Paris attacks (November 13, 2015)


Many people were reported dead Friday night following several separate attacks in and around Paris.

Frédéric Mégret, Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in the Law of Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, McGill University
He can comment on the legal ramifications such as the national emergency and border implications. (English, French)
frederic.megret [at], cellphone available

Rex Brynen, Professor, Political Science, McGill University
His aread of expertise is in Middle East politics, intelligence and counterterrorism. (English)
rex.brynen [at], cellphone available.

Alain Brunet, psychologist, Full Professor, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University and former Vice-President, International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
His area of expertise is post-traumatic stress disorder. (English, French)

"To blame, or fear, refugees is absolutely mistaken. Historically, the resettlement of refugees has not led to the admission of dangerous criminals or unwanted individuals, except in extremely rare cases (e.g. a single incident during the Indochinese refugee crisis)."
- Laura Madokoro

Laura Madokoro, Assistant Professor, History, McGill University
She’s interested in the histories of refugees, humanitarianism, human rights and race relations. (English, French)
laura.madokoro [at], cellphone available

Ken Lester, Adjunct Professor in Finance at the McGill Desautels Faculty of Management
He can comment on the economic consequences for France after the Paris terror attacks. He’s also president and CEO of Lester Asset Management Inc, a portfolio management firm in Montreal.
514-849-5566. klester [at] (English)

Dr. Duncan Pedersen, Associate Professor at the Department of Psychiatry, McGill University and Associate Scientific Director (International Programs) at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute
He works on mental health research; political violence (i.e., torture) and mental health outcomes, including war trauma-related disorders; PTSD; complex emergencies, humanitarian interventions. My focus has been on civilian populations affected by armed conflict and war in countries in the Latin American and Caribbean region and South Asia (i.e., Guatemala, Nepal, Peru, Sri Lanka, Colombia, Jamaica).
He's available November 19 after 12:00 PM, and November 20 all day. After such date, he’ll be travelling abroad returning on November 27.
duncan.pedersen [at] (English, Spanish)

Charles Boberg, Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics, McGill University
He's a specialist of language variation and change, dialectology, and North American English. He can discuss speach features, native fluency, linguistic indicators and pronunciation.
charles.boberg [at]

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