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Sandrine Ampleman-Tremblay (sandrine.ampleman-tremblay [at] mail.mcgill.ca (email)) entered the doctoral program at McGill Law in Fall 2019. Previously, she had worked as a technical revisor for the Supreme Court of Canada (2018-2019, 2020). She also completed an LLM at the University of Toronto in 2018 and an LLB at Laval University in 2017.
Her research, supervised by Prof. Marie Manikis, merges various legal issues such as theoretical conceptions of justice and accountability, sexual violence, police misconduct and civil liability for the wrongful acts of state agents. More precisely, Sandrine uses qualitative legal research to analyze the contribution of civil society to state accountability for police sexual misconduct. Her research interests also include criminal procedure, mental health law, feminist legal theory and sexual assault law.
In addition to her thesis, Sandrine has been involved with the GLSA Annual Conference as a speaker and a member of the organizing committee (2018-2021) and is currently serving as the co-editor of the GLSA Research Series.
Sandrine Ampleman-Tremblay (sandrine.ampleman-tremblay [at] mail.mcgill.ca (courriel)) est candidate doctorale à la Faculté de droit depuis l’automne 2019.
Elle a commencé le programme après avoir travaillé comme réviseure technique à la Cour Suprême du Canada (2018-2019, 2020) et terminé une maitrise en droit à l’Université de Toronto (2018). Sandrine détient également un baccalauréat en droit de l’Université Laval (2017).
Sa recherche, conduite sous la supervision de la professeure Marie Manikis, connecte plusieurs conceptions théoriques de justice et de responsabilité ainsi que la violence sexuelle, les inconduites policières et la responsabilité civile pour les actes des agents de l’État. Plus précisément, Sandrine fait usage de méthodes qualitatives afin d’analyser l’apport de la société civile en tant que potentiel vecteur de responsabilité étatique lors d’inconduites sexuelles policières. Ses intérêts de recherches incluent également la procédure criminelle, le droit et la santé mentale, les approches féministes du droit et le droit régissant l’agression sexuelle.
En plus de sa thèse, Sandrine s’est également impliquée avec la conférence annuelle des étudiant.e.s des cycles supérieurs en droit à titre de présentatrice ou d’organisatrice pendant plusieurs années ainsi qu’à titre de co-éditrice de la Collection de recherche de la GLSA.
- Doctor of Civil Law, DCL – McGill (2019-)
- Master of Laws, LLM – Toronto (2017-2018)
- Bachelor of Laws, LLB – Laval (2014-2017)
Recent publications / Publications récentes
- Ampleman-Tremblay, Sandrine. “Justice Côté: Voice of the Court, Great Dissenter or Both?” (2021) 42:2 Man LJ 1 (with the collaboration of Camille Nadeau)
- Ampleman-Tremblay, Sandrine. “Law Schools’ Duties Toward Victims of Sexual Assault” (Legal Education Seminar Working Papers, 2020).
Awards / Prix
- Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship (2020-2023)
- FRSQC Doctoral Scholarship (2020-2024) (declined/refusée)
- Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Master Scholarship (2017-2018)
- Roll of Honour, University Laval (2017)
- Excellence Scholarship, University Laval (2014)
Julia Selman Ayetey, MPhil (Cantab), BL (England and Wales), DCL Candidate (McGill), was called to the Bar in England and Wales (Middle Temple), and in Ghana where she is a Solicitor & Barrister of the Supreme Court. She is also an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Julia holds a Master’s degree from the University of Cambridge and is currently a doctoral candidate at the Institute of Air & Space Law, McGill University. She has held academic positions at King’s College London, University of Oxford and the University of Cape Coast in Ghana.
Julia has a longstanding interest in the law and governance mechanisms as applied to science and new technologies. She has been an advisor to the UK government as a former member of the UK National DNA Database Ethics Group.
Her current research examines the relationship between non-state actors, norm-generation, and the making of international space law as well as strategies to avoid space-related disputes.
- Graduate Dean’s Award (McGill University)
- Erin J.C. Arsenault Fellowship in Space Governance (McGill University)
- Nicholas M. Matte Fellowship (McGill University)
- Teaching Tomorrow’s Prof’s Award (McGill University)
- Astbury Scholarship, The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple (UK)
- Wakefield Scholarship, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge (UK)
Selected Recent Publications
- Julia Selman Ayetey, “Non-Compliance Procedures: A Proactive Approach to Dispute Avoidance in International Space Law” [.pdf] (2020) Air and Space Law 457–478
- Julia Selman Ayetey, “In Support of Global Accountability for Private Commercial Space Actors” (2020) 48:3 Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law 761–765
- Julia Selman Ayetey & Harold Ayetey, “Health from Above: Space-Based Healthcare Services in Africa” in Annette Froehlich, ed, Space Fostering African Societies: Developing the African Continent Through Space, Part 1 (Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2020) 135.
