Who we are
Members of the LLDRL
Prof. Adelle Blackett, LLDRL Director
Faculty of Law, McGill University
Adelle Blackett, Ad. E., is Professor of Law and Canada Research Chair in Transnational Labour Law and Development at the Faculty of Law, McGill University, where she teaches and researches in the areas of labour and employment law, trade regulation, law and development, critical race theory and slavery and the law. Professor Blackett holds a B.A. in History from Queen’s University, civil law and common law degrees from McGill, and an LLM and a doctorate in law from Columbia University. Widely published in English, French and Spanish in the emerging field of transnational labour law, in 2015, she co-edited a Research Handbook on Transnational Labour Law. Her book manuscript entitled Everyday Transgressions: Domestic Workers’ Transnational Challenge to International Labour Law is forthcoming in Spring 2019 from Cornell University Press.
Professor Blackett is the recipient of prestigious research fellowships, notably the Social Science and Humanities Research Council’s Bora Laskin National Fellowship in Human Rights Research in 2010, and the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Fellowship in 2016 on transnational futures of international labour law. She was a William Dawson Scholar at McGill from 2007 to 2016, and has been a visiting scholar at the African Development Bank, the Australian National University and SOAS (University of London). She founded and directs the Labour Law and Development Research Laboratory (LLDRL) at McGill, was a founding steering committee member of the international Labour Law Research Network (LLRN), and is member of the Quebec based Inter-University Research Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT).
A former official of the International Labour Office in Geneva, Professor Blackett has been an ILO expert on international standard setting on decent work for domestic workers (2008-2011) leading to the adoption of ILO Convention No. 189 and Recommendation No. 201; and in a labour law reform process in Haiti (2011-2014). In 2009, she was unanimously appointed by the National Assembly of Quebec to the province’s Human rights and youth rights Commission, where she served as a commissioner for seven (7) years. A member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Barreau du Québec, she was awarded the latter’s Christine Tourigny Award of Merit and the status of advocate emeritus in 2014, in recognition of her social commitment and her contributions to the advancement of women. She received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. In 2015, the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers awarded her its Pathfinder Award for her significant contributions to the legal community and the community at large.
In November 2018, Adelle Blackett was appointed to the Human Rights Expert Panel of the Government of Canada’s renewed Court Challenges Program .
Prof. Rose-Marie Belle Antoine
Faculty of Law, University of West Indies
Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of the West-Indies, a regional university serving the entire Commonwealth Caribbean, Professor Rose-Marie Belle Antoine holds the Chair as Professor of Labour Law and Offshore Financial Law. Her career has embodied wide and diverse scholarly activity, public service, representation and activism. Her areas of expertise are Offshore Financial Law, Labour Law, Anti-Discrimination Law, Public Law (human rights, administrative law and public service law) and Legal Systems/Comparative Law.
Professor Antoine has served as advisor to all of the governments of the Commonwealth Caribbean, to governments outside of the region, such as the UK, Venezuela, USA and Canada, and to several international and regional organizations, including the European Union (EU), OAS, IADB, the World Bank, CARICOM, OECS, UNICEF, ILO, UNIFEM, PanCap and UNDCP. She is the author of well-known Reports on regional issues including Discrimination, Constitutional Reform, Public Service Reform, Police, Children’s’ Rights/ Juvenile Justice, Mutual Legal Assistance, Women’s Rights, Labour Law, Free Movement of Labour, HIV, Financial Law, Health and Anti-Corruption. She has also drafted a number of important statutes on diverse areas of law including on the financial sector, health, public service, education, child justice, labour, financial law, human trafficking and trusts and as ILO consultant, she drafted a Labour Code for Saint Lucia. She has therefore contributed an important share to the practical realization of the aims of Caribbean legal development and policy by leading various projects and studies.
Prof. Diamond Ashiagbor
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, School of Advanced Legal Study University of London
Dr. Diamond Ashiagbor is a Professor of Law and Director of Research at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in London. Previously, she was Professor of Labour Law at the School of Law of the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Fernand Braudel Senior Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence (Spring 2011) and Reader in Law and Director of Research Studies at the Faculty of Law, University College in London.
Her main areas of research interests are labour and 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, as well as labour law, trade and development. Her book, The European Employment Strategy: Labour Market Regulation and New Governance, OUP, 2005 (Oxford Monographs on Labour Law) won the 2006 Society of Legal Scholars Peter Birks Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship. Her current projects include a monograph entitled Social rights and the market: Embedding trade liberalization in regional labour lawem>, which interrogates the social dimension of regional economic integration and how markets may be embedded within, constituted by, and ameliorated through the ‘social’, in particular by labour law and social policy, with a focus on integration within sub-Saharan Africa.
Prof. Chantal Thomas
Faculty of Law, Cornell University
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.
