The Labour Law and Development Research Network (LLDRN)

The LLDRN met virtually from 2007–2008, and held annual meetings from 2007–2009, culminating in the publication of a special issue of the Comparative Labor Law and Policy Journal. Members have since continued to collaborate in a more decentralized manner for a number of activities linked to the LLDRL's mandate, including the International Seminar on Regulating Decent Work for Domestic Workers, the Labour Law Research Network's inaugural conference and the IDRC research project on regulatory innovation in regulating decent work for domestic workers.

Laboratory Members

Prof. Adelle Blackett
LLDRL Director and Network Convenor

Faculty of Law, McGill University (Montreal)

A full Professor at McGill University's Faculty of Law and the Canada Research Chair in Transnational Labour Law and Development, Dr. Adelle Blackett's expertise is in labour law, trade law, and international development.

Her ongoing research projects include rethinking the relationship between trade regulation and labour law from a distributive justice perspective, examining the role of international persuasion in labour law reform in West Africa, and identifying regulatory vehicles to promote the citizenship at work of domestic workers. Her manuscript entitled Everyday Transgressions: Domestic Workers’ Transnational Challenge to International Labour Law is under contract with Cornell University Press.

She is the director of the LLDRL, convenor of the LLDRN, and a research coordinator for the Inter-university Research Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT).

Prof. Rose-Marie Belle Antoine

Faculty of Law, University of the West Indies

Dr. Rose-Marie Belle Antoine is an attorney- at-law who holds the Chair as Professor of Labour Law and Offshore Financial Law at the Faculty of Law, University of the West-Indies, a regional university serving the entire Commonwealth Caribbean.

Her specialist subject areas are labour law, including discrimination in employment, offshore / international financial law, public law, and law and legal systems.

Prof. Diamond Ashiagbor

School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

Diamond Ashiagbor

Dr. Diamond Ashiagbor is a Professor of Labour Law in the School of Law of the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and Fernand Braudel Senior Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence (Spring 2011). Previously, she was Reader in Laws and Director of Research Studies at the Faculty of Law, University College in London. Her main areas of research interest are labour/employment law; equality and anti-discrimination law; human rights, equality and multiculturalism; EU market integration and 'new governance'; the law and economics of labour market regulation; labour law, trade and development.

Her book, The European Employment Strategy: Labour Market Regulation and New Governance, OUP, 2005 (Oxford Monographs on Labour Law) was winner of the 2006 Society of Legal Scholars / Peter Birks Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship. Her current research projects include an investigation into the interaction between globalization, international development and labour law, in particular in the EU's trade agreements with African Caribbean and Pacific countries; and a project on the 'embedded liberal bargain' and labour law in the global South. Read Professor Ashiagbor's papers.

Prof. Chantal Thomas

Faculty of Law, Cornell University & American University (Cairo)

Chantal Thomas

Chantal Thomas is Professor of Law at Cornell Law School, where she also directs the Clarke Initiative for Law and Development in the Middle East and North Africa. Professor Thomas teaches in the areas of International Development Law, International Trade Law, Corporations, Contracts, and Law and Globalization.

Professor Thomas focuses her scholarship on the relationship between international law, political economy, and global social justice in a variety of contexts.

Dr. Dzodzi Tsikata

ISSER (Sociology) University of Ghana (Accra)

Dzodzi Tsikata

Dzodzi Tsikata is President of CODESRIA. She is the Director of the Centre for Gender Studies and Advocacy (CEGENSA) and Associate Professor at the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) at the University of Ghana. She holds a PhD in Social Science from Leiden University.

Her research is in the areas of gender and development policies and practices; the politics of land tenure reforms and large scale commercial land deals; informalisation and its implications for decent work; and rural and urban livelihood systems.

Prof. Martin Gallié

UQAM, Faculté de science politique et de droit, Département des science juridiques


Martin Gallié is a Professor and Researcher at the Université du Québec à Montréal, in the Département des sciences juridiques. He is currently heading a SSHRC-funded research project on the housing rights of domestic workers. He is also working with the Ligue des droits et libertés du Québec on a project examining the human rights situation in Québec.  Prof. Gallié teaches courses in Social Law, Housing Law, and Law & Social Movements. He is a graduate of the Université de Montréal and the Université de Paris X (LLD, 2006). A former CRIMT-LLDRL Postdoctoral Fellow, he spent his postdoctoral fellowship at McGill working with Professor Adelle Blackett. 

