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 LL.M. 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 Lawis forthcoming in Spring 2019 with 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.
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) was winner of 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 law, 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 betweeninternational law, political economy, and global social justice in a variety of context
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 Institute 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.
Senior Researcher, Faculty of Law, University of Eastern Finland
Dr. Khan is a Senior Researcher at the Center for Climate Change, Energy and Environmental Law, School of Law, University of Eastern Finland. She is an Attorney Member of the Barreau du Québec and currently serves on the Joint Public Advisory Committee of the Commission of Environmental Cooperation, under an appointment by Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change. Sabaa holds a doctorate from McGill University’s Faculty of Law, with specialization in international trade and environmental law. She is a former O’Brien Fellow of the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism (Montréal, 2011-2014) and International Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (Potsdam, 2013). As a legal practitioner, Sabaa has also worked in the area of global administrative law where her mandates have included providing legal analysis in the reform of internal justice mechanisms and whistleblower protection policies within various international institutions, including the World Bank, the IMF and the UN Ethics Office. Her publications focus on the interaction between environmental, trade and labour law systems, with recent works exploring this nexus in the context of transboundary movements of chemicals and wastes, ocean governance and Arctic climate change.
Daniel Crespo Villareal
LL.M. Candidate, Faculty of Law, McGill University
Daniel is currently completing his Master of Laws at McGill University, under the supervision of Professor Adelle Blackett. A fellow of the Center for Interuniversity Research on Globalization and Work (CRIMT), his research focuses on contemporary labour law reforms, with an emphasis on case studies from Cuba.
As part of his studies in international relations and his undergraduate studies in law at UQAM's Department of Legal Sciences, he conducted research on issues related to temporary foreign workers. In addition to his practice as a lawyer, he is currently involved in a research project led by the School of Industrial Relations of the Université de Montréal on collective labour relations in transnational corporations in the context of free trade agreements.
D.C.L. Candidate, Faculty of Law, McGill University
D.C.L. Candidate, Faculty of Law, McGill University
Isabelle Deschamps is pursuing her PhD at the Institute of Comparative Law at McGill University. Initially supervised by the late Professor Roderick A. Macdonald, Isabelle Deschamps'research is now supervised by Professor Adelle Blackett. As part of her research, Isabelle is studying the disconnect between commercial harmonization initiatives under the Organization for the Harmonization of Business Law in Africa (known by its French acronym, OHADA) and the lived reality of female micro-entrepreneurs in Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, and Cameroon.
Parallel to her research work, Isabelle acts as an ad hoc consultant to the Secretariat of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL - UNCITRAL) and as a member of the Canadian delegation to UNCITRAL Working Group I (micro, small and medium enterprises - MSMEs). Isabelle has been invited to give lectures in America, Europe and Africa. She also has various publications to her credit. Finally, she founded and continues to lead a non-profit organization, Santé et Éducation Maintenant!, leading community development projects in Cameroon and Benin. Isabelle holds a LL.B. from the Université de Montréal (1999-2002), a Master's degree in International Relations from the Ortega y Gasset Institute - Universidad Complutense de Madrid (2004) and a Master of Laws from McGill University (2012). She is also a member of the Quebec Bar (2005) and a member of the Law Society of England and Wales (2008, non-practicing solicitor).
D.C.L. Candidate, Faculty of Law, McGill University
After obtaining her BA, LL.B and LL.M at the University of Montreal, Myriam Dumont-Robillard is now pursuing her D.C.L. at McGill University under the supervision of Professor Adelle Blackett. Her research explores philosophical justifications for “temporariness” in contemporary labour migration schemes.
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) which seeks to analyze ways of looking at the law in order to guarantee real access to justice for migrant domestic workers in Canada. By reviewing the systemic barriers to domestic regulation around the world and analyzing the effects of Canadian regulations on migrant domestic workers, this research demonstrates a mismatch between theory and reality. It argued that the empowerment of these workers through their inclusion in social dialogue coupled with a regulation adapted to their reality will help ensure effective protection of their rights. In addition to the relation between community work and the law, Myriam's other areas of research interests include labour law and the ILO, feminist legal theory, international humanitarian law as well as migration and refugee law.
LL.B / B.C.L. Candidate, Faculty of Law, McGill University
Sydney is a third-year law student at McGill University's Faculty of Law. Her academic interests and community organizing experience converge around issues of work, gender, and the environment.
She has organized around issues of corporate accountability for the past five years, specifically in the context of the Canadian mining industry. Further, she worked at the Mission for Migrant Workers in Hong Kong in 2017, where she looked at the intersections of labour, migration, globalization, and care work. She is currently a volunteer at the Immigrant Workers' Centre in Montreal and sits on the Board of Representatives of the Association of McGill University Support Employees (AMUSE).
D.C.L. Candidate, European University Institute in Florence
Returning to the LLDRL in winter 2019.
Liam McHugh-Russell is a doctoral candidate at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. His dissertation is a genealogy and critique of the evolutionary theories of legal change that have informed and legitimated core development practices at the World Bank and OECD. His masters degree in law at McGill, under the supervision of Adelle Blackett, addressed the normative and conceptual challenges to labour law posed by the informal economy. He is also a member of a global, interdisciplinary research project on the firm as a political entity. He contributed to research on globalization and international labour law as an occasional consultant at the International Labour Organization in Geneva.