Prior to joining Cornell, Professor Thomas chaired the Law Department of the American University in Cairo, and also served on the University of Minnesota and Fordham University law faculties. She has been a Visiting Professor teaching international economic law at institutions such as Harvard Law School, Stanford Law School, the Center for Transnational Legal Studies in London, and Soochow University in China. Professor Thomas has consulted for the USAID Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Affairs, and she has served on the the U.S. State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Law, and as Vice President, and on the Executive Council, of the American Society of International Law.
Dr. Dzodzi Tsikata
CODESRIA and the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana
Dzodzi Tsikata is President of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), a Research Professor of Development Sociology and Director of the Istitute of African Studies (IAS) at the University of Ghana. Before this, she was based at the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) during which time she was Deputy Director and Director of the Centre for Gender Studies and Advocacy (CEGENSA) at the University of Ghana. She holds a Ph.D in Social Sciences from Leiden University in the Netherlands.
Dr. Tsikata’s research interests are in the areas of gender and development policies and practices, women’s movements and gender equality activism, the politics and livelihood effects of land tenure reforms, and the informalization of labour relations and its implications for decent work. She is widely published on these subjects. Her most recent publications include a co-guest edited (with Cheryl Doss and Gale Summerfield) special issue of Feminist Economics on Land, Gender and Food Security (2014), an edited book (with Cheryl Rodriguez and Akosua Adomako Ampofo), Transatlantic Feminisms: Women and Gender Studies in Africa and the Diaspora (Lexington Books, 2015) and an edited book (with Ruth Hall and Ian Scoones), Africa’s Land Rush: Implications for Rural Livelihoods and Agrarian Change (Boydell and Brewer Ltd, 2015)
Prof. Martin Gallié
Faculty of Political Science and Law, Department of juridical sciences, UQAM
Martin Gallié is the director of the Centre d’études sur le droit international et la mondialisation (CÉDIM) and Professor and Researcher in the Department of juridical sciences (département des sciences juridiques) at the Faculty of Political Science and Law at the Université du Québec à Montréal. There, he teaches international economic law, housing law, third World and postcolonial theories of international law, as well as foundations of social legislations and labour law. Dr. Gallié graduated from the Université de Montréal and the Université de Paris X (LLD, 2006), and completed a CRIMT-LLDRL postdoctoral fellowship at McGill University under the supervision of Professor Adelle Blackett.
Dr. Gallié's research interests are in the areas of Social Law and Social Protection, Housing law and International Economic and Development Law. His past projects include research on Domestic Labour and Exploitation in Canada, through the lense of the Live-In Caregiver Program in Canada, and the right to housing and State obligations and employment insurance reforms amongst many others. From 2011 to 2014, Dr. Gallié headed a SSHRC-funded research project on the privatization of the right to housing for seasonal agricultural workers in Canada.
Prof. Armel Brice Adanhounme
Department of Industrial Relations, University of Québec at Trois-Rivières (UQTR)
Armel Brice Adanhounme is a Professor in the Department of Industriel Relations at the University of Québec at Trois-Rivière. Prior to joining UQTR, Dr. 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 2013, Prof. Adanhounme supervised the student-initiated seminar Critical Race Theory at the Faculty of Law of McGill University. In May 2013, his essay “Assessing Chinese Investments in sub-Saharan African Countries: An Institutional Perspective” was shortlisted for the Kari Polanyi-Levitt Prize.
Prof. Assanta KONE-SILUE
Faculty of Law, University Félix Houphouët Boigny de Cocody
A graduate of the University of Paris Nanterre (France), Dr. Assata KONE-SILUE is a professor and researcher at the University Félix Houphouët Boigny de Cocody in Côte D'Ivoire, as well as a member of the High Authority for Good Governance in Abidjan. Specializing in social law, Dr. KONE-SILUE is particularly interested in issues pertaining to job insecurity, and the interactions between informaleconomies and social law in French-speaking sub-saharan African countries. Strongly involved in anti-corruption policies and the promotion of good governance in Côte d'Ivoire, Dr. Assata KONE-SILUE also has expertise in the development of constitutional standards. Dr. KONE-SILUE has authored and collaborated with Professor Adelle Blackett on a number of LLDRL Working Papers with a focus on Côte D'Ivoire.
Prof. Lorena Poblete
Argentina's National Research Council and the National University of San Martín
Dr. Poblete is a researcher at Argentina’s National Research Council (CIS-CONICET/IDES) and Associate Professor at the National University of San Martín (IDAES-UNSAM). She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris) and a DEA in Ethnology and Anthropology from the same university, and a master in Social Sciences from FLACSO (Argentina).
