Two McGill Scholars awarded prestigious Trudeau prize


Two graduates of McGill University’s Faculty of Law are among the 15 students who have been awarded a coveted Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholarship, one of Canada's largest doctoral awards.

Kathryn Chan, a graduate of McGill’s LLM program, will now undertake her doctoral work at McGill. She will explore ways to modernize the law to better support or regulate voluntary and not-for-profit organizations in Canada. Chan hopes to strengthen the theoretical foundations of our voluntary sector regulation by addressing two broad questions: what role should the law play to support or regulate voluntary organizations in Canada? And how should the law carry out this role? Ultimately, she hopes to develop alternative models for the regulation of the voluntary sector in Canada, which draw on the experience of other nations, but reflect our distinct constitutional, social and legal culture.

Jonas-Sébastien Beaudry, who graduated from McGill’s integrated LLB/BCL program, will undertake is doctoral work at Harvard University, where he will examine social exclusion in Latin America with a view to promoting equality and better integration of various social groups. His doctoral research will examine the phenomenon of exclusion in legislative, judicial, political and social human rights creation and application mechanisms. He will also look at the development of human rights in terms of both regional Latin-American law and international and constitutional law.

"The Faculty of Law is most proud of our graduates Kathryn Chan and Jonas Beaudry for the promise that they show as jurists, and grateful to the Trudeau Foundation and the Government of Canada for their appointment as Trudeau Scholars,” said Nicholas Kasirer, Dean of Law at McGill. “In many respects, the deserved recognition of these fine students serves to validate important aspects of McGill’s mission, and allows the Trudeau Foundation to send a strong message about the values that are at the core of legal education in Canada. Both Kathryn Chan and Jonas Beaudry work equally well in French and English, in the common law and the civil law, in Canadian and international law. They will be Trudeau Scholars who are undertaking graduate work in comparative and international law at the highest level in a manner that Canadians are uniquely positioned to do.”

The annual $60,000 bursaries, for up to four years, subsidize tuition fees and living expenses and allow the Scholars to travel for research and scholarly networking and knowledge dissemination. The Trudeau Scholarships are the most generous awards of their kind in Canada. In addition to receiving financial support, Trudeau Scholars benefit from the expertise and knowledge of Trudeau Fellows and Mentors, highly accomplished individuals in the Trudeau Foundation community who lead in both academic and non-academic settings. Interaction with non-academic milieus, including public policy networks and the public at large, is a key component of the Trudeau Scholarship program.

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