- Julia Selman Ayetey, ‘Ghana must use outer space for national development’, Daily Graphic, 20 February 2019
- Julia Selman Ayetey, ‘Ghana is looking to outer space. It needs the law to match’, TheConversation.com, 13 August 2018
- Julia Selman Ayetey, ‘Black Holes in the Proposed UK Space Legislation’, Jurist, 11 Dec 2017
A Colombian lawyer trained at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Laura Baron-Mendoza specializes in conflict resolution. She holds an LLM in International Humanitarian Law from the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights.
From the outset of her career, she has been involved with international and national entities, such as the Interamerican Commission on Human Rights, the Special Unit for Land Restitution and the High Commissioner for Peace in Colombia during the peace talks between the government and the FARC-EP.
Three years ago, she joined Avocats Sans Frontières Canada (ASFC), where she is the legal team coordinator in Colombia. She writes monthly for the Colombian journal El Espectador - Colombia2020, commenting on the non-international armed conflict and the concomitant Transitional Justice system created by the Habana Peace Agreement of 2016.
As a DCL candidate and O’Brien Fellow, her interdisciplinary research is focused on the socio-legal challenges posed by Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration (DDR) programs in contexts of on-going armed violence. This subject derives from her individual work with former members of non-State armed groups in Colombia, mainly in the Urabá antioqueño Region (North-west of Colombia).
- “Thailand's deep south: A continuous non-international armed conflict,” [.pdf] The War Report 2018 – Geneva Academy, pages 135-147.
- “Myanmar: A Battle for Recognition,” [.pdf] The War Report 2017 – Geneva Academy, pages 92-100.
- “The Philippines: A long-running and multifaceted conflict in Mindanao,” [.pdf] The War Report 2017 – Geneva Academy, pages 114-126.
- Her opinion columns for El Espectador are available (in Spanish) at: elespectador.com/opinion/columnista/laura-baron-mendoza.
- 2020 O’Brien Fellowship for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, McGill University
- 2016 Hans Wilsdorf Foundation Scholarship, Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights.
Sarah-Maude Belleville-Chénard is a lawyer and a mediator, and a doctoral student at McGill University's Faculty of Law. Her current research focuses on environmental governance and the impacts the movement for the recognition of rights to Nature could have on Canadian law. Her project is supervised by Professor Sébastien Jodoin.
Before her doctoral studies, she completed a Master of Laws (LLM) at the Université de Montréal, where she studied intersectionality and the recognition of aboriginal women’s rights in Canada. She completed her Quebec Bar internship in Haiti with Lawyers Without Borders Canada, where she worked on a crime against humanity case before the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights.
She has also been in charge of the UNESCO World Heritage application file for Anticosti Island, after which Anticosti was nominated on the Canadian short list to be presented before the UNESCO.
Sarah-Maude Belleville-Chénard is a member of the Quebec bar and works in a Montreal-based law firm specializing in Indigenous law. She has worked with Indigenous Peoples on files concerning human rights, environmental law and the Crown's duty to consult and accommodate.
Luisa Castañeda-Quintana (luisa.castanedaquintana [at] mail.mcgill.ca (email), LinkedIn) is a DCL candidate at McGill University's Faculty of Law. She is conducting her research under the supervision of Prof. Víctor Muñiz-Fraticelli, focusing on Indigenous peoples' identity and extractive industries. Specifically, she analyzes how the extractive developmental model, accompanied by a legal framework that recognizes Indigenous rights in Colombia, has shaped the Arhuaco people's identity. She received a Vanier Scholarship in 2021.
Her main research areas are legal pluralism, legal anthropology, Indigenous peoples, extractivism, and judicial activism.
Education and professional experience
Luisa Castañeda-Quintana is a Colombian lawyer specialized in human rights, constitutional, and administrative law with an emphasis on indigenous peoples' rights. She holds a master's degree in Administrative Law from the Libre University in Colombia and an LLM in Comparative Law and Economics from the University of Turin and IUC in Italy.