She was a visiting scholar at Université de Lille 1 (France), Frei Universitat Berlin (Germany) and Princeton University (US). Her research is broadly focused on labour regulations, social security regimes and labour institutions. Currently, she works on a project about formalization policies in Argentina. In particular, the project focuses on policies concerning atypical workers such as self-employed workers and paid domestic workers. Since 2014, Lorena Poblete has participated in various activities organized by the Labour Law and Development Research Laboratory at McGill, and authored a working paper entitled “New Rights, Old Protection: The New Regulation for Domestic Workers in Argentina.”
Dr. Poblete visited the LLDRL as an O'Brien Fellow in Residence from April to July 2018. During her fellowship, Dr. Poblete pursued her research on the enforcement of domestic workers’ labour rights in Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, in continuity of past research on this theme conducted through the LLDRL on South Africa and Côte d’Ivoire.
Dr. Sabaa Khan
Faculty of Law, University of Eastern Finland
Dr. Khan is a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Climate Change, Energy and Environmental Law (School of Law, University of Eastern Finland) and Member of the Barreau du Québec. She also teaches international trade and environmental law within the Master’s Degree Programme in Environmental Policy and Law at the University of Eastern Finland. In 2018, she assumed co-directorship of the 15th UEF-UN Environment Course on Multilateral Environmental Agreements, held under the theme of Environment & Human Rights. During the NAFTA renegotiation process, Khan was a Member of the Government of Canada’s NAFTA Advisory Council on the Environment. She is currently a Member and 2019 Chair of the Joint Public Advisory Committee established under the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation. Originally from Montréal, Khan holds a doctorate from the Faculty of Law at McGill University (DCL) where she was an O’Brien Doctoral Fellow of the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism. She also holds law degrees from the Université de Montréal (LLM) and University of Ottawa (LL.L.), and has held an international fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam (Germany) as well as a legal clerkship at the International Labour Office in Geneva (Switzerland). Khan is currently working as principal investigator on a global environmental law and justice project funded by the Academy of Finland which looks at human and environmental health inequalities along global chemicals value chains, with a special focus on the Arctic. Her other recent works address work informality along the global recycling chain and the international regulation of hazardous chemicals and wastes.
Prof. Maude Choko
Faculty of Law, McGill University
Dr. Maude Choko is both an artist (author and actress, member of ACTRA and UDA) and a labour law expert (DCL from McGill University, 2015 and Quebec Bar, 2003). She has been teaching in law to undergraduate and graduate students and has been using the pen (or keyboard!) for many years. Driven by a desire to tell stories, she has written several short films presented at festivals, including Trop... trop tard (2018) presented at the Cinémathèque in June 2018. She has also made an incursion into dramaturgy by writing Trois fois passera, la dernière y restera?, selected at the Espace La Risée and presented in 2018 as part of their event Paroles de femmes. Writing in the context of academic researches, Maude Choko has obtained the support of several institutions for funding (SSRH, CRIMT, Fondation du Barreau, Chambre des notaires). Her researches have focussed on freedom of association and the promotion of collective autonomy for self-employed workers. Convinced by the interest of the specific legal regime regulating artists’ work relations for other atypical workers, Maude Choko has studied this regime, which continues to stimulate her thoughts and curiosity. Her work has been published in Canadian and International journals, and presented at different conferences in Canada, Italy, UK, Australia and Mexico.
Currently, Maude Choko is a lecturer both at McGill University and Université de Montréal. Always fascinated by human relationships, in all its complexity, strength and fragility, Maude Choko is working on the development of three feature films, as well as a children’s book. Dedicated to developing creative research, she has recently submitted a short film project on migrant workers to the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. Mother of three children, Maude Choko is also devoted to their education. And once in a while, she sleeps...
Prof. Louise Boivin
Department of Industrial Relations, Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO)
Louise Boivin has been a professor since 2012 in the Department of Industrial Relations at the Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO), where she is also responsible for the doctoral program and teaches courses on unionism, labour relations, globalization and labour. She is a member of the Centre de recherche interuniversitaire sur la mondialisation et le travail (CRIMT) and the Réseau québécois en études féministes (RéQEF), where she is co-responsible for the Chantier de recherche sur le travail.
For the past fifteen years, Louise Boivin has been conducting research on labour, employment, unions and associative action in public and private health care services in Quebec, particularly on in-home care and housing for seniors or people with disabilities. Her work analysis in particular the intersectional manifestations of the sexual, racial, capitalist and international divisions of labour. They have been the subject of national and international scientific publications and communications and numerous community presentations.
In her various lives prior to obtaining a doctorate from the École des relations industrielles de l'Université de Montréal, under the direction of Professor Guylaine Vallée, Louise Boivin completed graduate studies in political science and sociology at the Université du Québec à Montréal, was a member of the Board of Directors of the Ligue des droits et libertés and coordinated the Committee for the Rights of Migrants and Refugees. She has contributed to research for several community and feminist groups in Quebec. As a freelance journalist, she has produced written and audiovisual reports in Quebec and Central America for various conventional and alternative media. She has also been involved in the local and international community radio movement and international solidarity groups.
