Some of our graduates share what they have been up to since they graduated from our LLM and DCL programs, providing a glimpse of the opportunities that await graduates from our programs.
Christine Baudouin – LLM 2012
Christine Baudouin est avocate et membre du Barreau du Québec depuis 1993. Depuis lors, elle exerce le litige civil, négocie et plaide de nombreux dossiers devant les tribunaux. Associée pendant plusieurs années dans un grand cabinet de Montréal, elle poursuit présentement sa carrière dans un plus petit cabinet, Casavant Mercier, d’où elle dessert désormais ses clients.
Me Baudouin exerce en droit civil et en droit public, en responsabilité civile, diffamation et possède une grande expérience en droit de la santé, ayant représenté plusieurs établissements de santé dans des recours en responsabilité civile et des recours collectifs. Elle agit aussi à titre de conseil au sujet de questions légales et règlementaires complexes touchant la gestion des établissements de santé. Chaque année, elle donne des conférences et formations sur des sujets intéressant le droit de la santé, comme la confidentialité, la gestion des dossiers médicaux ou le consentement et le refus de soins.
Elle est active au sein de divers comités; membre du Comité d’éthique clinique de l’Hôpital St-Mary’s, membre du Comité consultatif de la Revue de droit et santé de McGill, membre du Comité d’arbitrage de comptes du Barreau du Québec, membre du Conseil de discipline du Barreau du Québec et siège depuis plusieurs années Conseil d’administration de l’Association des diplômés en droit de l’Université de Montréal.
En 2012, Me Baudouin a complété sa maitrise en droit, concentration en bioéthique, à l’Université McGill. Ses travaux de recherche et son mémoire ont porté sur l’analyse de la législation canadienne et française en matière de procréation assistée.
Suzanne Bouclin – DCL 2011
Suzanne Bouclin is an assistant professor at the University of Ottawa, French Common Law section. She holds a doctorate in Law from McGill University, written under the supervision of Rod Macdonald. Her research examines law through the lexicon, theories and methods of film studies.
La professeure Bouclin a effectué son stage en droit au sein d’un cabinet spécialisé en contentieux constitutionnel à Toronto et a été admise au Barreau du Haut-Canada en 2002. Elle fait également partie de regroupements communautaires voués à la justice participative et compte parmi ses domaines d'enseignement et de recherche : les règlements des différends, le droit et la justice sociale, le droit et la culture populaire et la réglementation criminelle des groupes vulnérables.
Her research currently examines the potentials of using social networking sites to further access to justice.
Marie-Eve Couture Ménard – DCL 2014
"In 2012, two years before I completed my doctoral thesis, I had the good fortune and the privilege to be offered a position as assistant professor at the Faculty of Law of the Université de Sherbrooke, and I have been loving it ever since. This position is exactly the one I dreamed of and prepared for all through my graduate studies. I am teaching, doing research and supervising graduate students in my field of interest – health law -, as well as collaborating with amazing colleagues on diverse projects.
Without a doubt, my experience as a graduate student at McGill contributed greatly to this job opportunity. For example, I joined the McGill Research Group on Health and Law and was thus quickly involved in the organization of colloquiums and lectures, a task that I now have to take on regularly. I also worked as a research assistant for Prof. Khoury and Prof. Campbell and this allowed me to demonstrate and enhance my research abilities. Moreover, by participating in DCL coffee hours, I learned a lot about the best way to deal with different research challenges. Above all, my supervisor Prof. Khoury was able to see, through all the opportunities I seized, that I had a true interest in an academic career and that I could fulfill requirements of such a career. She encouraged me to apply for the position at the Université de Sherbrooke and supported my candidacy."
Catherine Doldirina – DCL 2011
Catherine Doldirina currently works as a researcher at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (Italy), with the focus on policies and regulations regarding access to and use of geographic and Earth observation data. A lot of tasks and field of the research focus of the current position are directly linked to Catherine’s PhD thesis “Remote Sensing Data and the Common Good” that she wrote at the Law Faculty.
For example, she is now a co-chair of the Legal Interoperability subgroup of the Data Sharing Working Group (Group on Earth Observations), the work of which was a case study for her thesis.
Without the admission to McGill University and the interest of the Faculty in the thesis topic, she would not have developed her research interest in the protection of Earth observation data in particular and factual data in general into the field of her expertise.
Maureen Duffy – LLM 2005, DCL 2013
Maureen T. Duffy was appointed as an assistant professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Calgary in 2010, while she was finishing her doctoral thesis. She hails from the United States, where she practiced law in Chicago for several years, with a litigation practice, first, in corporate and employment law and later in the area of children's rights. In addition to her legal experience, she has experience as an editor and writer in the publishing field. During her LLM program, she was a researcher for the McGill Clinic for the Special Court for Sierra Leone.
During her time in McGill Law’s doctoral program, she was awarded the O'Brien Fellowship for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Fellowship for that work. Her research at McGill helped to form the foundation for a research agenda in comparative constitutional law, international criminal law, and national security law. She presently teaches Canadian Constitutional Law and Advanced Public Law and will be teaching International Criminal Law next year.
