiH published by Open Society Fund Bosnia and Herzegovina. He worked on a number of research projects and published several books, papers and research reports in the broad field of public law, including a co-edited volume on media and minorities in South-East Europe, and a book on constitutional reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He acted as a consultant on numerous occasions, advising the government and international organizations alike. Recently, Edin advised UNDP and the BiH Council of Ministers in the course of drafting a comprehensive transitional justice strategy for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Edin’s research interests mostly lie in the fields of constitutional law and international human rights law, but he also remains committed to combining insights from political science and political theory. He is particularly focused on exploring the theory and practice of collective and minority rights and complexities of transitional justice.

Abdourahmane Seck (2020-2021)

Abdourahmane Seck
Dr Abdourahmane Seck est en poste à la Faculté des civilisations, des religions, des arts et de la communication de l'Université Gaston Berger de Saint-Louis, au Sénégal, où il enseigne au Centre d'étude des religions qu’il a dirigé entre 2012 et 2014. Il a une formation multidisciplinaire englobant la philosophie, l'anthropologie et l'histoire moderne et contemporaine de l'Afrique.

Dr Seck est l’auteur de nombreux travaux autour de la dynamique des liens sociaux, politiques et symboliques en Afrique, avec un accent particulier dans les domaines de la religion, des migrations et des historiographies décoloniales.

Il vient de co-fonder le Collectif décolonial : Groupe d’Action et d’Étude Critique - Africa (Gaec-Africa) et travaille sur un projet de recherche intitulé "L’Afrique peut-elle peser dans le débat migration et droit international?"

O'Brien Fellows in Residence

Omogboyega Abe - January - May 2020

Omogboyega Abe

Omo Abe is a law teacher, author, and policy consultant, with expertise in business and human rights, sustainable development, natural resources law, and environmental law. He has written about the scruffiness and injustices of adaptation and resilience planning as applicable to Nigeria’s Niger-Delta. He has also published extensively on oil and gas law, and the intersections of business, human rights and environment, as well as provided expert advice and opinion on extractive industries law in Africa. He is currently investigating how constitutional and governance organization can create transformative change for the people.

A prolific researcher and speaker, he sits on the Executive Council of the International Law Association, Nigerian Branch, and is a member of the Nigerian Association of Law Teachers, the International Bar Association, the Nigerian Bar Association and the Association of Professional Negotiators and Mediators. He is also the Managing Editor for the Journal of Comparative Law in Africa, University of Cape Town, South Africa, and a Member of the Editorial Board of the Pretoria University Law Press (PULP), University of Pretoria, South Africa.

Omo has studied in Nigeria, Hungary, South Africa, and the United States, where he spent time as a Fulbright Scholar at Loyola University, Chicago.

Pwaangulongii Dauod - November 2019 - September 2020

Pwaangulongii Dauod is a writer. Born in northern Nigeria, he studied Literature at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and earned an MFA Creative Writing from the University of Virginia. He is a Macdowell Colony Fellow. A winner of the 2018 Gerard Kraak Prize, Dauod has also been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship and Short Story Day Africa Prize. He has written for Granta Magazine, The Evergreen Review, the Johannesburg Review of Books and Brittle Paper. He is currently working on a novel and a booklength essay.

Dorothy Estrada-Tanck - January - February 2020

Dorothy Estrada-Tanck

Dorothy Estrada-Tanck is Assistant Professor (tenure-track) of International Law and International Relations at the University of Murcia, Spain, and co-Director of the Legal Clinic of its Faculty of Law. She holds a PhD in Law from the European University Institute, an MSc in Political Theory from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a law degree (Mexico City). She enjoys broad academic and professional experience in the United Nations, State bodies and NGOs in Mexico, Italy, the US and Spain, focusing on issues of human rights, migration, gender, and socio-economic justice.

Dorothy has published extensively in English and Spanish, and she is the author of Human Security and Human Rights under International Law: The Protections Offered to Persons Confronting Structural Vulnerability (Oxford: Hart Publishing 2016), which received the Best Book Prize 2017 of the Inter-American Bar Association Washington, D.C.).

Fatemeh Sadeghi Givi - September 2018 - August 2020

Fatemeh Sadeghi

Fatemeh Sadeghi is a researcher and lecturer of Political Science and Gender Studies in Iran. She is specialized in Political Thought, Gender Studies, Islamic Political Thoughts, and Iranian Politics. She obtained her PhD in Political Thought in 2004 from Tarbiat Modarres University in Tehran. From 2003 until 2008, she taught as assistant lecturer at the Faculty of Political Science of the Islamic Azad University of Karaj. She was also a co-editor of Goftogu, the Iranian journal of culture and society from 2003 and 2010, and a member of International Center for Dialogue among Civilizations in 2000-2001.

In 2007, she was granted a post-doc fellowship by SEPHIS and became an ISIM research fellow in Leiden. From 2009 to 2010, she worked as a research member of the Faculty of Social and Political Science at the University of Amsterdam. Currently she is working as independent scholar, researcher, translator and lecturer in Iran.

She has published several books and academic articles in both English and Persian. Her book in English, The Sin of the Woman: The Interrelations of Religious Judgments in Zoroastrianism and Islam (2018) was published by Claus-Schwartz Verlag in Berlin. Her books in Persian include Gender in Ethical Doctrines: From 3 to 9th Century Iran (2013), The Unveiling of the First Pahlavi: Rereading of a Modern Intervention (2013), Women, Power and Resistance in Post-revolutionary Iran (2012), Gender, Nationalism, and Modernity in the First Pahlavi (2006). Her translations from English into Persian include Leila Ahmad’s Women and Gender in Islam: The Historical Roots of a Modern Debate, Agnes Heller’s A Theory of Modernity, Asef Bayat’s Life and Politics, Reza Aslan's Zealot, and Betty Friedan’s Feminine Mystique.