Prior to her doctoral studies, Luisa gained extensive experience working for international cooperation organizations and civil society. She has been an international consultant at the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization in the Indigenous Peoples Unit, headquarters. She also worked in Colombia with Indigenous peoples in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and the Amazon on environmental, territorial management, and governance issues, orienting her work on strategic litigation.
Maria Adelaida (maria.ceballos [at] mail.mcgill.ca (email)) is a doctoral (DCL) candidate at McGill's Faculty of Law and an O’Brien Fellow at the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism. She is a Colombian lawyer with a master’s degree in sociology from the National University of Colombia. Her doctoral project, supervised by Professor Shauna Van Praagh, examines gender inequalities in the Colombian judicial system. More specifically, she is studying the factors that facilitate or hinder the entry of women to different levels of the judiciary in the context of state weakness, as found in Colombia. In 2020, she received the National Scholarship Vanier awarded by the Social Sciences, Humanities, and Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
Before coming to McGill, Maria worked as a researcher at the Centre for the Study of Law, Justice, and Society (Dejusticia), a Colombian think tank dedicated to human rights research and strategic litigation in favor of vulnerable groups in Latin America. During her time at Dejusticia, Maria co-authored two books on justice and the legal profession with Dr. Mauricio García-Villegas. She also gained extensive teaching experience at EAFIT University (Medellin, Colombia), where she taught courses on the Sociology of Law and Constitution and Citizenship.
- 2019 Abogados sin reglas. Los profesionales del derecho en Colombia: mucho mercado y poco Estado. [Lawless Lawyers. Legal Professionals in Colombia: A Big Market and a Small Government]. Bogota: Editorial Planeta. Co-author: Mauricio García Villegas. Avilable at: https://www.planetadelibros.com.co/libro-abogados-sin-reglas/291935 - Book
- 2019 La profesión jurídica en Colombia: falta de reglas y exceso de mercado [Legal Profession in Colombia. Scarce Rules and Excessive Market]. Bogota: Dejusticia. Available at: https://www.dejusticia.org/publication/la-profesion-juridica-en-colombia/ - Book
- 2018 Inclusión de género, exclusión de clase. Las mujeres en la educación jurídica colombiana [Gender Inclusion, Class Exclusion. Women in the Colombian Legal Education], in Revista de derecho – Universidad del Norte, n° 13, pp. 114-142. Available at http://rcientificas.uninorte.edu.co/index.php/derecho/article/view/10114/10808 - Peer-Reviewed Journal Article
- 2018 Educación jurídica y reproducción social en Colombia [Legal Education and Social Reproduction in Colombia], in Revista de Estudios Sociojurídicos – Universidad del Rosario, n° 20 (1), 77-105. Available at https://revistas.urosario.edu.co/index.php/sociojuridicos/article/view/5373 - Peer-Reviewed Journal Article
- 2016 Democracia, justicia y sociedad. Diez años de investigación en Dejusticia [Democracy, Justice and Society: Ten Years of Research at Dejusticia]. Bogota: Dejusticia. Co-editor: Mauricio García Villegas. Available at http://www.dejusticia.org/files/r2_actividades_recursos/fi_name_recurso.899.pdf - Edited Book
- 2016 Estudio preliminar. Derecho, justicia y sociedad en Colombia [Preliminary Study. Law, Justice, and Society in Colombia]. Co-author: Mauricio García Villegas, in Democracia, justicia y sociedad. Diez años de investigación en Dejusticia, pp. 15–46. Bogotá: Dejusticia. Available at http://www.dejusticia.org/files/r2_actividades_recursos/fi_name_recurso.899.pdf - Book Chapter
Awards and scholarships
- 2018 O’Brien Fellowship for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism. Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, McGill University.
- 2017 Scholarship for the highest GPA. Master in Sociology, National University of Colombia.
- 2014 Scholarship for the highest admission score. Master in Sociology, National University of Colombia.
- 2012 Young Researchers Fellowship of the Colombian Administrative Department of Science, Technology and Innovation (Colciencias).
- 2008 Leadership scholarship for student representatives. EAFIT University.