“I had an amazing experience at McGill while completing both my master’s and doctoral degrees. I was especially impressed by McGill’s vibrant academic community and by the many opportunities for the exchange of ideas, not just among students, but with professors who are both inspiring and approachable. My work at McGill helped me to build a solid foundation for my career in academia, and I established professional relationships and friendships that will continue to be a big factor throughout my career. I have only the highest praise for the graduate programs at McGill.”
Brian Gallant, LLM 2011
After completing his law studies at Moncton, Brian Gallant says he felt a certain restlessness. “I wanted to spend more time thinking about the law and how it related to justice and social policy issues in a way that I don’t think I would have been able to do in a corporate practice,” Gallant says. “I was also interested in going outside the province for a while, to gain a little perspective. I decided to do a master’s while I was still relatively young.”
Gallant opted for McGill. “Obviously, the dynamic of being in Montreal was part of the attraction,” he says. But Gallant had a few reservations.
“I did have a nagging doubt,” says Gallant. “Part of me thought that maybe I should have gone outside the country. Once I got [to McGill], I ended up having the international experience I was looking for. Most of the students in my class were international students. I met people from around the world. I learned about different cultures.”
In September 2014, Brian Gallant was elected as new head of the government of New Brunswick and the youngest premier in Canada.
Carlos Iván Fuentes – LLM 2007, DCL 2014
Carlos received his LLM degree from McGill University in 2007. During his master studies he worked as a legal researcher for the Special Court for Sierra Leone Legal Clinic. Before returning to McGill to pursue his doctoral studies as an O´Brien Fellow at the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, Carlos briefly worked for the US-based management consulting firm Casals & Associates, Inc. as a legal advisor and grant manager in USAID’s Central America Transparency and Accountability Program. He was also a seasonal lecturer on philosophy of law at the Universidad Latina de Panamá.
After completing his residency at McGill he joined the United Nations Secretariat, where he has held positions at the Administrative Law Section, the Treaty Section and the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea. He received his DCL degree in 2014.
Philipp Kastner – LLM 2008, DCL 2014
“I completed my first law degree in Austria and first came to McGill to pursue an LLM After a year of internships in the field of human rights in New York and Geneva, I decided that I should give academia a serious try. I knew that McGill's Faculty of Law would be a great place to realize this project because of its openness and dedication to original and interdisciplinary research, and so I started the DCL in 2009.
My thesis, which was supervised by Professor René Provost, focused on the creation and role of legal norms in the context of peace negotiations aiming to end internal armed conflicts. Working a few years on this project - and on several smaller ones - as well as a few teaching opportunities have only enhanced my aspiration to become a university teacher. Moreover, the feeling of being part of a dynamic research community is something that I really appreciated during the DCL Perhaps because this is a not too rigidly structured programme with a rather light course load, I was able to focus on my research and could take time to exchange with colleagues and professors on the substance, methodology and theoretical framework related to our respective research in various settings, such as during DCL coffee hours, workshops and faculty seminars.
After defending my thesis in December 2013, I took up an appointment as an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Western Australia, where I am teaching in the field of international law. Broadly speaking, my research interests now include the resolution of armed conflicts, international criminal law, international human rights and humanitarian law, public international law, legal pluralism and legal theory.”
Amar Khoday – LLM 2008, DCL 2014
Amar Khoday is an assistant professor with the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Law at Robson Hall in Winnipeg. He began this position during the final two years of his Doctor of Civil Law studies at McGill University’s Faculty of Law.
In addition to honing his research and writing skills as a scholar in the doctoral program, Amar also developed his teaching skills through the auspices of the Faculty’s doctoral teaching mentorship and teaching fellowship initiatives. As part of the teaching mentorship, he was paired with Dr. Tina Piper. Through her support and guidance, Amar was given the opportunity to deliver lectures and facilitate group discussions for the common law property course which was situated in a specially constructed classroom in the McGill Faculty of Education designed to foster in-class group collaboration. The group discussion model is one which he continues to employ today.
Furthermore, through the teaching fellowship, Amar worked closely with Associate Dean Angela Campbell to teach Criminal Law. Working collaboratively and under Professor Campbell’s supervision, Amar took an active role in the teaching and construction of the syllabus, as well as the formulation of the modes of evaluation for the course. The two teaching opportunities at McGill proved to be invaluable experiential milestones and helped to prepare Amar for a career in the legal academy.
Nelcy López Cuéllar – DCL 2012
“Doing my doctorate at McGill Faculty of Law has given me the opportunity to pursue my two passions: teaching and doing research in law. I have taught for a year and a half Restorative Justice and Legal Traditions of the World at Marianopolis College, a top-notch academic institution in Montreal.
As for my research, I am currently translating my doctoral thesis into Spanish for publication in my country, Colombia.”