Prof. Armel Brice Adanhounme

Department of Industrial Relations, University of Québec at Trois-Rivières (UQTR)

Armel Brice Adanhounme was a Banting postdoctoral fellow at McGill University’s Faculty of Law, and associate researcher at the Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT). He holds a PhD in Business Administration from HEC Montreal, where he carried out an institutional and comparative analysis of citizenship at work in a multinational firm. Dr. Adanhounme’s current research explores the juridical origins of exclusion at work and the socio-legal challenges of Chinese foreign direct investment in sub-Saharan African countries. He researches development and globalization in the context of both Northern liberal and Southern postcolonial economies, in particular Canada and Ghana, investigating the ways in which citizenship and governance are refracted through and influenced by the relationship between culture, law, and norms in workplace relations.

In May 2013, his essay “Assessing Chinese Investments in sub-Saharan African Countries: An Institutional Perspective” was shortlisted for the Kari Polanyi-Levitt Prize. Armel Brice Adanhounme is currently a professor at the University of Québec at Trois-Rivières (UQTR).


University Félix Houphouët Boigny, also called Cocody (Côte d'Ivoire)

A graduate of the Paris West University Nanterre La Défense (France), Dr. Assata KONE-SILUE is a professor and researcher at the University Félix Houphouët Boigny, also called Cocody (Côte d’Ivoire). Specializing in social law,

Dr. Assata KONE-SILUE  is particularly interested in issues pertaining to job insecurity, and the interactions between informal economies and social law in French-speaking sub-saharan African countries. She teaches civil law (contract law and civil responsibility law), general commercial law and law of commercial societies as well as OHADA law (Organisation pour l’Harmonisation du droit des affaires en Afrique).

Student Membership

Gabriela Medici

University of Zurich, Faculty of Law, PhD Student; McGill Graduate Research Trainee

Gabriela Medici was a PhD Student at University of Zurich's Faculty of Law (Switzerland) and a McGill Graduate Research Trainee. She recently completed her doctorate at the University of Zurich. Gabriela Medici holds a Licentiate in Law from the University of Zurich (2010) and a Certificat de droit transnational from the University of Geneva (2008). Her thesis analyzes Switzerland’s human rights obligations towards migrant domestic workers. The research focus is the role of the state regulating this special labour market according to the different dimensions of human rights in international and regional treaties as well as the Swiss constitutional human rights guaranties. Being aware of the limitations of an only human rights approach to empower migrant domestic workers, the existing labour regulatory framework in Switzerland is analyzed and a best practice should be developed.

Liam Sean M. McHugh-Russell

European University Institute, Doctoral Candidate, Sauvé Scholar

Liam McHugh-Russell is a researcher in the doctoral program at the European University Institute in Florence. His research seeks to articulate a theoretical typology of the legal-institutional dynamics connecting global finance to the working realities of informal employment in the global south. As a 2009-2010 Sauvé Scholar, and as a masters student in law at McGill University under the supervision of Adelle Blackett, he completed a thesis focused on the normative and conceptual challenges to labour law posed by the informal economy. In addition to his own work, he has also contributed to research on globalization and international labour law as an occasional consultant at the International Labour Organization in Geneva. He holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto, and is called to the Bar in the province of Ontario. 

Zobaida Khan

D.C.L. Candidate, Faculty of Law, McGill University

Currently, Zobaida Khan is enrolled in the doctoral program of law at McGill University, Canada. Her research interest lies at the intersection of international trade, sustainable development and labour governance. With a special focus on the transnational safety initiatives taken for ready-made garment workers in Bangladesh, her research explores the relationship between global trade and economic governance and transnational labour development.

Isabelle Deschamps

D.C.L. Candidate, Faculty of Law, McGill University


Myriam Dumont-Robillard

D.C.L. Candidate, Faculty of Law, McGill University


Advisory Board

Prof. Evance Kalula

Director, Institute of Development and Law, University of Cape Town; president-elect of the International Industrial Relations Association.