For more information, visit her LinkedIn profile or contact her at maria.ceballos [at] mail.mcgill.ca
Upasana Dasgupta (upasana.dasgupta [at] mail.mcgill.ca (email)) is a doctoral candidate at the Institute of Air and Space Law (IASL) and Faculty of Law, McGill University, which she is pursuing with Erin J C Arsenault Fellowship. Her doctoral thesis topic is “Preventing Collisions in Outer Space: Towards Better Implementation of International State Responsibility”, which she is writing under the supervision of Professor Ram Jakhu. Upasana also holds a Masters in Air and Space Law from McGill (2012-2014) during which she wrote a thesis on “On-orbit transfer of satellites between states: legal issues with special emphasis on liability and registration” under the supervision of Profesor Ram Jakhu. Her interests are international law, international legal theory, international space law, and public international air law.
Upasana has worked on various projects of McGill's Institute of Air and Space Law as a Research Assistant, including the Air Line Emergency Restrictions Tracker (ALERT), Global Space Governance, the Manual on International Law Applicable to Military Uses of Outer Space (MILAMOS), and the Space Security Index. Upasana has also been co-supervising LLM non-thesis students (as a supervisory fellow) September 2018.
Prior to the her academic studies, she worked in the capital markets division of Amarchand & Mangaldas and Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, and in the corporate law division of Argus Partners in India. Upasana has also worked as advisor to the Indian Delegation at the 38th General Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organisation.
Mohamed is a Libyan doctoral student and the Richard H. Tomlinson doctoral fellow at McGill University's Faculty of Law. Mohamed’s research interests are in the areas of international investment law, investment arbitration, third party funding, access to justice and the Rawlsian theory of justice. In particular, he is interested in the impact of third-party funding on small and mid-size enterprises in investor-state arbitration. His doctoral dissertation, supervised by Professor Andrea Bjorklund, addresses the question of “whether third-party funding promotes access to justice or perpetuates existing inequalities about who has access to justice in international investment arbitration?”
Before joining McGill Law, Mohamed completed his Juris Doctor (JD) at the University of Arizona, where he received the CALI Award for Excellent Achievement in the Study of Federal Income Taxation as well as the Junius Hoffman “Beyond the J.D.” Award.
Mohamed clerked for the Honorable James Soto in the US Federal District Court – Arizona District. In May of 2019, he earned his Master of Laws (LLM) in International Trade & Business Law from the University of Arizona, where he received the Excellence for the Future Award for the studies of International Business Transactions. During his LLM studies, he worked as a Teaching Assistant/Graduate Assistant for the Flagship & Project-Go programs at the University of Arizona. He is also a certified mediator in the State of Arizona.
Mohamed earned his first law degree (BCL) from the University of Tripoli, Libya, graduating top 5% in his class; upon his graduation, he worked as a logistic coordinator for the USAID project addressing property rights and ownership issues in Libya.
- Doctor of Civil Law (DCL), McGill University, Faculty of Law, 2019 – present
- Juris Doctor (JD), University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, 2017-2019
- Master of Laws (LLM), University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, 2015-2019
- Certificate of Mediation: Certified by the Office of the Attorney General - State of Arizona, May 2019
- Bachelor of Civil Laws (BCL), University of Tripoli, 2007-2011
Honours & Awards
- The Richard H. Tomlinson Doctoral Fellowship (September 2019 – August 2022)
- Junius Hoffman "Beyond the JD" Award: May 2019
- CALI Award - Excellent Achievement in Federal Income Tax Law: Fall 2018
- The CBIE Libyan-North American Scholarship (March 2015 - February 2018)
- CALI Award - Excellent Achievement in International Business Transactions 2017
- CALI Award - Excellent Achievement in Federal Income Tax Law: Fall 2018
Didem Doğar is a doctoral candidate at McGill University Faculty of Law, studying the criminalization of migration under the supervision of Professor François Crépeau, and a research affiliate with the Refugee Law Initiative of the University of London. Her dissertation examines the current approaches to the implementation of Article 1F of the 1951 Refugee Convention (the exclusion provision) in Canada and abroad, and how these approaches influence broader refugees’ rights. Her most recent work, published by Refugee Survey Quarterly, examines the legal situation of asylum seekers who are suspected and/or convicted of criminality, but cannot be removed from Turkey due to the principle of non-refoulement.
Before embarking on her studies, Didem was working as a refugee status determination assistant at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Turkey, where she specialized in exclusion-related cases. At McGill, she worked as a research assistant to Professor René Provost for his Insurgency Project and to Professor François Crépeau on the correlation between international trade law and migrant workers’ rights. Didem graduated from Bilkent University in 2010 and is a member of the Istanbul Bar. In a past life, Didem held a position at the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission and worked as a corporate lawyer in Istanbul.