Thomas McMorrow – LLM 2009, DCL 2012
Thomas McMorrow is an Assistant Professor of Legal Studies at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). Thomas teaches Family Law, Introduction to Public Law, Family Mediation, and Human Rights Mediation in an undergraduate program whose purpose is to offer students a critical, informed liberal arts education through the lens of law. Thomas’ scholarly research draws on legal pluralist theory to illustrate how an ongoing, critical reflection upon the meaning of law can open up new possibilities for the ways in which we imagine and valorize social relationships within and across institutional settings. Currently his work focuses on the relationship between support programs for fathers and the family court system. In addition, he is also developing a theoretical framework for an empirical study of how Indigenous conceptions of property inform economic development on reserves.
Thomas credits his study of Irish law and French law – during his LLB at Trinity College in Dublin Ireland and year of exchange in Poitiers France – for pushing him to pursue graduate legal studies in the bilingual, transsystemic environment of the McGill University Faculty of Law.
“I was challenged, engaged and – most importantly – inspired by the faculty, staff and students I got to know during my grad studies at McGill. What’s more, many of these relationships endure to this day, profoundly influencing how I aspire to live my life through legal scholarship, education and community engagement.”
Michael Mineiro – LLM 2008, DCL 2011
Michael Mineiro currently holds an appointment to the Institute for Defense Analysis, Science and Technology Policy, a federally-funded research development corporation in Washington, DC, that provides objective analysis of science and technology (S&T) policy issues for the White House.
Dr. Mineiro also serves as an expert on law and regulatory matters to the U.N. Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space Working Group on Long-term Sustainability of Space Activities. Prior appointments include service as an international relations specialist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and with NOAA’s Office of General Counsel to develop legal opinions and provide legal advice for NOAA’s commercial remote sensing licensing division.
“My graduate legal education at McGill has been fundamental to my professional development and success. Since completing my program in 2011, I have had amazing professional opportunities in the field of space law and policy because of the educational credentials and experience McGill provided.”
Paulina E. Sikorska – LLM 2014
Paulina is currently researching UAVs (Unmanned Aircraft Vehicles) as a part of her doctoral studies in law in the United Kingdom, which builds upon her knowledge gained during the graduate program in air and space law at McGill. One of the program's unquestionable advantages is that it allows to specialize in a niche, albeit highly important, branch of law.
The LLM in air and space law offered at McGill is, without a doubt, the most comprehensive program in the world. It covers both international, European and national legislation and the courses are taught by world-class specialists.
In addition to providing theoretical knowledge, the program assists in exploring the practical side of specific areas of air and space law thanks to the proximity of the Canadian Space Agency, the International Civil Aviation Organization, the International Air Transport Association, Air Canada and Bombardier. Being a graduate and life-member of the Institute of Air and Space Law can provide a great advantage for individuals pursuing a professional career in the aerospace sector.
Vincent-Joël Proulx – DCL 2011
Vincent-Joël benefited from Professor René Provost’s support and supervision throughout his doctoral journey, for which he is deeply grateful. From 2010-2012, Vincent-Joël served as Associate Legal Officer in the Chambers of the Vice-President of the International Court of Justice in The Hague. In 2012, he was appointed to a three-year term as Special Assistant and Legal Officer to the President of that Court and is still serving in that capacity. He also worked as a secrétaire-rédacteur in the Secretariat of the Institut de droit international at its Rhodes (2011) and Tokyo/Kyoto (2013) sessions.
In addition to other scholarly contributions, he published a book titled Transnational Terrorism and State Accountability: A New Theory of Prevention, with a Foreword by H.E. Judge Bruno Simma (Oxford and Portland, Hart Publishing, 2012). Vincent-Joël is currently working on a second book titled Institutionalizing State Responsibility: UN Organs and Global Security, which is under contract with Oxford University Press.
He has fond memories of his time at McGill University, as his experience in the doctoral program in law, along with his interactions with various faculty members, have undoubtedly informed his work since graduation. In particular, he remains committed to producing theoretically-informed and socially conscious scholarship. For further information, visit www.vin-jo.ca.
Alexander W. Yiu – LLM 2010
A native Edmontonian, Alex graduated from the McGill LLM program in 2010. During his time at McGill, Alex served on the Executive of the McGill Graduate Law Students Association and as Lead Delegate of the Rights and Democracy Network at McGill. Following his return to Alberta, Alex worked as a junior associate at Rackel Belzil LLP and assisted as second counsel in Edmonton's first electronic or "e-trial" before the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta.
In 2010, Alex joined Field Law and has worked as a civil litigator with a particular emphasis on insurance litigation matters. Due in large measure to Alex's experiences at McGill, Alex has remained actively involved in promoting access to justice initiatives in his community, including as a volunteer lawyer with the Edmonton Community Legal Centre and the Probono Law Alberta Civil Duty Counsel Project (CCDC) at the Provincial Court in Edmonton. In addition, Alex currently serves as the President of the McGill Alumni Association of Northern Alberta.
In September 2014, Alex left Field Law to undertake a new role as legal counsel to the Alberta Court of Appeal in Edmonton
Although now living thousands of miles away, Alex considers McGill (and Montreal) his second home. In three words, Alex would summarize his graduate law experience at McGill as "illuminating, transformative, and treasured."