Evance Kalula is an accredited arbitrator and mediator. Before joining the University of Cape Town, he lectured and did research at various other universities, including the National University of Lesotho and the University of Zambia. He worked as Human Rights Intern and External Collaborator (supervised by Klaus Samson and Lee Swepston) at the International Labour Office in Geneva from 1984 to 1987. He is currently Professor of Employment Law and Social Security and is director of the Institute of Development and Labour Law. His research interests include international and comparative labour law and social security.

Prof. Paul Gérard Pougoue

Vice Rector and full law professor, Université de Yaoundé II

Paul Gérard Pougoue obtained his Doctorate in Private Law from the University of Bordeaux and his "agrégation" in private law and criminology. He is full Professor and Vice-Rector of the University of Yaoundé in Cameroon and he holds the UNESCO chair for law, ethics and society at the University of Yaoundé II and the University of Nantes. Mr. Pougoue has extensively published including on labour and social security law in Cameroon, as well as on human rights law in Africa, particularly in francophone Africa. He has been a consultant to the ILO for many years. He has recently co-authored a study for the ILO on obstacles to the application of fundamental principles and rights at work in Cameroon. More recently, he headed a Ministerial Committee on Social Security Reform in Cameroon. 

Ms. Anne Trebilcock

Former Legal Advisor and Director of Legal Services, International Labour Office.

Ms. Trebilcock is a former Legal Advisor and Director of the Office of Legal Services at the International Labour Office in Geneva, Switzerland. As Legal Advisor, she was a member of the ILO Senior Management Team and a participant in the UN Legal Advisor Network. She participated in revising internal governance documents and advised the Internal Auditor, Director of Human Resources Development and Contracts Committee in relation to procedures and conduct issues. She also acted as Academic Advisor at the Centre de droit international, Université de Paris X Nanterre (CEDIN), for a manual on international social law. In 2010, Ms. Trebilcock was a visiting professor at McGill University's Faculty of Law.


Anne Trebilcock 2010 Visiting Professor at McGill University, Faculty of Law.


  • Armel Brice Adanhounme, Banting Post-doctoral Fellow, 2013
  • Maude Choko, D.C.L. 2015, McGill
  • Hugo Collin-Desrosiers, B.C.L./LL.B., McGill
  • Susannah Dainow, B.C.L./LL.B. 2012, McGill
  • Thierry Galani Tiemeni, LLDRL Postdoctoral Fellow (May 2016 – June 2017)
  • Tatiana Gomez, B.C.L./LL.B. 2008, McGill
  • Adrienne Gibson, B.C.L./LL.B. 2008, McGill
  • Amanda Gibeault, B.C.L./LL.B. 2012, McGill - Scientific Coordinator (2011-2012)
  • Sarah Goldbaum, B.C.L./LL.B. 2011, McGill
  • Kathleen Hadekel, B.C.L./LL.B. 2009, McGill
  • Alika Hendricks B.C.L./ LL.B. 2009, McGill - Scientific Coordinator (2009-2010)
  • Kathleen Kaufman, B.C.L./LL.B. 2010, McGill -  Scientific Coordinator (2008-2009)
  • Sabaa Khan, D.C.L. 2016, McGill
  • Gregory Ko, B.C.L./LL.B. 2010, McGill  
  • Gaël Pétillon, B.C.L./LL.B. 2009, McGill
  • Mark Phillips B.C.L./LL.B, 2015, McGill
  • Marion Rebière LL.M. 2015, McGill
  • Marie-Alice Remarais, B.C.L./LL.B. 2009, McGill
  • Mélyssa Rinaldo, Maîtrise en droit (M1, 2004, Paris; M2, 2005, La Rochelle)
  • Juan Sebastian Rodriguez Alarcón LL.M. 2015, McGill
  • Angela Slater, B.C.L./LL.B. 2015, McGill - LLDRL Intern in International Human Rights (2013)
  • Margaret Williams, PhD Candidate in Education, McGill - Scientific Coordinator (2007-2008)