- Doctor of Civil Law (DCL), McGill University, Faculty of Law, 2016 - present
- Master of Laws (LLM), McGill University, Faculty of Law, 2014-2016
- Bachelor of Laws (hons), Bilkent University, Faculty of Law, 2005-2010
- Didem Doğar; Against All Odds: Turkey’s Response to “Undesirable but Unreturnable” Asylum-Seekers. Refugee Survey Quarterly 2017; 36 (1): 107-125. doi: 10.1093/rsq/hdw027
- Didem Doğar; The trouble with impunity: War crimes and a humanitarianagency. The Conversation Canada April 2018.
- Didem Doğar; The UN Refugee Agency’s report shows that Canada should welcome more refugees. The Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies’ Blog, September 2018.
- Didem Doğar; Book Review on the Handbook on Migration and Security, International Journal of Migration and Border Studies, December 2018.
After obtaining her BA, LLB and LLM at the University of Montreal, Myriam Dumont-Robillard is now pursuing her DCL at McGill University under the supervision of Professor Adelle Blackett. Her thesis explores the justifications and consequences of “temporariness” in contemporary labour migration schemes and seeks to formulate alternatives to the current legal framework.
A former President of the Association for the Rights of Household Workers, Myriam's community work with caregivers in Montreal sparked her interest for research on the regulation of domestic workers domestically and internationally. In 2015, she published "L'accès à la justice pour les travailleuses domestiques migrantes: une illusion?" (Les Éditions Thémis), a monography that seeks to analyze ways of looking at the law in order to guarantee real access to justice for migrant domestic workers in Canada.
- LLB and LLM at University of Montreal
- Paralegal in administrative law (2007-2010)
- Lawyer in administrative law (2010-2014)
- Research assistant in labour law (2012-2015)
- President (2010-2015) and legal consultant for the Association for the rights of household workers (2007-today)
- Prix Thémis du meilleur mémoire, 2014.
- Mention d’honneur du jury pour le prix du meilleur mémoire de maîtrise décerné par l’Association des professeurs de droit du Québec (mémoire sélectionné pour représenter l’Université de Montréal), 2014.
- Mention d’excellence, Maîtrise, 2013.
- Bourse de maîtrise, Faculté des études supérieures et postdoctorales, Université de Montréal, 2011.
- Bourse Jacqueline Avard, Comité permanent sur le statut de la femme, 2011.
- Bourse Aisenstadt, Fondation Nussia et André Aisenstadt, 2011.
Selected recent publications
- DUMONT-ROBILLARD, Myriam, L'accès à la justice pour les travailleuses domestiques migrantes : une illusion?, Montréal, Éditions Thémis, 2015.
- DUMONT-ROBILLARD, Myriam, « «Brisons les chaînes!» Quarante ans de lutte pour les aides familiales » dans ROBERT, Camille et Louise TOUPIN (éds) Travail invisible - Portraits d'une lutte féministe inachevée, Montréal, Éditions Remue-ménage, 2018.
- DUMONT-ROBILLARD, Myriam, « When governments create unfreedom: rehumanizing migrant domestic workers », numéro 29, volume 4, 29 juillet 2019, Labour & Industry: a journal of the social and economic relations of work, p.337.
Valgerður Guðmundsdóttir is a lawyer and a doctoral student at McGill University‘s Faculty of Law. Her current research focuses on feminist legal theory and its affect on asylum law and policies. She is especially interested in the situation of female asylum seekers in the Nordic countries and Canada.
Prior to arriving in Montreal, Valgerður completed both her Bachelor and Master's degree in law at the University of Iceland where she focused on different human rights issues and refugee law. Her master thesis focused on the responsibility of European States in extraordinary renditions. Valgerður also studied at the University of Helsinki with an emphasis on Public International Law. Before completing her law degree, Valgerður took a leave from her studies to work for the Icelandic Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the Icelandic Mission at the United Nations in New York as a temporary Legal advisor. She mostly worked as the Icelandic representative in the 6th committee (legal issues), assisting with the 3rd (social, humanitarian and cultural issues) when necessary.
After graduating, Valgerður has worked as a lawyer for the Icelandic Ministry of Justice, the Icelandic Immigration and Appeals Board and most recently the Icelandic Directorate of Immigration as one of department heads in the asylum department. She is especially interested in certain aspects regarding feminist legal theory, refugee law, and various other human rights issues.
