Jonathan Brosseau-Rioux - International Court of Justice (2018-2019)
Jonathan Brosseau (BCL/LLB'15) is an articling student in the Corporate and Institutional Law Practice of the United Nations Development Programme. He is a graduate from the BCL/LLB Honours program at McGill University (Gualtieri-Doran Award/John W Cook Prize) and the LLM program at the University of Cambridge (Volterra Fietta Prize).
Jonathan developed a practice in international arbitration as a research and teaching assistant for Professor Andrea Bjorklund, Professor Fabien Gélinas, and Judge Frédéric Bachand.
During his studies, he was legal intern in Global Affairs Canada’s Trade Law Bureau and Shearman & Sterling’s International Arbitration Group. He has authored and coauthored multiples leading publications, notably on ethics in domestic and international law.
Mariam Chauhan – Permanent Court of Arbitration (2018-2019)
Mariam Chauhan (BA’13, BCL/LLB’18) studied Political Science, Middle East Studies and Economics at the Faculty of Arts before joining the Faculty of Law. Mariam’s interest in international affairs and human rights shaped her involvement at the Faculty of Law and her interest in international arbitration.
During her legal studies, Mariam was a student editor with the Yearbook on International Investment Law and Policy and a senior editor with the Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy. These publications exposed Mariam to a range of emerging trends in global foreign investment law and the role of international arbitration in resolving disputes between States and investors. Mariam subsequently wrote term papers analyzing the use of evidentiary privileges by Canada in NAFTA Chapter 11 proceedings, as well as the potential for orders for security for costs to mitigate inefficiencies in investor-state arbitration disputes.
In her second and third year of studies, Mariam interned with international law firms in London and Paris working within international arbitration. Mariam also participated on behalf of McGill at the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. The team won 1st Place in the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) Pre-Moot in The Hague and advanced to the elimination rounds in Vienna.
Besides her interest in international arbitration, Mariam has also worked on issues of refugee rights. Throughout her legal studies, she volunteered on pro bono refugee resettlement and status determination cases with the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) and was Co-Director of the McGill IRAP Chapter from 2015-2016. Mariam is also passionate about cultural rights and has written on the role of the International Criminal Court in prosecuting recent crimes against cultural heritage in Africa and the Middle East.
Mariam completed the final semester of her law degree on exchange at Sciences Po in Paris. She is looking forward to joining the PCA in the fall.
Pierre-Philippe Turnbull - Inter-American Court of Human Rights (2018-2019)
Pierre-Philippe Turnbull (BCL/LLB’18) holds a major in management as well as a minor in transitional justice and post-conflict reconstruction from Western University. While completing his undergraduate degree, Pierre-Philippe has done research in East Africa and spent a semester abroad in Mexico. His interest in the power of international law as an instrument to resolve conflicts and to promote human rights has pushed him to pursue his studies at McGill’s Faculty of Law.
During his first summer at McGill, Pierre-Philippe interned at the Coalition for the International Criminal Court in New York City. There, he worked closely with lawyers in their work to promote the work of the International Criminal Court across the globe. While in law school, he furthermore devoted his time to work as coordinator for Pro Bono Students’ Canada, where he developed relationships between students from the Faculty of Law and non-profit organizations across Montreal. Pierre-Philippe additionally wrote research papers on recent developments in the International Criminal Court’s investigations in Kenya, as well as the proposed changes regarding the addition of an international criminal law chamber at the African Court of Human and Peoples' Rights. Finally, he spent his last semester of law school at Fundação Getulio Vargas, in São Paulo, where he focused on the study of human rights abuses within Brazil and across Latin America. Since the completion of his law degree, Pierre-Philippe has been working for a leading national firm in Montreal. He has also been volunteering at a legal clinic.
Rachel Zuroff - International Court of Justice (November 2017-June 2018)
Rachel Zuroff (BCL/LLB'16) has always been interested in the power of law to resolve disputes and secure rights, especially around access to land, food and other productive resources. Before beginning her studies in law, Rachel earned a B.A. in philosophy from McGill University where she focused on ethics, particularly the relationship between free will and individual responsibility to the Other.
During her studies at the McGill Faculty of Law, Rachel pursued her fascination with legal pluralism and studied the myriad shapes the law can take to resolve disputes and secure rights, from domestic to international and customary law. In doing so, Rachel had the opportunity to work as a research assistant for a variety of professors and to be actively involved in the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism
Since completing her law degree, Rachel articled with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome. At the FAO, Rachel worked in the Development Law Service of the Legal Office, a unique center of international expertise and research committed to achieving sustainable agricultural development and effective natural resource management through the design of workable and appropriate legal frameworks. During her placement, Rachel contributed to a number of projects around the right to food, notably developing a legal guide to school meal programs. She joined the Barreau du Québec in the autumn of 2017.