Emily Ann Painter, LLDRL Scientific Coordinator
LL.B / B.C.L. Candidate, Faculty of Law, McGill University
Emily is a entering her fourth and final year at McGill University's Faculty of Law. Both prior and during law school, she has worked with grassroots organizations in Cité Soleil, Haiti, Salluit, Nunavik and Montréal, Québec as well as with international NGOs (Human Rights Watch, Avocats Sans Frontières) on issues pertaining to access to justice for marginalized communities.
She is interested in transnational labour law and development, business and human rights, decent work for workers along global commodity chains, capacity-building and community-driven international justice mechanisms, and is constantly seeking opportunities to engage critically and meaningfully with international human rights and labour law.
Emily has been involved with the LLDRL since 2016, first as a research assistant for Professor Adelle Blackett and now as the LLDRL's Scientific Coordinator.
LL.B. / B.C.L Candidate, Faculty of Law, McGill University
Talia is a third-year student at McGill University's Faculty of Law. She also holds an Honours B.S. degree in Journalism from Emerson College and a Master’s in Food Systems from New York University. Talia has worked as an editor and journalist for the last seven years, covering international news, food policy and culture, and the politics of restaurant work for publications including the Boston Globe, Forbes, VICE, Food52, and Eater.
Talia is the co-founder of the McGill Food Law Society (FLS) and the founder of the Food and Agriculture Law Clinic | Clinique juridique de l’alimentation et l’agriculture (FALL/CJAA); she also spent the summer of 2017 at Harvard’s Food Law and Policy Clinic working on projects related to food waste reduction policy and indigenous food sovereignty. In addition to her food-focused endeavours, Talia is an active advocate for mental health awareness and reform through her work with Healthy Legal Minds | Juristes en santé (HLM/JES). She plans to use her law degree to protect our environment and the well-being of both workers and consumers by ensuring sustainable practices across the food chain.
LL.B. / B.C.L Candidate, Faculty of Law, McGill University
Cassandra is a third-year student at McGill University's Faculty of Law. Motivated by her passion for human rights, prior to law school, Cassandra pursued a B.H in conflict studies and human rights at the University of Ottawa.
Two fundamental objectives continue to guide her human rights education and work: promoting access to justice and getting local. Accordingly, Cassandra dedicates her time to working in legal clinics and with people, helping resolve their legal problems, and ensuring that they receive clear and accessible information relevant to their specific needs and situation. To this end, Cassandra volunteers at McGill’s Legal Information Clinic and was involved in the establishment of the first legal clinic in the Centre-Sud of Montreal (CRIC). In the summer of 2018, Cassandra also worked as a Student-at-Law at Maliganik Tukisiniakvik, Iqaluit's legal aid service.
In addition to this, Cassandra also works as a research assistant for Professor Adelle Blackett. Cassandra's interest in labour law and social justice began when she completed an internship at the Canadian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland and attended the International Labour Organization's annual conference. She enjoys her work at the LLDRL and appreciates its commitment to interdisciplinarity, intersectionality at the micro and macro level.
Prof. Evance Kalula
Formerly: Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town, International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA)
Dr. Evance Kalula is an accredited arbitrator and mediator, member of the Ministerial Economic Advisory Panel in the Department of Economic Development and president of the International Labour and Employment Relations Association. Retiring from the University of Cape Town in December 2017 after more than 25 years, Dr. Evan Kalula was previously Emeritus Professor of Employment Law and Social Security, Deputy Dean and 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.
There are currently no visitors.
- Maude Choko, D.C.L. 2015, McGill
- Renz Ciron, B.C.L./LL.B. 2017, McGill
- Hugo Collin-Desrosiers, B.C.L./LL.B. 2013, McGill
- Susannah Dainow, B.C.L./LL.B. 2012, McGill
- Thierry Galani Tiemeni, LLDRL Postdoctoral Fellow, 2017
- Amanda Gibeault, B.C.L./LL.B. 2012, McGill - Scientific Coordinator
- Adrienne Gibson, B.C.L./LL.B. 2008, McGill
- Sarah Goldbaum, B.C.L./LL.B. 2011, McGill
- Tatiana Gomez, B.C.L./LL.B. 2008, McGill
- Kathleen Hadekel, B.C.L./LL.B. 2009, McGill
- Alika Hendricks, B.C.L./ LL.B. 2009, McGill - Scientific Coordinator
- Kathleen Kaufman, B.C.L./LL.B. 2010, McGill - Scientific Coordinator
- Zobaida Khan, D.C.L. 2016, McGill
- Gregory Ko, B.C.L./LL.B. 2010, McGill
- Gabriela Medici, D.C.L. 2015, University of Zurich - Graduate Research Trainee
- Alice Mirlesse, B.C.L./LL.B. 2018, 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, LL.M. 2005, Université de 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
- Margaret Williams, PhD Candidate in Education, McGill - Scientific Coordinator