LinkedIn profile: linkedin.com/in/valgerður-gudmundsdottir-310294195/
Atagün Mert Kejanlıoğlu is currently a doctoral student in the DCL (Doctor of Civil Law) program at McGill University Faculty of Law. He is writing his doctoral dissertation under the supervision of Professor Johanne Poirier. His dissertation is focused on populist challenges to constitutionalism and responses that constitutional theory can develop against these challenges.
After graduating from GaIatasaray University Faculty of Law (Istanbul) in 2013, he obtained his first master’s degree from University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne’s Fundamental Public Law program (Master 2 Recherche Droit Public Fondamental) in 2016 with his dissertation entitled “Le Président de la Republique dans les systèmes politiques turc et français” under the supervision of Prof. Marie-Anne Cohendet. He then graduated from another master’s program in public law at GaIatasaray University in 2017. His thesis focused on freedom of artistic expression in the case law of European Court of Human Rights.
Before starting his doctoral studies at McGill, he had been working as a research and teaching assistant in the constitutional law department at MEF University Faculty of Law (Istanbul) since March 2014. His research interests include comparative constitutional law, constitutional theory and European human rights law.
Maria Manoli is a doctoral candidate and an Erin J C Arsenault doctoral fellow in space governance at the Institute of Air and Space Law (IASL) of the McGill Faculty of Law since 2016. Prior to her doctoral studies, she obtained a LLM in Air and Space Law from the same Institute (2014-2015). In addition, she holds a LLM in Public International Law, and a LLM in Civil Law from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, where she also completed her undergraduate law degree with honors.
She is currently conducting her doctoral research in the field of space law under the supervision of Professor Ram Jakhu. Her thesis topic addresses the meaning of the notions of sovereignty and property within the borderless legal regime that surrounds the uses of outer space, with special focus on resource utilization.
In the past, she has worked as a legal researcher for the Permanent Representation of Greece at the International Civil Aviation Organization, as a junior project manager for the Secure World Foundation, as a legal researcher for the Hellenic Competition Commission, and as a trainee lawyer for the Legal Council of Greece and the Hellenic Ministry of Environment and Energy. Maria has clerked at the Public Prosecutor’s Office of the Athens Court of Appeals and she is a lawyer registered at the Athens Bar Association.
Furthermore, Maria has participated in several research projects worldwide and has been a research assistant for the IASL since 2014. She has coached the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court teams of the IASL from 2014 to 2017 with multiple awards and distinctions, including the “Best Team” award at the North American rounds of 2016 and the “Eillene Galloway Award for Best Memorial” at the international rounds of the same year. She has also been a teaching fellow for the “Public International Law” course of the McGill Faculty of Law, and has completed a teaching mentorship in the “Foundations” course of the same faculty.
In 2017, she participated as a researcher in the Centre for Studies and Research in International Law and International Relations “50 Years of Space Law – Space Law in 50 Years” at The Hague Academy of International Law (French-speaking section). She is the author of the chapter «La guerre des étoiles? Une perspective réaliste?» in the book 50 Years of Space Law – Space Law in 50 Years that will be published in the Centre for Studies and Research in International Law and International Relations Series by the Hague Academy of International Law in 2019.
She has delivered presentations and lectures on space law and public international law to more than 30 conferences and workshops around the world and she has authored and co-authored several publications, and co-edited two books (Maria Manoli and Sandy Belle Habchi, Monograph Series V – Conflicts in Space and the Rule of Law (Montreal: McGill Institute and Centre for Research in Air and Space Law, 2017); George D Kyriakopoulos and Maria Manoli, The Space Treaties at Crossroads – Considerations de Lege Ferenda (Switzerland: Springer, forthcoming)).
During her studies she has received several fellowships and awards, such as the Erin J C Arsenault Fellowship in Space Governance (DCL, 2016-2019, LLM), the Nicolas M Matte Prize (LLM), the R E Morrow QC Fellowship (DCL), the Nicolas M Matte Fellowship (DCL), two Teaching Tomorrow’s Professors Awards (DCL) Graduate Excellence Awards (DCL), Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel Awards (LLM, DCL), and International Graduate Mobility Awards (DCL). She has also received a “Constantine Economides” distinction by the Hellenic Association for International Law and International Relations for her LLM thesis during her LLM in Air and Space Law. In 2017, she was awarded the ESA-ISEB IAC sponsorship by the European Space Agency for her participation in the 68th International Astronautical Congress.