Emeritus Prof. Evance Kalula
Chairperson, ILO Committee on Freedom of Association (CFA) and Emeritus Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town
Emeritus Professor of Law Evance Kalula is an accredited arbitrator and mediator, and Chairperson of the ILO Committee on Freedom of Association. Retiring from the University of Cape Town in December 2017 after more than 25 years, Dr. Evan Kalula was previously a professor of Employment Law and Social Security, Deputy Dean and the Director of the International Academic Programmes Office (IAPO) and Confucius Institute, and warden of Kopano.
Previously, Dr. Evance Kalula sat on the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Commission of Inquiry into complaints of non-observance by Zimbabwe of freedom of association and collective bargaining conventions from 2008 to 2010, and served as chairman of the SA Employment Conditions Commission (2000-2011). He has served as consultant, expert and resource person to various international organisations, government agencies and trade unions, including the Zambian government, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the International Transport Workers’ Federation, BP Africa, the SADC Employment and Labour Sector, and the US Department of Labour.
Prof. Paul Gérard Pougoue
Faculty of Law, University of 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 of Law 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.
Professor Pougoue has extensively published 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, and 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
Formerly: Legal Advisor's Office, International Labour Office
Ms. Trebilcock is the former Director of the Legal Advisor's Office 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 2015, Anne Trebilcock and Prof. Adelle Blackett co-edited The Research Handbook on Transnational Labour Law. In 2010, Ms. Trebilcock was a visiting professor at McGill University's Faculty of Law, and in 2017, she visited the Faculty of Law once more, this time for a special LLDRL Speaker Series on the new challenges facing comparative labour law.
Prof. Leila Kawar - Visiting fellow, September-December 2019
University of Michigan
Leila Kawar is a Visiting Scholar at McGill Law Faculty during the Fall 2019 Semester. She is Associate Professor of American Culture and in the Residential College at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where she teaches in the areas of Law & Society and Comparative Public Law. She holds a PhD from New York University. She previously served as coordinator of the Law and Society Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Collaborative Research Network. She is also a co-founder of the Migration and Citizenship Section of the American Political Science Association.
In her research, Professor Kawar examines the cultural dimensions of legal practice, focusing on how legal advocacy intersects with the international politics of migration, citizenship, and labor. Her first monograph, Contesting Immigration Policy in Court: Legal Activism and Its Radiating Effects in the United States and France, is published in the Law and Society Series of Cambridge University Press and is a co-winner of the Law and Society Association’s Herbert Jacob book prize. Contesting Immigration Policy in Court also received the 2016 book award from the APSA Migration and Citizenship Section.
Professor Kawar’s current research explores the contributions of legal practices, principles, and professionals to international lawmaking on behalf of migrant workers. She is the recipient of a 2019-20 Mellon New Directions Fellowship for her project titled, “Conditioning Human Mobility: Rights, Regulation, and the Transnational Construction of the Migrant Worker.”
- Renz Ciron, BCL/LLB 2017, McGill
- Hugo Collin-Desrosiers, BCL/LLB 2013, McGill
- Daniel Crespo, LLM 2019, McGill
- Susannah Dainow, BCL/LLB 2012, McGill
- Thierry Galani Tiemeni, LLDRL Postdoctoral Fellow, 2017
- Amanda Gibeault, BCL/LLB 2012, McGill - Scientific Coordinator
- Adrienne Gibson, BCL/LLB 2008, McGill
- Sarah Goldbaum, BCL/LLB 2011, McGill
- Tatiana Gomez, BCL/LLB 2008, McGill
- Kathleen Hadekel, BCL/LLB 2009, McGill
- Alika Hendricks, BCL/LLB 2009, McGill - Scientific Coordinator
- Kathleen Kaufman, BCL/LLB 2010, McGill - Scientific Coordinator
- Zobaida Khan, DCL 2016, McGill
- Gregory Ko, BCL/LLB 2010, McGill
- Gabriela Medici, DCL 2015, University of Zurich - Graduate Research Trainee
- Alice Mirlesse, BCL/LLB 2018, McGill
- Emily Ann Painter, BCL/LLB 2019, McGill
- Gaël Pétillon, BCL/LLB 2009, McGill
- Mark Phillips, BCL/LLB 2015, McGill
- Talia Ralph, BCL/LLB 2019, McGill
- Marion Rebière, LLM 2015, McGill
- Marie-Alice Remarais, BCL/LLB 2009, McGill
- Mélyssa Rinaldo, LLM 2005, Université de La Rochelle
- Juan Sebastian Rodriguez Alarcón, LLM 2015, McGill
- Angela Slater,BCL/LLB 2015, McGill - LLDRL Intern in International Human Rights
- Margaret Williams, PhD Candidate in Education, McGill - Scientific Coordinator