CHRLP Article Lab

The Article Lab is an initiative at the Centre, headed by Professor Frederic Megret. It objective is to promote collaborative legal scholarship on human rights and legal pluralism. The Lab brings together law professors, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows to develop, research, and produce scholarship of publishable quality. The intuition for the Lab is that law, the humanities and even the social sciences remain quite wedded to an individual (or at best dual) author model whereas the sciences or medicine routinely author articles with many authors. The Lab is an attempt to break away from the norm of single legal authorship, affording members of the Centre the opportunity to co-sign jointly-knitted articles that align with the objectives of the Centre. This is in line with an increasing emphasis on collaborative and networked research which many are engaged through research projects, but that rarely translates into joint publications.


Damilola Awotula damilola.awotula [at] (Damilola Awotula (Dammy)) is a Nigerian attorney, doctoral candidate at the McGill Law Faculty and recipient of the McGill W. C MacDonalds Chair Graduate Award. He is an Adams-Burke Global Justice Fellow at the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism (CHRLP) and coordinator of the CHRLP Article Lab. His research interests are Law & Technology, International Criminal Justice, and International Human rights. He was a Arthur Seymour Schulich Scholar at the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, Canada where he completed a Thesis Master of Laws with a specialization in Criminal Justice and Technology. He also holds a Master of Laws with First Class Honours (QCA of 3.96/4.0) from the University of Limerick, Republic of Ireland, as an Ireland Roger Casement Fellow, fully funded by Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs.  

He has received numerous academic recognitions including a Red Scroll for his exceptional performance in the annual national professional Bar examination, having finished with a First Class Honours and was overall best in one of the core Bar Modules out of over 5,000 Bar candidates. He earned his Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours and an Associate Law Degree (DipLaw) with Distinction from Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), a state-government owned University in Nigeria. During his undergraduate law program, he was a recipient of the OSULaw ’91 Scholarship Award. He has worked with a Nigerian full-service law firm, and currently a member of the legal team appointed by the Attorney General of Nigeria to represent the State on an advisory proceeding at the International Court of Justice in the Hague, Netherlands. His doctoral project under the supervision of Professor Noah Weisbord will explore nascent international cooperation challenges associated with emerging intelligence-gathering technologies (Open Source Intelligence (OSINT); user-generated intelligence, visual forensics, synthetic media, geospatial surveillance/intelligence) and advanced analytics evidence for the pursuit of international justice and human rights fact-finding.” 

Back to top