In September 2018, Maria joined the Guest Program of the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law as a visiting scholar to conduct part of her doctoral research.
A member of the Quebec Bar, Laurence Ricard has practiced in youth protection law, health and administrative law, with a brief experience in labour law. She holds a BA in political science and philosophy (UdeM), an MA in philosophy (UdeM) and a BCL/LLB from McGill.
Her current doctoral research examines the discontinuity between social and judicial interventions in child protection.
- SSHRC Graduate Scholarship in honour of Nelson Mandela (Doctorate)
- SSHRC and FQRSC funding (Masters)
- I. R. Hart Memorial Scholarship
- Bourse du millénaire Armand-Bombardier
- Ricard, Laurence, « La philosophie politique et le Code civil du Québec : l’exemple de la notion de patrimoine », (2015) 61:3 Revue de droit de McGill 667.
- Ricard, Laurence, « L’évolution récente de la conception de l’enfant dans le droit québécois : l’exemple de la Loi sur la protection de la jeunesse et des récents projets de loi en matière d’adoption », (2014) 44 : 1 R.D.U.S. 27.
- Ricard, Laurence, « Le rapport entre le juridique et le clinique dans l’application de la Loi sur la protection de la jeunesse : une perspective relationnelle », (2013) 43 :1 Revue générale de droit 49.
- Ricard, Laurence, « L’autonomie relationnelle : un nouveau fondement pour les théories de la justice », (automne 2013) 40 Philosophiques 139.
Yuri Alexander Romaña-Rivas (yuri.romana-rivas [at] mail.mcgill.ca (email), LinkedIn), an Afro-Colombian lawyer, is a current doctoral (DCL) student at McGill's Faculty of Law and an O’Brien Fellow at the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism. He holds a Master of Laws (LLM) in International Law and Legal Studies from American University, Washington College of Law, in Washington DC, and obtained his Law degree (LLB) at the “Diego Luis Córdoba” Technological University of Chocó (U.T.CH) in Colombia. Yuri has significant legal experience on International Human Rights Law and transitional justice mechanisms.
Between 2018 and 2021, he worked as a specialized lawyer at the Chamber for Amnesty and Pardon of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) in Colombia, a transitional justice tribunal established in 2018 following the 2016-Peace Agreements between the Colombian Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia Peoples’ Army (Las FARC-EP). This tribunal is tasked to investigate, prosecute and try the most serious crimes committed in the context of the more than 50-year armed conflict in Colombia.
Previously, Yuri worked for more than five years as a Human Rights Specialist at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, an autonomous international human rights body of the Organization of American States (OAS) based in Washington D.C. There, he was a part of the Teams in charge of the Precautionary Measure Mechanism and the Individual Petitions and Cases System. Additionally, Yuri has done research and written about different human rights-related topics such as transitional justice, structural racism, and standards of due process guarantees under International Human Rights Law.
His doctoral research, under the supervision of Professor René Provost, focuses on the need to strengthen Colombia’s transitional justice reparation structures to effectively compensate and restore the rights of Afro-Colombian communities who are victims of the armed conflict, taking into account that this social group has been disproportionately impacted by the Colombian armed conflict.
- Doctor of Civil Law (DCL), McGill University’s Faculty of Law (2021 – present)
- Certificate on Afro-Latin American Studies, Harvard University (Afro-Latin American Research Institute) (2019-2020)
- Master of Laws (LLM), American University Washington College of Law (2011-2012)
- Bachelor of Laws (LLB), “Diego Luis Córdoba” Technological University of Chocó (U.T.CH) (2005-2009)
- The Rights of Afro-Colombian Communities in the Final Agreement and its mechanisms of implementation. Chapter 15- in The Colombian Peace Agreement: A Multidisciplinary Assessment, Routledge, 2021. Co-author: Xiomara Balanta-Moreno
- El enfoque étnico-racial en la Jurisdicción Especial para la Paz: una mirada desde el estudio de casos de la Sala de Amnistía o Indulto [The ethnic-racial differentiated approach in the Special Jurisdiction for Peace: A look from the perspective of the cases analyzed by the Chamber on Amnesty and Pardon.] Chapter 18-in “La JEP vista por sus jueces 2018-2019,” 2020. Co-authors: Xiomara Cecilia Balanta-Moreno, Juan Felipe Molano-Rodríguez, and Nadiehezka Paola Palencia-Tejedor
- El racismo en la cotidianidad: una manifestación del racismo estructural en Colombia [Everyday racism: a manifestation of structural racism in Colombia.] Universidad de los Andes-Revista de Derecho, 2020, p. 12-62.