O'Brien Graduate Fellows

See our page on Current Graduate Students & Postdocs to see which students have received O'Brien Fellowships.

Visiting Fellows & Scholars

Mauro Cristeche - December 2019 - December 2020

Mauro Cristeche
Mauro Cristeche is a Researcher at Argentina's National Research Council (CONICET) and Assistant Professor of Constitutional Law at the National University of La Plata (UNLP), in Argentina. He is a Researcher and Board Member at the Institute of Legal Culture (UNLP), where he coordinates the Area “State, Public Policies and Rights”.

His area of research includes economic, social, and cultural rights (ESCR), welfare and labor policies, poverty, and inequality. He is also interested in theoretical debates on economic policies and legal issues from a critical perspective. His current project focuses on analyzing some of the main welfare policies in Argentina, their link with the labor market, and their impact on ESCR, and exploring a comparative perspective with other countries.

He holds a PhD in Law from the University of Buenos Aires in 2013. In 2015 he was an Erasmus Mundus postdoctoral scholar at the Department of Public Law, International and Community of University Degli Studi di Padova (Italy). In 2016 he received the Young Researcher Award from the National University of La Plata, for his scientific work at the Faculty of Legal and Social Sciences. In 2017 he obtained a Fulbright scholarship to a postdoctoral stay at the Department of Sociology of Johns Hopkins University (United States). He has developed academic activities in other Universities in Europe and America, and he is currently a visiting researcher at the CRIMT, University of Montreal. In 2019 he is publishing (co-authored) the book “Investigaciones sociojurídicas contemporáneas”. He was an O'Brien Fellow in Residence at the CHRLP from August to December 2019.

Shimelis Kene - November 2020 - December 2021

Shimelis Kene
Dr. Kene received his Doctor of Civil Law (DCL) degree from McGill University in 2020. His doctoral thesis, entitled “Third World State Agency: A Postcolonial Critique of Ethiopia’s Antiterrorism Law” interrogates postcolonial and critical international law theories, and argues that neither adequately captures the nuance and agency involved in Third World states’ agentic adoption of Western discourses and instrumentalization of (international) law. His current areas of research interests include international (human rights) law, international criminal law, theoretical and Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL), and the UN. His ongoing research examines the role of international law in the North-South encounter.

Previously, Dr. Kene worked at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP); the Human Rights Office of the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE); the Organization for Social Justice in Ethiopia, and the Ethiopian Federal First Instance Court. While in these positions, he worked on several community-based projects related to social justice, international human rights, access to justice, legal empowerment, and development. As Postgraduate Assistant at Northwestern’s Bluhm Legal Clinic, he conducted field research in Liberia under the auspices of UNICEF and wrote a report on the Liberian Juvenile Justice System.

Dr. Kene is a former O’Brien Fellow at the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism. He holds an LL.M in International Human Rights from Northwestern University and an LL.B from Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia). In his academic and other engagements, Dr. Kene aspires to foster shared and more nuanced understandings of complex intercultural issues and improve intercultural relations.

Tamara Thermitus - 2020-2021

Tamara ThermitusMe Tamara Thermitus, Ad.E., LLM, 2013, specializes in human rights. Her master’s at McGill Law focused on human rights, notably racial discrimination and defamation from a Critical Race Theory perspective.

She chaired the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse in 2017-2018. For over 20 years, she was a litigation lawyer in the Quebec Regional Office of Justice Canada.

Chief of staff to the Deputy Minister of the Indian Residential Schools Resolution Office in 2003, Me Thermitus was Director of Policy and Strategic Planning from 2004 to 2006. As chief negotiator for the federal government, she helped define the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s mandate, which is at the heart of the historic settlement of the lawsuits brought by former residential schools students, one of the most important settlements in Canadian history.

Me Thermitus has accumulated numerous commitments to counter discrimination. From 2004 to 2010, she was Chair of the Committee on Cultural Communities of the Quebec Bar. In this capacity, she was among the first to raise awareness among the Bar's bodies on issues relating to racial discrimination in the profession and in the judicial system in Quebec. In this context, she directed the writing of several memoirs dealing in particular with racial profiling and racial discrimination.

In addition to being a lecturer on these issues, she is notably behind the development of the course on the social context of law offered by the École du Barreau. In 2014, Me Thermitus was the co-initiator of the project leading to the the Québec Bar’s report: “Forum-Pour une profession inclusive”, Ethnocultural diversity in the legal profession”. In 2015, she was given the mandate to prepare the annual conference of the Québec Bar. She also chaired the Equality Committee of the Quebec Division of the Canadian Bar Association.

Me Thermitus has received several distinctions. In 2011, the Barreau du Québec awarded her its prestigious Mérite du Barreau distinction (2011). She has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth Jubilee Medal (2012), the Employment Equity and Diversity Leadership Award (Department of Justice, 2010 and 2016) and was a recipient of the Black History Month award (2012). In 2015, she was chosen by a jury chaired by the Hon. Louise Arbour as part of the 40th anniversary of the Charter of human rights and freedoms, for the Commission des droits de la personne et de la jeunesse. The same year, the Black Law Students Association presented her with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

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