- Advocacy for a U.S. Commission of Inquiry on Torture in the Context of the “War on Terror” Inspired by the Latin American Experience: Chile and El Salvador. Inter-American and European Human Rights Journal. ISBN: 978-1-78068-154-2, v. 5-No.1-2-2012, p. 148-178.
- Programas de intervención para atención a población en condiciones de desplazamiento forzado en diez municipios del departamento del chocó: una visión desde el observatorio de etnias [Intervention programs to help populations in conditions of forceful displacement in ten municipalities of Chocó province: a vision from the ethnic observatory.] Revista Institucional Universidad Tecnológica Del Chocó. ISSN: 1657-3498, 2011: p. 121-33. Co-authors: Lisneider Hinestroza-Cuesta, Bertha Conto-Garcia, Melida Martinez-Guardia, Alicia Rios-Hurtado, and Ayda Cristina Garcia-Còrdoba
Honours & Awards
- O’Brien Fellowship in Human Rights and Legal Pluralism. Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, McGill University (2021).
- Recognition as author of one of the 10 best academic articles of the Certificate program on Afro-Latin American Studies. Afro-Latin American Research Institute, Harvard University (2020)
- Fulbright scholarship to pursue Master studies in the United Sates (2011-2012)
- Director’s award for leadership and academic performance in the Center for English as a Second Language of the University of Arizona, the United States (2011)
- Young Researchers Fellowship of the Colombian Administrative Department of Science, Technology and Innovation (Colciencias) (2010)
- Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship (sponsored by the U.S Embassy to Colombia) for Afro-Colombian students to study academic level English and to foster leadership skills (2007-2009)
Mirosław Michał Sadowski is a doctoral candidate at McGill University’s Faculty of Law, and a 2019 LLM graduate of the University of Wrocław, Poland.
His main interests lie in the intersections between law and memory, sociology of law, cultural heritage law and the law of Hong Kong and Macau SARs, but in his research he also explores international law and political science. His thesis, written under the supervision of prof. Helge Dedek, will focus on a comprehensive examination of the mechanisms controlling the relationship between law and memory.
Mr. MM Sadowski has published eleven articles so far, inter alia:
- “Law and Memory: The Unobvious Relationship”
- “Crossroads of the World, Crossroads of the Law: Hong Kong and Macau Legal Systems Approaching 20 Years Post-Transition”
- “Urban Cultural Heritage: Managing and Preserving a Local Global Common in the Twenty-first Century”
- and two book chapters, “Collective Memory and Historical Determinacy: The Shaping of the Polish Transition” and “Central Europe in the Search of (Lost) Identity. The Illiberal Swerve.”
His complete bibliography may be found on mcgill.academia.edu/MiroslawMSadowski.
Mr. Sadowski presented at a number of international conferences, notably CLC 2015 – 2018, SLSA 2016 – 2019, McGill’s GLSA 2017, 2019 -2020. He also is a member of the UK Socio-Legal Studies Association and the Richard Wagner Society of Wrocław.
Oana-Maria Stefanescu is a doctoral candidate at McGill University Faculty of Law. Her dissertation, supervised by Professor Fabien Gélinas, explores cross-citation practices among national and international courts and tribunals, aiming to deconstruct and reinterpret common dogmas about adjudication.
Prior to her doctoral studies, Ms. Stefanescu obtained an LLM from the same institution with a focus on international investment arbitration (2016-2017). She completed her BCL studies at West University of Timisoara, Romania (2012-2016). Her graduation thesis discussed some general trends and divergent aspects in the application of private international law conventions, with emphasis on the interpretation of The United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) by domestic courts and arbitral tribunals. Her current research interests include international commercial and investment arbitration, legal theory, and tech law.
Ms. Stefanescu is the recipient of several fellowships and awards, such as the Aubrey Senez Fellowship in Law, the Yves Fortier International Arbitration Graduate Award, Graduate Excellence Awards, and the Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel Award. In addition to her academic pursuits, she is an active member of the McGill community. Ms. Stefanescu currently sits as a Post-Graduate Students' Society (PGSS) representative on several committees. Previously, she was involved in the organization of the 12th Annual Graduate Law Conference and acted as Senior and Executive editor at the McGill Journal of Dispute Resolution.